[UPDATED 15th February 2022]
The Bintan-Batam-Singapore travel bubble is officially starting this month! According to several local news sources, the first ferry carrying passengers under the travel bubble will depart Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal this Friday (Feb 18). The first ferry will only be able to carry a maximum of 120 people in accordance with Covid-19 regulations. To be able to travel, visitors must have stayed in Singapore for the last 14 days prior to the trip and must have received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine with the last dose taken at least 14 days from the date of the trip. Visitors must stay within the designated areas while in Nongsapura and are not allowed to mix with people outside their own group. If you need more information on what travellers from Singapore have to do prior to your trip to Batam, we got it all covered here.
Batam is known to most Singaporeans for its beach resorts, affordable shopping and delicious halal local food. But there's more to Batam than meets the eye. If you're planning on visiting Batam once the borders reopen, be sure to check out these 5 things to do and places to visit! 🤩
5 Spots To Visit When Batam Reopens To SG
1. Ranoh Island
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Ranoh Island is one of the smaller islands around the main island of Batam. While you're here, expect white sandy beaches, blue waters, and rows of coconut trees.
Apart from lazing on the beach, you can also spend the night at a resort on this island. Although the island is small, the facilities are quite commendable, including various water sports facilities.
P.S. Planning to visit Bintan instead? Check out these 5 must-visit spots!
2. Tanjung Pinggir Beach
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If all you want from a beach vacation in Batam is to relax, then Tanjung Pinggir Beach is perfect for you! With the calm breeze and crashing sound of waves, you'll definitely be able to laze around while enjoying the beach atmosphere. You can enjoy spot Singapore's skyscrapers from a distance here! 😍
3. Sea Forest Adventure Nuvasa Bay
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This tourist spot in Batam has a huge area of ten hectares with a variety of interesting water and land activities. One thing that you must try here is their water activities! Ride the Giant Water Slide, which floats in the middle of the sea. It's suitable for families, including those with kids! If you want something more challenging, you can jetski, canoe, or try knee boarding! 😱
If you're looking for other activities on land, check out the camping ground, a Rabbit House or even the paintball arena!
Address: Jalan Hang Lekiu Sambau, Nongsa
Price: Starting from IDR 50,000 per ride
Contact no : +62778 761 979 or +62811 700 3338
Opening hours: Thu-Sun; 9AM-5PM
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4. Tangga Seribu Park
Managed by local residents, the Taman Seribu Park is one of Batam's hidden gems! Here, you can enjoy views of the sea from the top of a tower. Head deeper into the park and you'll be able to walk down the stairs to admire the view at Dangas Beach.
#HHWT Tip: If you head here on New Year's Eve, you can even see the fireworks in Singapore!
Address: Tanjung Pinggir, Sekupang
Price: IDR 10,000 per person
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9.00-20.00, Saturday and Sunday open 24 hours
5. Telaga Bidadari Waterfall
It turns out that Batam also has nature spots like Telaga Bidadari which is a waterfall and lake. Telaga Bidadari means "Angel Lake" in Bahasa Indonesia and we can definitely see why! To reach Telaga Bidadari, you'd have to trek through the protected forest of Muka Kuning Park for about an hour.
When you arrive, you'll be greeted by a cool lake surrounded by a protected forest. The waterfall is not too high and the pool is not too deep, so it is safe for swimming.
Unfortunately, this spot is not fully developed yet. So, there are no basic facilities such as toilets and seats.
Address: Simpang Dam, Muka Kuning
Opening hours: Open 24 hours
With these 5 amazing spots, now you can start dreaming and planning your trip to Batam in advance. While the travel corridor is not confirmed yet, it's definitely good news. SHARE this with your loved ones!