Bintan Island is the largest of 3,200 islands in the Riau Archipelago and the 3rd largest of 27 provinces in Indonesia. Located at the crossroads of one of the world’s oldest and busiest maritime trading routes, Bintan has provided a safe haven to traders and sailors from Europe, India and China for over a century. It was on the island of Bintan that the Sultan of Malacca found refuge from Portuguese attack in the 16th century, mapping tales of legendary importance when Bintan grew as the centre of the powerful Johor Riau Sultanate.
Approximately 1,140sqkm in size, Bintan Island is located 50km southeast of Singapore. The largest island within the stunning Riau Archipelago, the island is well known for its rich historical past as much as its legendary beaches and natural beauty. Situated at the centre of the crucial Indo-China trading route, it has been in the midst of several power struggles throughout history. Click here for a more detailed map of Bintan Island
You can get to Bintan Island from Batam Island by taking a ferry from Punggur, which is on the eastern side of Batam. Ferries go to Tanjung Pinang and Tangung Uban. You can also get speed boats to Lagoi, at Teluk Sebung, which is close to many of the main resorts on Bintan. Several daily ferries run between Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal in Singapore to Bintan Island and take 45 mins.
There is also car ferry, the Batam Bintan Ferry RORO (Roll On Roll Off) from Telaga Punggur Sea Port, Batam Island, to Tanjung Uban on Bintan Island. See here for more details on the Batam Bintan car ferry
In Bintan Island, most of the resorts accept Singapore Dollars (SGD) & US Dollars (USD). However if you plan to take a trip to Tanjung Pinang city, all the transactions are in Indonesia Rupiah (IDR) so you're required to exchange your currency to Indonesia Rupiah when you plan to visit Tanjung Pinang city. You can also find many money changers are available in Tanjung Pinang city.
Recreational activities include snorkeling, jet-skiing, canoeing, wind surfing, golfing, fishing, sailing, diving, island hopping and shopping. Sun seekers may take a leisurely stroll along the white sandy beaches and enjoy sun bathing in the warm sunshine.
Bintan Island is very close to the equator and has a tropical climate throughout the year, with temperatures ranging from 21° to 32°, with an average of 26° Celsius. Humidity ranges from 61 to 96 percent. The period between October to March is characterized as the north monsoon season with more rainfall and stronger winds, but the weather is generally sunny all year around. Bintan’s monsoon period starts from November through to March.
Bintan Hotels and Resorts
Bintan Island is a great place for a holiday, whether it is for a weekend, a romantic getaway or honeymoon, or an extended stay, you are sure to find the right accommodation to meet your needs. To help you choose the right hotel or resort for your holiday there is a list of Bintan Hotels for you to make a selection from, as well as links to help you with making bookings, etc.
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Bintan Island Activities
Year-end wind and waves make Bintan ideal for wind surfing. Kayaking, jet skiing, banana boat rides and wake-boarding are the favorites and available at most resorts
A fun and exciting activity you must not miss! Test your tactical skills through an exciting game of Paintball. Strategize your own game jam-packed with actions!
Learn to fish the traditional way! Ride on an authentic sampan along the Sebung River. Cast with the ‘jala’ (fishing net). Entrap crabs and fishes with ‘bubu’ (wire trap) and ‘injab’ (bamboo trap)
Relax and let a traditional Indonesian massage play on your pressure points to relieve you of your stress and gently ease away the aches and pains
The quiet roads of Bintan Resorts are ideal for biking. Try some of the off-road tracks. Ask your hotel for bike rental details
Strap on your helmet and step on the gas at our Go-Kart track! Race around the track with your friends and bring out the race driver in you!
Home to seven Sumatran elephants, Bintan Elephant Park offers a wonderful interactive adventure! Take an elephant ride into the forest. Feed the elephants. Or simply sit back and enjoy our elephant show
Explore the traditional Indonesian 'Kampung' (local village) of Sri Bintan and get a glimpse of the daily lifestyle of the villagers. See pandan leaves woven into usable products, and rubber tapping
Discover highly impact-full experience-based learning programs! Training activities are diverse, ranging from thematic games, sea sports and tele-matches to obstacle rope courses
Challenge the 340-metre high mountain of Gunung Bintan and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views from the summit. Trek through Bintan's rainforest and see the giant trees which are more than 40 meters tall. Catch at glimpse of rare animals, or step under the waterfall to receive a shower of blessings according to local tradition
Experience the beauty and mystery of nature with our award-winning Bintan Mangrove Discovery Tour. Discover the flora and fauna of the mangroves. For a totally magical and out of this world experience, take a night mangrove tour and ride into a mesmerizing blanket of glowing fireflies
Set your adrenalin pumping and psyche up for a body workout with an ATV ride. Drive through our jungle trails specially designed with sharp bends and steep slopes, or take a wild ride along our white sandy beaches and feel the rush of wind against your face!
Places of Interest in Bintan Island
Tanjung Pinang is the main port town in Bintan island, where trader and passenger ships link to all parts of Indonesia with Singapore. Tanjung Pinang has a busy harbor that is strategically located close to the Malacca Strait, one of the world's busiest sea lanes. A large section of the town was built in traditional style, with houses on stilts and over the water. You can also find numerous types of dried seafood and the colorful varieties of crackers and snacks sold here. Tanjung Pinang can be reached by ferry from Singapore
Tanjung Uban is the second largest town after Tanjung Pinang in Bintan Island. It is located on the north western coast of Bintan Island. Tanjung Uban has an oil storage facility and is Bintan's district center. Along the seaside there is a charming boardwalk called "Pelantar" with houses, accommodations and restaurants built above the sea. You can find a great variety of shops offering local art works and handicrafts there
Senggarang is the name of a small village on the island of Bintan. Many locals believe that Senggarang was the first home for Chinese immigrants long time ago, who then spread throughout the other islands of Riau. You can witness the 200 year old ancient temple known as Banyan Tree temple. Banyan Tree Temple carries a rich historical story on how the tree mysteriously formed around the temple. Other temples not to be missed are the temple of Xuan Tian Shang-di, ruler of the North Pole Star, with its complex Chinese architecture
Penyengat Island, 6 kilometers away from Tanjung Pinang, can be reached in 15 minutes by sampan boat. The seat of the powerful Bugis descended viceroys of Riau during the 18th century; Penyengat still bears the traces of its illustrious past. Ruins, abandoned for almost 70 years, were recently resorted. The oldest ruler's palace and royal tombs, among them the grave of the respected Sultan Haji, author of the first Malay language grammar book, are among the legacies left by the Riau sultanate. A newly built cultural center for stage performances of Malay music and dances can be found
The most popular beach on the east coast is Trikora, where the locals also go for relaxation during the holidays. It can be difficult to get there, go by taxi or the occasional bus from Tanjung Pinang. There is simple accommodation here, as well as more luxurious resorts. The sand is white and the water clean, a great place for relaxation after the hot and busy streets of Tanjung Pinang. You can also visit a fishing village nearby and a small ship building facility, to have a look at traditional boat building
Santa Maria Cave
Santa Maria Cave was built in the 18th century by a Dutch Pastor. Every Sunday, devotees will come to pack the place and sing songs of praises, while enjoying a short get-together with everyone in the community. Until today the place is still very well preserved and maintained. Definitely with a visit when you are in Bintan
Pasar Oleh Oleh
The Bintan Resort’s very own market of gifts, Pasar Oleh-Oleh is a cluster of Indonesian-style huts offering everything Indonesian. From local Indonesian delicacies like ‘Keropok’ (prawn or fish crackers), ‘emping’ (belinjo crackers) and packets of dried seafood such as ‘ikan bilis’ (anchovies). Scallops and shrimps are also sold, and a must-buy is the ‘kueh lapis’ – a spongy and sweet square-shaped Indonesian cake baked to a layered perfection
If you're a seafood lover then Sebung Village is a place not to be missed when you visit Bintan Island. You can taste the freshness of Bintan seafood in the Kelong style restaurant, at very reasonable prices
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