Batu Baginda – Giant Granite Boulders In Belitung, Indonesia
Batu Baginda is a short but awesome hike in Belitung, Indonesia that takes you to the top of an incredibly massive boulder overlooking the jungle.
This spot is unknown to most Belitung tourists, but it was one of our favorite experiences in the island, and it’s also part of Belitung’s newly recognized UNESCO Geopark.
The views from the top are nice, but if you have a drone that’s even better, because you can take some aerial selfies to see how tiny you look on top of the boulders!This travel guide will explain how to get there, and everything you need to know before you go!
Where To Stay In Belitung
Batu Baginda Hike
The hike to the top of the Baginda rock is short, but steep. If you keep a good pace, it only takes about 15 minutes or so.
Try not to stop in the jungle or you’ll get attacked by mosquitoes. Belitung has Dengue and potentially Malaria, so you don’t want none of that.
The best thing to do is just push through all the way until you reach the top. It’s a short hike, and if you keep moving, you won’t get any bites.
Once you reach the rock, there’s a ladder and rope to climb. It looks scary at first, but it’s actually not hard to manage.
Your first steps on the rock will be a bit steep at first, and could be slippery after a big rain. Just take your time and use good footing.
Voilà, you’re up!
Batu Baginda Viewpoint
Once you reach the top of the boulder, it’s flat and you’re free to walk around and take in the epic 360 degree panorama. It reminded me a little bit of Elephant Rocks, in my home state of Missouri.
There’s a nice breeze and you have views of the mountains to the north, the Java Sea to the south, lots of jungles and palm oil plantations below, and another giant rock in the distance.
The name ‘Batu Baginda’ (also spelled ‘Batu Baginde’) is from Bahasa Indonesian language and roughly translates to mean “His Majesty, The Rock”.
The name fits, IMO.
It’s an amazing place, and I would’ve loved to spend all day up there. Intan napped while I flew the drone and caught some photos of tiny me standing on top the giant boulder.
If you have a drone, this is the perfect place to use it. It’s hard to grasp the scale of these boulders until you see yourself in comparison!
Check out these drone photos.
FREE as of 2020.
There’s no entrance fee here.
How To Get There
Batu Baginda is located on the southwest corner of Belitung island, about 1.5 hours from Tanjung Pandan city.
When you arrive, you’ll see a sign for Batu Baginda on the right side of the road. Turn in here, and then a short distance later you’ll see the start of the hiking path on your left.
Belitung Private Driver & Motorbike Rental
If you want to explore Belitung in the comfort and safety of a private car with a driver, my top recommendation would be Klook.
Their price is 540k IDR ($35 USD) for a full day of driving and sightseeing in Belitung (up to 12 hours) for 1-6 passengers. That's the total price for the whole car + driver + petrol! It's a steal.
If you'd rather travel by motorbike, they have that too. Their scooter rentals start at 70k IDR (~$5) and include 2 helmets and pickup in Tanjung Pandan city.
We've used Klook for lots of tours and activities around the world, and they're great! Highly recommended.
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