Formerly known as ‘Biliton’, Belitung Island at Bangka-Belitung province of Indonesia is regarded as one of the best tropical sanctuaries in Southeast Asia. Pristine white sand beaches overlook a turquoise sea. Here there are great snorkelling sites within view of a fantastic display of offshore islands. Belitung has gained worldwide recognition as one of the most anticipated holiday destinations in the area especially for those who seek an alternative to the mainstream vacation island resorts around Indonesia.
Two of the finest beaches to visit at Belitung are Tanjung Kelayang and Tanjung Tinggi. Here one will find a peaceful tropical feel of sun, sand and sea but a minimum of the hustle and bustle of other more commercial resort sites. Most of the hotels and inns are located in Tanjung Pandan city on the West side of the island. It is a small city with adequate facilities and has several points of interest in its own right. Here the museum, the harbour and the city’s own beach add another level of interest to Belitung.