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Bintan Island

Largest of the Riau Island group, Bintan Island is one of Indonesia's fastest growing resorts. In the past ten years, it has grown from a little-known budget travel destination to a thriving resort welcoming affluent holiday-makers from Singapore.

Most tourists arrive via ferry from Singapore or Johor Bahru, Malaysia. The ride takes one to two hours, and boats dock at island capital, Tanjung Pinang. Taxis are available from here for transport to any of the resorts on Bintan.

Most of the accommodation in Bintan Island is on the northeast coastline. Trikora Beach has been popular with backpackers and independent travelers for at least a decade. Away form the major resorts to the north, the beaches here are relatively secluded. This is the perfect place to explore island culture and potentially avoid the more commercial resort scene, if desired. Visitors can join island trekking tours, or they can charter a boat for fishing and island-hopping excursions.

The busiest resort on Bintan Island is at Lagoi, and direct ferry connections operate between the local pier and Tanah Merah ferry terminal in Singapore. This is a quiet, family-oriented resort with a range of water sports and other daytime activities on the agenda. Those staying at the upscale resorts of Lagoi can take advantage of the excellent shopping, golfing and spa facilities in the area.

Hang Nadim Airport is located on Batam, a neighboring island. Flights mainly connect from elsewhere in Indonesia, as it's more convenient for Singaporeans to reach the hotels of Bintan Island via ferry. A couple of weekly flights connect to Johor Bahru, for those arriving from Malaysia.

For more information on hotels and landmarks in the different areas of Bintan Island, click on the interactive Bintan Island map on the left-hand side of the page.