Bintan is the largest island in the Riau Archipelago, immediately across Singapore and Johor Bahru, Malaysia. The islands stretch from the Straits of Malacca all the way to the South China Sea. Bintan’s chief tourist attraction today is Bintan Resorts, a spectacular beach holiday destination in the north of the island, covering 23,000 hectares along the entire sandy white coast that faces the South China Sea.
The island itself also has interesting historic remains in Tanjung Pinang and Penyengat, and offers plenty opportunities for surfing, adventure and ecotours for schools and family, but is also ideal for relaxation and wellness. For dive enthusiasts the Anambas archipelago in the South China Sea offer pristine dive sites, reachable from Tanjung Pinang Airport. Freshly caught and reasonably priced seafood is specialty in Riau, served in quaint restaurants on stilts, called Kelong - overlooking the sea, in street stalls or in posh restaurants.Try the delicious chilli crab, steamed fish, or drunken prawn. The specialty of Bintan is the 'Gong Gong' or Pearl conch (Strombus canarium) which can be found only around Bintan and Batam Islands. It is a true bargains galore for almost everything especially fresh seafood.
Bintan Island has many beach focused tourist sites with exotic natural conditions and climate. On this island, you can enjoy local historical and cultural attractions including Kota Piring palace which is located on Biram Dewa island, Melayu Kota Piring, Tanjung Pinang Timur, or Tugu Pensil and Gurindam Gubahan Raja Ali Haji, the icons of Tanjung Pinang city.
Most overseas visitors to Bintan enter by ferry. There are frequent services between Singapore’s Tanah Merah ferry terminal to Lagoi’s Bandar Bentan Telani terminal as well as between Singapore and Tanjung Pinang’s Sri Bintan Pura ferry terminal. For details on Singapore departures and arrivals click: www.singaporecruise.com/ferryschedule.aspx
There are also frequent ferries from Batam to Lagoi, as well as between Batam and Tanjung Pinang. Bintan has a relatively small airport at Tanjung Pinang served by Sriwijaya Air from Jakarta.