Previously, not many people knew about this tin-producing island to save the natural beauty that was so charming. But do you know the locations that you must go to when traveling to Belitung?
Here are the locations that are a pity to miss while in Belitung:
1. Lengkuas Island
"Not yet to Belitung if it hasn't set foot on Lengkuas Island". This sentence is very familiar to tour operators in Belitung. Lengkuas Island is also a Belitung tourist icon with several other tourist locations.
Located in the waters of Sijuk District, the island which has a lighthouse presents a beautiful panorama of marine tourism. A stretch of white sand covers an island of no more than two hectares. Large granite rocks also beautify the coastline of the island.
Moreover, the sea water around the island is also very clear. Tourists can do snorkeling and diving around the island. The beauty of coral reefs and colorful ornamental fish makes tourists linger snorkeling.
2. Tanjung Tinggi Beach
This beach has begun to smell its beauty long before the Laskar Pelangi film was bombing. This is evidenced by the giant companies at that time who began to build hotels around the location. This beach is also an icon of Belitung tourism.
The beach, located in the village of Tanjungtinggi, Sijuk, is increasingly popular after being used as a shooting location for Laskar Pelangi Films. Belitung beach characteristics are very visible on this beach called Bilik Beach. Large groups of granite boulders rise high on this beach.
The waves at Tanjung Tinggi Beach are relatively calm so you can swim without having to be afraid of being carried by the waves. The distance of this beach to the city center is only 37 KM, or only about 30 minutes away.
3. Tanjung Kelayang Beach
The location of this beach is parallel to Tanjungtinggi Beach. Located in the village area Keciput, Sijuk, this beach is the most famous among yacther. During the last few years this beach is also a stop point for implementing sail.
Even in 2011, this beach was the center of Sail Wakatobi Belitong. Vice President Budiono and all cabinet ministers at this time were present at the Sal Wakatobi Belitong on Tanjung Kelayang Beach.
Tourists can enjoy this beach when going to Lengkuas Island, because the distance of this beach to Lengkuas Island is relatively close. Many crossing boats are moored on this beach and are ready to take tourists to Lengkuas Island.
4. Sand Island
Sand Island is seen when the sea conditions recede. Located between Tanjung Kelayang Beach and Lengkuas Island, this island is a haven for tourists.
On this island tourists can find starfish and photos together. Sea water clarity around this location adds to the comfort of tourists. The size of this island is very small. So that not many tourists can stop at this island.
5. Blue Lake
Blue Lake is located in Gang Murai, Air Raya Village, Tanjungpandan. Not far from Tanjungpandan city center. This location is an alternative tourist location in the city center.
The lake is formed from the former Kaolin quarry which is currently still active. This location is not a public tourist location. Never been actively formed for tourist sites. But its beauty captivates tourists.
This location was first introduced by photographers who capture the moment. Some even say the scenery here is almost the same as the view of the White Crater in Bandung.
6. The Word Museum
This museum is located in Andrea Hirata's hometown in Gantung, Beltim. Founded by the writer of the Laskar Pelangi novel, this museum is also an alternative tour in Belitung.
Andrea Hirata Word Museum is the first literary museum in Indonesia. Here, you can watch collections about the film Laskar Pelangi. You can find various works of Andrea Hirata in this museum.
There is a special short story made by Andrea Hirata that is not published publicly, and you can only read here. The museum was built by Andrea Hirata with the aim of inspiring children and young people in the village of Gantong, to develop their artistic talent.
Those are some locations that you must visit when you are in Belitung. There are still many other tourist locations in Belitung that will leave you in awe. (*)