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Belitung Island – Desember 2010 (part 1)


Ok this is another a late post… coz this post is about my holiday on December 2010 in beautiful island called Belitung Island…

Belitung Island – December 2010

Belitung Island
Belitung Island is on Province of Bangka Belitung, on the east of Sumatera Island, on the southeast of the South Sumatera province. This island formerly known for its rich tin, now… it’s more known coz its beautiful beaches with the giant granite rocks. The beauty had been filmed on the trilogy of Laskar Pelangi and since then, tourism on the island is growing rapidly, many tourists attract and come to enjoy the beautiful beaches in the archipelago, including me ^^

Belitung or Belitong itself means a sea slug, do you know that there’s a story regarding the derivation of Belitung Island — for further story please visit: 

The Trip to Belitung Island

My trip this time to Belitung Island was helped by a travel agent, that we found in internet. after several web visit, then we decided to try the

we found it much scheduled and much certain! short story about the travel agent, there were already few scheduled travel with several choice of type like Lighthouse, Laskar Pelangi, and Photographer with different length too, and beside that you can also manage your own trip by choosing the date, choosing the length day you will stay, and the place you will go… so it’s so flexible.. but to be noticed is the more member on your group, the cheaper is the trip ^^ 

since that rule is on, then we’re -me and my travel buddy, m’ayu- decided to join the Photographer’s trip, since that was the most feasible date for us 3 days on Christmas holiday and it’s already 4 person there, so plus 2 it’s cheaper rite? then it was decided!! trip to Belitung 3 days 2 night (total member on group = 10 people) it cost IDR 1.375.000 per person. 

the travel cost is covered the hotel fee, guide fee, transportation in Belitung (destination as per itinerary), breakfast, lunch, dinner, and morning snack, evening snack, hiring boat… complete daaaghh :p 

the extra cost you will spend are for transportation to Belitung and for something you bought there for your friend *read: oleh-oleh* plus if you want to try other menu beside what they’re already offered. Okay enough for the opening… let’s read the whole story about my trip to Belitung, *of course* with my lebay way of telling it… Please Enjoy ^^

Day #1 Going to Belitung, Enjoy the Beaches and the Rocks!

We went to belitung on December 24th from Padang (as per my current domicile) morning flight with Lion Air 06.00, which means we had to depart from Indarung, about 4 a.m… three of us ride to BIM (Bandara Internasional Minangkabau), morning cold little bit cloudy and perfect timing, no delay to Jakarta… what a thing to start our trip ^^

Narcissism: depart to Belitong ^^

Up to Jakarta, only two of us, flew to Belitung using Batavia Air (since there were only two airlines which had flight scheduled to Belitung, Batavia Air and Sriwijaya Air). Since that we had few hours to wait… guess what we did? we went straight away to the new terminal for Batavia, and enter it… and got surprised! yup, it was much better than the terminal we just went… lot of shops and yup… we were shopping then ^^ we couldn’t resist our temptation to shop since we saw that “discount” signed in Batik Keris.. we hadn’t started our trip yet, but we had already spent money :p (women!!!). 

The Belitung calling was saving our wallet from shopping :p yup.. yup… yup.. It’s all about “can’t wait to see Belitung”. The flight was quite OK, since that was a sunny day, and it only took about 30 minutes flight from Jakarta to Belitung. almost 75% people in the airplanes went to Belitung for vacation… we were so dag dig dug… guessing who will be our travel mates, since that there were 10 people in the trip, and we were only two… we’re so hopping that not all of them are couples… ckckckckck… and thanks God it’s true…

so we met our travel mate, a couple from Bandung, a couple (a work colleague) from jakarta, and a photographer groups (4 people from jakarta which had the photography hobby, with their all big bag and tripod full of their precious belongings, read as big camera :p)

udik dulu di bandara Tanjung Pandan

we went straight away to the hotel Billiton, which is a nice hotel in the center of the Belitung city (woops… remember Belitung is not a big city… so please be noticed :p) not far from the hotel -the tour guide said there is the beach-. The tour guide asked us to leave our belongings in the room and change our outfit to more beach outfit, and yup, guess we (me and m’ayu) were disappointing the tour guide coz we didn’t change our outfit, we were just replaced our shoes with flip flop :p which others, they really did changed their outfit.. what do you expect from us.. whether it’s beach or it’s mountain we will use the same outfit, a long shirt, long jeans/ skirt, and head scarfs (read: jilbab) 😀

Greeeeengg… Greeeng.. we were heading to the beach, coz we will eat lunch by the beach… and voilla… it was so quiet restaurant made from the wood… with the view of the beautiful beach… white sand and perfect sky… perfect sea,,, it’s all blue…. a clear blue 🙂 we were just to starving… yummm :9 it was a perfect taste of seafood under the shinny sun… it was a fish soup with pineapple, fried calamari flour, and grilled fish with ‘terasi’ chilly sauce… and cah kangkung… yumm… yummm… plus tropical fruits… and an ice of jeruk kunci (this the famous lemonade in Belitung). Gosh it was the best…

Tour continued by visiting another quiet beach close to the restaurant, it was really quiet, in fact it was only we who’s there. the photographers got really excited by the row of high coconut tree, which stand there by the beach gracefully. And then… with no command, they were ready with their big camera, stand closely with their action ready to take the picture of it… and clicked *I also took their picture… that moment :p nice right?*

photographer in pose -1-

 and this one is the most hilarious -yang duduk kayak anak ilang-

and of course we also took pictures of ourselves and the beautiful and peaceful beaches…

beautiful right – Tanjung Tinggi Beach

And here the pose! ^^

tetep narcis at Tanjung Tinggi Beach

then, another beaches visited… this time to beach ….. this place quite special since that the Laskar Pelangi ever took a scene in this beach.. and yup.. we know the reason… it is amazing place… big rocks almost every where… and the beach wowwww….. Subhanallah beautiful… really REALLY BEAUTIFUL… 

since that I went with m’ayu, and the couple busy with their self, the colleague busy with their swimming things, and the photographers busy with their spot and objects… so we went all narciss by ourselves, taking picture in almost every beautiful spot, in many style… and guess what? thanks to the Mr. Tour Guide who volunteer himself to be our photographer… hey he wasn’t bad.. since that he often company photographers he knows little bit of it… you can check it below… ^^

m’ayu and me *sok jadi model video klip xixixixi*
gagagaga… no comment

after it, of course another beach to visit it the evening. this time we visit beach… it was cloudy there, in front of us were laid beaches and white sand, looking toward the sea we’ll see granite rocks… and many of boats were lined up against the beach… and yup… we’re taking picture.. there and there… then, mr. tour guide took us (me, m’ayu and the couple -since, that we were the only people who didn’t have specific agenda) walking along the beach to a rock hill… it was quite… perfect for couples :p nice combination between granite rock and green plants… it was almost sunset… and the wind blows romantically… and upon the sky… many black birds flying across…

Mr. Tour Guide told us that they are a huge bird, he said the length of the wing when it spread is about a meter, he also mentioned that they were categorized as ancient one. and I saw above, and no doubt that it was a big bird… sadly I didn’t ask the name of the birds *huukkkss*

Then we continued our walk to the rocks, through the path which surrounding by bushes and green plant, we passed an rock which look like a fish head.. and then we did this… *big grin… narcissism mode on*

pose in the “fish head” rock

and we also took several picture of us in there with “model” pose.. #eaaa…

lagi lagi pose aneh -___-“
dua anak ilang ^^
cyiiiiiaaaaaaaat… martial art in action

after satisfied taking pictures by the beach, it’s time for us to back to the hotel. and we’re in group with the photographers, then when the sun is set, it meant a “sunset hunting”. and yup.. we did sunset hunting, but this time we did it in other beach, according to Mr. Tour Guide was the most near and perfect place to hunt sunset (and it was a romantic place). there’s no sand, but there were lot of piers heading to the sea, the pier was tremendously look so exotically fragile made by wood and it’s already mossy. there were also lot of boats parked along the pier… and it was so quiet… it was the perfect scene for a romantic thing. That time was the time for the sun to take a rest… it was beautiful, but unfortunately it was cloudy so the perfect moment and colors couldn’t be caught in camera perfectly. But through our bare eyes, it was quiet perfect… we, who didn’t have the big camera, were sitting by the pier, looking at the moment when the sun set… and admiring that beautiful moment accompanied by soft rhythm of gentle wave and rubbed by wind breeze… gosh… so quiet on that moment.. it was a right place to admiring what Allah SWT has created.. Subhanallah.. it was so beautiful..

sunset view at Belitung

the catching sun set was done, Mr. Tour Guide took us back to our hotel to take shower and change outfit before he took us to dinner. after showering and replacing our dirty outfit to the new one, we’re all ready for dinner… and yummm… he took us to a local restaurant which quiet far from the city… but, the menu was delicious! we were served with Crabs (Kepiting Asam Manis) and another Crabs meal (the crabs was smashed and flavored, then it shaped like little ball) and it was delicious… then grilled prawn and grilled fish… hummmm… yummm yummm….

kepiting asam manis and Nugget Kepiting :9

you know what… I found best seafood in Belitung… so it was a recreation and culinary tour 🙂

and that’s how our first day in Belitung end… perfectly full and happy ^^ okay, see ya on my Belitung part 2

love always

travel lover
*coz this is one of ways to see how Great Allah SWT and be admired and graceful for His creation.*

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