One of Indonesia’s fastest-growing tourist attractions, Batam is one of the islands that make up the country’s Riau Islands. The island is mainly famous among travelers for the allure of its seafood cuisine which comes with an irresistibly cheap price tag. Besides, a variety of outdoor activities are available for those seeking adventure on a tranquil island away from the metropolitan hubbub of city life. Here, several seaside resorts and sports clubs offer packages that will make any visit to Batam an unforgettable experience.
Here are some things to remember when planning a trip to Batam:
Daily trips are available from a 45-minute ferry service from Singapore’s Tanah Merah port to one of Batam’s six ferry terminals. Also, a transport service is available from Johor Bahru in Malaysia. Travelers wishing to visit the island resorts generally take the trip to the Waterfront City or Nongsa terminals. There is also an international airport in the eastern part of the island, mainly serving domestic flights from Bandung, Jakarta, Jambi, Medan, Palembang, Pekanbaru, and Surabaya.
Batam prides itself on being the hot spot of a restaurant that delights visitors with freshly caught seafood offered at incredibly low prices. Also, varied dining options are available outside of seafood, including fast food, fine dining, and local specialties, and even vegetarian options. Chinese, Japanese and Korean dishes are also available. The star hotels, meanwhile, serve as high-end dining places.
For this additional culinary adventure, try it in a “long”, a restaurant built on stilts over the sea. These unique restaurants are found in Nongsa. On the other hand, the night markets of Nagoya, as well as the Pujasera Nagoya food center, are a great place to sample traditional Indonesian cuisine. Harbor Bay also has a unique culinary atmosphere where visitors can take in the waterfront views while eating their favorite food outdoors.
The bridges of Barelang Fisabillah, a structure that is considered the icon and pride of Batam, are a must-see for any tourist visiting the island of Batam. It is made up of six spectacular bridges, each with its engineering styles. The first of these bridges was specially designed and built exclusively by Indonesian engineers.
Another attraction worth a traveler’s time is the Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya. This temple is a major attraction in Batam, being one of the largest Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia. This religious area attracts thousands of visitors and faithful Buddhists every day.
Art vultures, on the other hand, will find the Padepokan Seni art center in Sekupang a true artistic paradise, home to all kinds of crafts from all over Indonesia, as well as a place for daily shows specially organized for visitors and tourists. There is also an art village, called Desa Seni, which maintains and preserves Indonesian culture in Batam, offering various courses through a cultural institute.
Duty-free shops are also available in Nagoya, Waterfront City, and Batam Center.
Movie bars, dance clubs, hotels, karaoke, music lounges, shopping malls, and spas, as well as a host of other nightlife spots, are available primarily in Nagoya, the main city center. city of Batam.