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A quick guide to Batam

Our amphibious planes depart daily at 9:30am from Batam, a small Indonesian island that is a
short 80-minute flight from Bawah Reserve. If you are not joining us on the escorted journey from Singapore and should arrive on Batam the day before your flight, here’s a quick guide on how to make the most of your time there.

 

Fast facts

  • Population: 1,236,399
  • Where it is: less than six kilometres South of Singapore
  • Claim to fame: it’s the largest city in the province of Riau Islands, Indonesia (the same
    province as Bawah Reserve)

 

Where to stay

Batam is more commonly known as an industrial hub than a tourist destination, unlike its
neighbouring island of Bintan. Therefore the options for hotels are limited, but there are a
couple of good choices that we would recommend:


1) Montigo Resorts:

Montigo Resorts

Located in Nongsa on the northeast side of the island and famous for its busy marina, this newish resort welcomes yachts coming from Singapore into Indonesian waters (they are required to stop here first). Expect a modern hotel with activities that vary from cycling to mangrove tours.

Website: https://www.montigoresorts.com/nongsa/


2) Best Western:

best western batam

More centrally located and inland, this hotel has a beautiful infinity
pool and rooftop bar. The Mega Mall is close by with a range of retailers, dining
options, a supermarket and a cinema.

Website: http://bwpremierpanbil.com/


3) Tempat Senang:

Tempat Senang

This small resort is a little like being in Bali. It has 12 beautiful suites,
an award-winning spa and reasonable prices. We recommend spending the whole
morning there with three treatments and a lunch.

Website: https://www.tempatsenang.com/


4) Bintan resorts:

 

 

Sanchaya

 

If you fancy a little island hopping, take a short speed boat to Bintan
and stay at The Sanchaya, a luxury beachfront estate with 29 villas and suites. The
resort can arrange an early morning speed boat back to Batam.

Website: https://www.thesanchaya.com/



Where to eat


1) Seafood:

restaurant-sei-enam-seafood

Sei Enam Seafood Restaurant is a must-try spot for all seafood lovers.
Located in Batam Central, the restaurant offers a full menu at reasonable prices in a
pleasant indoor dining room spread across two levels. 

rezeki

Or for a more rustic seafood experience on the beach, check out Rezeki Seafood Restaurant.


2) Indonesian cuisine:

Ikan 2Ikan                           Image:  Foodievstheworld.com                      

One of the most recommended places for local cuisines is Ikan Bakar Cianjur. Actually part of a chain across Indonesia, the restaurant is all about preserving Indonesia's culinary heritage. We recommend the gurame (fresh water fish) or the nasi liwet (tilapia steamed in banana leaf).


3) Western:
Anchoranchor 2

Anchor Café has great food and coffee and a sustainable mission.
Be sure to also check out the Riau Candles studio above, we sell these on Bawah! A fair
trade social enterprise by The Seed Basket, the company donates profits from every candle
purchase to charities that empower women and local families.

six_islands_scented_candle_white_jars


TOP TIP:

If you like to research your own food options, check Batam Food Blogger Batamliciouz
for street food options and local food recommendations.


Things to do

1) Spa:

tempat

Indonesia is one of the best places in the world for spa treatments, and none better than at Tempat Senang.  Be pampered for half a day or go for a full day of bliss. Enjoy a delicious lunch on the terrace – we recommend the beer-can chicken – then a fabulous shop where you can stock up on beautiful tropical-scented products.

Another good option for day spa is XOLEIL SPA. 

xoleil spa


2) Sightseeing day tours:

Solid Tour and Travel offer a jam-packed day of sightseeing that covers the Ngha Trang Memorial Wall, the Monument of Boat People, Galang Museum, Vietnamese Village and Quan An Du Monastery, plus visits to a dragon fruit farm, pineapple cake factory, batik factory and more. Tours include a seafood lunch.

Another option is LNI Tours


3) Activities:

sea forest adventure batam

Fancy some action? Check out Sea Forest Adventure for paint balling, air rifle shooting, archery and kayaking, to name a few.


Want more info? Here is another useful website plus recent TripAdvisor reviews to help you
plan your stay.

 

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