BatamIndonesia

One of the largest parts of Indonesia’s Riau Islands, this scenic gem features an extraordinary bridge, a gigantic monastery and a picturesque waterfront.

Batam Island, one of the largest fragments in the Riau Islands chain, is home to a picturesque waterfront resort, a renowned Buddhist temple and an iconic bridge. It is among the fastest growing parts of the Indonesia islands. It is also home to many golf courses and an amusement park.

The island’s highlight is the Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Buddhist Temple, which is believed to be the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia. Explore 4.5 hectares (11 acres) of grounds, which contain five buildings. The main hall, the Graha Maitreya, has a capacity of 2,000 people. Take a guided tour of the complex and learn about its message of universal love.

The Barelang Bridge is a symbol of the emerging prosperity of the island. Visit the chain of six bridges of varied designs, which stretch across 2 kilometres (1.2 miles) of water. Capture photos of the majestic structure from the shops and restaurants on the waterfront.

Take the kids on the giant Ferris wheel by the ocean at Ocarina Park. Swim in the water park. Practise your swing at one of the six golf courses on the island.

Stay at one of the hotels in the Waterfront City complex. Enjoy the view of the ocean from your room. Sample the bars and restaurants of the hotels. Send your taste buds wild with some of the local dishes, such as ayam bawang, a blend of fried chicken, garlic, chilli and rice. Try the bak kut teh soup, made from pork ribs, herbs and soya sauce.

To get to the island, take a domestic flight to Batam’s Hang Nadim International Airport from nearby cities, such as Jakarta. You could also travel by boat to one of the island’s ports. Once on the island, get around by car, bus and taxi. The region remains hot and humid year-round, though it is far drier from May to October.

The enormous temple, fascinating bridge and scenic waterfront reveal Batam Island has much to offer on top of its emerging prosperity.

Top hotels in Batam

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Best Western Premier Panbil
Best Western Premier Panbil
4 out of 5
Jl Ahmad Yani, Batam, Batam Island
The price is Rs3,323 per night

Located in the heart of Batam, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Mega Legenda, Batam Centre Ferry Terminal and Nagoya Hill Mall. Batam Center Shopping ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (233 reviews)
Excellent

"Excellent"…"

Reviewed on 24 Feb 2020

Best Western Premier Panbil
Ibis Styles Batam Nagoya
Ibis Styles Batam Nagoya
3 out of 5
Jalan Yos Sudarso Bengkong Laut, Batam Kepulauan Riau, Batu Ampar, Batam, Riau Islands
The price is Rs2,779 per night

Situated in Batam, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Nagoya Hill Mall, Harbor Bay Ferry Terminal and BCS Mall (Batam City Square). Grand Batam Mall and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (122 reviews)

"The staffs were super friendly and helpful, and the amenities were good! :)"…"

Reviewed on 15 May 2020

Ibis Styles Batam Nagoya
Montigo Resorts Nongsa
Montigo Resorts Nongsa
4.5 out of 5
Jl. Hang Lekir, Nongsa, Batam, Batam Island
The price is Rs18,350 per night

Offering direct access to the beach, this Batam resort is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Nongsa Beach and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Nongsa Pura Ferry Terminal. Tamarin Santana ...

4.3/5Excellent! (390 reviews)
A Must stay to Spoil Yourself

"The staffs was very friendly and respectful towards us. The buffet breakfast spread was full of variety and good. The rooms were clean n comfortable. We are very happy with our stay at Montigo. Just need a bit more maintenance on the exterior and facade of the villas."…"

Reviewed on 1 Feb 2020

Montigo Resorts Nongsa

Popular places to visit in Batam

Universal Studios Singapore™
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Universal Studios Singapore™

4.5/5(133 reviews)

Enjoy the exciting rides at Universal Studios Singapore™ and find out why this is a favourite theme park in Resorts World Sentosa. Amble around this vibrant area's marina and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

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12 Jul 2019

Friendly staff. Blitz cinema was awesome.. Good leg room... Went to watch spiderman movie.. Great stuff....

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