What I mean with an old guard actually is an old lighthouse which was built in 1882 by the Dutch on a small island called Pulau Lengkuas (Lengkuas Island). The lighthouse is still in use up till now to guide the ships pass through or to Belitong Island. As for Pulau Lengkuas itself, it located off the north shore of Belitong Island. Travelers can easily come to the island by boat which is departed from Tanjong Binga or Tanjong Kelayang.
Pulau Lengkuas, which has a total area less than 1 hectare, is surrounded by clear and calm sea water. It is a perfect site to do snorkeling, since the water is relatively shallow and the underwater world form a beautiful underwater garden decorated with various kinds of colorful corals, many unique shape rocks, and a lot of beautiful fishes swims among them.
There are also several rock islets protruding here and there off the shore. Those islets can be easily reached just by walking from Pulau Lengkuas, because the water is only around 1.5 meters deep. On Pulau Lengkuas’ white sandy beach, palm trees and scattered yellowish white rocks created a unique but pretty landscape. It will be more beautiful if it is seen from the height; and for that sole purpose, travelers can climb to the top of the lighthouse.
I tried to climb to the top too, but when I peered out through the window on the 12th floor, I saw one of the lighthouse operators motioned me to come back down immediately. Reluctantly I climbed down, and as soon as I reached the base, a storm started its rage. The operator who called me to came down told me that it would be dangerous to be in the lighthouse during such a storm 😦
Not long after it began, I saw a twister formed in the middle of the sea. Fortunately it only took around 10 minutes before it vanished, and once again the weather became friendly 🙂