– Dear readers, let me introduce you Batam.

Batam is only one of the more than 2,400 islands that make up the Kepri Province , stretching from Sumatra, rounding north east all the way to the Anambas islands in the South China Sea.

The island of Batam today is the third busiest entry port to Indonesia next to Bali and Jakarta.

Lying less than one hour by fast ferry from Singapore, the islands promise a completely contrasting environment from that of busy metropolitan Singapore.

Situated so near to Singapore, it is a favorite resort for residents and international tourists in Singapore who wish to get closer to nature, relax for a short vacation of golf or sailing, enjoy mouth watering fresh seafood, luxuriate in a traditional royal spa, go shopping or just for family fun.

With no less than six ferry terminals, wide roads criss-crossing the island, an international airport and clusters of industries, hotels and housing estates, Batam still promises a leisurely weekend getaway offering reasonably priced freshly caught seafood, fine golfing, plenty of duty-free shopping or an escape to a remote island ideal for trekking, diving, snorkeling and lazy fishing.

There are frequent daily ferries connecting Singapore’s Tanah Merah port with Batam as well as between  Johor Bahru, Malaysia, and Batam. The journey from Singapore takes a pleasant 45 minutes. The island of Batam has 5 ferry terminals, they are at

  1. Sekupang,
  2. Waterfront City,
  3. Batam Center,
  4. Harbour Bay,
  5. Nongsapura

Batam’s Hang Nadim’s international airport, located in the eastern part of the island, receives mainly domestic flights direct from Jakarta, Surabaya, Medan, Pekanbaru, Jambi, Palembang and Bandung.

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