Secret Discoveries is keen to introduce new places to explore with unhindered beauty and breath-taking sceneries to our valuable seasoned customers in our travel tips section. Bintan is a small island in Indonesia close to Singapore. This is called the playground of Singapore due to its close proximity and frequent ferry transportation from Shangi Airport. It is amazing how Singapore had embraced the natural beauty of Bintan to their luxury lifestyle and to take a break from their busy working environments!!!
Bintan is the largest island (2400 square kilometres including 96% of sea area) in the Riau island province, the capital of which Tanjung Pinang and one of the prefect getaways with its high-end-resorts, world-class golf courses and tropical coastal atmosphere. It is situated 950Km from Jakarta, capital city of Indonesia. Singapore is the closest major city. After Bali, Bintan Island is the most promoted destination in Indonesia. Bintan’s main tourist attraction today, however, is Bintan Resort a spectacular beach holiday destination in the north of the island, covering 23,000 hectares along the entire sandy white coast facing the South China Sea. Bintan has now become a world class Sport-Tourism destination attracting thousands of visitors around the world.
How to go to Bintan Island?
Bintan has a small domestic airport and three international seaports. The most common one is Tanjung Pinang, where most short-distance inter-island ferries and those from Singapore and Johor Bahru (Malaysia) dock.
Visitors from other parts of Indonesia may either fly to Hang Nadim airport in Batam and take 25-minutes boat ride to Bandar Bentan Ferry Terminal in Bintan Resort or to Raja Haji Fisabililah airport in Bintan Island that is served by Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air, anf Sriwijaya Air and drive for 1.5 hours.
Considering its proximity to Singapore, most visitors enter Bintan through by sea. From Singapore, there are operators (Penguin, Indo Falcon, and Berlian/Webmaster) that offer frequent services fro Tanah Merah Terminal in Singapore to Sri Bintan Teriminal at Tanjung Pinang and Bandar Bentan Telani Terminal at Bintan Resorts. Tanjung Pinang is the port for most visitors coming from Singapore via the convenient 90 minutes ferry ride from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal (located near Changi international Airport).
From Johor Baru Malaysia, 5 ferries serve the daily schedule between Johor Bahru Ferry Terminal to Sri Bintan Pura Terminal, Tanjung Pinang
Places to visit
To get a taste of the authentic local life on Bintan, the best place to start is the busy regional capital. Tanjung Pinang, located on the island’s west coast. Rather hopping straight onto a shuttle, stick around fro a bit and get a glimpse into everyday life of Bintan, with its interesting blend of local Indonesia colour and good old grit. Tanjung Pinang also feature a number of historical heritage sites. This includes Senggarang, the unique village on stilts and a large Buddhist temple near the airport known as the Maritria temple or Vihara Avalokitesvara.
This is located towards the west of Bintan Resorts tourism area. It’s a pristine mangrove forest running across the Sungai Sebung River. Experience an adaventurous trip to the amazing world of tropical mangroves, by taking a boat ride almost right in to the source of the river. Watch monkeys, otters, kingfishers and many varieties of bird species. Make sure you preserve this precious environment whilst exploring the beauty of the wilderness.
Just off the coast of the city, Penyengat island was once the seat of the Johor-Riau kingdom and in the 19th century became the cultural capital of the Malay world. The restored Sultan’s palace here is an interesting blend of Javanese and Dutch architecture. Here once can also find the royal family’s tombs, fort, and the grand mosque of Mesjid Raya Sultan Riau Penyengat.
This is a vast stretch of white sandy beach in the east side of the Island. Popular seaside playground for locals as well as Singaporeans and for Malaysians too