Top Things to Do in Batam
Batam has been famous for short escapades from neighboring countries such as Singapore and Malaysia. This island is one of the busiest ports in Indonesia as the entrance gate of tourism in Indonesia.
It is also known for meetings and pleasure (MICE/Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, and Exhibitions) and is very easy to reach by ferry for about an hour or even less.
1. Barelang Bridge
The most iconic spot in Batam that you just can’t miss during your escapade in Batam is Barelang Bridge. Located 35 kilometers away from the center of the city, this magnificent bridge connects Batam to several islands in the south. It consists of connected 6 bridges and the name is taken after the three major islands of Batam, Rempang, and Galang.
2. Pantai Viovio (Viovio Beach)
This uniquely named beach is another relatively new destination in Batam. Located in Sembulang, Viovio Beach has a bunch of attractions such as banana boats, a swing in the middle of the sea, water sports, and of course culinary. Don’t forget to stay until the evening to enjoy the breathtaking sunset in Viovio Beach.
3. Pantai Nongsa (Nongsa Beach)
Nongsa Beach is among the famous destinations is Batam, located only 10 minutes from the airport. This beach is a must-go-to spot in Batam. Along the beach are resorts and world-class hotels. The small waves and white sandy beach only add to its pristine view of Singapore, especially during the night.
4. Penyengat Island
The small island across Tanjung Pinang holds numerous histories across the island. The prominent history is the ancient Kingdom of Sultan of the Johor-Riau. The palace holds the Javanese-Dutch architecture and its dignity still stand over time.
5. Ocarina Park
Ocarina Park is the perfect place to spend time with your family in Batam. This famous theme park is located in seashore and has a bunch of attractions for children and adults. Along the entrance, we will be greeted with 12 Chinese zodiac sculptures. Across the park, we can enjoy the water park or swimming pool, flying fox, 3D movie theater, extreme sky runners and many more.
6. Sea Forest Adventure
Se Forest Adventure is not just another family leisure and edutainment park. It focuses on nature, outdoor activities and survival science.
Its prime location among three countries (Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia) has earned its place as one of the internationally- acclaimed attractions in this region. The attractions include Land Adventure, Sea Adventure, and even camping.
7. Cable Ski in Marina Waterfront
Situated in Waterfront City Resort, Cable-Ski Park is the first cable-ski park in Asia. Enjoy the adrenalin pumping of cable ski or wakeboarding in 2 artificial lakes suitable for beginners and professionals.
8. Vihara Duta Maitreya
While spending your vacation in Batam, keep calm and visit Vihara Duta Maitreya. This Buddhist temple covers 4 hectares and consisted of a 3-story building. This huge temple can accommodate around 5000-6000 people. People around the world visit here, citing it as one of the biggest and beautiful temples in Southeast Asia.
9. Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall
Enjoy your day by shopping in the largest mall in Batam, Nagoya Hill. This vast area of shopping has complete retail goods, and importantly their price is reasonable. The name itself is taken after the region in Batam, Nagoya (which is also known as Lubuk Baja) and its location in hilly areas.
10. Stilt Houses
Old villages in Batam is certainly worth your visit during your stay in Batam. You will find a fishing village with stilt house rich in local architecture and culture in Tanjung Uma.
11. Spa and Massage
The center of Batam is scattered with dozens of spa and massages. After a full day of traveling, nothing beats a relaxing massage and spa with affordable price you can find all over the town.
Another prominent place to visit in Penyengat Island, the heart of this island is Masjid Kuning (Yellow Mosque). This mosque stands among palm trees like a castle and keeping treasures of preserved handwritten and illustrated Quran of over 150 years old.
12. Abang Island
Abang Island is the most suitable place to snorkeling and scuba diving in Batam. The underwater world of Abang island consists of beautiful coral reefs and colorful fishes. Hold your breath to see the breathtaking view of turquoise and crystal water.
13. Glamping at Ranoh Island
The island is also near Pulau Abang (Abang Island) – a famed spot for snorkellers as it uncovers a magical underwater world. The entire journey from Singapore to Ranoh Island will take you approximately 4 hours (including all ferry and boat transfers as well as customs in Batam).
There are tons of activities at Ranoh Island so that is why we’d recommend you to stay overnight rather than drop by for only a day trip. Besides snorkelling, you’ll also have access to other water-activities like kayaking and banana boat as well as their exciting giant waterpark that sits smack-bang in the ocean!
14. Pulau Tunjuk
The surrounding small island in Batam can be your unconventional escapade, such as Pulau Tunjuk. This island has an abandoned shipwreck and you may explore it as straight out of a pirate movie! After exploring the ship, dip in the clear water or even stay the night in a camp in Pulau Tunjuk.
Enjoy not only one but 7 different golf courses. Known for being a golfer’s paradise, golf resorts here include bars and eateries. The more popular here are Batam Hills Golf Resort, Palm Spring Golf and Beach Resort, and Padang Golf Sukajadi.
The central district of lively bars and clubs in Batam is known as the Nagoya Entertainment District (NED for short). The alcoholic beverages are relatively cheap compared to Singapore and you can enjoy various bars from the low-key lounge to a large nightclub.
17. Taman Wisata Habibie 1000 tangga
Taman Wisata Habibie 1000 tangga is a spot to see the awe-inspiring view of the green and lush cliffside, beach, and skyscraper of Singapore. This park is a tribute to the former third President of Indonesia (Mr. B.J Habibie) and this place also literally means 1000 stairs, to represent the number of stairs in this park.
Batam is surrounded by the sea and therefore it’s famous for its seafood all around the world. You’ll get undoubtedly fresh and delicious sea delights such as shellfish, or lobster and crab for a more luxurious dinner.