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20 Best Things to Do & See in Batam, Indonesia

Batam is a small island that is located on the golden triangle of Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia. It’s a busy island since the island is the front gate to enter Indonesia. You can reach Batam by riding a plane that has a domestic route to the Hand Hadim International Airport, Batam. It also has an international airport in Subang, Malaysia. Well, you can also reach Batam by riding a plane to Changi International Airport, Singapore and take the ferry to the Batam. There are several activities, where to do in Batam, that can be done by the tourist. If you want to get around Batam, you can ride a Taxi, Mini Bus (Metro Trans), bus (Bus Pilot Project), and rent a car.

In Batam, you can visit several tourist destinations such as historical sites, resorts, spas, restaurants, and nightlife. Batam is also a famous city that provides beautiful scenery in the sea world. You can do diving or snorkeling and see the underwater kingdom in Batam.

Let’s discover all the best things to do in Batam.

1. Enjoy the Scenery from Barelang Bridge

Barelang Bridge

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If you have a chance to visit Batam, you must take a picture of the Barelang Bridge as the trademark of Batam island. This bridge is located 35 km from the center of the city. The name of the Barelang bridge is taken from the tree major islands that are Batam, Rempang, and Galang. You can beautiful scenery from the bridges that connected to other islands.

2. Visit the Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Temple

Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Temple

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Are you looking for a religious and historical site in Batam? You can go to the Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Temple that is a Buddhist temple. You can find the burning incense for good luck devotees. You may also find the colorful and elegant Buddha statues with the carving of 12 zodiac signs. If you are craving for foods, there are several delicious foods in there.

3. Enjoy the Time in Viovio Beach

Viovio Beach

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Batam is widely known as a city with some beautiful beaches. One of them is the Viovio beach that is located at Sembulang. In this place, you can do several activities such as riding banana boats, doing water sports, swinging in the middle of the sea, and enjoying the culinary trip. You can also enjoy yourself by watching the beautiful sunset at Viovio beach.

4. Spend the Time in Nongsa Beach

Nongsa Beach

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Another beautiful beach that can be visited in Batam is Nongsa beach. It’s located close to the airport. You can reach Nongsa Beach within 20 minutes from the airport. The Nongsa beach is popular with the beach resort and world-class hotels. It’s a perfect place for the honeymoon. The scenery of the beach is so beautiful with the sandy beach and the view of Singapore. If you want to get a romantic feeling, you can go to the beach at night.

5. Have A Nice Trip in Penyengat Island

Penyengat Island

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If you want to have a nice trip to one of Batam Island, you can go to Penyengat Island. One of the tourism destinations in Penyengat Island is Masjid Kuning or Yellow Mosque. This mosque utilizes the eggshells in its construction to make the Mosque’s wall stronger. Another activity is by walking around the island for about two hours, sunbathing, and seeing the amazing sunset.

6. Enjoy the Nice Dine-In Seafood

Nice Dine-In Seafood

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Batam is a perfect place for seafood lovers since they can eat seafood at a cheaper price with better quality than any parts of Southeast Asia. There are several famous seafood restaurants that can be chosen by the tourist such as Rezeki Seafood Restaurants, Harbour Bay Seafood, and Sei Enam Seafood. The most recommended menu for seafood is the chili crab, black pepper crab, and juicy prawn.

7. Do Scuba diving in the Batam Water Paradise

Batam Water Paradise

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Batam is one of the best places for doing scuba diving. If you are a beginner, you can learn safe scuba diving and get a PADI certificate in there. Well, the places for diving are located offshore from Batam Island. You can join a course and they will take you to the diving spot by riding a boat. The best places for scuba diving are Hantu Island, Abang Island, Petong Island, and Labun Island. The seawater looks like paradise and you will enjoy yourself when diving or just taking a picture from the surface.

8. Go for Shopping in Mall of Batam

Mall of Batam

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If you are a shopaholic, then you go to the right place in Batam. There are several malls that provide the best place for shopping. First, you can go to the Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall as the biggest mall in Batam. It’s a perfect place for people who like to buy branded clothes and accessories. Another place is the Mega Mall Batam Center and BCS Mall. In there, you can find a lot of good stuff, clothes, shoes, and electronics. In addition, you can also buy some souvenirs such as handicrafts, wood carving, and textiles.

9. Rent a Resort in Bintan Island

Bintan Island

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Batam is also famous for the presence of the best resort in Southeast Asia. If you want to spend your holiday in the resort with a beautiful view, you can go to Bintan Island. It is being well known as an Island that provides the luxury resort and best view. You can choose whether to stay overnight in the resort or just come to Bintan Island for enjoying the white sand and azure water. It’s a perfect place for the people who are looking for a quiet place since it is less crowded than Batam Island.

10. Spend Your Family Time in Ocarina Park

Ocarina Park

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If you come to Batam with your family, then you can come to Ocarina Park that is the largest entertainment complex. In this place, you can find many features such as Ferris when, 3D movie theatre, a range of rides that can be used by children and adults. Therefore, it’s a perfect place for playing with your children in Ocarina park. In addition, if you are craving foods after getting around the park, you can go to the food court that provides delicious food.

11. Play the Golf in Batam

Golf in Batam

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Batam is being known as the place with some golf court. Here, you can find seven different ranges of the golf court. You can choose from several resorts such as Palm Springs Golf and Beach Resort, Batam Hills Golf Resorts, and Padang Golf Sukajadi. It’s such a paradise for the golf lover. In addition, you can go to the bars and cafeteria after getting tired of playing golf. There is a lot of delicious food in the cafeteria and you can enjoy golf.

12. Have A Trip in Ranoh Island

Ranoh Island

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Ranoh Island is a famous spot for snorkeling since it has a beautiful and magical underwater world. It’s located close to Abang Island. If you come to Ranoh Island from Singapore, you may take 4 hours by ferry. You can do a lot of activities on this island such as a banana boat, giant waterpark, and enjoy the time on the shady beach. One of the interesting views of this island is the small peninsula from the shady beach and clear seawater. If you have a plan for camping here, then it will serve you well. This island looks like a small paradise in Batam.

13. Visit Tunjuk Island

Tunjuk Island

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Batam is an island that is surrounded by other small islands with the best view. One of them is Tunjuk Island. The main attraction of this island is an abandoned shipwreck. You can take a picture beside this abandoned shipwreck and feel like in the pirate movie. You can also go camping here since you surround the beautiful view and clear water.

14. Go for Snorkelling in Abang Island

Abang Island

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Well, if you are looking for the best place for snorkeling, you can go to Abang Island. This island will amaze you with the underwater worlds. You will never imagine the beauty of the coral reefs, clear water, and colorful fishes. One of the interesting views of this island is the water that has turquoise color and looks like crystal water.

15. Relax Your Mind and Body with Spa and Massage

Spa and Massage

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If you are getting tired of the work and crowded city, you can take a breath on the body spa and massage center in Batam. In there, you can find many spa centers that offer soothing treatments for relaxing your body. The spa centers are spread out all over the city that will help you to find it easily. One of the most popular spas and massage centers is Isabella Massage. You can find the best treatments that can help you to relax.

16. Have  A  Fun Game with Family in Sea Forest Center

Sea Forest Center

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If you are looking for a place to play in the seawater with family, you may go to the Sea Forest center. This sea game center provides fun games with edutainment parks. Your family can do several activities such as nature, outdoor, and survival science. There are some attractions in the Sea Forest center such as Land Adventure, Sea Adventure, and Camping. Well, you may surprise since you will stay in three countries including Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia when you join the Sea Forest Center.

17. Enjoy the Private Beach in Turi Resort

Turi Resort

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If you want to spend your time enjoying the private beach, you can come to the Turi Resort that offers Turi Beach as one of the services. It means that you need to make a reservation at Turi Resort in order to enjoy this beach. There are several activities that can be done on this beach such as swimming in the pool by the sea, cycling, watersport, playing volleyball, and others. You will be served with the white sandy beach that will relax your foot and amaze your eye. If you need a romantic feeling, you can go to the deck with a length of about 200 m to enjoy the feeling that looks like floating upon the sea. The scenery will be better in the night. It’s probably one of the best things to see in Batam. It’s such a worthy payment to enjoy this scenery.

18. Relax and Enjoy the Time in Marina Beach

Marina Beach

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As mentioned previously that Batam is well known as a place for many beautiful beaches. One of the most popular beach in Batam is Marina beach. There are several activities that can be done by the tourist on this beach such as playing with the sandy beach and enjoy the sunset. This beach is also a child-friendly due to the excellent facilities for children. Well, the children can play in the garden that surrounds this beach. They can play several games such as sliding, see-saw, and other games. In addition, it also provides the best view with the greenery and dock ferries, white sand, and swinging palm trees. If you want to spend more time on this beach, you can book the hotels and resort with a different range of prices.

19. Have a Nice Dinner in Lee’s Café & Bars

Lee’s Café & Bars

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If you want to spend your dinner time with your friends, you can go to Lee’s Café & Bar that provides a unique design. It’s a café with the gigantic stuffed animals in your table, shelves, and wall around you. It also provides delicious food such as food from Indonesia, Korea, and Western.

20. Tour in Taman Wisata Habibie 1000 Tangga

Taman Wisata Habibie 1000 Tangga

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If you want to spend your time with the green scenery, beach, and Cliffside, you can go to the Taman Wisata Habibie 1000 Tangga as the tribute for the former third President of Indonesia that is Mr. B. J. Habibie. The name 1000 Tangga means the 1000 stairs as the representation of the number of stairs in the Park.

Well, that’s all about the best places to visit in Batam. Once you come to Batam, you surely want to come again and again.

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