If you have watched ‘Laskar Pelangi’ movie, then you should know where Tanjung Pandan is as the part of Things to Do in Belitung, Indonesia. That’s right, it’s the biggest town in Belitung Island. Back then, this island is only known as biggest tin producer in Indonesia, but now it has lots of attraction that you can’t missed. So please keep scrolling down, here are 15 exciting things to do in Tanjung Pandan.
1. Nyiur Melambai Beach
This marvelous beach is located in Manggra District, East Belitung. Along the coastline you won’t find any coconut trees, but there are pine trees. The appearance of these trees makes the beach feel so refreshing and calm. And since the coast is wide, you can do several group activities, such as volley, soccer, or just make some sandcastles with your children.
To get into this site, you need to drive around 1,5 km from the downtown. You can feel as if this beach is all for yourself, since the location is quite far from the crowd. It’s a perfect place to spend your family time and make some beautiful memories together.
2. Lengkuas Island
It’s a perfect place for spending holidays with your relatives. Lengkuas Island is already well-known by the local and foreign tourists. The iconic thing from this island is the 50 meters tall lighthouse that was built in 1882. Until now, hundreds of tourists keep coming to the site every year.
Around the island, you can find some massive granite stone which you can visit by walking through shallow ocean water. With the white sand beach, this island gives you the sweet-escape sensation that you’re looking for. Since the water is shallow and crystal clear, it’s also a fun place to swim around while looking at the beautiful fishes around.
3. Tanjung Tinggi Beach
This beach is well-known as the shooting place for ‘Laskar Pelangi’ movie. With only 30 km away from downtown, Tanjung Tinggi Beach is also very accessible since there are already so many directions heading to the beach. And you can enjoy facilities such as cottages, restaurants, also water activities like jet skiing, canoeing, snorkeling, fishing, you name it.
This place offer all of your holiday needs. With white sand beach, crystal blue water, and big rocks on the shore, makes all of the view here worth to capture. Mostly people keep coming here all through the year, so you better prepare your day off schedule to get the best moments here! Visit more beautiful beaches at things to do in Kuta.
4. Tanjung Kelayang Beach
This beach is popular with the last event held there called Sail Wakatobi Belitong in 2011. The mascot of the event is the iconic object at the beach called Batu Kelayang. It’s a set of big stones that lies on the shore, makes it so noticeable even from afar.
With the beauty of this island, there are lots of tourists coming all along the year. You can do many of your favorite things here, such as snorkeling, diving, fishing, and more.
To get here is quite easy since it’s only 37 km away from downtown. Beside, the facilities such as cottages and restaurants also available at the site with affordable prices. So please prepare your holiday ticket to get here!
5. Burung Mandi
Burung Mandi in Belitung Island is both name of a beach and a mountain. Both are having the same name since the location is not too far from each other. When you visit Belitung Island, you’ll never see any beach with mountain but here. Burung Mandi is known with the beauty of the white sand beach and the mild mountain breeze.
They also have lots of attractions to do such as snorkeling, diving, or even just enjoying the beach. It’s quite far from Tanjung Pandan, around 70 km. But you only need to drive for one hour since there’s no traffic there. With the big amount of tourists coming all along the year, you better check your ticket and luggage earlier!
6. Sand Island
Only 15 minutes from the Tanjung Kelayang Beach, this ‘temporary’ island has its own attraction to the local and foreign tourists. Since this island is only pop up and available to play around when it’s low tide.
With it’s tiny size that not even bigger than a soccer field and the white sand beach, this island attract everyone around to come and capture some memories there.
Especially with the easy access from Tanjung Kelayang Beach, there are lots of people who really want to visit this unique island. You better keep checking on the tides, plan your holiday, and set your ticket to get here!
7. Museum of Words
This museum was built by the native from Belitung who become a famous book writer. Yes, Andrea Hirata who wrote the tetralogy of ‘Laskar Pelangi’. This museum is dedicated to all the children in Belitung and for everyone who believe that education is a basic thing that everyone must get.
There’s no entrance fee to get into the museum, so you can enjoy the place as long as you want. There, you can see the ‘Laskar Pelangi’ international edition novels are put there as display for the visitors. This is a place that you can’t missed in your travel list! Check another beautiful buildings at things to do in Serang.
8. Tirta Marundang
This place is a natural bath in Air Seruk Village, around 20 minutes driving from Tanjung Pandan. With the very natural atmosphere, this place provide you some stress-relieveing session when you get into the pool.
Beside the pool, there are also cozy restaurants that will serve you some cuisine from Tanjung Pandan. Many people have come to get some time to relax. This is a very recommended things to do in Tanjung Pandan. So you better spend some time to come here!
9. Gurok Beraye Waterfall
At the eastern part of Tanjung Pandan, you’ll find an amazing waterfall hidden between the forest. Its called Gurok Beraye Waterfall. In this secluded place, you’ll have your own snorkeling place. With some small fishes on the site, it gives you an unforgettable experience.
But you better aware with some animals in this place, since they’re not really familiar with people. But once you get here, it will be an awesome experience for sure. So better prepare you snorkeling stuff and get your body in a good health!
10. Kepala Kawai Waterfall
But once you get here, your tired feet will be recharged when you dip them into the cold fresh water.
This site is rarely visited by people, but there are already some tracker have enjoyed the atmosphere here. So for the adventure seeker, you better pack your equipment and get recharged!
11. Marsilla Waterfall
This waterfall was crowded by the tourists, but recently this site slowly lose its visitors. In fact, this waterfall offer you an amazing view of double waterfall. And also it’s more reachable than the previous two waterfalls.
You can enjoy floating yourself at the pond beneath the waterfall, or enjoy the shower under the waterfall. With the crystal clear water, this place will attract people who loves nature attraction. Since the drive from Tanjung Pandan is only 45 minutes away, you better pack your things up soon! Discover other beautiful waterfall in things to do in Salatiga.
12. Pangkuan Hill
Pangkuan Hill is located around 55 minutes from Tanjung Pandan, which provide some challenges for visitors who seeks for it. They offer some playground filled with flying fox, high rope, ATV, and fruit garden where you can enjoy the fruit for free when it’s the right season.
You don’t have to worry about the road heading to the site, since it’s all wide and smooth road that you’ll pass. And this place also a very good site for gathering event, so I hope you can set your gathering event here!
13. Leebong Island
Besides, facilities like cottages and restaurants also available in this site. To get to this island you can rent a boat for Rp 1.500.000 with capacity of 15 people maximum.
It’s already include with all the facilites you can enjoy in the island, but for banana boat and jet ski you’ll need some more cash to rent them. But overall, this is a very nice sweet-escape place for you who seeks for it!
14. Batu Berlayar Island
As it’s name, Batu Berlayar Island has two big granite stone that stood up in the ocean and it looks like a sail. So that’s why people called it Batu Berlayar Island. In this island you can enjoy some fun activites, one of the most exciting is snorkeling.
Since it has a crystal blue water and white sand, it’s a very nice thing to see beneath the water surface. If you’re lucky, you’ll find some fishes swimming around the rocks as well. All that you have to do is pack your luggage and get here soon!
15. Memperak Island
You can enjoy some snorkeling spot in the northern, eastern, and western part of the island. But you need some local people to accompany you, since there are lots of sea urchins on the base of the sea. After a tiring session of snorkeling, you can enjoy the coastline on foot. It will be an unforgettable experience to observe this island!
So that’s some reviews for things to do in Tanjung Pandan. Though it might be a little rough trip to get to the sites, hope you’ll enjoy the whole experience you get! Check also for more nature attractions in things to do in West Sumatra and things to do in Riau Islands. Last but not least, don’t forget to share the happiness!