Bangka (or sometimes Banka) is an island lying east of Sumatra, administratively part of Sumatra. It is the main part of Bangka-Belitung Province. The provincial capital, Pangkal Pinang, lies on the island
From Jakarta it is one hour by plane. It has beautiful beaches.
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 the height of only less than 500 meters (1,600 ft)
The island is easily accessible with 4 daily 50-minute flights from Jakarta. Due to the fantastic white sand beaches and picturesque offshore islands, tourism is starting to become a larger part of the local economy.
Its turquoise blue sea is moderately calm and shallow, making for great sailing, snorkeling and swimming.
The mainly tourist destinations are beaches and offshore islands/islets
Belitung is popular for its abstract granite boulders and brilliant white sand beaches in Tanjung Tinggi, Tanjung Kelayang, Tanjung Binga and Lengkuas island
pictures taken in 2006
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