Belitung is increasingly popular. Thanks to the phenomenal movie “Laskar Pelangi”. Its close proximity to the capital city, which is only one hour with air travel, makes everyone easy to visit Belitung.
If you are interested in Belitung, following these simple tips before you design a sightseeing trip and travel to Belitung Island. Two things you should consider; itinerary and booking in advance. Instead, create a travel plan with details, especially the schedule a day-long trip in Belitung.
Second, make sure you’ve booked a hotel, rental car and boat rental, long ago. Moreover, air ticket, you should buy far days before departure. Belitung visited by tourists, especially domestic tourists, usually visited by the tour.
This led, Belitung so crowded not only in the dense traffic, but also on weekends. So, a booking ahead of time is not just that the price is not too expensive, but make sure you do not run out of space.
Access. The easiest way to the Belitung Island is through the air. You can also by sea using jetfoil of Bangka Island. Airports in Belitung is H.A.S Hanandjoeddin Airport, located in Tanjung Pandan.
There are three airlines that serve this route, namely Batavia, Sriwijaya, and Sky Aviation. Sky Aviation airport service Palembang (South Sumatra) – Tanjung Pandan and Pangkal Pinang (Bangka Island) – Tanjung Pandan.
As for Batavia Air serves the route Jakarta-Tanjung Pandan available in the morning twice flight. While Sriwijaya Air on route from Jakarta to Tanjung Pandan at between six o’clock in the morning until two in the afternoon, a total of four flights. It is about an hour long flight.
Flights are available every day. Prices for the service start from Rp 450,000. Keep in mind, because of the limited number of seats for flights, ticket prices are very volatile and can be expensive in a solid season and a weekend visit. At the weekend, the price could jump to start from Rp 900,000.
Other options could be on the island of Bangka, which is still in a province with Belitung Island. Sky Aviation provides the router twice per day with long takes about half an hour. The ticket price is of Rp 400,000.
Land transportation. Public transportation exists, but a kind of minibus transport is very rare. There is also inter-district bus in Belitung. If your time is limited, you should rent a car or motorcycle.
Let easy, car rental with driver already. Make sure he knows the way and know the tourist places. Rental car type Avanza with a driver without gasoline ranging from Rp 350,000 per day. Another option is to ride motorcycles.
If you are alone or in small quantities, motorcycles could be an option. Negotiate with a motorcycle taxi driver how much you need to pay to asked to be taken during the day. Usually in the range of Rp 100,000 depending on distance traveled. Rent a bike and bring their own could be an alternative. Rent a bike at a cost of Rp 60,000 per day.
Going Around the Island. Not fun if you do not sail through the waters of Belitung and visit small islands during the trip. You can go to Cape Coast as the place of departure Kelayang boat.
Here, the motor boats can be hired to take tourists. There is a kind of community that coordinates motor boat motor boat rental. There’s a good idea to invite a tour guide.
The tour guide can explain many things about the islands in the Pacific Islands. Not just to give an explanation. The tour guide can arrange trips with ease, as well as water activities like snorkeling affairs.
Boat rental rates depending on the number of passengers who ride. Price Rp 350,000 can be obtained if the 10 people aboard the boat. The maximum capacity of the vessel is in the range of 10 passengers. So, more and more passengers, the fare per person will be more expensive.
Accommodation. Lodging in Belitung is very diverse. It is ranging from five-star grade to Jasmine grade and guesthouse. Star hotels like the Lor-in are located at the seashore that gives a gorgeous panorama. There is also a cottage in the middle of a small island, which is at Pig Island.
Kelayang in Cape Coast there are a variety of lodgings like the bungalow. For class budget or backpacker, can find hotels in Tanjung Pandan jasmine. The price range starts from Rp 100,000 to Rp 300,000. In fact, there is also the inn less than Rp 100,000. Make sure you choose a specialty based on a recommendation.
Supplies. Make sure you bring enough stock during the trip. Provisions such as mineral water that much, then snacks and fruit are good to maintain stamina. Consumption of vitamins is important to take in order to stay awake stamina.
In some areas, rather difficult to find stalls selling a variety of drinks and food, especially when you’re doing island hopping in the waters of the Belitung Islands. You do not expect to see suddenly stalls in the middle charred.
Bring your personal medicines and common drugs such as ibuprofen. Bring a balm, alcohol or drugs wounds. Similarly bring sunscreen lotion with a high SPF because the scorching sun in this island. Do not forget to bring mosquito repellent, especially if staying at the seashore.
Best time. Since most travel to Belitung Island is a marine tourism, then the best time to visit Belitung is during the dry season in April and June with a calm sea and the sky is so blue. February and March is also a good time of the visit because the waves are not too high. By contrast, in the rainy season, high waves and heavy rainfall, causing some motor boats are not willing to take risks to fishing.
However, that does not mean you cannot visit during the end of the year. Belitung offers many tourist attractions such as cultural and follows the story of “Laskar Pelangi” that can be enjoyed without worry of high waves.
Travel to Belitung Island is very promising. You are really to try going there. Happy vacation!