23 Sep

A Boat Ride Away: Batam Island

An adventurer having a stroll in Batam IslandNeed a short weekend vacation away from work or school? You can go to Batam Island in the Riau archipelago of Indonesia. You have plenty of things to do on the island. You can soak in the sun on the beach, or you can enjoy the fresh seafood and shopping centres. Batam has everything to offer for those looking for a fun and relaxing vacation, says a personnel from WOW Getaways.

Reaching Batam

Those departing from Singapore can easily reach Batam by boat. Ferries at the Harbourfront Ferry Terminal bring people to Batam Centre, one of the main ports of the island. Other ports the ferries go to are Sekupang and Waterfront City. You can return to Singapore the same way as well.

Shopping at the Mall

Once in Batam, you can go ahead and enjoy the island. You can go shopping at the Nagoya Hill Mall. It’s the largest mall in the island, and you can find everything there from local food to souvenirs. Some of the stores actually accept Singaporean dollar, but you can go to money changers as well.

Eating the Seafood

What else can you do? You can ask yourself where to eat in Batam. The island has plenty of fresh seafood you can savour and many restaurants you can visit. They are affordable too. The popular restaurants are Golden Prawn Seafood Restaurant and Harbour Bay Seafood Restaurant.

Going on Adventures

Because it is an island with beaches, you can have some fun with the outdoor activities in Batam. You can ride a zip-line. You can go jet skiing and parasailing. You can even windsurf. When you want to swim, you can dive or snorkel. When you want to stay on land, you can choose to go go-karting instead.

Relaxing at Spas

A massage is one of the best ways to relax. Batam offers affordable prices for long massage sessions. You can choose from Balinese massage to Thai massage. You can find spas which offer massages at the Batam Centre.

Batam has plenty more to offer you, but perhaps it is best if you discover them yourself. You can remember next time that Batam is one boat ride away.