One of the most popular travel destinations in Indonesia, Batam Island is home to a number of resorts, spas, restaurants and cafes. The island is popular among diving and snorkelling enthusiasts as well, thanks to the clear waters and great underwater world. If you’re eager to explore this island as a first-timer, take note of these five places to visit in Batam that guarantee an awesome experience!
Take in the beauty of the Barelang Bridge
Whether you love architecture or not, you’re going to have an awe-inspiring experience when you visit the Barelang bridge. The bridge actually connects Batam Island with the islands of Rempang, Galang and Galang Baru, Tonton, Nipah and Sekotok. All these islands are to the south of Batam. Don’t forget to take a photo with the bridge as your backdrop–it’s one of the top things to do in Batam!
Enjoy the nightlife
Your Batam travel experience doesn’t end when the sun goes down. If it’s your first time in Batam Island, it’s a must to go out and visit the Nagoya Entertainment District or NED where you can find all the happening bars and clubs. Is dancing the night away not your cup of tea? Don’t worry, there are also quieter options if you want to spend the night nursing a cocktail until the wee hours of the morning.
Go scuba diving
Lounging by the pool or snorkelling getting a little boring for you? Then why not give scuba diving a try? With many diving spots off Batam Island—Abang Island, Hantu Island and Labun Island, among others. If you’re a newbie, you can always sign up for a course in Batam which will take you to all the best diving spots. You may not get certified right away but you will surely have a Batam Island vacation to remember.
Dine on all the seafood you can
If it’s your first time in Batam Island, it’s an absolute horror to miss out on all the seafood you can eat. Forget about fast food for a little while and gift your palate with the mouth-watering seafood dishes you can have at Batam—for less! From chilli crab to black pepper crab to prawns, you’ll have a blast eating all the fresh and yummy seafood.
Book your getaway at Nongsa Point Marina & Resort
At a loss on where to stay during your first Batam Island vacation? Nongsa Point Marina & Resort is not only a unique waterfront destination but it’s also an immaculately peaceful resort. The activities are endless at this resort. Guests can enjoy a round of golf at the Golf Course, relax their muscles at the resort spa, fuel their need for adventure with water sports and boat charters. But what makes this resort truly special is that it’s accessible by boat—so boaters can dock their own boat, spend a few days at the resort and perhaps head to the Riau Islands.