Belitung Islands, Indonesia
Bangka–Belitung Islands is a
province of Indonesia. The province includes two
main islands, Bangka and Belitung, and several smaller
ones that lie east of the Sumatran mainland and
northeast of South Sumatra province. The Bangka
Strait separates Sumatra and Bangka, and the Gaspar
Strait separates Bangka and Belitung. The South
China Sea is to the north, the Java Sea is to the
south, and the province is separated from Borneo
in the east by the Karimata Strait.
The province was formerly part of South Sumatra,
but became a separate province along with Banten
and Gorontalo in 2000. In 2010 its population was
1,223,048. The capital is Pangkal Pinang.
These islands are the largest producer of tin in
Indonesia. They also produce white pepper.
Bangka Belitung Islands has many beaches and smaller
islands with beaches having blue sea waters, coral
reefs, fine white sand, and giant granite rock formations
which have attracted tourists from around the world.
The most well known beaches in Bangka Island are
Matras, Parai, Tanjung Pesona, Batu Bedaun, Remodong,
Pasir Padi, Tanjung Kelian, Rebo, and Telok Uber
Beach. Whereas Belitung Island exotic beaches are
Tanjung Kiras Beach, Tanjung Pendam Beach, Tanjung
Tinggi Beach, Tanjung Kelayang Beach, Tanjung Binga
fisherman village Beach, Panyaeran Beach, Tanjung
kubu Beach, Gembira Bay and Tanjung Ru Beach, which
are ideal sites for diving, scuba, snorkeling, fishing