What first occurred to you when you heard the name Bintan? Surely most of you immediately imagine an exotic island full of exclusive resorts packed with tourists from the Lion Country.
Your guess is not entirely wrong, considering that this beautiful island is indeed not far from Singapore, and is full of luxury hotels and resorts.
In fact, behind all these luxurious images, Bintan keeps many more other charms that are not less attractive than elite accommodation.
So don’t think that the only exciting thing you can do there is to relax by the pool while sipping a glass of cocktail. It’s time to uncover other hidden secrets on this beautiful island!. Or if you have short time for leisure you can take short tour package to the local travel agent. Normally they arrange for 1 day tour package to explore the popular and best destinations. Bintan is near by Medan city. by cruise about 12 hours from Batam city. or 45 minutes by flight.
Do you know, there is a nice and best trekking in Sumatera? It is Bukit lawang and Tangkahan for Elephants washing and trekking to the jungle. Beside this, there is another place for leisure. It is Samosir island in Lake toba. To visit this place, you can use local travel agency in Medan.
How to get Bintan (from Jakarta)
Use direct flights from Jakarta (CGK) to Tanjung Pinang (TNJ) using the Sriwijaya Air airline.
Returned ticket prices start from Rp1,200,000, –
17 Tourist Spots In Bintan Tropical Paradise of Riau are as below
1. Tracing the exotic desert: Busung Desert
It cannot be denied that Indonesia has a very diverse landscape. Even in the midst of shady forests and tropical beaches you can find stretches of desert.
This is what you will encounter in the mysterious Busung Desert. This location was once a place for bauxite mining which is now transformed into a beautiful desert. No less than those in the Middle East!
In recent times, the name Desert Bow began to rise and become a favorite of Instagrammers. But since this place has not been fully developed as a tourist destination, visitors are still few.
Access to the desert is not too difficult, because it is right on the edge of Jalan Raya Busung. But unfortunately, here you can’t use public transportation.
Address: Busung, Seri Kuala Lobam, Bintan Regency, Riau Islands 29152. Coordinates here .
2. Visit the legendary ship at dusk: MV Doulos Phos
Behind the sparkling hotels and luxury resorts, Bintan also has a pretty interesting history.
One way to track history (as well as photographs!), You can visit the ship that “spends old age” at Bandar Bentan Telani Harbor
The ship that was built in 1914 (two years after the Titanic) was formerly named SS-Medina, only at the end of 1977 the name was changed to MV Doulos Phos. In its history, this ship was recorded in the Guiness Book of Records as the oldest passenger ship in the world. In addition, this ship has also been used for humanitarian missions with books.
In 2009, finally the ship was sold and the new owner will be converted into a boutique hotel. The plan, at the end of 2016 the hotel project will be completed.
Now, while it hasn’t finished changing form, you can visit and witness the magnificence of this legendary ship directly. Coolest when visiting here in the afternoon with a spectacular dusk background.
How to get there: This boat is near Bandar Bentan Telani Ferry Port.
3. Beautiful lake with a surreal panorama: Blue Lake Kawal
Although both are blue, but for some reason the color of the water in the Blue Lake is far more hypnotic than the ocean surrounding Bintan.
This view will be even more spectacular with white sand dunes that look contrasting around it. It’s so beautiful, you certainly wouldn’t suspect that this lake was not created naturally, but due to mining activities that are still being carried out.
Because this lake is actually not a tourist attraction, then when visiting here you will not be disturbed by the crowds of tourists. Only the view of the lake is so amazing. Remember, if you don’t come to trash here!
4. The festive annual maritime parade: Kepri Marine Festival
Indonesia is the largest archipelagic country in the world, where two thirds of its territory is an ocean. So it is appropriate to feel that maritime wealth is celebrated in a festive festival.
That is what you can meet at Kepri Marine Festival or Kepri Marine Festival, an annual event held in Tanjung Pinang, Bintan. The festival was attended by thousands of participants from all over the Riau Islands and aimed to invite domestic and foreign tourists.
Various activities included in the festival include sailing , dragon boat competitions, musical performances, fashion shows, as well as traditional games.
But the most exciting part of the festival is the Kepri Carnival parade along the waterfront featuring 100 participants with various nautical and colorful themed costumes.
The combination of energetic music, oceanic setting and unique costumes certainly promises a celebration that is second to none!
Location: Tanjung Pinang, Bintan
How to get there: This festival takes place in various corners of Tanjung Pinang city, but specifically the Carnival Riau Islands can be witnessed on the Regional Building page.
5. Treasure Bay Bintan
As the name implies, Treasure Bay Bintan is a “sparkling treasure”. Even more than just a resort complex, Treasure Bay might be categorized as a resort city that offers a variety of luxuries that will give you the most memorable holiday experience.
So, please choose where you want to start first:
5.1 Sensation of camping with luxurious facilities: The Canopi
At The Canopi, guests will be invited to feel the atmosphere of staying like camping in a tent, but still able to enjoy the comfort of a star-style resort.
There are 41 tents at The Canopi which are each surrounded by soothing green trees, with views of the mangrove river and the sea in the distance.
Each tent contained here is equipped with air conditioning facilities, mosquito nets, outdoor hot tub, and a reasonably capable WiFi connection. Even “spoiled” travelers will certainly feel at home camping here.
Address: Jalan Raya Haji Sebong KM 01 Tourism Area, Sebong Lagoi Bay, Bintan, Riau Islands 29152
Telephone: (0770) 692 252
Price: Starting from Rp1,900,000 per night
5.2 The first and most beautiful artificial sea in Southeast Asia: Crystal Lagoon
Try to imagine the most beautiful white sandy beach you have ever seen. Already? Well, now multiply by ten. That is what you will get if you visit Crystal Lagoon.
Named as the first artificial sea lagoon in Southeast Asia, Crystal Lagoon presents an epic view of water with bluish gradations and soft white sand that promises the most memorable holiday atmosphere.
Although crowded with tourists, the size of a lagoon that is very wide (equivalent to 50 Olympic-sized pools!) Makes it comfortable to enjoy.
Entrance Ticket: Starting from Rp110,000 per person
5.3 Wet-wet while testing adrenaline: Bintan Wake Park
This is a paradise for fans of water activities! Whether it’s exploring the beauty of underwater, or doing exciting activities on the water, everything can be done here.
Bintan Wake Park is the latest wakeboarding facility in Bintan. This sport requires you to stand on a surfboard, then pull by a rope. Imagine how thrilling it is?
If wakeboarding is not enough to satisfy your adrenaline desire, there is no need to worry. There are still many other activities that are not less exciting. Try flying using jetovator or driving underwater scooter under water, for example.
If you don’t dare to do it all, at least try walking on water using ZOVB Balls that are so light.
Operational Hours: 09.00 – 17.00 (Monday – Friday) | 08.00 – 18.00 (Saturday – Sunday)
Address: Jalan Raya Haji KM 01 Kawasan Pariwisata, Teluk Sebong Lagoi, Bintan, Riau Islands 2915
6. Mysterious brick lloos: Rumah Arang
Is there really an igloo in Indonesia? Yes, it sounds strange, but you can find an igloo on Bintan! It’s not made of ice, but it’s exactly the same shape.
These dome -shaped buildings were once a furnace kitchen owned by residents of the Sea Tribe, before being abandoned since the process of burning mangroves to make charcoal banned.
Now, this dome made of brick is an object that attracts tourists.
Try to take pictures among these unique buildings, surely your friends will be curious to make and try to guess what this is actually.
Location: Kuala Sempang Village, Busung, Bintan, Riau Islands
7. Paradise beach feels like its own: White Sands Island
Interested in spending time on a remote paradise island?
White Sands Island is not an ordinary resort, is a private island where guests are invited to enjoy an all-you-can holiday in a tropical atmosphere.
You can fill the time by snorkeling to enjoy the underwater beauty, pedaling like an island, or camping under the stars.
Anything that makes you breezy! Satisfied with activities on this beautiful island, order drinks from the bar and enjoy a picnic on the beach while waiting for the sunset.
How to get there: From Tanjung Pinang, drive for 45 minutes to the pier in Trikora Km.38. White Sands Island can be reached by boat within 15 minutes of the pier.
8. White Sands Island Turtle Breeding
Have you ever seen baby turtles, aka hatchlings, for the first time, staggering across the beach to the sea? Adorable isn’t it? Well, here you can help these cute animal babies.
If you happen to be visiting Bintan during the right season, just don’t miss this one activity.
9. Enjoy the natural beauty of Bintan from behind the clouds: Air Adventures Flying Club
Get on top of the seaplane’s open cockpit and get ready to enjoy Bintan and all its beauty from a different perspective.
The above sentences are only some expressions from those who have ventured to try to fly directly with Air Adventures Flying Club on Bintan.
The aircraft used is controlled by pilots with flying experience for more than 20 years, so you don’t need to be alarmed and just sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery as well as thrilling.
For an additional fee of IDR 350,000, you can also get video recordings while flying between clouds. This is just a memento! Air Adventures Flying Club Bintan
Address: Sebong Lagoi, Sebong Bay, Bintan, Riau Islands
Operating Hours: 09.00 – 17.00 (Monday – Wednesday)
Price: Starting from Rp1,200,000, – (introductory flight
10. An adventurous vacation on the top of a mountain: Bintan Mountain Adventure Trek
Who said Bintan only had a beautiful beach? At Mount Bintan, your eyes will be amazed by the extraordinary natural beauty!
from its peak which is at an altitude of 340 meters above sea level, you will be presented with views of every corner of the island as far as the eye can see. The peak can be reached by climbing only about 2-4 anyway.
In addition to the beautiful scenery, in the climb you will meet a variety of wild animals and plants, as well as a waterfall!
You can also pick the mangosteen or banana directly on the plantation.
On the way back, don’t forget to stop by the hidden waterfall and refresh yourself with the cool water.
Operating Hours: 09.00 – 13.00 (tracks 2-4 hours
11. Photograph with a 1000-face statue: 100 Faces Statue (Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Temple)
As a Pancasila-based country, you can easily find various places of worship in various faiths in Indonesia, including on Bintan.
One of the most unique places of worship in Bintan is the Bodhisattva Ksitigrabha Monastery or also known as the 500 Lohan Temple or the 1000 Faces Statue.
You must be wondering, why is it called the Thousand Faces Statue? Because here are 500 statues of normal-sized Buddhist disciples in various expressions. It’s really unique and makes you feel like you’re in China.
Make sure you take the time to go to the park where the statues are located and see for yourself the uniqueness of each statue that is different from each other. You can even find out their names from the sculptures on the bottom of his feet.
Address: Batu 14 directions Kijang, Tanjung Pinang, Bintan, Riau Islands
Operating Hours: 09.00 – 17.00
12. Eat fresh seafood and relax in the floating bar: Kelong Seafood Restaurant, Calypso Floating Bar
Looking for a place that serves the best selection of dishes and wine ? Then everything you can get at Kelong Seafood Restaurant and Calypso Floating Bar – both are in the same location.
12.1 Fresh seafood and epic sunset views
At Kelong Seafood Restaurant, not only your tongue is spoiled, but also your eyes!
Standing in a building in the form of a house on the seafront, this restaurant offers superb sunset views.
The menu offered is a combination of Indonesian and Chinese flavors. About seafood is no doubt, because everything is guaranteed freshness!
Satisfied dining, end the evening with a variety of cocktails while accompanied by the rhythm of reggae music at the Calypso Floating Bar which is still in one area.
Address: Nirwana Gardens Resort, Jalan Panglima Pantar, Lagoi 29155, Bintan Resorts, Bintan Island, Riau Islands
Operating Hours: 11.00 – 22.30
12.2 The best place to enjoy the most beautiful sunset on Bintan: Calypso Floating Bar
It seems there is no more perfect way to close the day than to relax by the sea while looking at the beautiful panorama of the sunset.
This bar is located at the end of a wooden pier jutting towards the sea and surrounded by the ocean, so it is not wrong to call it a floating bar.
As the name implies, guests visiting Calypso will experience a typical Caribbean atmosphere, with a touch of Rasta. Just look at the names of the drinks, from The Essence of Rasta to Reggae Fever .
Address: Nirwana Gardens Resort, Jalan Panglima Pantar, Lagoi 29155, Bintan Resorts, Bintan Island, Riau Islands
Operating Hours: 16.00 – 22.30
13. Play golf with the sea background: Ria Bintan Golf Club
Many say that golf is a boring sport. But we make sure at Ria Bintan Golf Club, you won’t feel bored at all.
No matter if you are already adept at swinging a golf club or for the first time, the atmosphere here will definitely make you more motivated to print a hole-in-one.
This golf club is right by the sea, offering spectacular views of the South China Sea, and is surrounded by shady trees. And it’s not just the scenery that makes this club special.
If you want to perfect your punch and swing, a world class golf course with 18 holes is ready to be the perfect training ground.
14. Tracing the Sea Tribe trail on Bintan: Trails of the Sea Gypsies
Believe me , Bintan is not just filled with luxury hotels. If you want to know the real life of Bintan, get out of your luxury resort.
One of the things that can be witnessed to date is the life of the Sea Tribe people who inhabit the coastal area. The Sea Tribe is a nomadic people who wander across the seas throughout Indonesia.
Although many have settled in the coastal area of Bintan and are touched by modern life, traditional and simple lifestyles are still maintained. Among them, what you can witness are floating houses and traditional boat making processes.
And one thing that you cannot ignore is the laughter of small children of the Sea Tribe who always cheerfully welcome anyone who visits.
Price: IDR 680,000 / person
15. Discover the tranquility of the soul in the middle of the forest: Aroma River Spa
Aroma River Spa is not an ordinary spa place.
This is the only floating spa on Bintan, where you can pamper your body with a variety of spa treatments, in the midst of shady mangrove forests.
The facilities contained here are designed in such a way that they feel integrated with the surrounding environment.
After trying a Traditional Riau Body Massage treatment or a De-Stress River Spa Package, enjoy a trip along the calm river by boat and find inner calm.
Address: Mutiara Beach Resort, Jalan Trikora Km.55 @ “Blue Rock”, Telok Dalam, Bintan, Riau Islands 29151
Operating Hours: 10.00 – 18.00
16. Wear your snorkeling gear and enjoy the beauty under the sea: Tasik Rivers Bintan
The clear water and beautiful underwater life make Bintan a paradise for snorkeling lovers.
You will not be tired of spending hours or even days staring at the exotic underwater world charm, with a row of beautiful coral reefs and colorful fish.
And the fun again, you don’t need to spend too much to be able to enjoy it all. Don’t forget to bring your anti-water camera with you to capture this special moment!
Address: Bintan, Riau Islands 29153
Price: Starting from $ 18 (around Rp. 250,000, –
17. Adrenaline-filled outdoor activities: Power Paintball, Shooting Range, ATV
We remind you that there are many things you can do on Bintan besides relaxing in the pool. Some of these outdoor activities not only can boost adrenaline but are also very fun!
17.1 Plunge into the arena of colorful battles: Paintball
Prepare your best tactics – through various challenges, find the best hiding place, and paralyze your opponent with a “deadly” shot.
Paintball is an activity that can build a spirit of togetherness. You and your friends will be divided into two opposite groups, and you have to set a strategy for each other to take the opponent’s flag.
Be sure to always be vigilant, open your eyes and pay attention to your surroundings. Because once you get hit, you have to get out of the battlefield.
If you want to play Paintball , you can do it at Bintan Lagoon Resort and Nirwana Gardens.
Address: Jl. Indera Segara Site A12, Lagoi, Teluk Sebong, Sebong Lagoi, Bintan, Riau Islands 29155
Operating Hours: 10.00 – 18.00
Price: Starting from IDR 473,000 / person
17.2 Learn to shoot targets precisely: Air Rifle and Archery Shooting Range
Want to be a tough fighter? Then you have to be able to shoot targets with jelly!
At Nirwana Gardens, visitors can learn to shoot targets using air guns or arrows, accompanied by resort staff who are always ready to help – from how to fill the bullets, to aiming the rifle at the target.
If you want a more challenging goal, try shooting a moving target thrown into the air.
By using laser technology that is quite sophisticated, the target being shot will not break, but will only issue a certain sound if you know it correctly.
Address: Jalan Panglima Pantar, Lagoi 29155, Bintan Resorts
Operating Hours: 09.00 – 17.00
Price: Starting from IDR 95,000 / session
17.3 Conquer the path full of challenges with ATVs
ATV or All Terrain Vehicle is an all-terrain vehicle that allows you to conquer various types of terrain full of obstacles.
You can choose two locations that are equally challenging: take a walk through the woods or sandy trails on the beachfront of Nirwana Gardens.
Have you never tried driving an ATV before? Relax, each participant will be taught first by the instructors before going straight into the field.
There are two types of ATVs that can be chosen, namely single bikes for use alone, or double-seater if you prefer to ride with friends.
If you want to extend your holidays time, you can choose just next island about 20 minutes from Bintan island. Batam is the name, and it close to Singapore about 45 minutes by fast boat. Manything to do in this lovely city. Can find budget hotel, the best tourist destinations and activities aswell.