Tanjung Kelayang is an iconic landmark in Belitung island. It becomes even more popular these days after the attractive stretch was featured in an Indonesian blockbuster, Laskar Pelangi. The beach is naturally artistic with large boulders and stones decorating the white sand. Swimmers and snorkelers will find Tanjung Kelayang perfect with its calm sea and breezy air. You can witness boats and yachts sailing on Tanjung Kelayang occasionally.
Not far from Tanjung Kelayang, an 80-hectare white sandy beach stretches beautifully with granite stones on its beach. It was used to be the fishermen wharf, but now it's a paradise for divers. However, please be aware for jellyfish!
Literally translated to ‘The Sailing Rock’, Batu Berlayar has that soft white sandy beach and huge stones. During high tide, these stones appear to be sailing and it is quite a scenic view to admire.
Belitung consists of small islands and all of them are worth the visit. Explore the tropical islands in Belitung by renting a boat. Each beach offers a unique experience and different topography.
Your island hopping adventure starts from Tanjung Ru using a motor boat that you can rent for the whole day. We recommend you start early in the morning because you might want to let each moment sink in!
This little Maldives owns a beach called Chicas that has a unique topography of mangrove and white powdery beach combined. Explore the turquoise ocean and the floating gazebos (yes!) on high tide!
Pulau Batu Garuda
Another blue ocean to dive in is Batu Garuda. The perfect clear water is the garden of corals with granites resembling Garuda bird (a creature from Hindu mythology similar to eagle).
Pulau Pasir can only be seen when you're in luck! This is the reason why you should come to Belitung at its best time, on the driest season. The sand appears during the lowest tide and it disappears on high tide.
A quick boat ride from Tanjung Kelayang will get you to a century-old lighthouse in Lengkuas beach. Take a peek of Belitung from above with a little hard work to reach the top of the lighthouse as it has 18 storeys.
Natural wonders of Belitung
Kaolin Lake reminds us of Kawah Putih Ciwidey which has these similar colors but without the sulfur! Kaolin Lake offers an extraordinaire panorama with its unique blue water and pale white land due to the high mineral deposits. The lake is actually a kaolin-mining site. And because it is a tin mine, the water is highly contaminated and visitors are prohibited to swim.
The sea life in Belitung is too awesome to be missed! The calm waters and true blue oceans house the most beautiful marine life. You can also enjoy other means of watersports such as kayaking or sailing.
Our recommended accomodations
Arumdalu Eco-Resort - for everybody with a good sense of nature, we can fully recommend the Arumdalu Eco-Resort. It offers you a quiet tropical place to unwind. Everything about this resort is environmentally friendly – from recycled water heater to urban farming – this is a satisfying way to relax knowing that you take part in preserving the nature. The room price starts from IDR 5,8m per night.
Bahamas Hotel & Resort - Bahamas is just 30-minute away from the airport and a stone throw away from the pristine beach. The hotel’s favorite facilities are the swimming pool and jacuzzi. Rate starts from IDR 400,000.
Belitung Homestay Backpacker - This is a great stay for those who travel with a tight budget. For IDR 100,000, you can get a decent bed in a dorm room and shared bathroom.
Despite its natural beauty, Belitung is also famous for its noodles. Unlike other typical Indonesian noodles, Mie Belitung has a distinct taste with its fried shrimps. The sweet soup and yellow noodles paired with Kekian (prawn roll) and bean sprout is a refresh to your tongue.
You should definitely try one of Belitung kopitiams – the humble, yet legendary shops that sell coffee made out of the best local beans. Drinking coffee has somehow become a culture in Belitung and it begins early in the morning. The elders would hangout in coffee shops and enjoy sipping their drinks while socializing with their peers.