Batam is a near destination from Singapore and is a viable weekend getaway option for those who want to have fun. This island has a little bit of everything for tourists looking for sun, sand and sea. It is not the place for a perfect beach holiday, but its proximity, just 45 minutes by ferry, to Singapore makes it a good enough alternative.
Here are some of the noteworthy things to do and attractions in Batam, according to WOW Getaways.
Get a Massage and Spa
You have plenty of options in Batam Centre if you are looking for a massage or a spa. Most of the centres there cater to tourists and provide different priced services based on your budget. This is the perfect way to end your day after doing water sports or cycling around the island. Pamper yourself during your holiday to rejuvenate your body for the coming work days.
Try Water Sports
When you want to try something adventurous, the waterfront city is the place to go for land and water sports. You have many options, when you want to try the latter, these include riding a banana boat, windsurfing, and jet skiing, parasailing and kayaking. If you want to explore the surrounding area dry, ride a go-kart.
Get a Glimpse of Local Life
Get off the tourist trail and get a glimpse of how locals live by wandering into the backwaters. You will see boats, makeshift houses, stilt homes and a fishermen village right next to modern buildings. This takes you back in time when there were little to no tourists going to Batam.
Head to the Islands of Anambas, Bintan and Galang
Anambas was on CNN’s list of Asia’s best tropical islands in 2013; it is a great dive destination because of the protected turtle species, and it is also a perfect place to relax and unwind because of the beaches with swaying coconut trees. Bintan and Galang are noteworthy destinations because of the private resorts which are within budget.
Batam is a great place to spend a short getaway in because it has a bit of everything you are looking for in a tropical destination; great seafood, water sports and islands to explore.