The twin islands of Bangka-Belitung off the eastern coast of Sumatra are surrounded by a number of beautiful tiny islands. Notable among these Lengkuas Island, blessed with a pristine beach, turquoise blue waters and distinct huge granite boulders, the icon of Belitung beaches, located north of Tanjung Binga Village in Belitung. Adding to the splendor is the existence of a hundred years’ old Lighthouse which offers complete fascinating views of the island and its surroundings.
With a total area of less than 1 hectare, Lengkuas is located within the Sijuk sub-district, Belitung Regency. While it may be small in size nevertheless it offers a wide range of splendors. This humble little island offers idyllic landscape, lush palm trees and staggering boulders that are great fun to climb on or swim beneath.
One can reach these unique, giant granite clusters by walking across the shallow waters that are no deeper than 1.2 meters. The water is so transparent that the bottom of the sea is clearly visible. Below the surface, the waters around the island are filled with colorful fish of various kinds, pristine coral reefs, a large number of starfish and more of the fascinating granite boulders. The moderately calm and shallow water makes it a perfect place for swimming and snorkeling, while on the beach the fresh breeze will truly indulge those who lay down on the soft white sands.
The pride of Lengkuas Island, however, is the iconic old lighthouse. Built by the Dutch in 1882, it still maintains its main function today in guiding ships sailing through and out of the island of Belitung. Approximately 50 meters in height, it is as tall as a 12-storey building. It has a window on each floor, giving visitors a chance to enjoy the different views from within the lighthouse. While the lighthouse itself is an exceptional feature, the spectacle it offers from the top is truly spellbinding. Here one can get a complete 360 degree view of the fascinating Island and all the wonders that surround it, including the crystal clear waters and other spreading tiny islands.
The best time to visit Lengkuas Island is from March to November. During these months, the climate and waves are fairly friendly and perfect for swimming and snorkeling.
It is not advisable to visit the island from December to January, since waves are strong and tend to be dangerous. Bring sufficient amount of food, water, and other logistics since there are no facilities or food stalls available on the island and no source of fresh water.
How to get there?
To reach Lengkuas Island you can rent a boat available at several beaches in Belitung such as at Tanjung Kelayang, Tanjung Binga, or Tanjung Tinggi.
From Tanjung Kelayang the boat trip will take approximately 20 minutes, while from Tanjung Binga or Tanjung Tinggi it will take about 30-45 minutes. Along the way you’ll be presented with fascinating sceneries of several small islands off the coast of Belitung.
The rate for the boat range between IDR350,000 to IDR500,00. As boats have a capacity of up to 10 persons, it is wise to share the boat with others to reduce costs.
How to stay?
Aside from public toilets with fairly limited fresh water, there are no facilities of any kind available on the island. While camping may be an option, keep in mind that the island does not have any source of fresh water. Therefore, you must bring enough supply of fresh water along with you with other logistics.
However, inns and other accommodation are available in the main tourist area at Tanjung Kelayang Beach.