Batam

Travel Guide
Batam Island showing landscape views, a luxury hotel or resort and swimming

One of the largest parts of Indonesia’s Riau Islands, this scenic gem features an extraordinary bridge, a gigantic monastery and a picturesque waterfront.

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.

Four Points by Sheraton Batam
Four Points by Sheraton Batam
4 out of 5
Komplek Panorama Nagoya, Batam, Batam Island, 29432
The price is S$72 per night from 19 May to 20 May
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Batam. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (4 reviews)
"Fabulous stay"

Reviewed on 16 May,2022

Four Points by Sheraton Batam
Nongsa Point Marina & Resort
Nongsa Point Marina & Resort
4 out of 5
Jalan Hang Lekiu Nongsa, Kepulauan Riau, Batam, Batam Island, 29432
The price is S$100 per night from 24 May to 25 May
Stay at this 4-star beach resort in Batam. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a private beach. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
3.5/5 Good! (176 reviews)
"Clean, good marina, close to singapore. Left from here to do Nongsa Neptune sailubg regatta."

Reviewed on 2 Feb,2020

Nongsa Point Marina & Resort
Batam Marriott Hotel Harbour Bay
Batam Marriott Hotel Harbour Bay
5 out of 5
Harbour Bay Downtown, Jalan Duyung, Kel Sungai Jodoh, Kec Batu Ampar, Batam, Batam Island, 29453
The price is S$239 per night from 26 May to 27 May
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Batam. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and a full-service spa. Popular attractions Harbor Bay Ferry Terminal and Nagoya Hill ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (6 reviews)
Business Trip
"Rooms very spacious and nice. Service and menu at roof top restaurant very good. Shower had only hot water, so had to use bath tub."

Reviewed on 27 Nov,2021

Batam Marriott Hotel Harbour Bay
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Panbil Residence Apartment Batam
Panbil Residence Apartment Batam
3.5 out of 5
Jalan Ahmad Yani, Panbil Estate, Muka Kuning, Sei Beduk, Batam, Batam Island, 29433
The price is S$53 per night from 19 May to 20 May
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Batam. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a children's pool. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (98 reviews)
"Didn’t really fancy too much in this hotel. Breakfast a lot of food didn’t replenish shortly after all were taken off. Distance a bit far from shopping location. Necessities not fully provided. Short of hand towel. My frd’s room short of safebox, bowls, wardrobe light not working. Hotel can consider ..."

Reviewed on 28 Jan,2020

Panbil Residence Apartment Batam
Apartment Queen Victoria Batam
Apartment Queen Victoria Batam
3 out of 5
Jalan Jendral Sudirman, Taman Baloi, Lubuk Baja, Batam, Riau Islands, 29432
The price is S$65 per night from 19 May to 20 May
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Batam. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a children's pool. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in their ...
3.8/5 Good! (18 reviews)
My personal review.
"The apartment is huge, with 3 bedrooms, living room and kitchen. Near to Nagoya, batam centre and grand mall. Good for family. The downside is that the toilet in the master bedroom was dirty, there was black spots in the bathtub. The whole unit floor was dusty and there were mold in the freezer."

Reviewed on 31 Jan,2020

Apartment Queen Victoria Batam
SleepRest - Diamond Palace
SleepRest - Diamond Palace
3 out of 5
Jalan Beverly Boulevard, Perum DIamond Palace Blok B no 12, Batam, 29464
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly villa in Batam. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Popular attractions Mega Mall and Batam Center Shopping Area ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Spacious, modern, well equipped
"Super pretty house that looks even better than the pictures! Very safe with guards outside, close to Batam ferry terminal and the driver provided (Mr Jeno) was friendly and accommodating. Overall it’s clean, big and just wow too good to be true. Will definitely stay here again when I’m back!"

Reviewed on 13 May,2018

SleepRest - Diamond Palace
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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