Pulau Belitung Tour: Open Island Hopping & Beaches By Boat

Pulau Belitung is a small island in Sumatra, Indonesia that’s becoming famous for its crystal clear water and rocky granite islands.

There are lots of interesting things to see in Belitung, but the very best scenery is in the smaller islands scattered around the north coast. No Belitung tour would be complete without seeing these on a boat trip!

This guide covers the Belitung island hopping tour and what you can expect to see on it. We’ll have more general Belitung travel info soon!


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Island Hopping Belitung Tour

First of all, if you’re looking for a vetted tour guide for exploring the islands, Klook has a private Island Hopping Belitung Tour starting as low as 415k IDR ($28 USD) per person.

This tour visits the top sights like Lengkuas Island, Batu Berlayar, and more, and it includes free lunch, entrance tickets, snorkeling gear, life jackets, and hotel pickup/dropoff.

We’ve used Klook for lots of tours and activities around the world, and they’re great! Highly recommended.

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What To Expect

Generally the Belitung island hopping tours include 6-7 scenic stops, and you can expect to spend at least an hour at each major stop.

The boat driver will take you around to different granite rock formations, underwater coral reefs, walkable sandbars, and even a colonial lighthouse!

Lunch is usually done on Pulau Kepayang island, and it includes fresh seafood, veggies, and rice.

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Best Belitung Islands To See
• Lengkuas Island

This island is one of the highlights of a Belitung tour.

It’s home to an iconic Dutch lighthouse from the 1800s, and you can still climb to the top today! From the 18th story balcony you get views of the granite rocks and blue water below.

Last, but not least, Lengkuas has some of the best beaches and snorkeling spots in Belitung.

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• Pulau Kepayang Island

Pulau Kepayang is one of the bigger islands in the area and it’s also inhabited, with a seafood restaurant that’s included on some of the boat tours.

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• Pulau Babi Kecil (Baby Pig Island)

This is a tiny island next to Pulau Kepayang.

There’s not a lot to see at Pulau Babi Kecil, but I still think it’s one of the most photogenic islands in Belitung.

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• Belitung Snorkeling

All Belitung island hopping tours include some snorkeling at one of the many good coral reefs in the area.

Belitung snorkeling is fantastic, with lots of healthy corals and friendly fish. Just watch out for spiky sea urchins, we saw a bunch of them sitting between the corals. You don’t want to step on one.

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• Pulau Batu Berlayar (Sailing Rock Island)

This was one of our favorite islands in Belitung.

It’s a small circle shaped sand island, with rocks and boulders scattered across it. Kind of like a messy, natural Stonehenge on the ocean.

There’s even a little cave you can walk through to pass between the main boulders in the center of the island.

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• Pulau Pasir (Sand Island)

This is a cool sandbar that only appears at certain times of the day.

We visited Pulau Pasir in July, and in that month the sandbar was biggest in the morning, but in the afternoon was still shallow enough you could wade on it!

Starfish show up here frequently in the shallow water. It’s because of the soft currents that push toward the sandbar.

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• Pulau Kelayang Island

There’s more to this island than meets the eye.

If you do a quick 3 minute hike to the back of Pulau Kelayang, there’s a rainbow colored cave and natural pool between the boulders. It’s a fascinating spot.

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• Pulau Tukong Kelayang

This is a small island near Kelayang, with perfect white sand and not too many visitors. There’s a small shack inside the trees, but I don’t think anyone lives there anymore.

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• Pulau Batu Garuda (Garuda Stone Island)

This one is named after a rock at the back of the island that looks like the beak of Garuda, the legendary bird creature from Hindu and Buddhist religion.

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• Pulau Pegador

Most Belitung tours seem to skip this island, but it has a nice beach and some flat rocks to relax on.

We didn’t get to spend much time exploring this island, but it’s at the top of our list next time we’re back in Belitung!

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• Pulau Burung (Bird Island)

Pulau Burung island gets its name from the shape, that looks kind of like a bird in flight.

You may have to pay your boat driver a little extra to go to this island since it’s an extra 15-30 minutes farther from the main tourist route.

We paid our guy an extra 100k IDR (~$7) to add Pegador, Burung, and Kelamin islands to our boat tour.

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• Pulau Kelamin (Sex Island)

This island gets its name from a penis shaped rock. If you scale the main boulder in the center of the sandbar, you can get great views of the whole island from above.

You may have to pay your boat driver a little extra to go to this island since it’s an extra 30 minutes farther from the main tourist route.

We paid our guy an extra 100k IDR (~$7) to add Pegador, Burung, and Kelamin islands to our boat tour.

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• Pantai Tanjung Kelayang Beach

This is the main beach that all of the Belitung boat tours depart from, but it’s also a pretty nice beach in its own regard.

It has a long stretch of white sand that’s never as crowded as the more famous Tanjung Tinggi beach.

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Best Belitung Tour Package

Klook has a private Island Hopping Belitung Tour for as low as 415k IDR ($28 USD) per person.

This tour visits the top sights like Lengkuas Island, Batu Berlayar, and more, and it includes free lunch, entrance tickets, snorkeling gear, life jackets, and hotel pickup/dropoff.

We’ve used Klook for lots of tours and activities around the world, and they’re great! Highly recommended.

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Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit Pulau Belitung is from April to September.

This is Indonesia’s dry season, so it’s less rainy, with more sun, smoother seas, and better snorkeling visibility.

Months to avoid are November to January, when there’s a lot more rain. If you have to go in the rainy season, give yourself some extra days as a buffer in case of bad weather.

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