In Batu Berlayar, the white sand will only appear during low tide, it means the boat can only stop at the island during low tide as well. So if you want to visit Batu Berlayar island, please check with your boat driver when is the right time. Visiting Batu Berlayar is part of island hopping trip, the main attraction of the tour in Belitung.
Batu Berlayar (Sailing Rock) island, is formation of giant granite boulders with 2 main high vertical rock shape just like a sail where the white sands as the boat. This is why people of Belitung name this place as Batu Berlayar (Sailing Rock), one of the unique attraction of island hopping tour in Belitung about 15 minutes trip from the port of Tanjung Kelayang.
The sea surrounding the island is beautiful and shallow, clear and there are also coral with many beautiful fishes. But BE CAREFULL, there are quite many Sea Urchin (Bulu Babi) a species of sea animal like a hedgehog with very sharp long spine likes nidles. Make sure you use sandal or shoes when walking in the water especially at the East Cost of the island.
Batu Berlayar island consist of 2 main big boulders standing vertical about 10 meter high. Surrounding these main rocks there are several other formation of boulders with different kind of artistic form. This island is not that far from the coast of main Belitung island. It is still in Tanjung Kelayang area at the West coast beach.
One unique item of Batu Berlayar island is a grante rock just several meter away from the white sands and it shape likes shark fin or may be more likes shark teeth. There is no name of this rock yet, but let's name it Shark Fin (Sirip Hiu) rock. This is a fotogenic rock where photographers usually take nice picture with lighthouse at Lengkuas island as background.
However snorkeling surrounding the island is also quite good especially at the West Coast where you can find quite many coral with a lot of fishes. If you do a snorkeling please also be careful since the sea current surrounding this island sometime quite strong. Make sure you use life vest when you do the snorkeling activity.