If you are traveling from Tanjung Pandan City to Manggar then you can stop by the Mempaya Lake tourist destination. The location of Mapaya Lake, which is close to the Tanjung Pandan - Manggar highway, will indeed be unfortunate if passed over. The story and charm of Lake Mempaya will make your vacation in Belitung more complete.
There are no special rates that you need to pay to enter and enjoy this Mempaya Lake tour. You are only required to maintain the cleanliness around this tourist area. You are also expected to obey the rules in this Lake Pesaya tour that is not to do swimming activities because the depth of the lake is so deep.
Mempaya Lake or some call Lake Mempayak or Lake Payak is a lake that is different from the lakes in general. This is because Mempaya Lake was not formed naturally or was not intentionally made. So this Mempaya Lake was a former tin mine quarry with a wide hole. Because then PT Timah went bankrupt, mining activities stopped and left a large hole in Mempaya Village. This hole is then filled with rainwater that falls and after a long time it becomes Lake Mempaya. Because this former excavated soil contains the element kaolin, the water in this lake never recedes or dries, despite the long dry season. Now because this place will be used as a tourist attraction, the government gives the name of the lake in the former mining pit.
The name Memaya itself is taken from the name of the village where the lake is located. Some community members themselves are actually more familiar with the term "Kolong" to refer to this lake. "Kolong" itself means the former pit of a mining quarry which was left without reclamation. This lake area is indeed broad and even the most extensive among the lakes in East Belitung. Not only presents traces of former mining excavations, but Lake Mempaya also presents a beautiful panorama. With the background of Gunung Burung Mandi, the scenery around the lake is more enchanting with shady trees around the lake and also the clear green lake water. But it is very unfortunate because tourists who come here are forbidden to swim because Lake Mempaya has a very deep depth of ± 40 meters.
Existing facilities in the Lake Mempaya tour is fairly good enough. This is because here there are several public facilities and infrastructure supporting tourism such as a parking area, small mosque, play ground (play area), gazebo and also food and beverage stalls.
Mempaya Lake itself at the foot of Mount Burung Mandi, precisely in Mempaya Village, Damar District, East Belitung Regency. The condition of the road to Lake Mempaya is good and easy access because of its location on the edge of the main highway of Tanjung Pandan City - Manggar. You can come here using any vehicle. For the time needed to get to the Mempaya Lake from Manggar City is about 21 minutes. Meanwhile from Tanjung Pandan City, you need about 1 hour 20 minutes to get to Mempaya Lake. And if you depart from HAS Hanandjoeddin Airport then you need approximately 1 hour.