Those rocks are not really sailing of course. It is only seems like they are sailing across the sea, which is why the locals call those small rocky island that located off the shore of Belitung, Indonesia, as Pulau Batu Belayar or can be translated literally as the sailing rocks island. Other version said that the two whitish giant rocks on the island are looked like white sails from afar, and the smaller rocks around them are formed a boat, and that is why people called it Pulau Batu Belayar. Tell you the truth, I don’t care which one is the right version. For me, the beautiful scenery formed by rocks formation on and around the island is more interesting 🙂
The island, well . . actually it is not an island in my opinion; I prefer call it a group of giant rocks that jutted out of the sea. At low tide, the base of the rocks will emerge and exposing a white sandy island. It is not too wide; perhaps it is only a little wider than a tennis lawn. People can walk on its shore circling the island in less than 15 minutes, and that was what I did when I got the chance to visit Pulau Batu Belayar. Just to prove that I could reach the point where I started in just around 10 minutes 😛
The water around the so called island is very clear and quite shallow. People who visit the island can find many kind of sea creatures such as starfishes, molluscs, sea urchins, turtle, corals, and also some beautiful fishes. They can enjoy the beauty of the underwater world from the surface or by snorkeling.
Pulau Batu Belayar can be reached in 10 to 15 minutes by boat from the nearby beach such as Tanjong Kelayang or Tanjong Binga.