Are you planning a trip to Bintan soon? Bintan Island is a popular holiday destination that is less than an hour’s ferry ride from the southern coast of Singapore. Bintan presents a tropical island getaway for those crowds of day and weekend-trippers in the mainland. The island’s pristine, white-sand beaches are the main attraction here, together with quaint seaside villages and an impressive collection of hotels and resorts that offer water sport activities.
Bintan Island is the biggest of 3,200 islands making up Indonesia’s Riau Archipelago (the third largest province in the country). With a population of under a quarter of a million, the island has an attractive, eclectic mix of different cultures and ethnicities, including Malay, Bugis, Chinese and native tribes.
Where to stay in Bintan
As a popular island escape from Singapore, there’s no shortage of hotels and resorts on Bintan Island. These range from budget two and 3-star hotels to more lavish 4-star villa resorts overlooking the South China Sea. Although hotels and resorts around the shore prove popular with holidaymakers, there’s plenty in the way of accommodation in the primary town centre also, with many industrial employees choosing Tanjung Pinang as the place to stay for its convenience. Leisure travellers and business are well catered for, and cost here is typically much cheaper than in Singapore – prices do tend to fluctuate in the high seasons and during public holidays, however.
Discover pristine beaches
The highlight of Bintan Island is its shores, with miles of white sand and palm tree-fringed shorelines to research. Best of all, the sand here is natural, a nice change for Singaporeans who have the imported stuff in Sentosa to enjoy!
There is also an emphasis on eco-tourism in Bintan, and the island features a relatively long history dating back to the 16th century when it became a principal trading port in the South-East Asia region.
Head to the untouched and tranquil Trikora Beach on the east coast, or for more in the way of conveniences, try one of the many beaches around Sebung Village or the central built-up regions of Tanjung Pinang and Tanjung Uban. Besides beaches, make sure to check out cultural attractions like Masjid Raya Sultan Mosque on Penyengat Island and the famous Banyan Tree Temple on the nearby Senggarang Island.
There is more to do beyond the beaches
When you’re not lazing on the shores of Bintan Island (that is if you have the energy to drag yourself away from the resort), Bintan presents a good array of activity, popular with all ages.
Golf here — just like on neighbouring Batam and, of course, Singapore — proves to be among the most popular pastimes. The clubs are Ria Bintan Golf Club, Laguna Bintan Golf Club, and Bintan Lagoon Golf Club — offering about 9 and 18 holes. For the adrenaline junkies, Bintan Island also has go-karting tracks in Lagoi, paintball games at Nirwana Beach Club, spas, scuba diving trips, mountain biking routes, and island trekking adventures.
Before you go to Bintan, be sure to research and explore more about Bintan by visiting Wonderful Indonesia.