Batam is a small yet charming Indonesian island, strategically located close to the Malacca Strait and Singapore. Only 45 minutes by ferry from Singapore’s Harbor-front, Batam acts as a gateway to 3,000 islands in the Riau Archipelago of Sumatra. The island is one of the most frequented tourist destinations, welcoming over a million visitors each year, second only to Bali in popularity. Originally, Batam was a forgotten island with coastal villages and unspoiled nature. The recent declaration of a free-trade zone has transformed it into one of the liveliest places in the Riau Archipelago. Batam was originally intended to become one of the largest ports in Southeast Asia. Today, it is a hub for several Singaporean companies who have established factories on the island specializing in electronics and ship repairs, as well as large oil service sectors. With several luxurious hotel and resorts, fine golf courses, and places of interest, many Singaporeans wishing to get away from the hustle and bustle come and visit this small island on weekends. Being a special economic zone in Indonesia, many people come to Batam to shop for tax-free products such as cigarettes, alcoholic drinks, perfumes, chocolate, and handicrafts from all over the Indonesian archipelago.
Enjoy The Water Sports
In other places like Singapore the coast of water skiing or wakeboarding can really add up but in Batam you can enjoy these for a fraction of the price and one of the best places to do this is at the Batam Cable Ski Park.
Just some of the activities on offer here include canoeing, jet skiing, or even snorkeling or you can check out other famous resorts like the Batam View Beach Resort.
Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya
Devotees here usually burn incense for good luck and you can enjoy the colorful and elegant Buddha statues here as well as the carvings of twelve zodiac signs which lie opposite the temple.
One of the best things about the temple is that there is also a cafe here and you buy a range of delicious vegetarian food including buns and snacks in the shape of cute animals.
The bridge actually links main Batam Island with adjacent Galang Island and the bridge is a marvel of engineering as it majestically spans the water between these two islands.
If possible try to go around sunset for the best vistas across the water.
Mubut Darat Island
The cost to get to this island is IDR 50K (round trip) from the Sembulang Village's dock.
The beach on the island of Mubut Darat may be said to be his twin beach on the island of Point. It's just that this island is uninhabited like on Tunjuk Island. But the island of Mubut Darat now has its managers, so we don't need to be afraid to come to this island anymore.
Some of the best places to dive here are located offshore from the main Batam Island and include Abang Island, Hantu Island, Labun Island, and Petong Island.
From Batam you can sign up for a course and will be taken out to the neighboring islands in a boat and the visibility here is amazingly clear so you will be able to take in a range of underwater creatures and this is a top spot if you like marine photography.
If you are already an experienced diver then you will also find a lot to enjoy here thanks to the huge selection of aquatic life in these waters such as sharks, rays, and turtles.
Let's Play Golf
These include the Batam Hills Golf Resort and the Palm Springs Golf and Beach Resort or you can go to the Padang Golf Sukajadi which is the most famous of all the courses here.
As well as enjoying a game of golf all the courses have bars and eateries attached so you can also get a bite to eat or enjoy a sundowner as you look over the idyllic rambling dunes.
The park ahs a range of signature features including a large Ferris wheel and you will find a range of rides for children of all ages as well as adults.
There is also a 3D movie theater inside the park and you will also find a number of food courts where you can get a bite to eat.
Certainly if you are looking for a place with a range of attractions all in one place then this is a great choice.
There are tons of activities at Ranoh Island so that is why we’d recommend you to stay overnight rather than drop by for only a day trip. Besides snorkelling, you’ll also have access to other water-activities like kayaking and banana boat as well as their exciting giant waterpark that sits smack-bang in the ocean.
Waterfront City Beach
Buddhi Bakti Temple
Pa-Auk Tawya Vipassana Dhura Hermitage
Biking & Cycling
Several travel agencies provide a mountain biking tour with a local guide.
To get the best out of your trekking, it is best to go during low tide.
The popular Go-Kart track in Batam is located next to Harris Resort on the Waterfront City and the prices are reasonable. A guaranteed adrenaline rush!
Located just behind the Centre Point shopping mall, Nagoya Food Court is able to seat up to 400 persons at one time. This hugely popular, open-air food outlet is usually packed at night, and has its own performance stage. Other popular ones include Windsor Food Court and others.
You may try the eclectic nightclubs before heading back for a good night's sleep. An added bonus for being a duty zone, you can get Heineken and other imported beers for nearly the same price as Bintang. And although you might find the nightlife scene in Batam different from what you are used to back home, it is worth experiencing.