Located east of Sumatra and just an hour by plane from the bustling capital of Jakarta, is the island of Belitung. A true tropical paradise full of colorful coral reefs, virgin white sand beaches, turquoise waters and impressive granite rocks unique to this region, and that, to this day, its origin is still unknown.
The main attractions in Belitung, in addition to its already mentioned exotic beaches with granite stones of different sizes and shapes, are its more than 130 small and beautiful islands that surround it. You can’t leave here without doing some of their island hopping! You will have the opportunity to ride one of their traditional boats and go from island to island in search of colorful starfish near the island of Batu Berlayar, climb a hundred-year-old lighthouse to enjoy an incredible 360-degree view, do snorkel or dive for fish and coral. We also recommend making a stop at the restaurant on Kepayang Island, where you can enjoy a delicious meal based on fresh grilled fish and take the opportunity to visit the small sea turtle conservation center.
These are some of the many natural riches that Belitung has: The beaches of Tanjung Pendam, Tanjung Tinggi and Tanjung Kelayang. The islands of Pulau Burung, Pulau Pasir, Pulau Lengkuas, Pulau Babi and Lake Menjaya. Also, the fishing village of Tanjung Binga, the Dewi Kwan Im Temple or the Andrea Hirata museum, which, with its novel, made Belitung famous. And with any luck, you might even see some Tarsius monkey!
To this day, and despite its great beauty and easy access with regular direct flights from Jakarta, the island of Belitung, it remains a great unknown among foreign tourists. That is why, if you are thinking of escaping for a few days from the main tourist routes, Belitung is undoubtedly a very good option!
True tropical paradise
Virgin white sand beaches