Bintan Island: Weekend Trip out of Singapore

Bintan Island, a popular name into Singapore’s people as it’s but one of the affordable and hassle-free weekend getaway. Many tourists and locals from Singapore visit Bintan Island for a respite from Singapore’s hustle and bustle. Here is one of the very few islands near Singapore, thus rendering it a very favorite choice among travelers from that point.

Bintan Island is part of this administrative region of the Bintan Island Regency of Riau Islands province. The autonomous city here is Tanjung Pinang. Singapore is the next closest major city from it despite that this is an Indonesian island.

Where is it

Bintan Island is an island in the Riau archipelago in Indonesia, situated 10 kilometers east of Batam Island and 105 km away from southern. It is a 45 minutes boat ride from Singapore to the tip of Bintan Island or 1.5 hours trip to the city Tanjung Pinang.

Why must go there

Bintan Island is the closest island retreat from Singapore that still retains a sort of historical charm. It is an island targeted for tourists but doesn’t be deterred as you might get some hidden gems such as the vibrant market that’s partly located on stilts on the sea.

When is your best time to go

The ideal time to visit Bintan Island is the dry season, between March to October, but this would also mean it’s the peak season, consequently packaged with tourists. Try to prevent Singapore public holidays or school holidays if you don’t need to get swarmed by audiences. Wet season will come across this location, raining a lot. Thus it would dampen your activities and trip here. October is an excellent time to see Bintan Island if you’re interested in the International Dragon Boat Festival.

Things to see

Trikora shore –public beaches in Bintan with ports out there.

Sumpat area — untouched beaches in Bintan Island.

Rainforest — there’s still a few available which are still royal.

Senggarang — west of the city, this area still has quaint houses and older Buddhist temples surrounded by massive banyan trees.

Penyengat Island — just a little island 15 minutes away from Tanjung Pinang, includes a testament of this time of Johor-Riau kingdom attractiveness.

Organic Maritime Culture — mangroves with Several species of flora and fauna and marine life

Things to do

Surfing — there are places where the waves are good enough for surfing.

Golf — several world-class golf courses out there in Bintan Island, for example, Bintan Lagoon Resort famous 18-hole golf classes or Jack Nicklaus Sea View Golf class, Ian Baker-Finch Woodlands Golf class, and award-winning 27-hole Ria Bintan Championship Golf Course.

Spa — to the weary travelers looking to rejuvenate

Outbound actions, adventures, and eco-tours in a few places like Nikoi island or the Loola Adventure hotel.

What’s where to eat

A few of the most delicious fish are available here. At night it is possible to go to the food stalls along the street selling various kinds of fish dishes, from chili crab to steamed prawn to grilled oysters and fish. Seafood is freshly caught here and sold at a reasonable price. Beachside kelongs, street stalls, and high-quality restaurants at Tanjung Pinang town are the top places to taste the local seafood specialties, including chili crab, drunken prawn,” Gong Gong” and Pearl conch. Bintan Indah 99, Damai Baru, Pagi Sore, along with Roti Saiman Perancis are a number of the favorite restaurants in Bintan at which you can have delicious Indonesian varieties at affordable prices.

Whether your trips take you to a long walk on beaches, delicious cuisines, relaxing spas, and resorts or urban attractions, additional research will give you the best experience for your visit. Let’s know more about Bintan by visiting Wonderful Indonesia.

James Sullivan
the authorJames Sullivan