1. Try Watersports
Watersports are one of the obvious highlights of Batam. While the facilities at Sentosa Beach Resort are undoubtedly good, it can’t compete with the low prices of wakeboarding and water skiing in Batam. One of the places to visit in Batam for watersports is the Batam Cable Ski Park. The park offers canoeing, jet skiing and snorkeling.
2. Enjoy the Seafood
Food has to be included in any list of what to do in Batam. Kopak Jaya Seafood and Barelang Live Seafood offers fresh and marvelous seafood delicacies for a third of the price in Singapore. Also three of the best seafood restaurants in town include Sei Enam Seafood, the best restaurant in Batam, Rezeki Seafood Restaurant and Harbour Bay Seafood. Must try for the chili crab, black pepper crab and best calamari in town. Meanwhile Harbour Bay Seafood Restaurant has nice food and a lively atmosphere.
3. Best Massage, Affordable Prices!
A massage at a luxury spa in Singapore will set you back a couple of hundred dollars. In Batam that figure is closer to a couple of dollars, so you might as well treat yourself. Here, you’re able to get all kinds of massage; traditional Indonesian massage, Thai massage, and their signature massage which is a combination of both Indo & Thai massage.
4. Diving and Snorkeling at Abang Island
Batam has some diving spots which undiscovered before and now become famous among the tourist, both local and international. We recommend an adventure tour for diving and snorkeling to an island which serve you the beautiful and wonderful underwater view, especially for diving snorkeling spots in Batam – Abang Island is the most favorite diving snorkeling spots here.
Batam Island is a Duty-Free Zone, so prices are comparatively low in comparison with Singapore. Where to buy, what to do and what to eat? Shopping malls and most shops are open from 10.00 am to 9.00 pm every day and are normally open throughout all public holidays. Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall is the biggest in the city. You can also try the BCS Mall or the Mega Mall Batam Center. While groceries are cheaper in Indonesia, the price of branded clothing is far cheaper than in Singapore.
6. Enjoy the Nightlife
Batam may be small, but Batam nightlife is as lively as many other big cities in Indonesia. Since this city is a business and trade hub, also a gateway to Singapore, Batam has a huge traffic of travelers and business folks. You will easily find nightlife attractions and venues that cater to expatriates’ taste, such as bars, night clubs, cafes, spas, and sauna centers. The main entertainment centre is located in downtown Nagoya: ‘The Nagoya Entertainment District’ or ‘The NED’ (and by locals as Kampung Bule). So if you are staying in Batam you should definitely get out at night and have some fun!
7. Play a Round of Golf!
There are seven golf courses on Batam. These are Batam Hills Golf Resort, Padang Golf Sukajadi, Indah Puri Golf Resort, Southlinks Golf and Country Club, Tamarin Santana Golf Club, Tering Bay Golf and Country Club, and the Palm Springs Golf and Beach Resort. Each of the seven courses are maintained to international standards and have amenities such as bars and restaurants. Sukajadi is probably one of the best course around Batam.
8. Tua Pek Kong Temple and Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Temple
Visiting temples will not be at the top of your ‘to do’ list while in Batam, but it can be interesting none the less. The Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya is the biggest temple in Southeast Asia, with a land area of 4.5 hectares. Tua Pek Kong Temple is the oldest Buddhist temple on the island of Batam. You can see the Chinese influence of the architecture of the temple in Batam.
9. Speed on A Go Kart
In the complex of the Golden City Area, there are several sports arena, among them are the paint ball, flying fox, outdoor playground, Golden City Go-kart and ATV arena. Among those outdoor activities, the most attractive sport by tourists is go-kart. Because it is not requires special setup, the only necessary requirement is, at least you have basic driving skill. And in top of that, it is simply fun and refreshing. It will complete fun if you played with your friends and family!
10. Sunset at Barelang Bridge
In San Francisco, there is Golden Gate Bridge. In Batam, there is Barelang Bridge, a chain of six different types of bridges connecting the islands of Batam, Rempang, and Galang. Enjoy the picturesque seascape and wait for the stunning sunset while you’re here. Its a must-see when you visit Batam.