Exploring Batam: The Island Paradise of Indonesia

Batam is a tiny oval island that is part of Indonesia’s Riau Islands Province, where business and pleasure meet. It has been classified as the core industrial and urban zone of the country after becoming part of the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle.

Batam Island, Indonesia
Batam Island, Indonesia | Bigstock Photos

Today, Batam holds the record of being the third busiest place in Indonesia after Bali and Jakarta, emerging as one of the world’s tourist destinations. Its close proximity to Singapore and Malaysia makes it a perfect getaway. If you are visiting any of these two countries, exploring Batam is a fun addition to your itinerary. A short ferry ride will bring you to this little island that boasts of beautiful beaches, luxury resorts, and a lot more.

Top Things to Do When in Batam

Food Feasting

Forget diet when you visit Batam. This tiny isle excels when it comes to extensive varieties of delectable foods and drinks. So, indulge in food hunting, bar/cafe hopping, and restaurant tasting.  Do not forget to try their authentic local cuisines, especially their signature dish chili crab, the black pepper crab, crunchy calamari, juicy prawns, and grilled lobsters. For desserts, delight yourself with the famous Kueh Lapis cake and Cha Kue carrot cake.

Shopping

Exploring Batam is complete without doing your shopping spree. Almost all retail items are sold at incredibly low prices. For duty-free shopping, head on to the famous Batam City Square Mall where you can haul a lot of the high-quality fashion items, souvenirs, toiletries, groceries, and sweet treats. For branded accessories, clothing, and gadgets, do it in the Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall.

Scuba Diving/Snorkelling and Other Water Sports

Enjoy a leisure dive in various diving spots in Batam and marvel at the beauty of the aquatic world as you swim around corals, turtles, rays, and even sharks. Go water skiing, windsurfing, parasailing, banana boat riding, or cable skiing. For more fun adventure, let the inner child in you comes out by playing at Sea Forest Adventure, the floating water park.

Chilling in the Beach

If you are looking for a place to relax, swim, stroll, or sunbathe, do it in Nongsa Beach. It is less crowded, so you will enjoy the tranquility and privacy of the beach. It is within the Nongsa District, where you can find luxury hotels, resorts, bars, shops, and spas. Another favorite is the Viovio Beach which offers an amazing view of the sunset, giant swings, and heart-shaped wooden platforms for beach shots.

Restoring Your Inner Zen

Batam has beautiful temples where you can offer incense for health, good luck, and fortune. The most-visited temples are Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya and Tua Pek Kong. The Maha Vihara is famous for its elegant and colorful Buddha statues and twelve zodiac signs carving that can be viewed opposite the temple,

Pampering

If you love a luxurious massage, go to Batam. The place offers a multitude number of massage parlors, spas, and reflexology centers. The rate is relatively cheaper too so treat yourself a two-hour massage after your exciting adventures in this amazing island.

Sunset Watching in Barelang Bridge

This iconic bridge links Batam Island with its neighbor Galang Island. It is regarded as one of the marvelous pieces of engineering works as it spans the water that separates the two islands. Best to visit it is late afternoon to catch the exquisite sight of the setting sun.

The sunset moment at SBS Resort Batam Island
The sunset moment at SBS Resort Batam Island | Bigstock Photos

Playing Golf

If you love golf, try playing in any of the seven golf ranges on the island. Batam is dubbed as the golfer’s paradise. Adjacent to the golf courses are the restaurants and bars that you will enjoy visiting after a challenging game.

Enjoying the nightlife in Batam

If you are looking for super-fun nightlife experience, you can find it in Batam. The price of alcohol is pocket-friendly as well as the entrance fees in clubs/bars. Head on to the NED (Nagoya Entertainment District) to enjoy non-stop entertainment and while there, drink the local beer called Bintang.

These are just some of the many activities you can do when exploring Batam. There are many things to enjoy, many places to visit, and many foods to taste, so book your flight now to get a taste of this beautiful island paradise in Indonesia.

How to get to Batam, Indonesia?

If you are coming from Jakarta, you can fly from Soekarno Hatta Airport to Batam’s Hang Nadim Airport. From Singapore and Johor Bahru, Malaysia, you can take a ferry to Batam Island.

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