Pongok Island

Pongok (Indonesian: Pulau Pongok), sometimes known as Liat, is an Indonesian island which is part of the Pongok Islands District of the South Bangka Regency, Bangka Belitung Province. It comprises over 95% of the district's area and most of its population, with an area of 48.3 square km. It is the 5th largest island in the province, being far smaller than Bangka and Belitung in addition to the islands of Lepar and Mendanau.

Native name:
Pulau Pongok
Pulau Liat
Pulo Leat
Pongok Island Location.svg
Location of Pongok in Bangka-Belitung
Coordinates2°52′39″S 107°1′35″E / 2.87750°S 107.02639°E / -2.87750; 107.02639
Area48.35 km2 (18.67 sq mi)
Highest elevation125 m (410 ft)
ProvinceBangka Belitung Islands
RegencySouth Bangka
DistrictPongok Islands
Population4,767 (2020)[1]
Pop. density98.6/km2 (255.4/sq mi)

The smaller island of Celagen, off the western coast of the island, holds the remaining population of the district. Before its division in 2012, the island was part of the Lepar Pongok District.


The island is located approximately halfway between Bangka and Belitung, in the middle of the Gaspar Strait, resulting in it sometimes being referred to as "Middle Island".[2] The island stretches approximately 10 km north-south and 8.5 km east-west. Several small streams flow in the island. The terrain is largely flat with little prominent elevations, the highest point on the island being only 125 m above sea level.[3] The island is accessible by boat, with a three-hour journey from mainland Bangka.[4]


The island, as Pongok Village, has a population of 5,377 with a sex ratio of 1.14 and divided into 916 households (5.8 persons per household).[1]

Economy and administrationEdit

The island is part of the Pongok Village in the district (Celagen Viullage, on the island of that name, comprises the other part of the district), and is further subdivided into 7 hamlets (dusun). A solar power plant with a peak capacity of 125 kilowatts was established on the island in 2015.[5]

A stark majority of the labor force are engaged in fisheries and agriculture, with a fish production of about 6,850 tonnes throughout 2016. Several public-funded schools are present on the island, ranging from kindergarten (TK) to senior high school (SMA).[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Pongok Islands District in Numbers 2017" (PDF) (in Indonesian). Toboali: Statistics Indonesia. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  2. ^ Horsburgh, James (2014). Directions for Sailing to and from the East Indies, China, New Holland, Cape of Good Hope, and the Interjacent Ports, Volume 2. Cambridge University Press. p. 125. ISBN 9781108077293. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Digital Elevation Data - with SRTM voids filled using accurate topographic mapping". www.viewfinderpanoramas.org. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Kepulauan Pongok Surganya Penikmat Ikan Segar - Bangka Selatan". Bangka Selatan (in Indonesian). 4 August 2016. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  5. ^ Hardi, Try Mustika (28 October 2015). "PLN Bangun PLTS di Daerah Terisolir". Antara Babel (in Indonesian). Retrieved 3 October 2017.

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