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The island of Bangka is located off the West coast of Sumatra and is part of the province Bangka Belitung which, in addition to its two main islands, comprises 254 smaller surrounding islands.
The name Bangka comes from the Sanskri word vangka, meaning tin, which was discovered in Muntok on 1710; most of the mines are abandoned with only a few still active today.
In addition to tin, white pepper became very famous under the Dutch occupation, and continues to be its number one export.
The islands boast very nice beaches with granite stones reminiscent of the Seychelles landscapes. The Pantai Parai Tenggiri beaches situated on the East coast of Bangka are among the best on the island.
Enjoy a relaxing respite at Parai Beach Resort & Spa. After tendering ashore, enjoy hours of fun and relaxation on the beach or take a refreshing swim in the swimming pool. Complimentary fruit juices and sodas will be available during your stay.
Enjoy visiting various stalls that will offer:
· Foot relaxation massage / reflexology on the beach
· Hair braiding on the beach
· Traditional Bangkanese culinary
· Bangkanese and Indonesian authentic batik
· Special Bangkanese and Indonesian handicraft and souvenirs
Other activities include canoing, parasailing, banana boat rentals, glass bottom boat trips, snorkelling, coral fishing as well as mountain biking, jungle tracking and a rope coarse.
Please advise the Shore Concierge Manager onboard if you are interested in signing up for any of the various activities.
Please note: Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, and bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and a camera from the ship. Towels will be available at the gangway area. Payment for optional activities and shopping by the stalls should be made directly at the resort in cash (U.S. Dollars). Major credit cards are welcome in the restaurants, Sriwijaya Spa, Shafira Wellness Centre & Spa and La Piazza Souvenir Store.