Batam Island may be a tiny piece of land, but it packs a big punch in terms of being a getaway destination. The area is quite common with Singaporeans due to its 25-kilometer distance from the country and connection across the water via ferry terminals. Full-service resorts taking advantage of the waterfront are the most common form of accommodation.
Beaches and water sports are the biggest draw to the Batam Islands. Barelang Island is connected to Batam via a network of bridges, and some of the best beaches can be found here. The island of Galang carries history with memorials and photographs commemorating the Vietnamese refugee camp that was located here after the Vietnam War. It is a popular spot for visitors looking to pay respect and cycle around the area. The tourist development of Waterfront City
is also a quiet destination worth a quick stop.
Dining on Batam Island is centered on fresh seafood, the evening waterfront markets in particular making a memorable meal. All of the resorts offer a great variety of dining options, and the nicer establishments have extensive wine menus. Batam Island is a duty free zone, making imported beers and wine very affordable.
Be sure to check out the interactive map of Batam Island for information on hotel locations, attractions, and must-see destinations.