Batam Island: Top 12 Things to Do and Must-See Attractions

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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. There are many things to do in Batam and a few exciting tourist attractions to visit.

Batam offers 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 *. 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.

If you are here for a weekend getaway, you should not miss out on these top things to do in Batam Island!

 
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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. Local food products like the famous kueh lapis (Indonesian layer cake), Indomie (instant noodles), and tidbits are here. You can also find sports equipment here, though they are predominantly golf equipment, as this place is a destination for it. Some shops accept Singapore dollars here, being nearby, and money changers are also in the mall. The things here are well known for being bargain buys. The things here are certainly a bang for the buck.

 
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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.

Drink cheap beer and alcohol

Batam offers a wide selection of affordable beer and alcohol options, and if drinking alcohol is your thing, then you have come to the right place. The island has low alcohol prices, particularly for local beers and international brands, making it attractive for drinkers to enjoy without spending a fortune.

Areas like Nagoya and Waterfront City have vibrant nightlife, with bars and clubs offering reasonably priced beverages. A tip is to check out the local establishments for special promotions and happy hour deals for even cheaper prices! However, please exercise responsible drinking while enjoying the cheap beer and alcohol in Batam.

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 for a good and affordable one. Pamper yourself with a rejuvenating massage, spa treatment, or a soothing yoga session. These wellness offerings provide the perfect opportunity to relax and rejuvenate both your body and mind.

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

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Relax at Nongsa Beach – things to do on Batam Island. Photo by Hartanto Kosasih on Unsplash

Relax and catch a sunset at Nongsa Beach

Spend a day at Nongsa Beach, a beautiful coastline with calm waters and pristine sands, making it an ideal destination for relaxation. With its pristine sands, clear waters, and picturesque views, the beach offers a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Whether you lounge on the soft sands, take a refreshing swim, or engage in water sports activities, Nongsa Beach caters to various preferences.

The beachside cafes and restaurants offer delicious local cuisine and refreshing drinks, allowing you to enjoy a meal while soaking in the beauty of the surroundings. Do not forget to stay for the captivating sunset, which Nongsa Beach is famous for. As the sun sets, the sky transforms into a palette of vibrant colors, creating a mesmerizing display.

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.

Alternatively, enjoy the beautiful beach, indulge in water sports, or take in the breathtaking sunset views at Batam View Beach Resort. *

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, don’t forget the Radisson Golf and Convention Center * that includes top-class accommodation.

Cycle or motorbike through the scenic northern coast

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Scenic view on Batam Island. Photo by Yaumal Kausart on Unsplash

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. Enjoy the breathtaking coastal roads, ocean views, and charming villages. Make stops at scenic viewpoints, beaches, and local cafes to soak in the beauty and savor the experience of this picturesque route.

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.

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 the Pacific Palace Hotel. You will find it littered at the shore with jetsams while rancid smells surround you. Do not let it deter you; this is reality, and you will see poverty alongside 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.

Must See Batam Attractions (Places to Visit 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 it. 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 South Asia’s most prominent temples ever built.

Barelang bridge

Explore the iconic Barelang Bridge, a series of six bridges connecting Batam with several nearby islands. 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.

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.

Cheng Ho Cruise Replica

The Cheng Ho Cruise Replica in Batam, Indonesia, is a detailed replica of the ship Chinese admiral Zheng He sailed during the 15th century. Measuring approximately 65 meters in length, it offers visitors a cultural experience, showcasing traditional Chinese architecture and decorations. Onboard, you can explore the ship’s decks and cabins, participate in guided tours, enjoy cultural performances, and learn about Zheng He’s historical voyages. The replica also features a gift shop where you can purchase souvenirs related to the ship and Chinese culture.

Chill at batam's beach, best things to do in batam
Chill at the Beach, one of the best things to do in Batam. Photo by Kharl Anthony Paica on Unsplash

How to get to Batam Island

Batam Island does not have an international airport, but you may fly to the nearest airport, Hang Nadim International Airport, on a nearby island and then take a ferry to Batam Island. Alternatively, a more convenient and probably more budget option is to fly to Singapore * and then use the fast ferry to get to Batam Island; see below.

–> Use Skyscanner to find the best flight deals to get here *.

How to get to Batam from Singapore

There is a Batam Fast Round Trip Ferry Tickets * from Tanah Merah Terminal in Singapore * or from Harbourfront Terminal in Singapore *. There are multiple times to choose from, and the ferry is comfortable. It includes departure and terminal fees, so there is nothing else to worry about!

–> Click here to book the Batam Fast Round Trip Ferry Tickets from Harbourfront Terminal in advance! *

–> Click here to book the Batam Fast Round Trip Ferry Tickets from Tanah Merah Terminal in advance! *

How to get around Batam Island

One best way is to charter a private car * to get around the island. With this, you can customize your own itinerary and travel around at your own pace together with your family and friends.

Public transportation options in Batam Island include taxis, Grab (ride-hailing app), and local buses.


Best Tours to take on Batam Island

1 Day Batam Premium Tour

Highlights of this immersive full-day tour in Batam include visiting the Cheng Ho cruise replica and local temples, the Barelang Bridge and Welcome To Batam monument, shopping for local goods, indulging in a delectable seafood lunch, and exploring other exciting attractions.

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  • Cheng Ho Cruise replica
  • Local Temples
  • Barelang Bridge
  • Seafood lunch
 

Absolute Spa, Hair, And Nail in Batam

Choose from various massage options, including Traditional, Aromatherapy, and Foot massages, to relax and unwind. The spa is staffed with professional and experienced therapists who provide excellent services, ensuring you feel pampered and cared for during your visit. Also, enjoy a cup of soothing ginger tea…

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  • Traditional massages
  • Aromatherapy
  • Spa packages
 

Batam Private Car Charter

Enjoy a private car charter in Batam for up to 6 guests. Customize your itinerary, travel comfortably in a modern, air-conditioned vehicle, and receive a complimentary meet-and-greet service. Explore the city at your own pace and maximize your time in Batam.

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  • Private car charter
  • Up to 6 guests
  • Explore at your own pace
 

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 bookings allow cancellation 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 100 USD)

Montigo Resort, Nongsa

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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….read more
Check out the latest prices on Agoda.com *
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Woda Villa & Spa

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A luxurious retreat located on the picturesque Batam Island. Surrounded by lush tropical greenery, this stunning property offers guests a peaceful and serene escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. With its elegant villas, top-notch spa facilities, and breathtaking views, it is the perfect destination for travelers seeking relaxation, rejuvenation, and a touch of luxury….read more
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Mid-range (50 – 150 USD)

Best Western Premier Panbil, Batam Center

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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.
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Batam View Beach Resort

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This resort has the peculiarity of Riau because some buildings, such as the villa, are roofed with a Lontiak Roof Malay House. The rooms are locally distinctive, such as white mattresses with tall mosquito nets, puppet statues, a spacious lobby with woven chairs, and brown interior design colors…read more
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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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KTM Resort

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Want to have a Balinese experience? KTM Resort offers a similar feature. It is on the waterfront and offers views of the Singapore skyline, Marina Bay Sands. The Balinese-style rooms at KTM Resort feature a flat-screen TV, a minibar, and a private bathroom….read more
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Harris Hotel Batam Center

For those looking for a comfortable but affordable stay on Batam Island. Located just a 5-minute 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!
Check out the latest prices on Agoda.com *
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FAQ for Batam Island

Do I need a visa to visit Batam Island?

Most nationalities are granted visa-free entry for up to 30 days when visiting Batam Island. However, checking the visa requirements based on your nationality is essential before traveling.

What is the best time to visit Batam Island?

Batam Island experiences a tropical climate and can be visited year-round. The dry season from May to September is generally considered the best time to visit when the weather is pleasant and rainfall is lower.

What currency is used in Batam Island?

The official currency of Batam Island is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). Carrying local currency for transactions is recommended, although some establishments may accept major foreign currencies or credit cards.
-> Get a Wise Travel Card for convenient spending in Indonesia *

What local dishes should I try in Batam Island?

Some popular local dishes in Batam Island include seafood, such as chili crabs and grilled fish, and traditional Indonesian dishes like nasi goreng (fried rice) and satay (grilled skewers).

Is there internet access available in Batam Island?

Yes, Batam Island has internet access. You can connect to the internet through various options such as mobile data, Wi-Fi, portable Wi-Fi devices, and internet cafes. You can use your mobile data in Batam Island with a roaming plan or a local SIM card with a data package.
-> Get an e-SIM for Batam Island before you arrive! *

Summary

You can see many things to do in Batam and some tourist attractions worth visiting. From shopping at Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall to exploring the iconic Barelang Bridge, there are plenty of things to do. Enjoy the beautiful beaches in the north, dive into history at the Cheng-Ho cruise replica, and find tranquility at the Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Temple. End the day with a relaxing spa treatment and experience the vibrant nightlife scene in Batam.

So, if you are wondering where to go next for a weekend getaway or just happen to be in Singapore, don’t forget to swing by Batam Island for a trip!


 
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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 – Skyscanner * 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 *
5. Book your train tickets online easily – Tiket.com * or bus tickets at Easybook.com *
6. Order ahead Indonesian Rupiah with the best exchange rate – Wise Travel Card *

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