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.

Known for

ferry, waterPark and swimming

Top hotels in Batam

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Harmoni One Convention Hotel & Service Apartments
4 out of 5
Jl Engku Putri, Batam Centre, Batam, Batam Island
SG$35/night
18 Aug-19 Aug
4.1/5Very Good! (480 reviews)

"Love the size of the room and the breakfast spread is above average."…"

Reviewed on 15 Aug,2019

Harmoni One Convention Hotel & Service Apartments
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Swiss-Belhotel Harbour Bay
3.5 out of 5
Jl. Duyung, Sei Jodoh Batu Ampar, Batam, Batam Island
SG$54/night
18 Aug-19 Aug
4.2/5Very Good! (424 reviews)

"Large rooms and nice and clean, on the downside there was no ATM closeby."…"

Reviewed on 6 Aug,2019

Swiss-Belhotel Harbour Bay
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Harmoni Hotel
4 out of 5
Jl. Imam Bonjol, Nagoya, Batam, Batam Island
SG$53/night
12 Sep-13 Sep
4.1/5Very Good! (298 reviews)

"The hotel is conveniently located to eateries and Nagoya hill with 10-15mins wall. Service staff are nice. Good pool and indoor health spa etc but could be better maintained."…"

Reviewed on 13 Aug,2019

Harmoni Hotel

Popular things to do in Batam

National Orchid Garden
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National Orchid Garden

Revel in the tens of thousands of orchid plants at this incredible colour- and scent-filled garden.

Top activities in Batam

Spa Experience at Spa Central Batam with Ferry Transfer & Lunch
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Spa Experience at Spa Central Batam with Ferry Transfer & Lunch

SG$171

Escape the rush of buzzing Singapore and indulge in complete relaxation at an award-winning spa in Batam, Indonesia. Best known for their wide variety and high quality of massage and treatments, Spa Central Batam lets you customize your experience and totally rejuvenate yourself.

Universal Studios SingaporeTM Ticket
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Universal Studios SingaporeTM Ticket

SG$79

Go beyond the screen and jump into the action at Universal Studios Singapore on Sentosa Island. Explore themed areas based on your favorite films, buckle into thrilling rides that make you feel like the star of your very own blockbuster hit, and find out how movie makers create stunning visual effects.

Skip-the-Line: Night Safari Ticket with Transfer
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Skip-the-Line: Night Safari Ticket with Transfer

SG$67

Journey into the jungle with a Night Safari at the Singapore Zoo for an up-close look at exotic creatures and nocturnal critters. Skip the line to board an open-windowed tram that takes you through 7 geographical zones, and hop off to explore walking trails through the nighttime habitats.

Singapore Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Singapore Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

SG$43

Singapore—an island hotspot situated along the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula—is best absorbed, and observed, from the top of a double-decker bus. From Chinatown to Little India, this hop-on hop-off ride ensures you have the flexibility to explore sights according to your own preferred pace.

Universal Studios Singapore® 1-Day Ticket with Hotel Pickup
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Universal Studios Singapore® 1-Day Ticket with Hotel Pickup

SG$86

Experience a world of fun and excitement at Universal Studios Singapore®. With 7 amazing themed zones to explore, you can take advantage of thrilling rides, spectacular live shows, and kid-friendly entertainment, all based on your favorite films and TV shows.

Night at Chinatown and Bugis Village with Trishaw & Bumboat
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Night at Chinatown and Bugis Village with Trishaw & Bumboat

SG$98

Chinatown has also come a long way since the early days when Chinese immigrants made this enclave their home. Filled with a sprawling myriad of shops and eateries, bustling with colourful and exciting activities set against a backdrop of rich history and heritage, Chinatown is not to be missed especially in the evening when everything really comes alive.