Top 10 Things to Do and Must See in Batam Island

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

Though it had gotten a bad rep for being a sleazy destination, it is a decent getaway for family and friends who are looking to have fun with water sports, eating fresh seafood, shopping, and also affordable spa and massages. There are also a few exciting tourist attractions for you to visit.

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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, then you should not miss out this Top 10 Things to Do and Must See in Batam:


Things to Do in Batam – Activities

Shopping in Nagoya Hill Mall

One of the best places to shop in Batam island is at Nagoya Hill Mall. You can find local food products like the popular 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 being a destination for it too. Some shops accept Singapore dollar 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.

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Eat affordable fresh seafood

Here in Batam, you can be sure to find fresh seafood at affordable prices. There are many seafood restaurants dotted around the island but few of the 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 came from neighbouring Singapore, then you will find that the beer and alcohol here are cheap in comparison. If drinking is your thing, then this is the place to fill up your quota before heading back. You can find drinking places anywhere around here.

Pamper yourself with affordable spa and massage

There are vast selections of spa and massages in Batam Center as they cater mostly for 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 massage 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 with only 2 minutes walk away.

Take up adventurous activities and water sports

At the waterfront city is where you find all the happenings for adventure sports from land to water. Choices of water sports are such as banana boat, parasailing, windsurfing, kayaking and jet ski (all around 55 SGD) while on land you can try go-kart at about 18 SGD. You can also find these activities at the Nongsa coast or for the less crowded option is Melur Beach in 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 world standards golf courses and thus it is one of the most popular activity here. Find luscious greenway flank by beautiful coastal backdrop. You can find the gold course Tering Bay International that had been designed by the legendary Greg Norman who is an international golf course designer. Also, not to forget Radisson Golf and Convention Center * that includes top class accomodation as well.

Hidden part of Batam Island Indonesia

Hidden part of Batam Island. Photo by Riza Nugraha

Cycle or motorbike through the scenic northern coast

Unknown to many, Batam’s scenic northern coastlines if one of the best mountain biking around where you will cycle through a dense green jungle and sweeping seafront. You may take this trail on your own via around Duriankang Reservoir and the Nongsa Coast. It will be about 30km bike ride from Turi Beach/Nongsa Village and through Teluk Mata Ikan and 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 that come in various sizes and costumes that line around the temple. The whole temple complex is big and spacious with orphanage, food stalls and a vegetarian restaurant. It is an example of the modern day monuments, where it was opened in 1999 after being built by the Chinese community of Batam. It is regarded as one of the biggest temple 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 to have a different cultural view of Batam’s local life. This attraction takes about 45 minutes to drive from the city to get to, but the journey is well worth it. The bridge itself is a spectacular piece of architecture with a total of 7 bridges, though incomplete, they do hold a certain local charm to it. You will find local street hawkers on the bridge who would still be surprised to see foreigners hanging around. After crossing the bridge, you may even 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 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

From here you can see that there are many things to do in Batam as well as some tourist attractions that are worth a visit. 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 is a good choice to find the best hotel deals as it has the most extensive hotel listings in Asia. * is my favourite choice because most of the bookings allow cancellation to the day before allowing maximum flexibility.

There are a few areas to stay in 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 in Batam Island:

Luxury (from 150 USD)

Montigo Resort, Nongsa
For those looking for a romantic getaway or special occasions. This luxurious resort comes with floor-to-ceiling windows villas overlooking a private beach. Comes with own private outdoor pools and terraces to enjoy the sunset. A number of world-class golf courses are also located in the surroundings.
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Tempat Senang Spa and Resort, Sekupang
For those who love architecture and the tranquil nature, this resort, set in the middle of a lush forest, features Indonesian interiors. The spa here is also notable to be of world-class, hence making it a favourite spa weekend getaways.
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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 comes equipped with amenities, swimming pool, parking and a good spread of breakfast. 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 dissapoint. Comes with high class services and located conveniently near the center yet surrounded by nature. The breakfast, infinity pool with a view, sauna and restaurant are all of excellent quality.
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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 is clean with comfortable big beds, along with swimming pool and gym. Breakfast included too.
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Harris Hotel Batam Center
For those looking for a comfortable but affordable stay in Batam Island. Located just 5 minutes walk to the Mega Mall of Ferry Terminal, this budget hotel has clean, simple and modern rooms. Rooms come with a simple breakfast and there’s a swimming pool, gym and restaurant for your convenience. Best for those on a budget!
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Author: Rachel

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16 thoughts on “Top 10 Things to Do and Must See in Batam Island”

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  1. OMG!! Thank you so much for this write up. I had been to Batam for so many times and it has always been the same itinerary. The upcoming trip, I was thinking to do something different, more of local touch. And your post help me a lot.


  2. Hi Rachel

    i am looking for some where to go near Batam for a couple of weeks break, just to chill out and relax, any good idea’s

  3. How to go to Barelang or Galang by public transport? Anyone can give me info as I intend to visit the far side of Batam and the other smaller islands.

  4. hi everyone i recently been to batam am from uk i loved it. it was my first time i have been allover batam was a good experiance and i will love to visit batam again both thumbs up.

  5. Hello guys, my name is June, i like the sharing, btw do you know there is a new mobile app to buy ferry ticket from Singapore to Batam, it is super easy, and cheaper than ticket counter! App is called Ezbooking, you can download it from your iPhone / Android. Visit for more information.

  6. I am planning to visit BATAM island next year in January or February for a period of 2-3 weeks, so there is any information that can be sent in terms of choosing accommodation close to the beaches and the markets

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