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Bangka-Belitung, cutely abbreviated Babel, is a province in Indonesia consisting of the islands of Bangka and Belitung (Billiton), just off the south-eastern coast of Sumatra.


The province is divided into seven regencies: Bangka, Bangka Barat, Bangka Selatan, Bangka Tengah, Belitung, Belitung Timur and Pangkalpinang.


Other destinations[edit]

Belinyu, Jebus, Sungai Selan, Batu Rusa.


Belitung has some of the nicest beaches in Southeast Asia. Beautiful white sand edging turquoise calm seas and a nice long dry season of sunny skies. Go now so you can be one of those who visited it before it got ruined. Downtowns are full of well preserved Dutch colonial buildings. Bangka and Belitung serve as relaxing weekend breaks for office-goers in Jakarta and Palembang.


Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Both Pangkal Pinang (Bangka) and Tanjung Pandan (Belitung) are well connected to the rest of Indonesia by air. There are frequent flights to Jakarta (Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air) and a few to Palembang (Sriwijaya Air) and Batam (Riau Airlines). Additionally, there's an international direct flight between Kuala Lumpur to Tanjung Pandan has commenced in 2019 (AirAsia).

By ferry[edit]

There are daily slow overnight ferries (~11 hours) and fast Bahari Express hydrofoils several times a day (~3 hours) from Palembang to Mentok, on the western side of Bangka.

PELNI's giant ferries visit the island about once every two weeks, running either from Jakarta to Bangka and onward to Batam, or from Jakarta to Belitung and across to Pontianak in Borneo. The Jakarta-Bangka leg takes about 24 hours.

Get around[edit]

Generic local transportation is shabby at best and it would be advisable to either rent a car or a motorcycle. Grab and Gojek are also available in the main cities in the province.

Bahari hydrofoils travel between Pangkal Pinang on Bangka and Tanjung Pandan on Belitung daily (~4 hours). Flights between the two are on and off, enquire locally.

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The main attraction of these islands are the lovely, long, clean and tout-free beaches, with crystal clear and surprisingly calm turquoise blue seawater. This makes for fantastic swimming diving, snorkeling and sun bathing. The sand is very fine, clean and brillant white. Numerous island just off shore (some can be reached by swimming) make for great day trips and views. One small island off Belitung houses a 18 story Dutch lighthouse built in 1889 that can be climbed.

The society's cultures are dominated by Malay and Hakka Chinese. Large numbers of Bugis and Javanese also live here. The Chinese, Bugis and Javanese we're all brought there as contract labourers by the Dutch to mine tin and help domestically. The tin mining used giant dredging boats, that is one reason for the large population of, normally seafaring, Bugis people. There are also some Balinese kampongs and Madurese villages, moved there in Suharto era transmigration plans.

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Both Bangka and Belitung offer similar experiences for the tourist, but Belitung is considerably more laid back of the two. At Tanjung Kelayang in Belitung, Kelayang Beach Cottages can arrange tours both inland and on the water.

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There are many resorts in both islands.

Stay safe[edit]

Saltwater crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus) ARE present within the rivers of both Bangka and Belitung Islands, but they are rarely sighted near popular tourist areas.

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