Tanjung Padan, Belitung Island
Tanjung Pandan is the largest town on the island Belitung in the Indonesian province of Bangka-Belitung, Indonesia. Tanjung Pandan is the capital of the Belitung Regency. The island offers the visitor pristine white sand beaches and turquoise sea filled with great snorkeling and a fantastic display of off shore islands.
Downtown Tanjung Pandan is quite interesting due to the many Dutch Colonial buildings and shop houses. Most of the governmental buildings are the original Dutch buildings and the old Dutch tin mining housing compound is still kept up. Traditional Bugis fishing craft and an odd assortment of other boats make the wharf and fish market an interesting place
The main tourist destinations on the island are the beaches and islands/islets. The beaches are Seru Beach and Awan Mendung Beach which both have blue clear water, sand and rocky beaches. The islands/islets are Batu Berlayar Island which full of granite, Pasir Island which is made of sand and submerged during high tide, Burung Island, Lengkuas Island which is a home of 129-year-old lighthouse and a good place for snorkeling, Babi Island and Kelayang Islet.
Things to See & Do
* Dutch Colonial buildings and shop houses
* Wharf area
* Island hopping
* Waterfall and swimming hole on Mount Tagam
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Rupiah (IDR)
Language – Indonesian
Population – 200,000 approx (Belitung Island)
Land Area – 7,800 km² (Belitung Island)
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time - GMT plus hours seven hours
International Country Telephone Code – +62
Port Location – The port at Belitung Island is located at Tanjung Pandan.
Travel Links - Daily flights connect Tanjung Pandan to Jakarta, Palembang, Pangkal Pinang and Batam. These routes are served by Sriwijaya Air, Batavia Air, Linus, and Riau Airlines.
Ferries leave and go to Jakarta, Cirebon, Pontianak (Kalimantan), and Bangka. Smaller fishing craft can be chartered for some harder to reach places and small islands.