Are you looking for things to do while in Batam, one of the closest islands to Singapore from Indonesia? You may have visited this place for business and may not consider it a holiday destination, but this little place has several attractions that are worth a look, whether on a short or long vacation.
These six bridges are one of the iconic landmarks and feats of engineering of Batam; its name “Barelang” is an abbreviated form of the names of three islands, which are Batam, Rempang and Galang. These structures connect the small island of Tonton Nipah to its larger counterparts in Setoko, Rempang, Galang Baru and Galang. The combined length of the bridges is around 2 kilometres; travelling from the first one to the last one is about 20 minutes. The most impressive and popular is the Fisabilillah Bridge that links Tonton Island and Batam.
Some of the attractions in Batam include temples, says WOW Getaways; you will most likely see two kinds, which are Buddhist or Hindu. One of the most famous is Tua Pek Kong Temple or also known as Buddhu Bhakti. Locals visit it every day for their daily prayers and offerings, but it is also open to guests. The Adhi Vinayakar Hindu Temple is also another noteworthy destination; this attraction is in Sei Ladi Hills. Hindu worshipers visit this sacred place from different parts of the island.
One of the main attractions is Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Buddhist Temple; this is near the Batam Centre ferry terminal. Visitors and devotees will see statues of Buddha, Goddess of Mercy and Guan Gong when they explore the different chambers.
The beaches of Batam have their own distinct personalities. The two most famous are near the Waterfront City or along the Nongsa Coast. Visitors have several options for activities, which include windsurfing, snorkelling, canoeing, speed boating, parasailing and others.
This part of Indonesia has several other places to see, discover and experience; you only get to scratch the surface with the things on this list.