Things to do

"Batam is a small island in Indonesia’s Riau Archipelago in the South China Sea. A short boat ride from Singapore, it is a free trade zone with multiple busy ports. It’s also known for its beaches, nightlife and malls offering duty-free shopping. Bustling Nagoya is Batam’s main city. Upscale resorts in the shoreline area of Nongsa offer golf courses and water sports, including windsurfing, parasailing and jet skiing."

Shopping in Nagoya Hill Mall

One of the best places to shop in Batam is Nagoya Hill Mall. From local food products to sports equipment, you will certainly find bargains for all your dining, shopping and entertainment needs under one roof.

The Matahari department store sells everything from clothes, accessories, bags, shoes and household appliances whilst the mall’s basement level features a large hypermarket offers a wide variety of groceries, toiletries and daily necessities.

For movie-goers, the mall’s Studio 21 cineplex offers plush movie seats for those seeking to indulge in a weekend movie marathon.


Massage and Reflexology

For quite a reasonable price, you can indulge in a choice of Balinese or Thai massage at a great selection of spas around Batam. Prices at at around 170,000 rupiah and some places such as Isabella Massage House at Nogoya Hills provie free transportation to-and-fro.

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Tering Bay Golf & Country Club

Batam is well known for its acclaimed golf courses and Tering Bay Golf & Country Club is no exception. Designed by the legendary Greg Norman to be a challenging par 72 course, Tering Bay sits on a 167 hectare site overlooking the picturesque northern bay of Batam.

It features many water hazards and bunkers, which intrepid golfers should take note of and pack extra balls to see oneself to the end of the course.

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Cycle Trail Through the Scenic Northern Coast

Unknown to many, Batam’s scenic northern coastlines features on a spectacular mountain biking trail offering dense jungle and sweeping seafront routes. The 30km trail starts from Turi Beach/Nongsa Village through Teluk Mata Ikan. From there, the route takes you down the coast to Batu Besar and Citra Mas estate before arriving at Tering Bay International Golf Course.

Off-Road Mountain Biking at DRAK Bike Park

Batam’s best keep secret is a hugely popular destination for off-road mountain bikers. DRAK Bike Park. Built since 2009, Drak Bike Park has become a must-go playground and training ground for not just Singaporean and local riders but also those from other islands of Indonesia and Malaysia as well as international expats who work in the region. It features over 60km of trails including a network of cross-country trails and a variety of challenging obstacles, including big gap jumps.

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Watersports Activities

Being a waterfront destination, there are many choices for watersports activities such as banana boating, parasailing, windsurfing, surfing, kayaking and jet skiing. These are available at Nongsa coast or for the less crowded option at Melur Beach in Galan Island.

You may even try your sea legs by diving or snorkeling at Batam Island.


Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Buddhist Temple

Regarded as one of the biggest temples ever built in South East Asia, this temple is famous for its many laughing Buddha statues that come in various sizes and costumes. Built by the Chinese community in Batam, the temple was opened in 1999 and has ancillary facilities such as an orphanage, food stalls and a vegetarian restaurant.