A short 45-minute ferry ride away from mainland Singapore, this sun-kissed Indonesian island is your easiest option for a beach getaway.
This striking chain of bridges connects several islands in Batam’s Riau archipelago. Driving across it? You can even stop in the middle for a quick photo op.
NEXT: Explore Batam’s past on the water →
From the foot of Barelang Bridge, hop into a mini ferry that’ll take you through the expanse of Batam’s seas and backwaters. You’ll cruise past stilt houses in the fishing villages, a testament to the city’s easy coastal living. Spot the tallest one amongst them – it’s where the village head lives!
NEXT: Hit the beaches →
It’s what’s Batam is largely known for, after all. Kick back on the idyllic Turi Beach, or stroll along the boardwalk to get closer to where sea meets sky.
NEXT: Unleash your inner adrenaline junkie →
Turi Beach is also where you can get your adrenaline pumping with a whole host of watersports: Defy gravity while you fly above the waters with your water jetpack, or soar even higher up on a parasail; or, back on sand, join in a game of social beach volleyball.
NEXT: Go for golf →
Farther inland, Batam’s also got world class golf ranges flanked by azure blue backdrops of sun and sea. Our reco: Check in to Radisson Blu Golf & Convention Centre Batam for access to their private golf range right at your doorstep. P.S. If a gratifying breakfast buffet is the mark of a hotel stay done right, this luxurious option can do you no wrong.
NEXT: Knead those knots →
Indonesian massages combine Chinese and Ayurvedic methods of healing and revitalizing to ease those nasty muscle knots and soothe the soul. Treat yourself to one for as little as $15.
NEXT: Dig into fresh seafood →
At an ocean-fringed city like Batam, how could you not? Whether at a luxury hotel restaurant or a local seafood haunt, you only get the freshest.
NEXT: Stock up on cheap booze →
So you’re on the ferry back to Singapore. One last (but very essential) thing to check off your to-do list: Stock up on cheap wines and alcohols at the recently unveiled Duty-Free Shop at the Harbourfront Cruise Centre. As long as you’ve stayed beyond 24 hours in Batam, you get to enjoy tax-free prices!
NEXT: Visit the Golden Gate Bridge of Southeast Asia →
By Pinky Chng, last updated January 2018
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