Belitung island is “Caribbean from the East”, as expressed by the Dutchmen in the past. Its beauty is hard to describe by words. Belitung (or Belitong) Island also offers an artistic magnificent giant granite.
Previously, Belitung Island was known as one of biggest tin producer in Indonesia. Then gradually tin in this Island depleted. Nowadays, people know Belitung Island as one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in Indonesia. Belitung Island has unique landscape, decorated with pearly white sand beaches, crystal clear water, and magnificent granite rock formations on its shallow shores. Those are some of the best features of the Island.
There are some versions about the original story of the granite rocks. One of the theories is eruption of Mount Krakatau in the Sunda Strait in 1883. Because of the enormity of the eruption, rocks flew up to the Belitung Island. Some lodged in the Tanjung Tinggi.
There are some places you must visit in Belitung Island :
Tanjung Tinggi Beach
Tanjung Tinggi Beach is located 30 km from Tanjung Pandan city. Tanjung Tinggi Beach is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Belitung, especially after the beach was used as “Laskar Pelangi” filming location in 2008. Besides the soft white sand and turquoise water, giant granite rocks spread along the coastline
Dewi Kwan Im Vihara
Dewi Kwan Im Vihara is located in Burung Mandi beach. This temple is the biggest Kong Hu Cu temple of worship in Belitung island. Many Chinese have been living in Manggar area since the 19th century. Chinese people were brought by the Dutch as a tin miner worker. The temple is on top of the hill, so you can see the sea view from the terrace. This temple is one of the historic buildings in the Belitung Island because it was built since 1747 and is a testament to the history of Buddhist civilization in the Belitung Island.
Tanjung Kelayang beach is a famous beach in Belitung. This beach is located 27 km from Tanjung Pandan city. If you can go to highest rock, so you can enjoy beautiful scenery, the best view in Tanjung Kelayang
There are some small islands near Tanjung Kelayang such as Lengkuas Island, Burung Island and so on. In the Lengkuas island, there is old lighthouse tower as the Dutch colonial heritage built in 1882. From the top of tower with height of 50 meters, the clear sea water, coral reefs, even the seabed can be seen clearly with the naked eye.
Membalong is a name of sub district in West Belitung Island. This area is also known as Belantu. Here, people have a unique dialect which is different from Belitung people’s dialect commonly used. And other difference Belantu is not a tin mining area. This resulted in the construction area is a little behind compared to other areas in the Belitung island.
Let’s visit Belitung Island!