Holidays to Bintan Island

Holidays to Bintan Island

Make your way to Bintan Island, part of Indonesia’s Riau Archipelago and a short ferry ride from Singapore, for secluded beaches of white sands, endless water based activities and a distinctly laidback Indonesian way of life. A historic trading port the island’s capital, Tanjung Pinang, is a curious blend of Dutch colonial architecture and traditional Indonesian buildings. For a luxury Bintan escape head to the northern side of the island and Bintan Lagoon Resort, where a collection of four and five star hotels dot the coastline – along with a number of championship golf courses.

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Bintan Travel Information

There are no direct flights to Bintan – you can fly direct to Java and then take an onward flight to Bintan (there are also direct ferries from Sumatra and Singapore)
  • Currency: Indonesian Rupiah 
  • Time difference: GMT +7 
  • Flight from the UK: 13 hours 
  • Visa: No (for visits up to 30 days) 
  • Language: Bahasa Indonesia 
  • Regional drink: teh manis (sweet tea) 
  • Regional dish: gong-gong (shellfish dish)

Travel Tips & Advice for Bintan

Bintan Activities

Unsurprising, watersports are a top activity on Bintan, with snorkelling and diving high on the ‘to do’ list, along with windsurfing, jet skiing and sailing. Boat tours through the mangrove forests are easily arranged – head out in the day for wildlife spotting (keep eyes peeled for monkey, king fisher and snakes) or in the evening for a magical experience. Adventurous sorts can hop in an ultralight seaplane for scenic aerial views of the island, or simply trek through the rainforest to the summit and incredible panoramic views.

Bintan Food & Drink

No trip to Bintan would be complete without sampling the deliciously fresh seafood dishes – a popular dish among locals is gong-gong, a shellfish dish of sea snails served everywhere from beachside kelongs to street food stalls and fine dining restaurants. An ideal way to try a range of Indonesian dishes in one go is to sit down to nasi padang, a sort of mini buffet – fantastic for sharing! And for a taste of the Mediterranean head to Casa Italia Pizzeria, run by an Italian family who fell in love with the island and now serve crispy based wood fire pizzas.

Bintan Attractions

To experience a true taste of Indonesia, take time to explore the island’s capital, Tanjung Pinang with its bustling street market (ideal for picking up souvenirs and trying out your bartering skills) and seaside promenade-turned night-time open air food market. Catch the ferry from the port to Penyengat Island a former Malay outpost where ruins of a former royal palace and historic Dutch canons now lie. And discover old world charm with a visit to the Chinese settlement of Senggarang, built entirely on wooden stilts.

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