As the largest island in the Riau Island, Bintan is the perfect heavenly getaway for leisure and adventure seekers. Best known for its high-end resorts, world-class golf courses, and magnificent coastal beauty.
The Wonders of the Island
In recent years, Bintan has also become a world-class Sport-Tourism destination attracting thousands around the world to compete in its marathons, triathlons, extreme sports and golf challenges. The Bintan Resorts have been a home for the world-renowned yearly Triathlon in the past years.
How to Get Here
Situated just a ferry ride away from Singapore or Johor Bahru in Malaysia, most visitors enter Bintan by sea. From Singapore, there are three operators (Penguin, Indo Falcon, and Berlian / Webmaster) that offer frequent services from Tanah Merah Terminal in Singapore to Sri Bintan Pura Terminal at Tanjung Pinang and Bandar Bentan Telani Terminal at Bintan Resorts. From Johor Baru Malaysia, five ferries serve the daily schedule between Johor Bahru Ferry Terminal to Sri Bintan Pura Terminal, Tanjung Pinang.
Bintan’s airport, Raja Haji Fisabillillah Airport, does not cater international flights. Riau Airlines is the main operator and connects the Island to Jakarta, Palembang, Jambi, Pekanbaru, and Natuna Islands. From the capital city of Jakarta, there are also daily flights to the Raja Haji Fisabililah Airport in Bintan Island, served by Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air, and Sriwijaya Air. For more information on the Airport and the flight schedule, log on to this link.
How to Get Around
Taxi and car rentals are commonly available at Ferry Terminals and also Resorts. Note that it is advisable to use taxis and car rentals recommended by your hotel. Those who love adventure could also choose fun and more convenient way to explore the beaches around the Island by renting scooters. Scooter rent can easily be found in many areas along the island. Another available mode of transportation is buses. Major resorts are usually equipped with shuttle buses to take the guest around the area surrounding the resorts. The main bus terminus is located on the outskirts of Tanjung Pinang, at Batu Tujuh. These buses destinations are Trikora, Kijang, and Tanjung Uban. There are also minibusses operating on fixed routes.
With many alluring qualities, there are several attractions in Bintan that might capture your interest.
Bintan Lagoon Resort
Bintan’s chief tourist attraction today is the stunning Bintan Lagoon Resorts. Located on the north of the island, this spectacular resort covers 23,000 hectares along the entire sandy white coast facing the South China Sea. There are currently ten independently beach resorts, four designer golf courses, as well as a range of recreational facilities and attractions located within the fully integrated Bintan Resorts. This year the Bintan Lagoon resort returns as the home to the yearly Bintan Triathlon. This year marked the 15th year anniversary of the Bintan Triathlon and will be held on June 7-9, 2019.
This Island was once the epicenter of the Malay Riau-Lingga empire. The restored Sultan’s palace is enriched with historical monuments and relics of the past. An interesting blend of Javanese and Dutch architecture. Another well-known landmark in this island is the astonishing Sultan of Riau Grand Mosque, which was built using a mixture of egg white and lime as cement.
Head on to the eastern shores of Bintan island and you would come across Trikora Beach. With breathtaking long stretch clear crystal water beaches, a popular seaside playground for locals an as well as neighboring country Singapore and Malaysia. Enjoy some tranquility and relaxing and fun quality time with loved ones in this picturesque and stunning surroundings.
Senggarang and Sebung Village
Those who share an interest in the local’s way of life might find Senggarang and Sebung village a treat.
Senggarang is one of the most prominent Chinese villages in the Riau Archipelago. The village has a strong Chinese tradition presence in its surroundings. This small fishing village is filled with rows of fishermen’s stilt houses lining its coast. The village is also home for ancient Chinese temples.
Sebung Village is the place to go for the best seafood in Bintan. Located near Sebung River, Sebung Village is an abundance of fresh seafood served in Kelong-style restaurants. While observing the locals, the village also offers fantastic views of the mangrove river. Wonderful Indonesia