Top 10 Things to Do and Must See in Batam Island

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Are you looking for a quick weekend getaway from Singapore? Batam Island is the answer to many travelers and locals from Singapore as there are many things to do and places to visit here. Batam is the answer to a natural beach, sun, and sea for a few days. Maybe it is not the best island vacation, but it is so near it is worth coming over just over the weekend, with only 45 minutes of the ferry from Singapore to Batam Center.

Though it has gotten a bad rep for being a sleazy destination, it is a decent getaway for family and friends looking to have fun with water sports, eat fresh seafood, shop, and have affordable spas and massages. There are also a few exciting tourist attractions for you to visit. This tour * includes a visit to the spa and massage, as well as round trip ferry ticket between Singapore and Batam

Batam Fast Ferry from Singapore to Batam Island, Indonesia

Batam Fast Ferry from Singapore. Photo by alantankenghoe

If you are here for a weekend getaway, you should not miss out on this Top 10 Things to Do and Must See in Batam.

Things to Do in Batam – Activities

Shopping in Nagoya Hill Mall

Nagoya Hill Mall is one of the best places to shop on Batam island. You can find local food products like the famous kueh lapis (Indonesian layer cake), Indomie (instant noodles), and tidbits here. You can also find sports equipment here though they are predominantly golf equipment, as this place is a destination for it too. Some shops accept Singapore dollars here, being nearby, else there are also money changers in the mall. The things here are well known for being bargain buys. The things here are certainly a bang for the buck.

Eat affordable fresh seafood

Here in Batam, you can find fresh seafood at affordable prices. Many seafood restaurants dotted the island, but a few famous ones are the Golden Prawn Seafood Restaurant and Harbour Bay Seafood Restaurant by the waterfront promenade. You can find a selection of seafood such as prawns, crabs, mussels, and more; you’ll be spoilt by the end of a meal.

Fresh seafood at Batam Island Indonesia

Fresh seafood at Batam Island. Photo by yeowatzup

Drink cheap beer and alcohol

If you come from neighboring Singapore, you will find that the beer and alcohol here are cheap. If drinking is your thing, then this is the place to fill your quota before returning. You can find drinking places anywhere around here.

Pamper yourself with affordable spa and massage

There are vast selections of spas and massages in Batam Center as they cater mainly to the hordes of tourists. But this would also mean plenty of choices to get a good and affordable one. The traditional Balinese massage is one of the things to do, and the costs start from 260,000 Rp / 25 SGD (as of 2017).

Just walk around and look for one that suits you! One of the recommended massages in Batam that is affordable is Go! Massage. If you want to stay nearby and pamper yourselves daily, Allium Batam Hotel * would be your best choice, only 2 minute’s walk away.

Take up adventurous activities and water sports

At the waterfront city, you find all the happenings for adventure sports from land to water. Choices of water sports include banana boating, parasailing, windsurfing, kayaking, and jet skiing (all around 55 SGD), while on land, you can try go-kart at about 18 SGD.

You can also find these activities on the Nongsa coast, or the less crowded option is Melur Beach on Galang Island. You may even try diving or snorkeling here at Batam Island.

wakeboarding water sport at Batam Island Indonesia

Wakeboarding, one of the popular water spots on Batam Island. Photo by Philip Hayward

Play golf on internationally acclaimed golf courses

Batam is well known for having some of the world’s standard golf courses; thus, it is one of the most popular activities here. Find a luscious greenway flanked by a beautiful coastal backdrop, such as the gold course Tering Bay International, designed by the legendary Greg Norman, an international golf course designer.

Also, not to forget Radisson Golf and Convention Center * that includes top-class accommodation as well.

Hidden part of Batam Island Indonesia

The hidden part of Batam Island. Photo by Riza Nugraha

Cycle or motorbike through the scenic northern coast

Although unknown to many, Batam’s scenic northern coastlines are one of the best mountain biking, where you will cycle through a dense green jungle and sweeping seafront. You may take this trail on your own around Duriankang Reservoir and the Nongsa Coast. It will be about a 30km bike ride from Turi Beach/Nongsa Village, through Teluk Mata Ikan, then down the coast to Batu Besar, and finally through Citra Mas Housing estate to Tering Bay Golf.

Riding at the roads of Batam Island Indonesia

Riding at the roads of Batam Island. Photo by Abdul Rahman

Must See Tourist Attractions in Batam

Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Buddhist Temple

This temple is famous for its many laughing Buddha statues in various sizes and costumes that line around the temple. The temple complex is big and spacious, with an orphanage, food stalls, and a vegetarian restaurant. It is an example of the modern-day monument, which was opened in 1999 after being built by the Chinese community of Batam. It is regarded as one of the most prominent temples ever built in South Asia.

Barelang Bridge at Batam Island Indonesia

Barelang Bridge at Batam. Photo by Hildo Trazo

Marvel at the Barelang bridge

Many tourists come here for a different cultural view of Batam’s local life. This attraction takes about 45 minutes to drive from the city, but the journey is well worth it. The bridge is a spectacular architecture with a total of 7 bridges; though incomplete, they hold a certain local charm. Local street hawkers on the bridge would still be surprised to see foreigners hanging around. After crossing the bridge, you may find local seafood restaurants that can be even cheaper than their counterparts in the city.

Near Barelang Bridge at Batam Island Indonesia

Near Barelang Bridge at Batam Island. Photo by toffeespin

Explore Batam’s past at the backwaters

Get off the beaten path and wander into the coastal backwaters of Batam to get a glimpse of the past. This place is just around the corner from Pacific Palace Hotel. At the shore, you will find it littered with jetsams while rancid smells will surround you. Do not let it deter you, as this is what reality is, and you will get to see poverty side by side with modernization and commercialization. You will also see the fishermen’s village of stilt houses that stood as a testament to Batam’s past of simplicity.

Fishermen Village at Batam Island Indonesia

Fishermen Village at Batam Island. Photo by Riza Nugraha

You can see many things to do in Batam and some tourist attractions worth visiting. So if you are wondering where to go next for a weekend getaway or if you just happened to be in Singapore, don’t forget to swing by Batam Island for a trip!


Best Accommodations on Batam Island

Agoda.com is an excellent choice for finding the best hotel deals as it has the most extensive listings in Asia.

Booking.com * is my favorite choice because most of the bookings allow cancellation to the day before, allowing maximum flexibility.

There are a few areas to stay on Batam Island. Batam Center * would be your choice if you want to be in the middle of the action, but if you are looking for a relaxing and tranquil getaway, further afield, like Nongsa * and Sekupang * offer great retreats. Here are a few of the best accommodations that we recommend to stay on Batam Island:

Luxury (from 150 USD)

Montigo Resort, Nongsa
For those looking for a romantic getaway or special occasion. This luxurious resort comes with floor-to-ceiling windows villas overlooking a private beach. It comes with private outdoor pools and terraces to enjoy the sunset. Several world-class golf courses are also located in the surroundings.
Check out the latest prices on Agoda.com *
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Tempat Senang Spa and Resort, Sekupang
This resort, set in the middle of a lush forest, features Indonesian interiors for those who love architecture and tranquil nature. The spa here is also notable for being world-class, making it a favorite spa weekend getaway.
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Mid-range (50 – 150 USD)

Best Western Premier Panbil, Batam Center
For those looking to get away from the busy center and find some affordable luxury. This hotel has amenities, a swimming pool, parking, and a good breakfast spread. The rooms also come with a beautiful view of the greeneries and sea.
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Radisson Golf & Convention Center, Batam Center
For those looking for familiar luxury from a well-known brand, this hotel does not disappoint. It comes with high-class services and is conveniently near the center yet surrounded by nature. The breakfast, infinity pool with a view, sauna, and restaurant are all excellent.
Check out the latest prices on Agoda.com *
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Budget (below 50 USD)

Allium Batam Hotel, Nagoya
For those looking to be situated in Nagoya Center, famed for its night market, massages, and Nagoya mall. The rooms at this budget hotel are clean, with comfortable big beds, a swimming pool, and a gym. Breakfast is included too.
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Harris Hotel Batam Center
For those looking for a comfortable but affordable stay on Batam Island. Located just 5 minutes walk from the Mega Mall of Ferry Terminal, this budget hotel has clean, simple, and modern rooms. Rooms come with a simple breakfast, a swimming pool, a gym, and a restaurant for your convenience. Best for those on a budget!
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Travel Tips:
1. Book the best accommodations – Booking.com* or Agoda.com *
2. Find the cheapest flight options that suit you – Omio.com * or 12Go.asia *
3. Rent a car in advance and make your trip more convenient – Rentalcars *
4. Make the most of the time that you have! Exciting excursions, professional guides, and more – Klook *

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