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Travel to The Belitung Island, The Hidden Paradise of Indonesia

Updated on August 9, 2010
Billiton, Indonesia

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Belitung Island, or in local language called Belitong, is one from many paradises that hidden in the Indonesian archipelago. Belitung that also called Billiton, is an island has ever known as one of the largest tin producer in Indonesia. However, for anyone who loves caught in the silence of nature, the island of Belitung is most recommended place to visit.

Within the island that only 4.595 square kilometers, not only containing the cultural diversity of Malays civilization that so amazing, but also hides the beauty of natural landscape.

Photo by Wawies Wisnu Wisdantio
Photo by Wawies Wisnu Wisdantio
Photo by Wawies Wisnu Wisdantio
Photo by Wawies Wisnu Wisdantio

The beaches is the soul of the Belitung Islands. The carpet of white sand between the hundreds of giant granite boulder is the beauty that always succeded to force anyone to set foot and track it down. Not just that, exploring the 189 small islands around the island of Belitung become another attraction that also an interesting journey for anyone. The island of Belitung is a place that offer unique beauty and a never ending experience, because in all places have their own beauty.

Travel Map of Belitung Island

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Sunset at Tanjung Tinggi Beach (photo by Wawies Wisnu Wisdantio)
Sunset at Tanjung Tinggi Beach (photo by Wawies Wisnu Wisdantio)
Tanjung Kelayang Beach (photo by Wawies Wisnu Wisdantio)
Tanjung Kelayang Beach (photo by Wawies Wisnu Wisdantio)
"Still Waiting" (photo at Bukit Berahu Beach by Wawies Wisnu Wisdantio)
"Still Waiting" (photo at Bukit Berahu Beach by Wawies Wisnu Wisdantio)

Exploring The Beautiful Beach on Belitung Island

  • Tanjung Tinggi Beach. The gradation of dark blue to greenish-blue sea dominates the Gulf Coast that often called the Bilik beach. Cluster of granite rocks with various size scattered in the beach, making the sea water in the bay is very calm and hardly surging.
  • Tanjung Pendam Beach. Gaspar Strait being turned away, but seemed calm along the horizon and leaving a vast expanse of white sand that stretch about 250 meters. The silence has been drugged anyone to set foot on land sloping and soft that mixed with silt. Meanwhile, a row of fishing boats that scattered within the beach makes a quiet and peaceful scenery.
  • Tanjung Kelayang Beach. It called after the local name of bird species that live on the beach, the bird of Kelayang. It has a long coastline and separated into two parts by a peninsula that contain a lot of granite stone clusters. The uniqueness of the peninsula is the shape of the granite stone on the end point that seems like a bird head. 
  • Bukit Berahu Beach. This beach is located on the foot of the Berahu hill. It has the same characteristics with the Tanjung Pendam beach. Until today, it has become one from many favorite places to enjoy the beauty of the sunset on the island of Belitung

Exploring the beautiful Island on Belitung Archipelago

  • White Sand Island. This island is an area of about 400 m2 that only visible when the sea was receding. The “resident” of the island that we found in it are some of Sea Gulls and several red horned Starfish (Protoreaster nodosus).

The White Sand Island (Photo by Wawies Wisnu Wisdantio)
The White Sand Island (Photo by Wawies Wisnu Wisdantio)
The Lighthouse at Lengkuas Island (Photo by Wawies Wisnu Wisdantio)
The Lighthouse at Lengkuas Island (Photo by Wawies Wisnu Wisdantio)
View from the Lighthouse at the Lengkuas Island(Photo by Wawies Wisnu Wisdantio)
View from the Lighthouse at the Lengkuas Island(Photo by Wawies Wisnu Wisdantio)
  • Batu Berlayar Island. The characteristic of this island is the cluster of vertical granite that so Hugh like a sailboat mast. Visiting this island that only inhabited by a few white seagulls, some of peaceful feeling will emerge when you sit down on the white sand carpet that protected with the shadows of the granite stone.
  • Burung (Bird) Island. The characteristic of this island is the granite monument with shaped like a beak bird. These large islands have beautiful beaches on both side of the island. The softness of the sound of the sea waves, the occasional sound of birds on several large trees that grow wild and feel the chill of the soft sand of beach are several pleasures that will obtain when visiting the Burung Island.
  • Lengkuas Island. The most northern island and only inhabited island. Basically, the island which contain with 18 floors tall lighthouse that built in 1882, has a similar characteristic with the other islands on the Belitung Archipelago. White sand beaches, mansions of granite, and the beauty of biota beneat the seawater is also found on this island. However, feeling sit down at an altitude of more than 50 meters with amazing views, such as the horizon of the Strait of Karimata, Strait of Natuna and the Belitung Archipelago, became the lure of beauty that will obtain by anyone after climbed the stairs. Just like reading a romance novel with a happy ending.

Photo by Wawies Wisnu Wisdantio
Photo by Wawies Wisnu Wisdantio

The Malays Coffe Culture

Drinking coffee has become a tradition for the people of the Malays. Coffee shops for Malays, especially at the Belitung Island, not just a place to enjoy coffee, but it became a place to talk, discuss, and even share their experiences. Uniquely, this socialization occurs not only among the people who already know one another, but also occur with unknown visitors from outside the island who also come into the coffee shop. No wonder if there are very easy to find coffee shop on the Belitung Island. Even in some places such as in the city of Manggar, there are many of coffee shops that are open for 24 hours.

Where to stay and how much?

  • Tanjung Kelayang Cottage at Tanjung Kelayang Beach. The room cost begin from Rp.350.000/night, similar with $35/night
  • Hotel dan Restaurant Bukit Berahu at Berahu Hill Beach. The room cost begin from Rp.250.000/night, similar with $25/night
  • Grand Hotel Pondok Impian at Tanjung Pendam Beach. The room cost begin from Rp.300.000/night, similar with $30/night
  • Hotel Pondok Impian 1 and Hotel Pondok Impian 2. The room cost begin from Rp.150.000/night, similar with $15/night
  • Lor-in Hotel and Resort at Tanjung Tinggi Beach.The room cost begin from Rp.450.000/night, similar with $45/night

Transportation cost at the Island

  1. To go to the Belitung Island, there are two airline company that depart from Soekarno Hatta Airport, Jakarta, which are Sriwijaya Air and Batavia Air. The Cost to go to the Belitung Island with airline is about Rp 450.000, similar with $45 for one trip.
  2. In the Belitung Island, there are several transportation modes that could use, such as:
  • The cost to rent a car that also include the driver is about Rp.400.000/day, similar with $40/day. (It is exlude the extra gasoline)
  • The cost to rent a boat to visit the archipelago is about Rp.400.000/day, similar with $40/day.

Laskar Pelangi Movie Soundtrack - a movie about children livehood in the Island of Belitung


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    • Abhaque Supanjang profile image

      Abhaque Supanjang 

      3 years ago from Kumango - Batusangkar - Sumatera Barat - Indonesia

      Nice hub, Wawies...! Keep exploring the world around you, get the beauty and spread them to the world. Write more detailed hub on Belitung...! Some day, I wanna go there..!

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      8 years ago

      Nice article, wawies. Maybe could be a good recommendation for you to find and explore another interesting destinations in Indonesia...

    • wawies profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Indonesia

      dear Peggy,

      Unfortunately, they doesn't have more accurate map rather than the map i took from the (unfortunately this blog already suspended)

      from my last trip, i was only use that map. But, if you like too, you could visit they are quite good travel agent... even, you don't use them, they still give you a lot of information. I hope i could help you more, send me an email if you need more information...

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      10 years ago

      Hi, May I ask for a copy of Belitung travel map? I will got to belitung son and it's hard to fing the Map.

      Thanks before.

    • couponalbum profile image


      10 years ago from Sunnyvale, CA

      Hey! such a nice nice hub i will surely visit it ones..nice pics and seriously it seems to be paradise..thank you n enjoy


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