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Bintan : The Exotic Tourism Hub Leisure Island

 

As the largest island in the Riau Island, Bintan is the perfect heavenly getaway for leisure and adventure seekers. Best known for its high-end resorts, world-class golf courses, and magnificent coastal beauty.

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The Wonders of the Island

 

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In recent years, Bintan has also become a world-class Sport-Tourism destination attracting thousands around the world to compete in its marathons, triathlons, extreme sports and golf challenges. The Bintan Resorts have been a home for the world-renowned yearly Triathlon in the past years.

How to Get Here

By Ferries

Situated just a ferry ride away from Singapore or Johor Bahru in Malaysia, most visitors enter Bintan by sea. From Singapore, there are three operators (Penguin, Indo Falcon, and Berlian / Webmaster) that offer frequent services from Tanah Merah Terminal in Singapore to Sri Bintan Pura Terminal at Tanjung Pinang and Bandar Bentan Telani Terminal at Bintan Resorts. From Johor Baru Malaysia, five ferries serve the daily schedule between Johor Bahru Ferry Terminal to Sri Bintan Pura Terminal, Tanjung Pinang.

By Air

Bintan’s airport, Raja Haji Fisabillillah Airport, does not cater international flights. Riau Airlines is the main operator and connects the Island to Jakarta, Palembang, Jambi, Pekanbaru, and Natuna Islands. From the capital city of Jakarta, there are also daily flights to the Raja Haji Fisabililah Airport in Bintan Island, served by Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air, and Sriwijaya Air. For more information on the Airport and the flight schedule, log on to this link.

How to Get Around

Taxi and car rentals are commonly available at Ferry Terminals and also Resorts. Note that it is advisable to use taxis and car rentals recommended by your hotel. Those who love adventure could also choose fun and more convenient way to explore the beaches around the Island by renting scooters. Scooter rent can easily be found in many areas along the island. Another available mode of transportation is buses. Major resorts are usually equipped with shuttle buses to take the guest around the area surrounding the resorts. The main bus terminus is located on the outskirts of Tanjung Pinang, at Batu Tujuh. These buses destinations are Trikora, Kijang, and Tanjung Uban. There are also minibusses operating on fixed routes.

Attractions

With many alluring qualities, there are several attractions in Bintan that might capture your interest.

Bintan Resort

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The stunning Bintan Resorts is one of the chief tourist attractions in Bintan. Located on the northern tip of the island, this spectacular resort stretches along the sandy white coast of South China Sea. Bintan Resorts hosts several exclusive beach resorts and championship golf courses and offers a variety of recreational facilities and attractions that are located within this integrated resort. Bintan Resorts is the perfect tropical escape for those of you who love to indulge in rejuvenating spa treatments, fresh delicious seafood, and unbeatable beach views. Choose your favorite hotel and enjoy a unique experience with your loved ones.

Penyengat Island

This Island was once the epicenter of the Malay Riau-Lingga empire. The restored Sultan’s palace is enriched with historical monuments and relics of the past. An interesting blend of Javanese and Dutch architecture. Another well-known landmark in this island is the astonishing Sultan of Riau Grand Mosque, which was built using a mixture of egg white and lime as cement.

Trikora Beach

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Head on to the eastern shores of Bintan island and you would come across Trikora Beach. With breathtaking long stretch clear crystal water beaches, a popular seaside playground for locals an as well as neighboring country Singapore and Malaysia. Enjoy some tranquility and relaxing and fun quality time with loved ones in this picturesque and stunning surroundings.

Senggarang and Sebung Village

Those who share an interest in the local’s way of life might find Senggarang and Sebung village a treat.

Senggarang is one of the most prominent Chinese villages in the Riau Archipelago. The village has a strong Chinese tradition presence in its surroundings. This small fishing village is filled with rows of fishermen’s stilt houses lining its coast. The village is also home for ancient Chinese temples.

Sebung Village is the place to go for the best seafood in Bintan. Located near Sebung River, Sebung Village is an abundance of fresh seafood served in Kelong-style restaurants. While observing the locals, the village also offers fantastic views of the mangrove river.

 

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