Batam is a tropical city of Riau Islands Province, which has hilly terrain and valleys. Located about 20 km from Singapore, with a ferry from Singapore to Batam approximately 40 minutes.
It would be a perfect weekend getaway near Singapore and inexpensive activities with family and friends.
I heard from someone that Batam has been known as a dirty old men looking for showgirls to sleep with.
But, according to me this island is famous as a place where people come to relax and get away from everything and a great place where you can enjoy water sports fun, fresh seafood, shopping cheap and spa & affordable massage.
Another reason they flocked to Batam is for diving and snorkeling opportunities in the crystal clear waters and good visibility.
A List of The Best Things to do in Batam on a Short Weekend.
1. Scuba Diving
If you’re a beginner dive and wanted to get certified as professional divers, Batam Island is the perfect place.
Some of the best places to dive are Abang Island, Ghost Island, Labun Island and Petong Island.
From Batam you can sign up for the course and will be taken to neighboring islands by boat.
The visibility here is so clear that you can take a variety of underwater creatures and this is the top spot if you like marine photography.
2. Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall
Nagoya Hill mall claims to be the largest shopping center on the island. You will find various items such as branded clothes and accessories.
You can also buy the popular Kue Lapis (layer cake), eat Ayam Penyet (crispy fried chicken) on food street Nagoya Hill.
You can enjoy not only one place, but seven different in and around the area.
These include Batam Hills Golf Resort and Palm Springs Golf and Beach Resort, Indah Puri Golf Resort or you can go to Padang Golf Sukajadi which is the most famous.
All of the golf course has a bar and restaurant were connected, you know. So you can eat or see the dunes are beautiful.
4. Water Sports
Maybe this is a favorite things to do in Batam.
In other places like Singapore, water skiing beaches or wakeboarding are really high.
But in Batam you can enjoy it with a fraction of the price and one of the best places to do this is in Batam Cable Ski Park.
Some of the activities offered here are canoeing, jet skiing, or even snorkeling. You can also go to other famous resorts like Batam View Beach Resort.
5. Go Massage
Honestly, I can’t recommend the best.
I mean, all massages are the same because I don’t get sponsors, right? lol
The difference is facility and budget.
So, if you really feel tired. You can go to the nearest massage place. So that your muscles don’t feel shocked after a long day.
6. Fresh Seafood
Batam is also known for its cheap seafood.
Maybe lobster and crab are familiar seafood, right?
But, have you ever heard of Gonggong?
This is a delicious long nail snail, also a symbol of pride from Riau Islands Province.
As written by Gonggong.id. This seafood is famous in Tanjung Pinang city, Batam.
Various recipes such as Gonggong teriyaki sauce, spicy sweet, or boiled are the choice of guests who come.
7. Bintan Island
Going to Bintan Island is the best things to do in Batam. The island is known as a luxury resort with a wealth of upscale resort fun to choose from.
If you don’t have a limited budget, then you can think of staying overnight or you can take a day trip to Bintan and enjoy white sand like pepper grains and blue waters.
8. Home Stage on Water
Batam is already a modern city. But if you go to Batam old, you can find some of these stilt houses and the villages surrounding it.
One of the most famous village for this type of traditional architecture is a fishing village in Tanjung Uma.
If you are interested in architecture and local culture, then this should not be missed.
9. Vacation to go Sunbathing
Nongsa Beach is the perfect place for sunbathing with luxury facilities.
This is a quiet white sand beach.
I mean, only some people are active here.
Maybe this is the right place to drink while watching the sunset.
10. Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Temple
It is a temple that has religious values are strong to find inner peace.
The worshipers usually burn incense for luck.
You can also enjoy a colorful Buddha statue almost all corners of this building there is a statue of Maitreya Buddha high stature.
11. Barelang Bridge
I thought I was living in San Francisco. Apparently this is in Batam.
Barelang is a bridge connecting Batam with Galang Island, also iconic sights to see the sunset.
12. Viovio Beach
It is a new exotic tourist destination in Batam, you know. Viovio almost the same as in the Caribbean which has a white sand beach.
Stunning views of the hills and come with a swing for you a instagramable. It same in Tanjung Aan Beach Lombok.
13. Megawisata Ocarina Batam
It is a place of white sand beaches are decorated pine, variety of games, gazebo, outdoor stage.
When you arrive, you will see a zodiac statue which has a philosophy of yourself.
14. Forest cat’s eye tour
I think this is the place to see the millions of cats. However, this is the mini zoo.
Here, you can enjoy nature while seeing some of the fauna.
Also enjoyed by visitors for flying fox, hiking and swimming surrounded by oxygen.