Bintan is the largest island in the Riau province of Indonesia and has a population of about 200,000 with a large Muslim community. It is just a 45-50 minutes ferry ride away from Singapore, the closest major city. A number of resorts occupy the coastline of the beautiful island and as such, makes it a great getaway destination for Singaporeans.
1. Frolic on the Beach
No one can resist the pristine white shores and clear sea in mesmerising shades of blue. A perfect chance to unwind from the hustling city life, go ahead and throw on your bathing suit, dig your toes into the smooth sand and have a mojito by the beach.
2. Nature Tours
The mangrove tour is exceptionally popular among visitors. Cruise down calm green waters of Sebung River and revel in the enchanting surroundings. Visitors can keep a look out for wild life hiding in the lush greenery along the banks and admire fireflies at night. Pop by the eco-farms and join the fishing tours too for an educational and enriching ride.
3. Dine Lavishly
On seafood and sumptuous Indonesian cuisine of course. All those in search of fabulous food will not be disappointed. Crafted to please even the most stringent of connoisseurs, the local fare is both fresh and pocket-friendly.
The island contains 3 magnificent golf courses – The Jack Nicklaus Sea View Course and Ian Baker-Finch Woodland Course at Bintan Lagoon Resort, and the Ria Bintan Golf Course. Tee off at any of these courses and enjoy the game with spectacular views of the island.
What is the point of going to this paradise without indulging in rejuvenating massages and soothing spa therapies? Experienced Indonesian masseuses will massage the knots out of your back and leave you feeling well-pampered.
6. Water Sports
There is an endless supply of water activities on this island paradise for you to choose from. Even the non-sporty will not be able to resist the temptation to go on an exciting banana boat or jet ski ride. Kayaking, wind surfing, and snorkeling are just a few of the water sports that will bring out the adventurous spirit in you.
Pasar Oleh Oleh and Tanjung Pinang both offer authentic local specialities and souvenirs like dried seafood and fish or prawn-flavoured crackers. It is also the perfect chance to experience the Indonesian hospitality and culture amidst nostalgic, old town settings.
8. Air Adventures
The Air Adventures Flying Club in Bintan is an Ultralight flight training facility built to provide open cockpit seaplane rides. The experience is available to all who wish to partake in the thrill and excitement of the flight.
9. Train up
It does not matter if you are a professional triathlon athlete or just a recreational cyclist. Bintan has great tracks for hiking, cycling and running, not forgetting the beautiful water by the beach for avid swimmers. You get to work out while being surrounded by the gorgeous scenery, what’s not to like?
10. The Great Holiday Escape
Get away from the city life during public holidays or over long weekends and let loose in Bintan. The island provides a perfect environment for families and friends to get together and spend quality time with each other.
- Most of the resorts in Bintan accept Singapore Dollars (SGD) and US Dollars (USD) for payment.
- The climate in Bintan is closely similar to that of a tropical country with temperatures ranging from 21°C to 32°C throughout the year with mostly sunny weather. The monsoon season occurs from November to March and brings forth more rainfall and stronger winds.
- Mosquito repellent will prove to be useful as a defence against pesky flies and insects on the island.
- Bahasa Indonesia is the national language but English is widely used.
- Bintan is one hour behind Singapore Time at GMT+7 hours.