Located only 20km from Singapore and Johor in Malaysia, Batam is now classed as a trade free economic zone. Pubs, golf courses and shopping centres have been developed to serve the Island and it's many visitors.
Batam Island really is a great place to getaway to. Batam shops and stores have fantastic bargains available, especially at the many large shopping malls in Nagoya and Batam Centre or you could visit in the local markets and street stalls.
Whilst not famed for its beaches like the sister island Bintan, Batam does have much to offer when it comes to beaches. There are resort beach complexes as beaches frequented by the locals.
The best known tourist beaches is at Nongsa Point Marina. to the east of Batam, and and waterfront city in the west close to Holiday Inn and Harris resorts, but there are also many other beaches in the Barelang area which are quite suitable for sunbathing and swimming
One reason so many people travel
to Batam is that Spa treatment is available at a fraction of
the price in Singapore.
The best known spa's are Tempat Senang , Batam Spa villa
(formerly KTM resort, but there are many others located at
hotels and bespoke salons in Nagoya and Batam Centre. Many
companies offer spa packages but it's much cheaper to book
One reason so many people travel to Batam is that Spa treatment is available at a fraction of the price in Singapore.
The best known spa's are Tempat Senang , Batam Spa villa (formerly KTM resort, but there are many others located at hotels and bespoke salons in Nagoya and Batam Centre. Many companies offer spa packages but it's much cheaper to book seperately.
Nagoya, Batam Centre, Batam
Batam Food Court
Batam has a great range of food courts . Windsor food court is favoured by many for its
vibrant atmosphere, but for those seeking a more sedate atmosphere where conversation is a little easier Harbour Bay food
court is the probably the better choice. There is also a very popular food court close to DC Mall in Jodoh .
Batam Pubs & Nightlife
Batam nightlife attracts many to the island . There's a wealth of pubs to choose from in Nagoya (known by the expats as Kampung Bule) as well as nightclubs for those not wanting to retire to bed too early. There are also many dedicated karaoke bars, most of the food courts also have an opportunity to sing some Karaoke and socialise until the late hours.
The suspension bridge (Jembatan) at Barelang is a must for both visitors and locals
There are 6 bridges which connect the small islands to make up what is known as Batam but is actually Barelang (Batam - Rempang - Galang). The main suspension bridge is popular destination for sunset watchers.
There are also lots of sea food restaurants located in this area serving fresh catch of the day.
The Vietnam camp used to be home to many Vietnamese boat peoples. The village was functional until
1996 but has been left virtually untouched since it was abandoned.
Also on the site are churches and the famous Quan An Tu Monastery, built in 1984. Located along the Barelang trail, the
camp is amongst the popular Batam tourist destinations.
BCP is located in Waterfront City Resort , Batam Island, Indonesia. It is the first Cable-Ski
Park built in Asia. The construction began in February 1992 as part of an attraction for Waterfront City Resort.
Everything was built on a reclaimed land on the southern coastline of Batam Island. After 6 months of dredging, filling,
piling & cabling … The Ski Park was completed and had the grand opening on 1st August 1992.
Batam Beaches & Resorts
Whilst not famed for its beaches like the sister island
Bintan, Batam does have much to offer when it comes to beaches. There are resort beach
complexes as beaches frequented by the locals.
The best known tourist beaches is at Nongsa Point Marina. to the east of Batam, and and
waterfront city in the west close to Holiday Inn and Harris resorts, but there are also
many other beaches in the Barelang area which are quite suitable for sunbathing and
The Indonesian rupiah may be legal tender, but the Singapore
dollar (S$) is Batam's unofficial second currency. Tourist-oriented hotels, restaurants
and shops usually quote prices in S$, and they will be accepted by nearly anybody, money
changers can be found at the major shopping malls e.g Nagoya Hills, DC Mall, BCS Mall and
If you decide to pay by credit card, by law your bill must be converted to rupiah first.
There are ATM machines everywhere most of which accept foreign debit cards
Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia) is modeled on
the Malay trade language, Riau Malay is regarded as quite similar to the
Malay language and visitors from Malaysia will find the Indonesian
spoken here very similar to Bahasa Malaysia. Batam also has a large
population of chinese Indonesians, who speak Hokkien (Fujian), Teochew
and Mandarin. There is. Of course as with almost everywhere in the
world these days most people have a good command of English.
Batam Restaurants and Food
Batam has plenty of eating out choices. For
real value and authentic experience, visit one of the many Batam food
courts where you'll be overwhelmed by the choice of delicious food
favoured spots are such as the Windsor and Nagoya Food Courts and A1
Batam boasts several sea fronted food restaurants offering delicious
fresh catch seafood dishes. including great Chinese seafood in the
outdoor food courts.
For seafood over the water, try Golden Prawn or Rezeki seafood at Batu
Besar. They are famous for their seafood.
In the Nagoya area behind Harmoni Hotel, there are dozens of bars that
serve Western pub food popular with the expat community.
For authentic Balinese roasted pork, visit Warung Bali in Batam Center.
They have fresh babi guling every Saturday after 11:00.
All of the major hotels have restaurants, some better than others. If
you come during Ramadan (In August-September), you have your choice of
all-you-can-eat buffets of traditional Indonesian fare from every major
Beer and spirits are readily available in Batam and at a fraction of the
price in Singapore. Food courts serve the cheapest beers but it's a
little more expensive in the bars. Wine and spirits are available from
the duty-free store at Harbor Bay, some off licences and bars in the
main entertainment area.
There are plenty of taxis in Batam, licensed
taxis have yellow license plates. As there are no meters, you will need
to bargain with the drivers Batam also has it's own unique bus services
which operate throughout the island.
For many people Batam Island is a golfing
paradise, there are 7 golf courses, namely Indah puri, Tering Bay, Palm
springs, Tamarin Santana, Batam hills, Southlinks and the newly built
and very impressive Padang Sukajadi course. Our apartment is located
just walking distance from the club house at Indah Puri..