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Babi Island, Snorkeling Around Granite Rocks in Bangka Belitung

Babi Island or Pig Island or called as Kelayang Island is a beautiful island adjacent to Lengkuas Island at Bangka Belitung Province. Even, you can see its island clearly from Lengkuas and vice-versa. Babi Island has white sand with granite rocks, palm trees, grassland and become one of tourist destination in Belitung Island. The island is situated at northern Belitung Island, not too far from Tanjung Kelayang Beach or Tanjung Tinggi and it will take 20 to 30 minutes. There are two stories of Babi Island. First, long time ago there was a pig farming and the second version said if there was a big granite rock resemble to a pig. 

That is why people call the island as Babi Island. But, if you come there, you will never see any pig. Actually the Babi Island has 2 islands, Big Babi Island and Small Babi Island, where these islands are adjacent to one another. With beautiful scenery, it will be so much easy for you to find fishes swimming around the reef and visitors love to stay longer in the island. Unfortunately, there are few facilities to support visitors because it is an inhabitant island. 

To reach Babi Island, you can start it from town about 24 km. You can hire a car from a hotel or guesthouse in Tanjung Pandan ranging from IDR250.000 – IDR350.000 or US$26 – US$35 per day. You can choose a driver or without a driver. Then, you can go straight to Tanjung Kelayang or Tanjung Tinggi. These beaches are place to berth motor ship. If you want to hire motor ship, you have to pay around IDR300.000 – IDR400.000 or US$31 – US$41 per group. These prices are not included lifejacket or snorkeling equipment. So, if you go to Babi Island with your friends, the price will be cheaper. When you arrive in the island, don’t be surprise when you read a plank written Pulau Kepayang. 

Strolling in the Babi Island is an activity you must do before you jump into the water. There, you also can see so many big granite rocks. With various shapes, you can interpretation those shapes because they are so familiar to our daily life, such as head of whale, peach, and many more. Actually, Baby Island becomes one of alternative place to stay in Belitung. There are many rooms with stilt houses and a restaurant of the coast and also outbound area. The most favorite activity is snorkeling because visitors can see various fishes in the shallow water. But the fishes tend to shy and not aggressive. 

After snorkeling, you can go to Gosong Island. The island is consist sand dune in the middle of ocean and standing alone. If the tide of water high the island will disappear. If you lucky, you can find starfish there. If you want to see other views of Babi Island, you can climb the big granite rocks. From above, you can enjoy many small islands in Tanjung Kelayang. You will feel like in Raja Ampat in Papua. Your adventure in Babi Island becomes unforgettable moment because you can do many things there.
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