A weekend escape to Batam is always a good idea.
Batam is located just 45 minutes away from Singapore, making it a popular destination for a short weekend getaway. Whether you’re a first-timer or a regular, I’m sure Batam has something to offer for everyone.
Convinced that you’re done exploring Batam? This article might prove you wrong.
We’ve compiled a list of top 5 most interesting things to do in Batam so that you can re-discover it for its beauty.
1. Unleash The Shopaholic In You at some of Batam’s Best Malls
With so many huge malls packed into this busy island, Batam promises shoppers an unforgettable shopping experience. As Batam island is a duty-free area, prices of products will definitely be way lower when compared with those in Singapore.
Lower prices yet same quality goods, do I still need to convince you any further?
Batam City Square (BCS)
Looking for cheap but durable products to buy? Batam City Square is your best bet! This multi-storey mall might look unappealing on the outside, but I can assure you that it has almost everything you need inside.
Operating hours: 9 AM-10 PM
Address: Jalan Bunga Raya, Batu Selicin, Lubuk Baja, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29442, Indonesia.
Nagoya Hill Shopping Centre
The Nagoya Hill Shopping Center is Batam’s biggest mall and houses over 3 floors of retail stores.
Due to its’ strategic location, Nagoya Hill Shopping Centre is popular among both locals and tourists alike so do not be surprised if it is crowded! Feeling hungry from all the walking? This shopping paradise offers visitors many dining options ranging from cheap eats such as Pizza Hut to slightly more expensive eateries.
You can also savour authentic local pastries here such as their famous traditional kueh.
Just try not to go overboard on the spending! Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
2. Savour cheap and fresh seafood
Enjoy your food above the water
What makes this restaurant unique is the fact that it is built above the water. This makes for a unique dining experience where you can relish tasty seafood while enjoying the cooling sea breeze.
Operating Hours: 9 AM -11 PM
Address: Jalan Golden Prawn, Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29458, Indonesia
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3. Immerse yourself in the local culture
Tua Pek Kong Temple
Tua Pek Kong Temple
Courtyard of the Tua Pek Kong Temple
Statue scattered around the courtyard
One of the most visited cultural sites in Batam is none other than the Tua Pek Kong Temple. Also known locally as Vihara Budhi Bhakti, Tua Pek Kong Temple is the oldest Chinese temple on the island. You would be surprised by the numerous beautiful statues of notable ancient Chinese folklore characters.
Operating hours: 6 AM -6 PM
Address: Jl. Imam Bonjol Kompleks, Windsor Central, Nagoya, Batam, Indonesia
A spectacular night view of the Grand Mosque
The Grand Mosque is not the typical mosque you see around Singapore. Also known as Masjid Raya Batam, the Grand Mosque was built without the iconic decorative domes that can be found in most mosques. Instead, it features a three-tiered equilateral pyramid above the prayer hall, minimising the use of pillars and thus maximising the space for worship.
The Grand Mosque is most certainly a magnificent architectural delight!
Operating hours: 8 AM – 8 PM
Address: Jl. Engku Putri, Teluk Bering, Batam Center, Batam, Indonesia 29444
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4. Get Adventurous!
Sea Forest Adventure
Sea Forest Adventure is an integrated recreational centre in Batam that aims to be the one-stop destination for families and visitors. From water activities such as fishing and water sports to land activities like archery, I am confident to say that Sea Forest Adventure has it all.
Aerial view of the Sea Forest Adventure
Aqua Adventure Track
This recreational complex is suitable for all ages, making it the perfect choice for a day of family fun. At Sea Forest Adventure, the activities are mainly split into four segments: Aqua Adventure Track, Paintball, Archery, Jetski & Knee Boarding.
Next time you’re in Batam, be sure to head here for a splashing good time!
Operating hours: 9AM-5PM
Entrance Fee: Varies
Address: Jl. Hang Lekiu, Nongsa – Batam, Riau, Indonesia 29465
Swinging by the sea at Viovio beach
Relive your childhood at Viovio Beach where you get to swing by the sea while enjoying the stunning sunset. You can spot tiny crabs crawling on the sand and if you’re lucky, you may even get to catch some rare starfish lying on the rocks!
Operating hours: 6 AM-7 PM
Entrance Fee: Rp. 10000 = SGD 1
Address: Pantai Viovio, Kebun Raya Batam, Sijantung, Galang, Batam City, Riau Islands 29485, Indonesia
Craving for more adrenaline-packed activities? Head over to Turi Beach where you get to engage in a myriad of thrilling water sports namely jetskiing, parasailing, wakeboarding, flyboarding, and hoverboarding.
Flyboarding at Turi Beach
Parasailing at Turi Beach
Jet skiing at Turi Beach
If you have not tried this before, I guess it is time for you to step out of your comfort zone and give it a shot! You will not regret it.
Operating hours: 24/7
Address: Turi Beach Resort, Jl. Hang Lekiu, Sambau, Nongsa, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29465, Indonesia
Pristine coral reef at the Abang Island
Snorkeling at the Abang Island
Do you know that Batam has a beautiful underwater world waiting for you to explore? Try snorkelling and scuba diving at the scenic Abang Island! The crystal clear waters make it a prime location to swim with the fishes. At Abang Island, you would be able to find beautiful coral reefs and various types of colourful ornamental fish.
Note: All scuba diving activities must be through a registered company with registered professionals for Diving. As such, please do contact a local diving centre for more enquiries.
Operating hours: 24/7
Address: Galang, Batam City, Riau Islands, Indonesia
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5. Don’t forget to bring back some local food
Yong Heng Food Trading
Yong Heng Food Trading sells almost all types of local snacks. You can also try the food samples before deciding whether to buy.
Operating hours: —
Address: Komplek Ruko Golden Prawn, JI. Golden Prawn, Bengkong Laut, Bengkong, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29444, Indonesia
Batam Layer Cake
Layer cake (kueh lapis) can be easily found in Singapore but good ones are hard to find. Rated by netizens as one of the best layer cakes, Batam Layer Cake provides an assortment of flavours: cheese, prune, durian, cinnamon, chocolate and original. Not only that, the layer cake is freshly made and served warm!
Operating hours: 7.30AM-5PM
Address: Bengkong Laut, Jalan Sumatera No. 01 (Jalan Golden Prawn)