A cloistered island is always a great choice for vacation. With beautiful panorama and not many people around, it is such a perfect place to clear out your head and relieve stress. On that matter, Lengkuas Island located on the Province of Bangka Belitung may be a nice destination for you. Not just pretty, this island also features an old lighthouse so you could see the stunning panorama for high above.

Lengkuas Island and Its Lighthouse (Source: travel.kompasiana.com. Credit: Daniel Mashudi)
Lengkuas Island and Its Lighthouse
(Source: travel.kompasiana.com. Credit: Daniel Mashudi)

 

How to Get There

To enjoy the beautiful environment of Lengkuas Island, first you need to reach the Province of Bangka Belitung. The easiest way is by getting a flight from Jakarta City to Tanjung Pandan in Belitung Island. There are six airlines that accommodate flight from Soekarno Hatta International Airport in Jakarta to H. A. S. Hanandjoeddin Airport in Tanjung Pandan city, Belitung Island.

From Tanjung Pandan, you need to go to Tanjung Kelayang Beach. You can go there by using public transportation, rent a motorcycle, or rent a car. Public transportation will cost you $0.3 per person. Renting a motorcycle is about $4.5 per person, not included the gas.

And renting a car might vary depends on the car you are renting.

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From Tanjung Kelayang Beach, you are just one more step away to reach the exotic Lengkuas Island. To that, you need to rent a speedboat because it is the only transportation that can take you to Lengkuas Island.

You can rent a speedboat from a fishermen or boat rental at Tanjung Kelayang Beach. The price is ranging about $30 to $45. A speedboat can occupy up to 10 people. Therefore, it is highly recommended to rent the boat together with other tourists so you can share the budget.

From Tanjung Kelayang Beach, it will take about 30 to 40 minutes to reach your final tourism destination of Lengkuas Island. During the trip, you can enjoy the panorama of sparkling blue sea water around you. Other panorama you will see during this speedboat trip is the Batu Berlayar, a formation of giant reefs in a middle of the open sea.

Batu Berlayar; A Formation of Giant Granite Rocks (Source: Flickr. Credit: Zulfikar Aleksandri)
Batu Berlayar; A Formation of Giant Granite Rocks
(Source: Flickr. Credit: Zulfikar Aleksandri)

Where to Stay

Lengkuas Island is inhabitant so there will be no accommodations that you can book. The closest accommodation you can find is around the tourism area of Tanjung Kelayang. At this area, you can easily find several comfortable hotels and inns to book. If you wish for cheaper accommodation, you can get the ones at Tanjung Pandan city, where you can find budget hostels that are mostly favored by the backpackers.

 

Choices of Activities

The island of Lengkuas is very small. It is only about one hectare wide. But magically, it is surrounded by lots of nature exoticism. Looking around the beach, you can see the turquoise water of the sea. The water is so clear and transparent you could plainly see the base of the sea at the shallow depth. A few meters from the coastal line, the water is no deeper than 1.3 meters so you can casually walk on it and feel the refreshing water embrace your legs.

If you visit the island at the right season, you will see the wave is so calm and soft. Thus, swimming would be a possible choice of activity at this beautiful beach. Not just swimming, you can even do some snorkeling at the shores. Under the water of Lengkuas Island, you will see several species of beautiful corals, starfishes, and a small school of colorful fishes.

In addition to the fascinating water, several formations of giant rocks are standing tall and strong, scattered here and there around the tiny island. These granite rocks are interesting to climb on if you are the person who loves challenge. Otherwise, it is also fun to swim beneath it or just take picture of it. Several formations can be easily accessed by walking through shallow water.

The Shallow Water and Formations of Giant Rocks around the Island (Source: travel.kompas.com. Credit: Kristianto Purnomo)
The Shallow Water and Formations of Giant Rocks around the Island
(Source: travel.kompas.com. Credit: Kristianto Purnomo)

Diving is also possible to do around Lengkuas Island. There are several interesting spots to dive in. One of the most popular is the Indomarine Wrecks where you can see an old shipwrecks being covered in corals. You will also see plenty fishes in any colors to swim around the wrecks.

Not very far from Lengkuas Island, there are also several other islands that are just as amazing. Most of those islands are still unnamed yet. One exotic island with the name is Burung Island (Bird Island). The island is called that way because there is a giant granite rock there with a shape similar to a bird.

 

The Lighthouse

Enjoying panorama would feel more interesting and inspiring if you do it from high above. And this is not something impossible to do in the pristine Lengkuas Island. Just look around the island, you will see a tall old lighthouse.

That lighthouse was built in 1882 by the Dutch government during the colonialism era. Even if it is very old, the lighthouse is still functioning perfectly until today. There are chances that you will meet some staffs working at that lighthouse during the visit. Because of its uniqueness, that lighthouse now becomes an icon of Lengkuas Island.

The Iconic Lighthouse (Source: Flickr. Credit: Adi Sunaryo)
The Iconic Lighthouse
(Source: Flickr. Credit: Adi Sunaryo) 

The lighthouse is about 50 meters tall. To enjoy the view of Lengkuas Island from the peak of this lighthouse, you need to climb up the stairs through 18 stories of floor. This would be very tiring, maybe, but the breath-taking view you will get from the peak will pay off all your energy spent on the stairs.

If you don’t think you can climb up that high, you can always stop at any level of floor. Good thing about this lighthouse is that there is a window on every floor so you can just enjoy the view at any height. But the view at the highest floor would be much different as the wall is filled with window. This allows you to see the panorama on 360 degrees. Basically, you can see everything at this floor level.

 

Tips

  • There are no vendors at this inhabitant island. Thus, make sure you bring enough supply of foods and beverages to this island, especially if you plan to do exhausting activity such as diving and climbing up the lighthouse to the peak.
  • The most recommended time to visit this pristine island is around March to November. During this season, the wave tends to be calmer and stable. Thus, it would be much safer for swimming or snorkeling.
  • It is highly recommended to avoid visiting the island around December to January. The waves during these months would likely to be dangerous and unpredictable so it might be dangerous to swim on.
  • Since you have already rent the speedboat for a day, why don’t you also visit other small islands around Lengkuas Island?
  • Renting the equipment for snorkeling or diving would not be available at Lengkuas Island. Make sure to rent one at Tanjung Kelayang tourism area.

 

A remote island is always interesting to visit as long as it has stunning nature. It would be even more interesting if the beach has other attraction that is unique and rare. These qualifications are what you will find at the pristine Lengkuas Island. What else can be more unique than going on an inhabitant island and enjoy the scenic view from a tall old lighthouse?

 

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