With a total area of less than one hectare, people say Lengkuas Island cannot compete with the more prominent and proud Bali Island. However, this tiny island of idyllic landscape, palm trees and white rocks has its own brand of beauty. If you are in search for a small wonder, the humble Lengkuas Island is waiting for you.
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.
- There are no facilities or food stalls available on the island and no source of fresh water.
Nearest airport is Tanjung Pandan Airport, a local boat is required to reach Lengkuas Island from Tanjung Binga or Tanjung Kelayang, Tanjung Binga, or Tanjung Tinggi. Along the way you’ll be presented with fascinating sceneries of several small islands off the coast of Belitung.
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