What can be more authentic & intimate to a culture other than its people & food. While you in Batam, do yourself a favor & enjoy as much as Indonesian or Batam cuisine as you possibly can.
Salted egg crabs, mussels, fried calamari, fresh oysters, BBQ fish, large tasty prawns & the list goes on. No one in the right state of mind would come to Batam& not have a taste of the Seafood dishes.
Maxicabs Singapore Pte Ltd recommends Barelang Seafood Restaurant – Easily the best place for not only great service but the freshest & affordable seafood. Go during sunset to capture its beautiful sight.
International Fast Food
However unhealthy it may be, we just can’t deny our love for fast food, can we? Even more to satisfy our cravings before they pulled out of Singapore. Think A&W & Wendy’s for starters. Also, let’s not forget that some brands such as KFC does offer significantly different menu than the ones in Singapore.
3. Massage & Spa Sessions
To many people, this is probably the one most important thing to do during a holiday. The right treatment at the right place will not only be significantly cheaper than in Singapore but could potentially be better in quality as well.
There are multitudes of spa centres, massage parlours and foot reflexology shops in Batam; hotels, malls & local shophouses. Advisable to reserve and make an appointment for your massage slot as the popular ones are usually fully booked during the weekends and peak seasons.
4. Beach Resorts
One of the main reasons Singaporeans flock to Batam every weekend is to get away from the all the hustle & bustle of city living. Naturally, many would prioritize staying in one of Batam’s Beach Resorts.
Harris Resort BarelangBatam is one of the most popular beach resorts here in Batam. From honeymooners, to families with children, this resort offers all kinds of facilities & services. The resort has a great private beach & majority of the rooms are sea-facing.
Similar resort with their own private beach includeTuri Beach Resort, Nongsa Point Resort &Batam View Beach Resort.
Other notable resorts on the island include the luxurious Montigo Resorts (private pool), Holiday Inn Resort & Harris Resort Waterfront.
5. Outdoor Activities
Not everyone shares the idea of a holiday that’s slow-paced, relaxing & indoor-bound. Some of us get the most kick out of our holiday escapades by being sweating it out in the sun. Here are some of the top things to do in Batam that involve sun & sweat:
There is plenty of water sports that you can attempt to do or learn in Batam. Almost all ofBatam Beach Resorts offer a wide range of water sport activities: cable skiing, water skiing, kayaking, parasailing, wind surfing, banana-boat riding and much more.
Outdoor Fun & Games
Depending on the size of your group & preference, you can try some of these: Go Karting, Paintball shooting, flying fox, ATV (all terrain vehicle) ride & others.
For thrill-seekers who aren’t contented with the usual low-pulse activities, there are other that might be able to raise your adrenalin level: Snorkeling, Diving, Country-side Cycling & Jungle Trekking.
Last but not least, how can we forget the many great golf clubs courses in Batam! Many players , amateur or professional alike. Frequent this all-encompassing island for round of golf with family & friends at the different courses.
6. Sea Forest Adventure
Sea Forest Adventure is a unique theme park. Here you can play all kinds of floats & water slides. You will have a chance to experience nature, survival science & adventure with 4 main sections for you to discover.
You can bounce, slide, climb & roam around the available playground, for Kids & Adults alike. Life vests will be provided by the Sea Forest Adventure team throughout your stay there
7. Temple Visiting
If you are not adventurous & like to visit traditional attractions, you can pot for the serene & Divine. Visit Chinese temples like the Maha Vihara &TuaPek Kong Temples to restore your inner peace. You can decide to offer incense for good luck, health & even fortune !
8. Batam City Hotels
Unlike the neighbouringBintan island that offers mostly beach resorts, Batam has an unbelievable array of city hotels for those who can like without the urban comfort. If you’re looking to stay around the main Nagoya Hill Shopping area, you can consider the popular Nagoya Hill Hotel (4*), Grands Hotel (4*), Nagoya Mansion Hotel (4*), Amaris Hotel (3*) or The Hills Hotel (3*).
For the next best area of Baloi, you can for I Hotel Baloi (4*), BCC Hotel (4*), Gideon Hotel (3*), or Batam City Hotel (3*)
Other top city hotels that are not in right in the city centre includes Best Western Premier Hotel (4*) & Radisson Hotel (4*).
9. Masjid Raya
If you are a traveler who likes to immerse in local culture & understand it better, consider dropping by Batam’s Masjid Raya.
Also known as Grand Mosque of Batam, it has an amazing one-of-a-kind pyramid-style structure. It has a very spacious hall for worship as there are no poles located inside the mosque. This mosque is the main religious site of the massive Batam Muslim Community.
10. Penyengat Island
There are several islands surrounding Batam Island & there are ideal for day trips from Batam. One of them is the amazing Penyengat Island. Walking around this small island would take you approximately 2 hours & its among the largest island in the area. Albeit a rare recommendation, visiting this island is definitely one of our suggested top things to do in Batam.
This island is a great place for those who want to get a glimpse on how the locals live & also catch the fantastic sunset. You are also able to visit the famous Yellow Mosque (Masjid Kuning) which is one of the symbolic architectures on the island.
11. Batam’s Nightlife
Batam is amongst the liveliest places in Indonesia & if offers and exhilarating nightlife. Batam’s nightlife is know to be pocket-friendly when it comes to entrance fees to bars & clubs & of course, the prices of alcohol.
Nagoya Entertainment District (NED) is the main area for clubs & bars. For those who are looking for best dance halls then this is the place to be. Alternatively, you can consider going to Grands I Hotel’s Club. Square Club at I Hotel Baloi& also the club at Pacific Palace Hotel to enjoy your night away !
12. Scuba Diving
Most people are not aware. If you are training to be a diver & want to be certified, then Batam Island is an ideal place to obtain the official PADI certificate. Aside from the affordable prices, some of the trainers here have been professionally trained overseas & have good command of English! Definitely one of the top things to do in Batam.
It is also suitable if you are here to enjoy a leisure dive with y our family & friends. There is a lot of fun for divers thanks for the vast selection of aquatic life such as Sharks, Turtles, Corals & even Rays
There are several diving spots located offshore from the main Batam Island: Hantu Island, Abang Island, Petong Island &Labun Island
13. Ocarina Park
Ocarina Park is an amazing place to visit with your family. It is a large entertainment compound which includes the Ocarina Water-park. Besides that, the park also offers a signature large Ferris Wheel (30m in diameter). There is also a flying fox and a 3D movie theatre located on this site.
14. Barelang Bridge
Although nothing comparable to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, Bareland Bridge is Batam’s very own iconic pride. It has a unique architectural design that makes it an ideal spot for some artistic landscape photos & selfies. The spectacular scenery from & around the bridge alone is worth the trip here. Visiting this bridge has always been & will continue to be one of the top things to do in Batam
Within 2hrs’s drive from here, you can visit old Vietnamese refugee camps.
15. Bintan Island
Bintan Island lies near Bintan Island & is famous for being a lavish retreat featuring a wealth of enjoyable high-end resorts to choose from. If time permits, you could consider spending a night in one of the popular Bintan resorts & then return to Singapore directly from there. For the best & cheapest Bintan packages, get them from our partner, the number one Bintan site in Singapore – www.bintangetaway.com
We hope our list of top 15 things to do in Batam will give you clearer insight on Batam so that you can plan for your upcoming Batam getaway. Give yourself the opportunity to unwind in fun filled Batam Island, you deserve it!!
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