Situated just a ferry ride away from Singapore or Johor Bahru in Malaysia, as well as its neighboring Batam Island, Bintan is the largest island in the Riau Islands province. This island offers the perfect getaway with its high-end resorts, world-class golf courses, and a refreshing coastal atmosphere. Have a plan to visit this jewel? Here is our guide!
Bintan Island has a small airport for limited domestic flights. But if you’re coming from outside Indonesia, you can take a flight to Singapore or Batam first before taking a boat or ferry to Bintan Island. There are also frequent ferry services other than from Singapore and Batam. You can reach the island from Johor Baru, Malaysia, as well as from Tanjung Priok, Jakarta. The ferry trips take around 1 hour (minimal) to various stops in Bintan.
Bintan Resort Ferries (Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal)
Address: 50 Tanah Merah Ferry Road, #01-21 Singapore 498833
P: (65) 6542 4369 Fax: (65) 6542 4372
Bintan Resort Ferries (Batam)
Address: Domestic Port Telaga Punggur, Batam
P: (62) 778 479163
You can take a taxi or rent a car for roaming around the island as it is hard to get public transportation here. We suggest you ask your hotel’s recommendation for a taxi or car rental. Car rental costs around USD40-80 per day for a sedan.
Things to Do
Bintan is well known to have the best golf courses in Indonesia, Ria Bintan Golf Club and Bintan Lagoon Golf Club. Ria Bintan Golf Club is one of Asia’s top golfing destinations with its two beautiful courses designed by golf legend, Gary Player. The award-winning 18-hole Ocean Course unfolds next to the South China Sea, offering tantalizing ocean views, while the 9-hole Forest Course set amidst mature woodlands tests your mettle with its various bunkers and fairways.
Meanwhile, Bintan Lagoon Golf Club is the award-winning golf resort for it’s two exceptionally designed championship 18-hole courses. The Jack Nicklaus Sea View Golf course and the Ian Baker-Finch Woodlands Golf course both offer spectacular signature holes, fast greens, undulating fairways, and scenic water hazards. The pristine Bintan golf courses are set amongst lush landscapes and breathtaking backdrops.
Bintan Lagoon Golf Club
Jl. Indera Segara Site A12
P: +62 770 691388
Ria Bintan Golf Club
Jl. Perigi Raja
P: +62 770 692839
2. ATV Ride at Bintan Lagoon
Experience an adrenaline rush while visiting Bintan through the All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) ride. The All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) refers to a small, open motorized buggy designed for off-road use. All riders will be thoroughly briefed on the safety rules before going on track. Safety gear will be provided. Riders must wear appropriate attire, including footwear that completely covers the feet and ankles.
3. Beach-hopping at Trikora Coasts
With Bintan offers a breathtaking beach view, hopping around at Trikora Coast is surely a must. It is located 45-minutes car ride from Bintan Resorts and offers four crystal clear beaches of blue and teal. Go for a picnic or renting one of the thatched huts, or soak in the sea breeze with loved ones while enjoying light snacks and refreshing coconut. Just around the corner of Trikora Beach Point 4, lies the tranquil grounds of Grotto Santa Maria with the ’14 Stations of the Cross’ made of limestone. The trail depicts the story of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion, leading up to a beautifully preserved statue of Virgin Mary in a cave, and ending with a quaint little chapel. Hopping at Trikora Coasts, you will also find locals making their wooden handmade fishing boats.
4. Visit Panglong Village
While you’re in Trikora Coast, make time to visit Panglong Village, Berakit. It is a home of the largest sea gypsies in Bintan or known by locals as Orang Laut. Here you can witness the unique way of life of the sea gypsies carried down for generations over hundreds of years. Travel back in time as the labyrinth of stilt houses throw up an interesting peek into the lifestyle of the inhabitants. At the entrance, you will find a few preserved charcoal kilns where 2o years ago was being used to produce charcoal made of mangrove. Spend an afternoon in Panglong Village and revel in the simplicity of life. Spot fishermen returning from the sea with their catch, fixing their nets in the comforts of their front yards or drying seafood in the open.
5. Visit King’s Residence at Pulau Penyengat
Penyengat Island is one of the tourist attractions in Riau Islands. This island can be reached by using a boat or better known by pompong boat and takes approximately 15 minutes. One of the objects that can be seen is Sultan Riau Great Mosque, the tombs of the Kings, the tomb of the national hero Raja Ali Haji, the Palace complex and blockhouse Office at Kursi Hill. Penyengat Island and Penyengat Island palace complex has been nominated to UNESCO to be one of the World Heritage Site. Penyengat island is the perfect island to be visited to enjoy the Malay cultural heritage.
6. Take a journey to Mangrove Forest
Experience a back-to-nature adventure as you take a journey at Bintan mangrove along Sebung River. Getting around on the river, accompanied by lush Mangrove forest, as well as hundreds of wildlife and fauna species. Sebung River is also home to marine life such as fishes, mudskippers, clams and more. Spot the elusive mud lobsters that weave homes through the mounds. You can also have a different experience by taking the night tour starting at 7.30 pm and enjoy the serenity of the Mangrove forest.
7. Meet the endangered species at Safari Lagoi
The sanctuary is home of rescued and endangered animals, including the orang-utans, Komodo dragons, sun bears, Asian elephants, crocodiles and more. Safari Lagoi also has an eco-farms of rice, corn, dragon fruits, and other seasonal crops. As a refuge center for endangered Indonesian fauna, the animals and birds in the safari are mainly rescued from illegal pet trade and exotic meat markets. Dedicated to wildlife and environmental conservation, the establishment maintains close partnerships with like-minded individuals, institutions and government bodies including the Indonesian Ministry of Nature Conservation and Forestry.
8. Go to Banyan Tree Temple
Banyan Tree Temple, a temple about 100 years old, is visited by the local Chinese community and Singaporeans. It is located in Senggarang town. Apart from this temple, there are several Chinese Pagodas in Singgarang near the jetty. One temple is in ruins and the other three temples, each about 100 years old, are located within a courtyard facing the sea. The interior of these temples depicts colorful paintings and wood carvings. Chinese devotees from Singapore are seen around these temples offering prayers.
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