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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.
Brilliant white-sand islands and turquoise blue sea
Lengkuas Island, called Pulau Lengkuas in Bahasa, is one of the small islands surrounding the Belitung Island in the north of Tanjung Binga Village in Belitung. Belitung, along with the smaller islands around it, was once under the control of Britain from 1812 until 1824, when it ceded possession of the islands to the Dutch. A good source of tin, clay, iron ore and silica sands, its main economy derives from mining. However, Belitung is known for its brilliant white-sand islands and fantastic granite boulders, so tourism has also started to become part of the local economy.
Belitung is outlined with tiny islands, one of which is the beautiful Lengkuas Island. By boat, it takes about 30 minutes from the nearby Tanjung Kelayang Island. Lengkuas Island boasts of spectacular features. Spoil your eyes with the pollution-free panoramas such as turquoise blue sea, pristine white sands and abstract granite rock formations that surround the island.
You can reach these unique, multiple slabs of granites by walking across the shallow seawater no deeper than 1.2 meters. The transparent water is so clear that you can simply see the bottom of the sea. Its undersea garden is equipped with various kinds of colorful fish, coral reefs and various sizes of rocks. The moderately calm and shallow water is favorable for snorkeling, sailing and swimming. In the beach, relax as fresh wind blows while you lay down in the white sands shaded by coconut trees.
The pride of Lengkuas Island, however, is the old lighthouse built by the Dutch in 1882. It still functions until today, guiding ships going through and out the island of Belitung. The island’s only three residents are the lighthouse’s operators. 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. Don’t forget your camera, as on the top floor you can have the fantastic 360-degree view of the whole Lengkuas Island.
You can reach Belitung by plane to Tanjung Pandan Airport, and then rent a boat to Lengkuas Island from Tanjung Binga or Tanjung Kelayang. If you are a beach lover heading for Indonesia, take time to visit the beautiful island Lengkuas.