Want to escape to Indonesia? Bali too far away? Well, the beautiful islands of Bintan and the city of Batam, just a short ferry ride from Singapore to Nongsapura Ferry Terminal or Bintan Telani Port, is the perfect vacation for you. We’ve compiled a list of the best things to do for a fun weekend in Batam and the Bintan Islands.
Admirably, this unique red temple is the oldest Buddhism temple in Batam. Be fascinated by the stunning architecture, walk the peaceful grounds splashed in gold and red décor such as lanterns, and much more. Certainly, one of the most unmissable things to do in Batam.
📍42Q6+X8R, Jl. Pembangunan, Lubuk Baja Kota, Kec. Lubuk Baja, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29432, Indonesia
2. Visit the beaches
With an array of incredible tropical beaches to visit…you’ll be spoiled for choice. Undoubtably, the most popular for tourists are Nongsa Beach and Marina Beach. For instance, Nongsa is known for plenty of watersports, boating, epic resorts, and more. Meanwhile, Marina Beach boasts phenomenal views and offers a great place to swim.
3. Eat traditional seafood
Devouring seafood is a must-do for travellers while in Batam. Depending on your taste and budget, there’s hundreds of delicious places to eat. Nevertheless, we recommend checking out Kopak Jaya 077, which is a cool seafood restaurant, perched above the ocean. Plus, Tsania Seafood offers stunning sunset views and is popular among tourists.
This hidden tropical wonder is known as the adventure island in the Riau Archipelago region. Just a 20 minute speedboat ride from Batam, relax in a family-friendly resort. Likewise, take part in free recreational activities. For instance, snorkeling, canoeing, waterpark adventures, to name a few. Indeed, the ultimate destination for thrill seekers.
📍Ranoh Island, Pulau Abang, Galang, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau, Indonesia
5. Snap a pic at Barelang Bridge
This iconic landmark is one of the best things to do while in Batam. Built in 1997, the Barelang Bridge is a combination of six full-swing bridges that connects the islands of Batam, Rempang, Galang and Riau Islands. Definitely, the perfect sunset spot for sunworshippers.
📍Jl. Trans Barelang, Sembulang, Galang, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau, Indonesia
6. Bintan Elephant Park
If you ever wanted to get up close and personal with majestic elephants, now is your chance. These trained gentle giants present something diverse and exciting for animal lovers. Additionally, travellers can ride the elephants if they like.
📍Bintan Regency, Riau Islands, Bintan, Indonesia
7. Lagoi Bay
Another famous place to visit among tourists in Bintan. Particularly, it’s an excellent place to stay with the amount of unique accommodations in the area, just feet away from watersports, golf, shopping, a gorgeous white sand beach and other family fun. Definitely, be sure to get a picture in front of the massive Lagoi Bay sign.
📍North Bintan, Indonesia
8. Masjid Raya An-Nur Kawal Mosque
This surreal and unique gigantic pink mosque is unforgettable in Bintan. Of course, art lovers will adore the techniques both inside and outside the mosque. Equally, those looking for the perfect instagrammable photo will find nothing better than this backdrop.
📍Jl. Raya Kawal, Kawal, Gn. Kijang, Kabupaten Bintan, Kepulauan Riau 29151, Indonesia
If you’ve got extra cash, why not stay at this award-winning resort. Featuring a desert-themed glamping area with teepees, a crystal lagoon, watersports like kayaking, a Tipi Bar, delicious cuisine and plenty more. Certainly, the most unique experience on Bintan.
📍Kawasan Pariwisata Jalan Raja Haji Fisabililah No.88, Sebong Lagoi, Tlk. Sebong, Kabupaten Bintan, Kepulauan Riau 29155, Indonesia
10. Trikora Beach
Sun seeking Singaporeans love this beach east of Bintan. Known for fishermen on houseboats, scuba diving and a haven for relaxation…you’ll be in your element. Additionally, the picturesque white sand beach exhibiting crystal clear waters is just as tranquil.
📍Bintan, Rau Islands, Indonesia
11. Gurun Pasir
This former mining site features large sandy dunes, a blue lake and some delightful fruit stalls. In recent years, it has become a dreamy instagrammable hotspot to visit. Frequently, travellers can be seen swimming in the lake, riding camels and racing on quadbikes through the dunes.
📍Jl. Raya Busung, Busung, Seri Kuala Lobam, Kabupaten Bintan, Kepulauan Riau 29152, Indonesia