Bintan Travel Information
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Introduction

 

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Bintan leads a double life: the northern tip of the island, Bintan Resorts (Lagoi), 1 hour from Singapore by ferry, is a colony of Singapore in all but name, full of expensive resorts and manicured lawns. As it has very little in common with the rest of the island, the resorts are covered in the Bintan Resorts article. Separated from the resorts by checkpoints and armed guards, the rest of the island is "real" border town Indonesia, home to electronics factories, fishing villages and local style resorts (beach and adventure type) along the East Coast Bintan.

The colorful capital of Bintan, Tanjung Pinang, 1.5 hours away from Singapore by ferry, used to be a local destination for prostitution and gambling (just like neighboring Batam), but after a clamp-down by the local authorities it is regaining its rightful reputation as one of Indonesia's most historical cities, with its ancient vibrant market partly located on stilts in the sea.

Location
Bintan is the largest island in the Riau province, area 1.140 sq. km, with a coastline of about 105 km. It is truly an unique paradise. Simple life, beautiful beach, friendly people which bring us the leisure. The island gives the refreshment to our mind and body. Tanjung Pinang, Kijang, Kawal, Trikora Beach, Senggarang, Tanjung Uban and Lagoi / Bintan Resort sites, are places that should not missed when you are in Bintan.

The People
The island has a population of about 200.000, and like the rest of Riau this is a true mix of cultures like Malay, Bugis, Chinese and the Orang Laut (sea people).

Bintan Currency
In Bintan island, most of the resorts accept Singapore Dollars (SGD) & US Dollars (USD). However if you plan to take a trip to Tanjung Pinang city, all the transactions are in Indonesia Rupiah (IDR) so you're required to exchange your currency to Indonesia Rupiah when you plan to visit Tanjung Pinang city. You can also find many money changers are available in Tanjung Pinang city.

Activities
Recreational activities include snorkeling, jet-skiing, canoeing, wind surfing, golfing, fishing, sailing, diving, island hopping and shopping. Sun seekers may take a leisurely stroll along then white sandy beaches and enjoy sun bathing in the warm sunshine.

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Visa Upon Arrival to Bintan


Countries / Passports exemption are as follows:

  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Chile
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia
  • Morocco
  • Hong Kong SAR
  • Macau SAR
  • Philippines
  • Thailand
  • Peru
  • Vietnam

Countries / Nationals that require Visa-on-arrival (VOA) are as follows :

  • Algeria
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahrain *
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria *
  • Cambodia *
  • Canada
  • Cyprus *
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Egypt
  • Estonia *
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece *
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Iran *
  • Ireland
  • Iceland *
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kuwait
  • Laos *
  • Latvia
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein *
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Maldives
  • Malta *
  • Mexico *
  • Monacco *
  • Netherlands *
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Panama
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Republic of China
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Switzerland
  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Suriname *
  • Sweden
  • Taiwan
  • Tunisia
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • * Countries granted VOA facility with effect from 21 Jun 2006
    Countries not listed above will have to apply Visa at the Indonesian Embassy.

    Visitors are required to have at hand the following documents for VOA application :
    • Passport with minimum 6 (six) months' validity
    • Arrival/departure card
    • Return or onwards journey ticket

    Tentatively, Visa on arrival charges are as follows

    • USD 10 valid for 7 days
    • USD 25 valid for 8 to 30 days
    • Overstay USD 20 per day
    • Please pay in exact amount (USD) upon arrival

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    Climate

     

    bintan portBintan is pleasantly warm and sunny all year round. Day temperatures range between 21 and 32 dgrees centigrade, and hovers at 26 degrees on average. The humidity levels very from 61 to 96 per cent. From October to March, the weather tums refreshingly cool. Commonly known as the monsoon season, day like these see more rainfall and stronger winds.

    Bintan is very close to the equator and have a tropical climate throughout the year, with temperatures ranging from 21° to 32°, with an average of 26° Celsius. Humidity ranges from 61 to 96 percent. The period between October to March is characterized as the north monsoon season with more rainfall and stronger winds, but the weather is generally sunny all year around. Bintan Monsoon period starting from November to March.

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    How to Get There

     

    How to Get There From Singapore:

    You can reach Bintan From Singapore, Malaysia (Johor Bahru) or Indonesia (Batam) by Ferries. Most international travelers arrive from Singapore and Johor Bahru. Bintan is also the major domestic seaport for the Riau Islands and is a port of call for Indonesia's major passenger shipping company Pelni.

    Hop aboard a luxurious catamaran and enjoy a comfortable ride to Bintan Resorts. Bintan Resort Ferries operates a regular ferry service between Singapore's Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal and Bintan Resorts' Bandar Bentan Ferry Terminal. The journey takes only 45 minutes. Make sure you are at the terminal half an hour before the ferry leaves. Depart from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal (Singapore Time) :

    Mon-Thu 09:10 11:10 14:00 17:00 20:00 - -
    Friday 08:10 09:10 11:10 14:00 17:00 20:00 -
    Sat & Public Holidays 08:10 09:10 11:10 12:10 14:00 17:00 20:00
    Sunday 08:10 11:10 12:10 14:00 17:00 20:00 -

    From Indonesia:

    Take a domestic flight to Hang Nadim Airport in Batam, an is island just next to Bintan. From there, daily speedboat services operate from Telaga Punggur Ferry Terminal to Bandar Bentan Telani Ferry Teminal. The journey takes 35 minutes. Depart from Bandar Bentan Terminal (Indonesia Time) 1 hour behind Singapore Time :

    Mon-Thu 09:35 14:35 16:35 17:35 20:15 - -
    Friday 08:35 11:35 14:35 16:35 17:35 20:15 -
    Sat & Public Holidays 08:35 09:35 11:35 14:35 15:35 17:35 20:15
    Sun/PH 08:35 11:35 14:35 15:35 17:35 *18:35 20:15
    *18:35 hrs (Bin-Sin) ferry will not be available on Sunday if Monday is a holiday

    Getting Around:

    Two-way transfers between the hotel and ferry terminal will be provided by your hotel. Alternatively, Indorent (a car rental company) provides bus and mini-bus shuttle services which can take you from the ferry terminal to the various hotels within the Resorts. The price for a return journey ranges from Rp 8,400 to Rp 20,000. Indorent also provides land transfers to other parts of the island, namely Tanjung Pinang, Tanjung Uban, Lobam and Trikora.

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    What To Do

     

    Water Sports PaintBall All-Terrain Vehicle
    Bintan Elephant Park Sri Bintan Kampung Eco Tour Corporate & Adventure Training


    Water Sports
    Year-end wind and waves make Bintan ideal for wind surfing. Kayaking, jet ski, banana boat rides and wake-boarding are the favorites and available at water sports centers.

    PaintBall
    A fun and exciting activity you must not miss! Test your tactical skill through an exciting game of Paintball. Strategise your own game jam-packed with actions.

    All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV)
    Set your adrenalin pumping and psyche up for a body workout with an ATV ride. Drive through our jungle trails specially designed with sharp bends and steep slopes for that heart-stopping ride. Or take the ATV for a wide ride freely along our white sandy beaches and feel the rush of wind against your face.

    Bintan Elephant Park
    Home to seven Sumatran elephants, Bintan Elephant Park offers a wonderful interactive adventure! Take an elephant ride into the forest. Feed the elephants. Or simply sit back and enjoy our elephant show.

    Sri Bintan Kampung Eco Tour
    Explore the traditional Indonesian 'Kampung' (local village) of Sri Bintan and get a glimpse of the daily lifestyle of the villagers. See pandan leaves woven into usable products, and rubber tapping. Tour includes a local lunch featuring kampung dishes.

    spa Mountain Biking Go-Kart trikora beach
    Gunung Bintan Adventure Trek Mangrove Discovery Tour Traditional Fishing Tour

    Corporate & Adventure Training
    Discover highly impactful experience-based learning programmes! Training activities are diverse, ranging from thematic games, sea sports, telematches to obstacle rope courses.

    Spa
    Relax and let a traditional Indonesian massage play on your preasure points to relieve you of your stress and gently ease away the strain in every node of your body.

    Mountain Biking
    The quiet roads of Bintan Resorts are ideal for biking. Try some of the off-road tracks. Ask your hotel for bike rental details.

    Go-Kart
    Strap on your helmet and setp on it at our Go-Kart track! Race around the track with your friends and bring out the latent race driver in you!

    Gunung Bintan Adventure Trek
    Challenge the 340-metre high mountain of Gunung Bintan and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views from the summit. Trek through Bintan's rainforest and see the giant trees which are more than 40 metres tall. Catch at glimpse of rare animals the Silver Leaf monkey, Sun Birds, eagles and many more. Step under the waterfall tho receive a shower of blessings according to local tradition.

    Mangrove Discovery Tour
    Experience the beauty and mystery of nature with our award-winning Bintan Mangrove Discovery Tour. Discover the flora and fauna of the mangrove. For a totally magical and out of this world experience, take a night mangrove tour and ride into a mesmerizing blanket of glowing fireflies.

    Traditional Fishing Tour
    Learn to fish the traditional way! Ride on an authentic sampan along the Sebung River. Cast with the jala (fishing net to crawl fishes. Entrap crabs and fishes with bubu (wire trap) and injab (bamboo trap)

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    Places of Interest

     

    Tanjung Pinang Tanjung Uban
    Senggarang Island Penyengat Island

    Tanjung Pinang
    Tanjung Pinang is the main port town in Bintan island or Pulau Bintan, where trader and passenger ships links to all parts of Indonesia with Singapore. Tanjung Pinang has a busy harbour that is strategically located close to the Malacca Strait, one of the world's busiest sea lanes. A large section of the part of town was built in traditional buildings, houses on stilts and over the water. You can also find numerous types of dried seafood and the colourful varieties of crackers and snacks sold here. Tanjung Pinang can be reached by 2 hours ferry from Singapore.

    Tanjung Uban
    Tanjung Uban is the second largest town after Tanjung Pinang at Bintan Island. It is located on the north western coast of Bintan Island. Tanjung Uban has oil storage facility and is Bintan's district center. Along the seaside there is a charming boardwalk called "Pelantar" with houses, accommodations and restaurants built above the sea. You can find a great variety of shops offering local art works and handicrafts there.

    Senggarang Island
    Senggarang is the name of a small village on the island of Bintan. Many locals believe that Senggarang was the first home for Chinese immigrants long time ago, who then spread throughout the other island of Riau. You can witness the over 200 years old ancient temple knowed as Banyan Tree temple in Senggarang. Bayan Tree Temple carries a rich historical story on how myseteriously the tree had formed into gigantic inspiring scenery. Other temples are not to be missed such as temple of Xuan Tian Shang-di, ruler of the North Pole Star, with its complex Chinese architechture.

    Penyengat Island
    Penyengat Island, 6 kilometers away from Tanjung Pinang, can be reached in 15 minutes by sampan boat. The seat of the powerful Bugis descended viceroys of Riau during the 18th century; Penyengat still bears the traces of its illustrious past. Ruins, abandoned for almost 70 years, were recently resorted. The oldest ruler's palace and royal tombs, among them the grave of the book respected Sultan Haji, author of the first Malay language grammar book among the legacies left by the Riau sultanate. A newly built cultural center for stage performances of Malay music and dances can be found.

    Trikora Beach / Pantai Trikora Santa Maria Cave
    Pasar Oleh-Oleh Sebung Village

    Trikora Beach / Pantai Trikora
    The most popular beach on the east coast is Trikora, where also the locals use to go for relaxation on the holidays. It can be difficult to get there, go by taxi or the occasional bus from Tanjung Pinang. Even if the beach is isolated we can find simple accommodation here, even a more luxurious alternative. The sand is white and the water clean, a great place for relaxation after the hot and busy streets of Tanjung Pinang. We can also visit a fishing village nearby and a small ship building facility to have a look at traditional boat building.

    Santa Maria Cave
    Santa Maria Cave was built in 18th century by a Dutch Pastor. On every sundays, devotees will come to pack the place and sing songs of praises while enjoying a short get-together with everyone in the community. Until today the place is still very well preserved and maintained. You shouldn't give a miss when you do visit Bintan.

    Pasar Oleh-Oleh
    The Bintan Resort’s very own market of gifts, Pasar Oleh-Oleh is a cluster of Indonesian-style huts offering everything Indonesian. From local Indonesian delicacies like Keropok (prawn or fish crackers), emping (belinjo crackers) and packets of dried seafood such as ikan bilis (anchovies), scallops and shrimps with A must-buy is the kueh lapis – a spongy and sweet square-shaped Indonesian cake baked to a layered perfection.

    Sebung Village
    If you're a seafood lover then Sebung Village is a place you should not be missed when you visit Bintan. You can taste the freshness of Bintan seafoods in the Kelong style restaurant with a very reasonable price too.

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    Map of Bintan

     

    Map of Bintan

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