Things to do in Bintan in 2022


The three magic letters of 2022 are no longer ILY, but VTL. Vaccinated Travel Lanes by Sea (VTL Sea) have recently put some of our favourite islands like Batam and Bintan back on the map. You can read about the new things to do in Batam; as for the sandy island of Bintan, visitors can expect a handful of activities from off-road adventures to firefly spotting. 

Below are some attractions to add to your travel itinerary if you’re already planning a visit to the island. Take note that according to Indonesia’s travel bubble restrictions, eligible travellers can only stay in Lagoi – which lies in the northwestern area of the island. No worries, it’s also where most of the resorts and attractions are.


1. Bintan Bounce Park – Inflatable obstacle courses from S$3.75


Bintan Bounce Park
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Bintan Resorts

It’s a bouncy castle galore at Bintan Bounce Park. Families, add this kid-friendly attraction to your travel itinerary. Admissions are only priced from ~S$3.80/child for all-day access. With bouncy slides, giant inflatable obstacle courses and even an inflatable pool, there’s plenty for the hyperactive little ones to enjoy. 

Price:
Child: IDR 40,000 (~S$3.80).
Adult: IDR 70,000(~S$6.60)/adult
IDR 10,000 (~S$0.95) for every accompanying adults
Address: Jalan Gurindam Duabelas, Teluk Sebong Lagoi Bintan Utara, Kepulauan Riau 29155, Indonesia
Opening hours: 9AM-8PM, Daily

Bintan Bounce Park website


2. Chill Cove – 7.5M slides and water biking in a massive pool


Things to do Bintan - Chill Cove
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Treasure Bay Bintan

Those old enough to remember the Big Splash along East Coast Park will find a hint of nostalgia at Chill Cove @ Treasure Bay Bintan. It’s a massive 6.3-hectare man-made pool that’s home to every kind of water sport you can think of from paddle boarding to jet skiing.

Most notably, you’ll find a Bintan’s version of “Big Splash”: a 7.5M-high slide that’ll launch you like a cannon into the mega-sized pool.

Price:
Child: IDR90,000 (~S$8.50)
Adult: IDR 120,000 (~S$11.30)
Opening hours: 9AM-6PM, Daily
Telephone: +62 (770) 692 259

Treasure Bay Bintan website


3. Off-Road Adventure Tour – Rugged joyride through the forest


Off-Road Adventure Tour
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Bintan Resorts

Now we don’t have many large patches of greenery in Singapore, so if an immersive out-of-city adventure is what you’re looking for, look no further than Off-Road Adventure Tour. Take a rugged journey through local forests, villages and beaches – trip durations range from just one hour to half a day.

Off-Road Adventure Tour
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Bintan Resorts

Price:
Public: From IDR​​ 1,800,000 (~S$170) per vehicle
Nirwana Garden Hotel guests: From IDR1,500,000 (~S$141) per vehicle
Each vehicle takes up to three riders.
Address: Jalan Panglima Pantar, Lagoi 29155, Bintan, Indonesia
Opening hours: 9AM-5PM, Daily
Telephone: +62 (770) 692 505

Off-Road Adventure Tours website


4. The Patio Restaurant & Bar – Relaxing poolside bistro


Things to do Bintan - The Patio Restaurant & Bar
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Sebastian Lim

On a hot day, escape the sun at The Patio Restaurant & Bar, a sheltered chillout spot situated within the glamping resort of Natra Bintan. Unwind with international nosh that range from char kway teow to burgers. They’ve also got Bintang beer (IDR60,000, ~S$5.70) and cocktails (from IDR125,000, ~S$11.70).

Things to do Bintan
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@jennzhuang

Address: Jalan Raya Haji Km 1, Treasure Bay, Bintan Lagoi Teluk Sebong Lagoi Bintan Island, 29152 Indonesia
Opening hours: 10AM-11PM, Daily
Telephone: +62 811-7782301

The Patio Restaurant & Bar website


5. Bintan Mangrove – Spot mud lobsters and spot fireflies at night


Bintan Mangrove

Whether it’s day or night, the Bintan Mangrove has something to offer. Take a trip out of your resort to explore the island’s lush mangrove forests. 

During the daytime, spot mud lobsters, macaques, kingfishers and silver leaf monkeys. Come evenings, some local tour companies also offer mangrove tours on a powerboat during which you can spot fireflies if you’re lucky!

Bintan Mangrove
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Mangrove Discovery Tour

Address: Sebung Lagoi, Bintan, Indonesia

Book a tour with Mangrove Discovery Tour.


6. Marine Life Discovery Park – New park with 150,000+ fish


Marine Life Discovery Park
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Pt. Dwi Astha Prima

Not many have heard of Marine Life Discovery Park, which only opened right before the pandemic in 2019. It’s said to house over 150,000 fish, alongside turtles which you can feed for an extra fee. There’s also a shallow pool where kids can interact with marine creatures under the guidance of the staff, and snorkelling pools where you can swim with fish.

Things to do Bintan - Marine Life Discovery Park
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Pt. Dwi Astha Prima

Marine Life Discovery Park may be undergoing maintenance in 2022. Do check with your hotel before heading down.

Price:
Child: IDR100,000(~S$9.40)
Adult: IDR150,000(~S$14.10)
Address: 586J+QR9, Sebong Lagoi, Teluk Sebong, Bintan Regency, Riau Islands, Indonesia
Opening hours: 9AM-6PM, Daily


7. Doulos Phos – Stay on a new permanently-docked cruise


Things to do Bintan - Doulos Phos
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@angelacarson.xo

If cruises to nowhere aren’t enough for you, then look out for Doulos Phos, a dry-berth ship hotel that was once an actual vessel. There are 104 cabins here with rates typically priced from IDR1,667,500 (~S$156). While the hotel is temporarily closed due to Covid, you can look out for updates on their website.

Address: Kawasan Pariwisata Lagoi, Sebong Lagoi, Teluk Sebong, Bintan Regency, Riau Islands 29155, Indonesia

Doulos Phos’ website


VTL travel ideas in 2022


We’re glad to finally be able to return to the land of beach resorts and affordable activities. With the new VTL Sea arrangements, more attractions should be re-opening soon. Hopefully, the other areas of the islands will open up to tourism in the near future as well.

You can book your ferry tickets to Bintan via Bintan Resort Ferries, where tickets are priced from S$80/adult for a two-way trip. 


Cover image adapted from: Bintan Resorts, Bintan Resorts