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Last Updated on November 18, 2019 by Amy

Our orangutan tour in Kumai was amazing, but the river is extremely dirty and crocodile invested, so as soon as we returned from our trip, we hightailed it out of there.  We were still behind the Wonderful Sail 2 Indonesia Rally, but instead of meeting up with the rally in Bangka we made our stop in Belitung.

Check out the official tourism site for Belitung Island.

Flying into Belitung

There are several flights a day into Belitung from Jakarta and there is also a car ferry from the Tanjung Priok dock in Jakarta, operated by KM Lawit.

Anchoring in Belitung

When we arrived in Belitung on October 18th most of the rally was still there.  We joined our friends anchored on the east side of Pulau Kelayang.  There were quite a few boats anchored out on the west side of Pulau Kelayang too.  We caught up with rally friends and did our one boat chore: filling up on diesel.  The water was fairly clear, but the beach was a beautiful, hard-packed white sand (easy to haul the dinghy up the beach).

Filling our jerry cans with diesel in Belitung. There are large barrels with a portable pump. While we were watching, one of the hoses came loose and sprayed diesel all over!

Pulau Kelayang

This whole area is spotted with huge granite boulders, just like the Baths in the BVIs. One large cluster is right next to Pulau Kelayang, which has made it a tourist attraction.  Boats frequently went out to the island, ferrying tourists back and forth.

Welcome to Pulau Kelayang.

Thankfully one of the best parts about cruising is that I can do things like this on my own schedule.  I had a blast paddling around the rocks and to the beach every day in the early morning and always had the island all to myself.

Aerial view of granite boulders in Belitung Indonesia. Drone shot of granite boulders in Belitung Indonesia. Shells on the beach in Belitung Indonesia.

Ashore on the island is a short trail into the caves.  The path is very easy to follow and inside the caves you can see bats!

Light coming through the caves made by granite boulders in Belitung Indonesia.
 

Light coming through the caves in Belitung Indonesia.

October Weather in Belitung

The weather has also turned to monsoon season.  The mornings were calm and sunny, perfect for a swim, paddle, or to run a load of laundry.  But in the early afternoon, or maybe even the late morning, squalls rolled through with high winds and an absolute downpour of rain.

Storm clouds rolling into Belitung Indonesia.

Diving and Snorkeling

There are opportunities to dive and snorkel around Belitung.  We chatted with a guy named Zach – born in America to Indonesian parents, his family moved to Belitung to open a resort.  Zach has his own local boat and takes people out diving.

Lengkuas Island Lighthouse

We didn’t make it out to the lighthouse on Lengkuas Island, but several friends did and really enjoyed it.

 

Rally Stop Video

More Time Needed!

While we would have liked to stay longer in Belitung, there was a rare window of good weather to head north.  Our next important item on our list – crossing the equator!

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2 Comments

  1. This looks like a great destination to explore. I’ve been on the look out for somewhere in Indonesia that isn’t overcrowded with tourists. Snorkelling around those granite borders must be incredible.

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