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Belitung is located in Sumatra
LocationSouth East Asia
Coordinates2°50?S 107°55?E / 2.833°S 107.917°E / -2.833; 107.917Coordinates: 2°50?S 107°55?E / 2.833°S 107.917°E / -2.833; 107.917
Area4,800.6 km2 (1,853.5 sq mi)
Highest elevation500 m (1,600 ft)
Highest pointMount Tajam
ProvinceBangka Belitung Islands
RegencyBelitung Regency, East Belitung Regency
Largest settlementTanjung Pandan
Population271,868 (2014)
Pop. density56.63 /km2 (146.67 /sq mi)

Belitung (or in English, Billiton) is an island on the east coast of Sumatra, Indonesia in the Java Sea. It covers 4,800.6 km2 (1,853.5 sq mi), and had a population of 271,868 in 2014. Administratively, it forms part of the province of Bangka-Belitung Islands. The island is known for its pepper and for its tin. It was in the possession of the United Kingdom from 1812 until Britain ceded control of the island to the Netherlands in the Anglo-Dutch Treaty of 1824. Its main town is Tanjung Pandan.


The population was 262,357 at the 2010 Census;[1] the latest official estimate (as in 2014) is 271,868. The population is centred in several small towns; the largest are Tanjung Pandan in the west and Manggar in the east, which are the respective capitals of the two Regencies (Belitung and Belitung Timur) into which the island is administratively divided. While ethnic Bangka Malays people make up the largest percentage along with Chinese people, Belitung has significant populations of Bugis, Sundanese, and Javanese people who formerly worked for the Dutch, mining tin. There is also a small population of Madurese who were settled there in the Suharto era transmigration.


Before the arrival of Dutch missionaries, the island's inhabitants and most of the Indonesian archipelago had already converted from Hinduism, Buddhism, and Animism to Islam due to the work of Chinese Muslim traders. As a result, Christian churches were unable to gain considerable numbers of followers.[] Today, Belitung is a religiously diverse island. Sunni Islam is the most widely practised religion, with sizeable minorities of Buddhists, Christians and Confucianists.[]


In Belitung island, the only Airport is in Belitung Regency; that is, the H. As Hanandjoedin International Airport serving plane to Pangkal Pinang Airport and plane to Soekarno-Hatta International airport and International flight to Changi International airport using Garuda Indonesia.

Skyteam airline Garuda Indonesia ( have four direct flights from Singapore. Starting 29th October 2018, the Singapore - Tanjung Pandan direct flight will operate 4 times weekly - leaving at 5:20 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and 5:30 pm on Sundays.

Belitung island have four ports, three in Belitung Regency and one In East Belitung Regency, serving Cargo Ship and ferry ship.

Online taxi such as Go-Jek and Grab are available, as well as regular taxicab such as Taxi Bandara and Street Taxi.


Topography of Belitung island

It is a medium-sized island of about 1,840 square miles (4,800 km2); it consists of moderately rugged terrain with several hills. The highest one is Mount Tajam with a height of less than 500 metres (1,600 ft). Belitung is bordered by the Gaspar Strait, the South China Sea and the Java Sea. Its turquoise blue sea is moderately calm and shallow, making for great sailing, snorkeling and swimming. Belitung is popular for its abstract granite boulders and brilliant white sand beaches in Tanjung Tinggi, Tanjung Kelayang, Tanjung Binga and Lengkuas island.


Part of the plant of NV Billiton Maatschappij company in Belitung island (ca. 1939)

Belitung is a source of tin, clay, iron ore and silica sands. The Dutch mining company NV Billiton Maatschappij derives its name from the island's name. Billiton merged with BHP in 2001 to form the largest diversified resources company, BHP Billiton.

The island is also a producer of fishery products, pepper, coconut, and palm oil. People work as farmers, fishermen and miners. The island is easily accessible with eight daily 1-hour flights from Jakarta and 2 daily flights, with duration of 30 minutes and 50 minutes each, from Pangkal Pinang.

The white sand beaches and offshore islands are helping tourism to become a larger part of the economy.

Tourist destinations

The main tourist destinations are beaches and offshore islands/islets. The beaches are Tanjung Tinggi Beach and Tanjung Kelayang Beach, both of which have clear blue water, sand, and rocky beaches. The islands/islets are Batu Berlayar Island, which is mostly granite, Pasir Island, which is a tidal island made of sand (= pasir in Indonesian language), Bird Islet (Pulau Burong, which one can access from Tanjung Binga beach by walking at low tide, Lengkuas Island, which is the home of a 129-year-old lighthouse and a good place for snorkeling, and Babi Island and Kelayang Islet.[2][3][4]

See also


  1. ^ Biro Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2011.
  2. ^ "The Philosophers movie introducing the beauty of Belitung island". 18 July 2014. Archived from the original on 13 July 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ "The Beauty of Belitung". The Jakarta Post. 29 May 2011. Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ "Terpesona Indahnya Batu Granit di Pulau Burong". 4 February 2012.

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