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15 Best & Unique Activities to Do at Bintan 2024

Top Activities To Do At Bintan 2024 - Holidays from Singapore
Not sure what to do in Bintan other than staycation? Refer to our article about what activities to do and where to visit during your holidays in Bintan!

Most Updated on June

Welcome to our guide of the 15 best and unique things to do in Bintan, the captivating island paradise located in the Riau Archipelago of Indonesia. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, an adventure seeker, or a city dweller simply looking to unwind in serene surroundings, Bintan offers a plethora of extraordinary experiences that will leave you enchanted.

 

It is not easy to know what activities to do and where to visit during your holiday in Bintan. But, no worries! We have gathered all the information from our experience for you. In this 5-minute article, there is bound to be an activity or place suited for every individual’s liking. 

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Now, let’s move on to look through the list!


1. Go on a Mangrove Discovery / Firefly Tour

Mangrove Tour_Bintan

Image credit: Klook

Bintan is famous for its mangrove river and the trees around the island. Grab the opportunity to explore the rich biodiversity of Bintan’s mangrove forests.

 

You will take a boat ride through the mangroves with the tour guide, who will explain how the mangrove ecosystem works, how important mangrove trees are in coastal protection, and more. During the tour, you will be able to spot numerous plant species, or even various animals such as crabs, mudskippers, and birds!

 

If you would like to see another side of the mangrove river, you can take the mangrove night tour instead. Another sight will welcome you! Starting from the magical glow of bioluminescent planktons to stunning natural light show will create unforgettable memories for you to treasure from your Bintan trip. Immersing yourself amidst nature will be a totally unique experience that cannot be experienced in anywhere else!

Fireflies can be seen at night at Treasure Bay

Firefly tours are another tour you can try in Bintan. As you follow the calm waterways on a boat or a kayak, fireflies will welcome your journey by lighting up your surroundings with their glow. Besides overwhelming scene of fireflies glowing around you, you will also able to notice the night sky filled with stars, which is reflected on the river. Don’t forget to capture all the breathtaking images of these beautiful insects with the mangroves in the background.

 

We would recommend to book these tours with a reputable tour guide. Booking early ensures that you won’t miss out on Bintan’s charming nature.

Here are some of our recommendations!

 

Bintan Mangrove and Fireflies Tour | Taxi Services

      • +62 857 6294 2850

      • 9:00AM – 9PM

    Bintan Green Mangrove Tour & Fireflies Night Tour

        • +62 811 3956 663

        • 9:00AM – 8:30PM / Wed & Thu: 9:00AM – 8:00PM

      Bintan Trip

          • +62 815-3436-1799


        2. Experience Traditional Fishing

        Traditional fishing_Bintan

        Image credit: Club Med Bintan Excursion

        If you seek for an extraordinary activity that you can try in Bintan, what about traditional fishing?

         

        Experiencing this traditional method of fishing is an attractive way to learn about the local fishing culture and learn its techniques. The traditional fishing of Bintan holds a special significance because of its deep-rooted cultural and historical importance.

         

        Many resorts in Bintan provide traditional fishing as one of their activities to try during the staycation. Give a try to the traditional fishing and have intimate connection with nature. Observe the nature and marine life close, and experience the rhythm of the waves. Being at the place for the traditional fishing will already make you to relax and be stress-free from whatever you are worried about.

         

        Fishing takes a lot of time, so take the time to appreciate the tranquility of nature or meditate about your day and feelings too. You can also engage and interact with the local communities and get to know more about cultural heritage of Bintan, to be more attuned to the charms of Bintan.

         

        This traditional fishing experience will not only show you how local people caught fish in the past, but also gives you ample time to foster bonds with those around you. So, why not give traditional fishing in Bintan a try? 

         

        If you are keen to explore more about the traditional side of Bintan, you can check our Tanjung Pinang City Day Tour to look around the old city and malls of Bintan, as well as its traditional wet market!

         

        Check out our Tanjung Pinang City Day Tour with price only at $50/pax!


        3. Try ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle) Adventure

        ATV_Bintan

        Image credit: Treasure Bay Bintan

        If you are an adventure lover, you can explore the rugged landscapes of Bintan on ATVs! You can navigate through different off-road trails, diverse terrains, and enjoy adrenaline-filled travelling!

         

        Feel the fresh air as you drive the ATV, disconnect from the hectic routines of your life, and explore the outdoors in a new way! While driving the ATV, you will feel a sense of freedom and make thrilling and unforgettable memories. Since this is a family-friendly activity, you can try it with your family and friends to create shared memories and bond together. Create a special experience with your family and friends like no other. 

         

        There are two options available for the ATV. The first option is visiting Treasure Bay Bintan, which offers ATV rent services, so you can explore their designated trails. These trails include challenging off-road sections with wonderful views to enjoy during your ride. Alternatively, Bintan resorts also offer ATV rentals, so if you don’t want to travel all the way to Treasure Bay Bintan, you can ride the ATV in the resorts’ tracks and trails too.

         

        This ATV adventure is fun, but remember! Safety comes first!

         


        4. Explore Penyengat Island

        Penyengat Island_Bintan

        Image credit: Tribun Batam

        Have you ever wondered what would Bintan would have been like in the past? Penyengat Island will allow you to step back in time with its accommodating rich history and cultural heritages of Penyengat Island. This island is home to many different historical and traditional architecture and cultural heritage such as Penyengat Island Palace (Istana Penyengat), Great Mosque of Sultan Riau (Masjid Raya Sultan Riau), Royal Tombs, and traditional Malay houses.

         

        Architectural details like carved wood panels and visually-stunning domes will tell you the religious and historical significance these heritages hold for the locals. Simply visiting these cultural heritages will give you a glimpse of ancient Bintan, and not just the modern version of Bintan.

         

        Immerse yourself in local Indonesian and Malay traditions in Penyengat Island, a lesser-known place in Bintan and experience the diverse cultural tapestry of Bintan as well! Get to know more about its history and become closer to Bintan!


          5. Water Sports at Treasure Bay Bintan

          Treasure Bay Bintan_Water sports

          Image credit: Klook

          Well, we all know that one of the must-do activities in Bintan is water sports! However, it is not easy to find a place to enjoy various activities other than the resorts’ swimming pools or their offered recreation activities.

           

          For people who are eager to try many different water sports in Bintan, Treasure Bay Bintan is the place just for you! Treasure Bay Bintan offers diverse exciting water sports that make time pass in the blink of an eye.

           

          Treasure Bay Bintan Slides with waterslides of different heights

          Image credit: Treasure Bay Bintan

          Here is a list of water sports activities you can enjoy at Treasure Bay Bintan:

              • Jet Skiing

              • Kayaking

              • Banana Boat Rides

              • Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP)

              • Snorkeling

              • Wakeboarding

              • Flyboarding

            If you are unfamiliar with those activities, don’t worry! Everyone, even beginners, can try out all the water sports at Treasure Bay Bintan. Not only you can enjoy the water sports, but you can also take in the beautiful sceneries of the natural environment. Take a look at the crystal blue waters with picturesque coastlines that will completely captivate you. You’ll never want to leave Bintan, but stay for the rest of your life. 

                • +62 770 691682

              If you have decided to visit this place, why not travel with us? You can visit Treasure Bay Bintan at your convenience with our Treasure Bay Bintan One Day Tour!

               

              Check out our Treasure Bay Bintan One Day Tour with price only at $50/pax!


              6. Spend the Day Playing Golf

              One of the reasons why Bintan is frequently visited is for its excellent golf courses. If you visit Bintan, it would be a great chance for beginners to learn how to play golf, and for golf lovers, you can try out challenging and unfamiliar courses! After thorough comparison, we came up with a comprehensive list of golf courses. 

              Ria Bintan Golf Club

              Ria Bintan Golf Club

              Image credit: Ria Bintan Golf Club

              Located right next to the South China Sea, Ria Bintan Golf Club provides outstanding views of the sea and the surrounding nature. It is designed by Gary Player, the golf legend! Did you know that he chose Ria Bintan Golf Club as one of his favourite courses that he has designed so far? Indeed, it has two 18-hole championship courses – Ocean Course and Forest Course. Both courses are well-known to be challenging and beautiful.

                  • +62 770 692839

                Laguna Bintan Golf Club

                Laguna Bintan Golf Club

                Image credit: Laguna Bintan Golf Club

                Laguna Bintan Golf Club is an award-winning golf course situated inside Laguna Bintan Resort. It is designed by Greg Norman, who is now a retired professional golf player. With his expertise of golf courses and beautiful nature combined, Laguna Bintan Golf Club allows you to enjoy special golfing experience in the middle of emerald greenery and stunning coastal vistas. This place is available to all golfers of all skill levels, providing an 18-hole, par 27 championship courses.

                    • +62 852 8392 5060

                  Bintan Lagoon Golf Club

                  Bintan Lagoon Golf Club_Bintan

                  Image credit: Tripadvisor

                  Bintan Lagoon Golf Club features two 18-hole championship courses – Jack Nicklaus Sea View Golf Course and Ian Baker-Finch Woodlands Golf Course. These courses are perfect for golfers who are looking for an exciting golf experience with facilities such as practice putting greens, a driving range, various dining options, a clubhouse with a pro shop, and locker rooms.

                   

                  Located inside Bintan Lagoon Resort, you can enjoy the resort facilities after your golf time. Make your trip in Bintan more memorable!

                      • +62 770 691388


                    7. Enjoy Trekking & Natural Walks

                    Other than enjoying the natural views at golf courses or at resorts, how about going out for trekking? There are a few spots where you can explore the marvellous details of nature. Although only a few options are available for your hike, you can choose one place to fully immerse yourself in the natural environment.

                    Gunung Bintan

                    Gunung Bintan

                    Image credit: BukaReview

                    ‘No pain, no gain’ is a perfect phrase for Gunung Bintan. It is the highest peak in Bintan, with an approximate height of 340 meters! This trekking trail will be challenging for adventure seekers as you need to walk through dense jungles, which can be steep and rugged at times. However, when you reach the summit, the breathtaking views of the trek and surrounding area will make the hike worth it. 

                      Trikora Beach

                      Trikora Beach_Bintan

                      Image credit: Trikorabeachclub.com

                      Trikora Beach is less crowded compared to other popular beaches in Bintan. It’s suited for visitors who want a quieter and more secluded beach experience to enjoy a tranquil ambiance there! Take a look at the picturesque view of the long stretches of white sandy shorelines, crystal blue waters, and the greenery of palm trees.

                       

                      Not only can you take a walk along the shoreline, you can also try other water sports such as boat rides. After your walk, take your time at nearby attractions such as Trikora War Memorial and markets at Tanjung Pinang to extend your enjoyable time in the nature.

                        Sand Dunes of Gurun Pasir Bintan

                        Sand Dunes of Gurun Pasir Bintan

                        If rainforests or beaches don’t suit your personal tastes, how about exploring the sand dunes at Bintan? Bintan might look like it only has jungles and beaches, but surprise! There are sand dunes too!

                         

                        Gurun Pasir Bintan is located in Busung. You can see crystal clear lakes and picturesque views of interspersing sand dunes and ponds. This place is relatively undiscovered by many tourists, so enjoy this place fully for yourself! The sand dunes will be worth visiting to make your time in Bintan a unique and special one. 

                            • +6285157128881

                            • 7:00AM – 6:00PM

                          If you are planning to visit Blue Lake & Sand Dune, travel with Blue Lake & Sand Dune and 500 Lohan Temple Bintan One Day Tour!

                           

                          Check out our Blue Lake & Sand Dune and 500 Lohan Temple Bintan One Day Tour with price only at $50/pax!


                          8. Engage in Batik Painting

                          Batik Painting_Bintan

                          Image credit: Bawah Reserve

                          If you are looking for some activities that you can only experience in Bintan, this Batik panting is perfect for you! Batik painting is a traditional Indonesian art that uses wax and dyes on fabric to create detailed designs. Although the process is time-consuming and high-skilled, it will result in beautiful, intricate art. Learn more about Indonesian culture and history, as well as take the opportunity to expand your creativity and artistic expression!

                           

                          This activity will be a unique experience for you and your family to build special memories through your Bintan holiday!


                          9. Enjoy a Spa Treatment

                          Spa_Massage_Bintan

                          The spas in Bintan Island are famous for people who seek relaxation and rejuvenation. Many resorts offer spas with various facilities such as a wide range of treatments and services. The spas are commonly located in tropical settings, where you can enjoy your time at the spa and the natural environment at the same time! Enjoy the massage at a cheap price.

                           

                          If you are looking for special spas in Bintan, you can also try traditional Indonesian therapies which provide traditional massages, body scrubs, herbal baths, and other therapeutic treatments! Lie down and relax to relieve any stress from your busy daily life through the Bintan spas!


                          10. Visit 500 Lohan Temple

                          500 Lohan Temple_Bintan

                          Image credit: Bintan Resort Tour

                          500 Lohan Temple (Vihara Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva) is a Buddhist temple located in Tanjung Pinang. This temple is dedicated to Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva, a guardian of children and travellers.

                           

                          Once you arrive, you can see 500 statues of Lohan (Arhat or Disciples of Buddha), each of which has distinct facial expressions, postures, and clothing. You will not notice how fast time passes by when you are observing the characteristics of each statue!

                           

                          Besides the Lohan statues, the temple also accommodates other structures such as meditation areas, prayer halls, and ornate gateways to spend your time on reflection and meditation. Take the chance to participate in Buddhist rituals and more! Experience how the Buddhist culture is celebrated in Bintan.

                            If you are planning to visit 500 Lohan Temple, why not travel with us? With our Bintan one day tour, you can also visit Blue Lake & Sand Dunes and witness the beauty of the nature!

                             

                            Check out our Blue Lake & Sand Dunes and 500 Lohan Temple Bintan One Day Tour with price only at $50/pax!


                            11. Visit the Rumah Imaji

                            Rumah Imaji_Illusion Room_Bintan

                            Image credit: Klook

                            Rumah Imaji is a popular attraction in Bintan, where you can engage in different activities more enjoyable. There are various attractions you can try out – Illusion rooms, interacting with 3D art and more! Rumah Imaji provides diverse illusion rooms that can trick your senses. Take time to explore the rooms and try the different illusions.

                             

                            Visiting upside down houses will also trick your senses as you walk the disorientating ceilings that seem to defy gravity. While enjoying your time in these extraordinary places, don’t forget to capture all these moments for you to remember the trip!

                            The artworks at Rumah Imaji are almost three-dimensional, allowing visitors to interact and play with the interactive paintings and sculptures. Besides, Rumah Imaji also features Virtual Reality (VR) experiences, so be sure to try out the different VR games and simulations available to immerse yourself in the thrilling virtual world. Exploring these attractions at Rumah Imaji will be a break for you to enjoy some refreshments and relax!

                                • 100,000 Rp/foreign adult & 50,000 Rp/foreign child (ages 3-11)

                                • 10:00AM – 5:00PM


                              12. Visit Safari Lagoi & Eco farm

                              Safari Lagoi_Bintan

                              Image credit: Bintan resorts

                              Safari Lagoi is a place where you can meet various endangered animals such as the orangutan, sun bear, elephant, and crocodile. They are rescued from illegal pet trade and meat markets and moved into Safari Lagoi for protection under the Indonesian government. If you are an animal lover, you can visit Safari Lagoi and interact with these animals.

                               

                              If you decide to visit, explore Safari Lagoi with us through Safari Lagoi Bintan One Day Tour! We cover entrance fee and the transportation as well. Don’t miss the chance to meet and interact with animals in Bintan!

                               

                              Check out our Safari Lagoi Bintan One Day Tour with price only at $50/pax!

                              Eco Farm_Safari Lagoi_Bintan

                              Image credit: Bintan Resorts

                              This place also accommodates the Eco Farm, where various fruits and plants are grown organically. You can take a 1.5 to 2 hour tour to discover how nature works around eco farm.

                               

                              Since this place is family-friendly, it will be great for children and families to spend time together. Children can understand nature better with educational sessions for them to learn more about wildlife preservation and the natural environment.

                               

                              If you are looking for a place that is both educational and entertaining at the same time, we would recommend Safari Lagoi!

                               

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                                13. Visit Senggarang Water Village

                                Senggarang Water village Bintan

                                Image credit: Klook

                                If you are looking forward to learning more about Bintan’s culture and history, Senggarang Water Village will be a great spot to visit! Senggarang Water Village is one of the unique places in Bintan, with picturesque view of Riau Island. It is traditional water village and has rich cultural heritage.

                                 

                                This village is built on stilts above the water, with houses, temples, and community buildings interconnected by a network of wooden walkways. With the entire village surrounded by water and mangrove forests, you will be immediately fascinated by the magical atmosphere.

                                 

                                Try experiencing the traditional lifestyle of the villagers! You can explore the village, wandering along the wooden walkways and observing the daily activities of the residents. Don’t miss out on the delicious local cuisine such as seafood dishes.

                                Banyan Tree Temple_Bintan

                                Image credit: Anmon Resort

                                Another reason to visit Senggang Water Village is Banyan Tree Temple (Kwan Im), which is a significant and religious place in the village. This temple is a remarkable sight as ancient banyan trees are closely intertwined with the temple itself. The temple is also adorned with detailed carvings and colourful decorations, showing the artistic traditions in Bintan.

                                Throughout the year, Banyan Tree Temple opens religious ceremonies and festival. So, if you are planning to visit Banyan Tree Temple, check out in advance if there are any events! Witness various traditional rituals, cultural practices, and performances and experience the intersection of religion, art, and nature!


                                  14. Horseback Riding

                                  Bintan Horseback riding

                                  Image credit: Tripadvisor

                                  Looking for a unique activity to do around the beach other than water sports? Then, you can try out horseback riding! Horseback riding is popular for both beginners and experienced riders, allowing riders to connect with the nature during a thrilling ride.

                                   

                                  You will learn basic instructions on how to handle the reins and control the horse, and how to mount the horse. You can choose longer rides or customised packages if you are keen to experience horseback riding in different ways.

                                   

                                  Many resorts and equestrian centers in Bintan offer horse riding activities. There will be well-trained horses and experienced guides for you to safely ride horseback. If you are interested, you can check the resort’s website for more information and make reservations to try!

                                  Here are some resorts that offer horseback riding:


                                    15. Take A Helicopter Tour

                                    Helicopter Tour_bintan

                                    Image credit: Bintan Resorts

                                    Experience the breathtaking beauty of Bintan Island like never before! Take to the skies and embark on a memorable adventure and witness picturesque landscapes, beaches, and greenery of the tropical scene from a bird-eye view.

                                     

                                    The helicopter tour will create unforgettable memories during your Bintan trip as you won’t be able to try this unique experience in anywhere else! Enjoy the whole Bintan Island for yourself with the price starting from 7,600,000 Rupiah (S$677).

                                     

                                    Here is a list of options for helicopter tours and the flight route:

                                    Crystal Beach (12 minutes, 7,600,000 Rupiah)

                                        • Lagoi Lake

                                        • Ria Bintan Golf

                                        • Lagoi Bay

                                        • Bintan Resorts shoreline

                                        • Doulos Phos the Ship Hotel

                                        • Crystal Lagoon

                                      Bintan Historical (30 minutes, 17,500,000 Rupiah)

                                          • Penyengat Island

                                          • 500 Lohan Temple

                                          • Lagoi Lake

                                          • Ria Bintan Golf

                                          • Lagoi Bay

                                          • Bintan Resorts shoreline

                                          • Doulos Phos the Ship Hotel

                                          • Crystal Lagoon

                                        Paradise Island (60 minutes, 35,000,000 Rupiah)

                                            • Fish Head Island

                                            • Nikoi Island

                                            • Berakit Island

                                            • Lagoi Lake

                                            • Ria Bintan Golf

                                            • Lagoi Bay

                                            • Bintan Resorts Shoreline

                                            • Doulos Phos the Ship Hotel

                                            • Crystal Lagoon

                                          For more information, you can visit Bintan Resorts webpage (https://www.bintan-resorts.com/tour/helicopter-tour/#crystal-beach).


                                           

                                          Have you decided what to do during your holidays in Bintan? We hope our article helped you in planning your getaway!

                                           

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