This event in year 2011 was aimed to promote the tourisn potential of Wakatobi that famous with their underwater beauty with Belitung that famous with the beauty of its beaches, granites and islands. The main event conducted in Belitung 5-12 October 2011 at Tanjung Kelayang Belitung opening by Vice President of Indonesia Budhiyono with some ministers.
Sail Wakatobi - Belitong 2011 is an event where hundreds of yacht from multi nationals sail from Darwin Australia and stop by in Nusantara island of Indonesia then finish in Singapore. Sail Wakatobi - Belitong 2011 is part of yearly Sail Indonesia event.
The event is started with departure of hundreds of yacht from Darwin Australia on 23 July 2011. The yachts will then enter Indonesian islands via Saumaki and continued to Banda, Ambon, Wakatobi, Makassar, Lombok, Bali, Karimum Jawa, Kumai, last stop over in Belitung on 11 Oktober 2011, before leaving to Singapore.
There are several side events conducted during this time such as: fishing boat parade, jetski parade from Jakarta to Belitung, record breaking chess play under water, national champhionship of Barongsai, social service of floating hospital, and some more events.
BelitungIsland.COM presents the photos during the event of Sail Wakatobi - Belitong in this page.
Since then, every year around October there are always yachts stop over in Belitung even though there is no special big event like this. The stop over is not only in West Belitung but also in East Belitung. The local government of Belitung is having an ambition to build a Marina port in Manggar that enable Belitung becoming a place to store yacht for long term and becoming a trigger to grow tourism in this part of the island.