Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Belitung Island

Last October I finally went to Belitung island for the first time. A small island, among 17,508 islands in Indonesia.

About 50 minutes by plane from Jakarta. Got there before noon, and went straight to the famous chicken noodle stall nearby the airport.

They have enticing colorful chopsticks. I so wanna take them home.

We went to a traditional market first to get some fresh supplies. Carrots, onions, tomatoes, eggs, etc. Grabbed gallons of water and gas.

With a fisherman's traditional boat we went to this tiny island called Lengkuas. Only 2 people lived there (the lighthouse guards), 2 cats, 4 chickens and several lizards I saw the next morning. It is also a place where sea turtles lay their eggs at night.

We camped there for 2 nights, and were lucky enough to see and touch the turtle eggs. The lighthouse guard dug out the sand to save the eggs from being eaten by lizards.

Lots of Nemos (clown fish) in Belitung.

In the morning we climbed the old lighthouse. Four of us sat there in amazement, gazing at the incredible horizon.

We had wonderful time despite the occasional rain and storm. We cooked, swam, climbed over the light house, snorkled, laid on the big rocks, had some wonderful fresh seafood, met some very genuine people in Belitung... I'm definitely coming back, maybe sometime in April next year.

Photo credits: pictures were taken by Selly, Haryo, Iwan & myself.