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Batam Island, one of the largest fragments in the Riau Islands chain, is home to a picturesque waterfront resort, a renowned Buddhist temple and an iconic bridge. It is among the fastest growing parts of the Indonesia islands. It is also home to many golf courses and an amusement park.
The island’s highlight is the Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Buddhist Temple, which is believed to be the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia. Explore 4.5 hectares (11 acres) of grounds, which contain five buildings. The main hall, the Graha Maitreya, has a capacity of 2,000 people. Take a guided tour of the complex and learn about its message of universal love.
The Barelang Bridge is a symbol of the emerging prosperity of the island. Visit the chain of six bridges of varied designs, which stretch across 2 kilometres (1.2 miles) of water. Capture photos of the majestic structure from the shops and restaurants on the waterfront.
Take the kids on the giant Ferris wheel by the ocean at Ocarina Park. Swim in the water park. Practise your swing at one of the six golf courses on the island.
Stay at one of the hotels in the Waterfront City complex. Enjoy the view of the ocean from your room. Sample the bars and restaurants of the hotels. Send your taste buds wild with some of the local dishes, such as ayam bawang, a blend of fried chicken, garlic, chilli and rice. Try the bak kut teh soup, made from pork ribs, herbs and soya sauce.
To get to the island, take a domestic flight to Batam’s Hang Nadim International Airport from nearby cities, such as Jakarta. You could also travel by boat to one of the island’s ports. Once on the island, get around by car, bus and taxi. The region remains hot and humid year-round, though it is far drier from May to October.
The enormous temple, fascinating bridge and scenic waterfront reveal Batam Island has much to offer on top of its emerging prosperity.
If you are wondering where to stay in Batam, browse our Batam hotel options. There are 53 hotels to select from in this beloved destination.
The Montigo Resorts Nongsa and the Grands i Hotel will appeal to those who enjoy life's finer things and want to maximize their relaxation time on the island. At the more economical end of the spectrum are the Radisson Golf & Convention Center Batam and the Greenland Hotel Batam.
When we look back on our travels, we remember experiences rather than our nice hotel room and its view of the beach. Are you ready to start creating some new vacation memories?
if you're searching for something fun to do, we recommend buying a Spa Experience at Spa Central Batam with Ferry Transfer & Lunch.
Have a few spare moments? Go to our Batam things to do page for a complete list of activities.
Set in Batam, this family-friendly resort is within 12 mi (20 km) of Sekupang Ferry Terminal, Nagoya Hill Mall and Batam Center Shopping Area. Barelang Bridge and Batam Centre Ferry Terminal are also within 12 miles (20 km).
Situated in Batam, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from BCS Mall (Batam City Square) and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Harbor Bay Ferry Terminal. Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Buddhist Temple and Batam Polytechnic are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Located in the heart of Batam, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Batam Center Shopping Area, Batam Centre Ferry Terminal and Batam Centre. Mega Mall and BCS Mall (Batam City Square) are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Located in the heart of Batam, this spa hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Harbor Bay Ferry Terminal, BCS Mall (Batam City Square) and Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Buddhist Temple. Batam Centre Ferry Terminal and Batam Center Shopping Area are also within 6 miles (10 km).