The Coolest Neighbourhood in Batam 2022

Discover the coolest neighbourhood in Batam 2022, The Promenade, located right next to Harbour Bay Terminal, it is a street line with Restaurants, bars, clubs and cafes. Emerging from the pandemic, this area is one of the favourite spot for the locals looking to party or unwind, right by the ocean. There are constant event held by the open area, with street food, night bazaar and concerts, attracting locals and tourist.

Below are some of the highlights  

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Promenade, Seafood Street by the sea beside Harbour Bay Terminal

Nomad Batam

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Blue Fire Bar & Resto

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Momoo Cafe

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Jumbo Thai kitchen

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Be sure to visit this area especially the during evening where the crowd with fancy sports cars will start to gather and party. Multiple hotels are also located within the vicinity. We highly recommend Batam Marriott Hotel

Indonesian animal poop coffee (one of the most expensive in the world)

So you love coffee, right? You get the magic. You use it to braincrank your day. You turn to it at work when you need to remake your mood and grind, grind, grind on. You know all the types. Arabica, Robusta. Light, dark, blonde. French, Colombian, Peruvian. If they grab it, burn it, brew it, pour it in a cup, you’ll drink it.

wholesale bird nest

Top Bird Nest Supplier in Batam (at least 30-40% cheaper than Singapore)

Did you know many big retail TCM shops get their bird nest directly from Batam, give it a fancy name, repackage and resell in Singapore? Batam is a place where all the wholesaler and manufacturer gathers to trade and supply bird nest to Singapore, Malaysia and China. The raw birdnest, usually harvested from swiftlet farm houses under a control condition,  process, clean and package in Batam before they are ship out. Prices are calculated in liang or tael (where 1 liang is about 37.7g) Prices are at least 30-40% cheaper than Singapore. Many enterprising entrepreneurs also purchase in batches and resell in Singapore.

According to US National Library of Medicine,  Bird nest is also a immune-enhancing food. 

So while in Batam, it will be a good opportunity to get direct from wholesaler, resell and HUAT ah.

So here are the best established places you can by from.

HITANG Bird Nest WholeSale

Established in 2003, HiTang Wholesale bird Nest has been supplying bird nest to Singapore TCM shops for over 10 years. Use to only selling in bulk, they recently open up their channel and sell online to end consumer. Do a quick comparison online and you can find their prices are among the cheapest since they cut out all the bells and whistle, like branding, advertising etc. They provide delivery anywhere in Batam or Singapore. 

I did a quick price comparison online from Singapore Retail store for the Grade AA (Long Ya Yan) here and here and can’t believe retail prices mark up that much! It is at least 40% cheaper!

Their birdnest are harvested from swiftlet farm houses in Riau Kalimantan Island. Quality is among the best since their farm are located in rural area, away from pollution, resulting in cleaner bird nest with lesser impurities. Also nest from Kalimantan tends to fetch a higher price compare to other Riau island. In their online store (under construction), they select the 2 best overall types of bird nest for sale. They also provide content to educate consumer about bird nest on their site as well. Also take note, their packaging is those generic plastic container as shown in the pic above. For gift box, you”ll need to pay extra.

Rates (Do take note prices are seasonal and may fluctuate )

Grade AAA: 100 gram SGD 290 | 500 gram  SGD 1350 | 1kg  SGD 2400  

Grade AA:  100 gram SGD 260 | 500 gram SGD 1200 | 1 kg SGD 2300

Contact: [email protected] | whatsapp: +6590883981  | Call: +62 811 7048998

Website: Birdnest Wholesale

Address: Jl. Harbour Bay, Sungai Jodoh, Kec. Batu Ampar, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29444, Indonesia (open in google map)

Ling Star Bird’s Nest

A tourist favourite retail store. If you prefer ready made, you can try a variety of flavours of their bird nest in their shop. This Company offers pure swallow nests with different varieties. 

Rates: TBC  Web: Nil  Contact: +62 821-6933-7450

Address: Jl. Laksamana Bintan, Sungai Panas, Kec. Batam Kota, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29444, Indonesia (open in google map)

The Fora

If you love variety like I do, then the Fora, which is already famous for its Kueh Lapis cakes is a hub for swallow nests. These edible nests are available in different shapes and styles like the Triangle ones, the Super ones, or even the small pieces. The pretty cute is a Super one, which weighs 50 grams and costs Rp 1,440,000. The big pieces weighing 100 grams cost Rp 2,530,000.

Rates: 50 gram SGD +143 | 100 gram SGD +260

Contact Phone: Whatsapp +62 877 7889 0186  Email: nil

Address: #02-29 Harbour Bay Terminal

Tora Tora

Tora Tora, famous for their inhouse kueh lapis, sells a variety of items like Indonesia snacks and chinese herbal dried food. Here, you can check out Super Cup or the triangle ones. The Super cup of 500 grams cost Rp 13,910,000 and the Triangle ones weighing 500 grams cost Rp 12,305,000. 

Rates: Superior Cup Size Bird Nest 500 gram SGD +1400 | Triangle Size Bird Nest 500 gram SGD +1250

Opening Hours: Everyday: 8am – 7pm

Web: NIL  Contact Phone : whatsapp +62 813 6393 3778  Email :NIL

Address: Harbour Bay Terminal, 1st floor, near Starbucks, beside Excelso cafe.


6 MUST TRY Kueh Lapis When You are in Batam! (I love no 6)

Two of the must buy things in Batam is Kueh Lapis and Bird Nest (check out bird nest wholesale review here). Prices are at least half the price of Singapore and most Shops in Singapore directly source their lapis and bird nest direct from Batam. Born and raised in Batam, I have tasted almost all the brands of lapis. My taste bud is trained and cultivated by so many lapis throughout the years until it weeds out and retain the best that Batam have to offer. So here is a list of my favorite stores offering the best of these mushy cakes.

Tora Tora

Tora Tora

Tora tora is a wholesale shop, why we call it wholesale, its because the price is cheap, this shop has been around for 15 years, since the opening of Harbour Bay. Of course there is no need to doubt the quality of the product. various kinds of dry seafood, snacks, cakes, and others. We highly recommend shopping here, especially for last minute shoppers before boarding the ferry. A Good place to offload your Rupiah.

Kueh Lapis Tora Tora store

What I love in this shop is its traditional touch that adds extra flavour to the range of cakes. These steamed cakes are fresh-made here, and available in different types and prices. The original one is at Rp 180,000 and the Pandan one is available at Rp 220,000. The prunes and mocha flavors are also available for you to try.

Must try: Original (SGD 18+ ) and Panda (SGD 22+)

Prices: Prunes  (SGD 23+ ) Mocha (SGD 22+ ) Cheese (SGD 22+ ) Surabaya (SGD 35+ )

Opening Hours: Everyday: 8am – 7pm

Web: NIL  Contact Phone : whatsapp +62 813 6393 3778  Email :NIL

Address: Harbour Bay Terminal, 1st floor, near Starbucks, beside Excelso cafe.

Note: They are always in demand, so please call or make advance booking.

Royal Bakery

Royal Bakery store

Next shop where I will prefer to make a stop on my Kueh Lapis journey is Royal Bakery. It is a company that produces various kinds of cakes such as egg tarts, sponge cake, layer cakes, biscuits and others, since 2006. Their production sites are in harbour bay. Their cakes are baked fresh every morning.

Kueh Lapis Royal Bakery

The lapis isn’t overly sweet and a rich egg ‘n butter flavor is embodied in the spongy slab. I have a special place in my heart for the Cheese flavor, which I pre-order as per the shop’s rule. Other flavors include mocha, cheese, cranberries, and Cempedak. The pandan flavored one comes at Rp 200,000 and Durian at Rp 250,000. The bakery is located at Bayfront Mall second floor, just 5 minutes walk away from Harbour Bay Arrival.

Must try: Original (SGD 18+ ) Cheese (SGD 22+)

Prices: Pandan (SGD 20+) Durian (SGD 25+) Crabberry (SGD 22+) Prunes (SGD 20+)

Opening Hours: Everyday: 930am – 830pm

Web: NIL  Contact Phone : whatsapp +62 838 6365 4071  Email :NIL

Address: Harbour Bay Terminal, #02-26

La Moist, Layer

Kueh Lapis La Moist layer

Been around since 2004, Lamoist is properly the most famous brand knew to Singaporeans. It has many branches in Batam City Square, Nagoya Hill Mall, Kepri Mall, Nagoya City Walk, Mega Mall Batam and Harbour Bay Ferry Terminal.

I prefer authentic tastes over price and this is why my choice for Lamoist Kueh Lapis is unswerving. They offer many flavours that is unique to their brand. This is a 24-hour special cake shop from Batam Island and they provide free home delivery in Batam. They offer a host of delicious soft-layered cakes in the flavors like Chinese Moon Lamoist and Juicy Prunes Lamoist. They offer Mocha, Pandan, Cheese and more.

My favorite is their premium original which uses Australian butter, which makes the cake softer and more moist. It has the right amount of everything. You can also try other flavors, like Cheese, Mocha, Chocolate, Fresh Pandan, and many more.

La Moist layer
Other flavors Kueh Lapis La Moist Layer Batam

Must try: Premium Original (SGD 23+) 

Prices: Pandan (SGD 27+) Crabberry (SGD 22+) Prunes (SGD 22+) ChocoVaganza Plus (SGD 29+) Tradisonal Original (SGD 18+)  Happy mix (Rainbow, Cinnamon, Pineapple, Cheese, Mocha, Blueberry, Pandan, Chocolate) SGD 23+

Opening Hours : Everyday 8am – 8pm . Web:

Contact Phone: Whatsapp +62 877 8855 6638  Email: [email protected]

Address: #02-28 Harbour Bay Terminal

The Fora

Kuehlapis The Fora Batam

This sophisticated cake shop offers Original Kueh Lapis cake in two sizes of big and small. The big one is priced at Rp 180,000 and the small one at Rp 90,000. This shop is one of the local favourite and it is located at Bayfront Shopping Center in Harbour Bay Ferry Terminal. You can check out the flavors and regular favorites of prunes and pandan, the taste of which linger on my mouth for a good long time.

Kueh Lapis The Fora

Must try: Orginal (SGD 18+) 

Prices: Prunes (SGD 21+) Original (SGD 18+)  Cheese (SGD 21+)

Opening Hours : Everyday 8am – 8pm . Web: nil

Contact Phone: Whatsapp +62 877 7889 0186  Email: nil

Address: #02-29 Harbour Bay Terminal

The Master

The Master Batam

The Masters is a hot favorite confectioner in Batam, and has branches in Harbour Bay and Windsor. The flavors of Kueh Lapis include Prunes, Rainbow flavor, and Butter layer. The Rainbow layered cake is at the price of Rp 200,000 for the big one, which I bought because of the unique brightness it brings to us, and it looks good on the “gram”. 

Closeup rainbow kuehlapis The Master Batam

Must try: Orginal (SGD 15+)  Almond (SGD 25+)

Prices: Prunes (SGD 25+)  Cheese (SGD 21+)  Butter layer (SGD 21+) Coklat Pandan (SGD 21+) Rainbow (SGD 21+) 

Opening Hours : Everyday 10am – 10pm . Web: :

Contact Phone: Whatsapp +62 852 7138 8585  Email: [email protected] 

About 11 Minutes driver from Harbour Bay Terminal 

Address: The Master, Nagoya Hill, Jl. Teuku Umar, Lubuk Baja Kota, Lubuk Baja, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29443 ( open in google map)

BLC (Batam Layer Cakes)

Batam Layer Cakes store

Homemade cakes have a specialty that sets them apart from the rest. The BLC is one of these shops that bakes and offers fresh cheesecakes, durian flavored and mocha flavored cakes. The cakes are priced in the league with others. You can directly see the production process, the production and sales are made in the same place. Products are sold within the same day, so it is quality and freshness guarantee, like fresh from the oven.

My favourites are their Durian and Chocolate flavour. It is one of the best in Batam.

They have been serving a lot of customer since 2010 and is trusted to be the best in town by the locals.

Other cakes - Batam Layer Cakes

Must try: Durian (SGD 32+)  Chocolate (SGD 29+) 

Prices: Raisins (SGD 29+)  Cheese (SGD 29+)  Cinnemon (SGD 25+) Pandan (SGD 29+) Prunes (SGD 29+) Original (SGD 25+)  Chocolate (SGD 29+)

Opening Hours : Everyday 7am – 5pm . Web: 

Contact Phone: Whatsapp +62 851 0089 6364  Email: [email protected]

About 12 Minutes driver from Harbour Bay Terminal 

Address: Batam Layer Cakes, Tanjung Buntung, Bengkong, Tj. Buntung, Batam, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29444 ( open in google map)


That concludes my selection for the best Kueh Lapis in Batam. There are some up and coming hipster Lapis baker that I didn’t cover in this article. Gonna try those and let you guys know. Stay tune!

If you have tried any of the Batam Kueh Lapis before, or you have some other Kueh Lapis that’s not cover here, do let us know by commenting below.

7 Batam Seafood Restaurants That’s Cheap (I Love No 3!)

In Batam, there is a saying, “give a man a fish he”ll say wa so fresh ah” Famous for its seafood, lets dig right through all the yummy Batam seafood. For those hard to access area, like Kelong seafood restaurant, you may wanna consider chartering a car and driver to save the hassle of waiting for taxi.

Harbour Bay

Stretch of seafood restaurant by the sea located at Harbour Bay Terminal

A stone throw away from Batam’s Harbour Bay terminal, is a long stretch of restaurants and bars by the sea. The areas sells live seafood, sheesha and drinks. It also has a beautiful sunset and some restaurant with live bands playing. Stroll down and enjoy the sea breeze, its a good place for gatherings. 

We tried 3 restaurants in this area, recommended by our friends and first up is “Wey Wey”.

1. Wey Wey

Wey Wey Seafood Restaurant

This place is great! The food as “cheap affordable”! It is so nice we described it using the same words twice”. It’s highly recommended by Batam locals. One of my favourite fish is their Fried squid with salted egg yolk. Nothing says fancy like eating squid with multiple things done to it to make it taste better. The chilli crabs is very affordable and they added a little twist to the chilli crab sauce. The steam grouper is fresh and tender as well. 

Must try: 2 Crabs is only for SGD 34, 1 steamed and 1 chilli crab! HIGHLY recommend to eat with fried mantou, I was almost licking the last drop from the plate. Salted egg yolk fried squid about SGD 5 + Steam grouper SGD 20+

Opening Hours : Everyday 10:30am – 12.30am

Web: nil

Contact Phone : +62 813-7226-2420 Email : nil

What to do next: 5 min walk to Harbour Bay Mall for Massage or movies or Bayfront Mall for Eska Spa and Kueh Lapis hunting.

5 mins walk from Harbour Bay Terminal

Address: Jodoh River, Batu Ampar, Batam City, Riau Islands (open in google map)

2. Jumbo Seafood

Jumbo Seafood Tom Yum soup

Jumbo Seafood is Thai food with a Chinese twist! What more can you asked for. We think the Thai and Chinese food mix came from the owners of the restaurant. They couldn’t agree what type of food to sell and both owners need each other’s money! 

Try the fried fish skins or scales as normal people will call them. Jumbo Thai Kitchen features two VIP rooms and a live band that can be booked upon request. A lot of business people come here after work to unwind. The taste is authentic that’s because one chef is Thai and another is Chinese. The Chinese chef just to work in a 5 star hotel restaurant. The standard is upheld by the dishes he serves.

Must try: Tom yam soup 700g Sri Lankan black pepper crab, a 600g Harbour Bay style steamed black garoupa, 1 large plate of hot chilli mussels, 1 medium plate of sambal kangkong, 4 bowls of rice, 2 cans of beer, and 1 coconut, the total cost came up to around SGD$65 (Special takeaway requests for their famous fried fish skins!)

Opening Hours : Everyday 11am – 11pm

Web: nil  Contact Phone : +62 822-8487-8800 Email : nil

What to do next: 5 min walk to Harbour Bay Mall for Massage or movies or Bayfront Mall for Eska Spa and Kueh Lapis hunting.

5 mins walk from Harbour Bay Terminal

Address: Jl. Harbour Bay, Sungai Jodoh, Batu Ampar, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29444 (open in google map)

3. Harbour Bay Seafood

Harbour Bay Seafood Tom Yum soup

This Indonesia- Chinese mashup is one of my favorite. The menu has pictures because most people cannot pronounce the fresh ingredients on the menu. I recommend the the Black groupa and especially the cripsy baby squid. The taste is balance, and the chilli is OMG! Harbour Bay Seafood Restaurant is also a popular wedding venue. It offers a variety of setting for diners, including a private VIP experience too! Wedding by the sea in Batam, anyone?

Must try: Black pepper crab, Crayfish and the Crispy baby squid.

Opening Hours: Everyday 10.30am – 10.30pm

Web: nil  Contact Phone: +62 778 741 5188  Email: nil

What to do next: 5 min walk to Harbour Bay Mall for Massage or movies or Bayfront Mall for Eska Spa and Kueh Lapis hunting.

5 mins walk from Harbour Bay Terminal

Address: Komp. Harbour Bay No. R08, Jl. Dayung Sei Jodoh, Batu Ampar, Sungai Jodoh, Batu Ampar, Sungai Jodoh, Batu Ampar, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29444 

4. Rezeki Seafood Restaurant

Rezeki Seafood Restaurant entrance

Next stop, out of Harbour Bay Area, we have Sumber Rezni. It is one of the many live kelong seafood restaurants in Batam. You don’t get that in Singapore. We love the fresh food and unique ambient here. We recommend the prawn or green chili chicken depending on what animal you have a taste for.

Rezeki Seafood Restaurant food

Must try: Green Chili Chicken SGD 5+, Steamed Prawns SGD 12+, Garlic Fried Chicken SGD 5+

Opening Hours : Everyday 9am – 10pm   Web:

Contact Phone : +62 778 761180 | Whatsapp (Chat Only): +62 85 88888 99 28

Email : nil

40 mins drive from Harbour Bay Terminal

Address: Pantai Batu Besar, Jl. Haji Muhammad Saleh RT. 01/ RW. 02, Batu Besar, Nongsa, Batu Besar Nongsa, Batu Besar, Nongsa, Batam City, Riau Islands 29465  (open in google map)

5. Barelang Seafood Restaurant

Located around 30-40mins drive away from the main Nagoya city center in Batam. We love this restaurant, mainly for the view overlooking the iconic Barelang Bridge and four other islands in the horizon. Enjoy the sea breeze if you choose the spacious open-air dining hall with capacity for up to 1,500 people.

View from Barelang Seafood Restaurant

For an exclusive experience, a fully air-conditioned VIP room with karaoke facilities is also available. There is a monkey guarding the restaurant’s kelong named Melissa, it was adopted from a neighbouring island as an infant and loves eating coconuts! We ask how Melissa how she think about the food and I think she prefers coconuts.

Barelang Seafood Restaurant food

The live seafood are keep in nets in the sea and patrons get to choose who to execute if they stare them the wrong way. We recommend the fresh lobster, it taste great and you don’t get this kinda prices in Singapore. It’s like tiger prawn pricing, but you are getting lobster.

Must try: Lobster 100g / SGD 9+ Opening Hours : Everyday 9.30am – 8pm

Web: Contact Phone : +62 812-7755-9191 

Email : [email protected]

45 mins drive from Harbour Bay Terminal

Address: Jalan Trans Barelang City, Tembesi, Sagulung, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29472 (open in google map)

6. Kopak Jaya 007 Kelong Seafood Restaurant

Kopak Jaya 007 Kelong Seafood Restaurant walkway

Another kelong restaurant, this particular one is remote and hard to find and the name of the restaurant come from bad brain storming session, lol.  Go Instagram crazy as it has an amazing sea view overlooking Barelang Bridge and a nice old school new school mesh up vibe to this place.

Colourful interior - Kopak Jaya

It’s interior is beautifully decorated with colorful shells and hanging dreamcatchers. They have a comprehensive menu with crab, shellfish, slipper lobster, prawns, squids, oyster as well as Chinese dishes and traditional Indonesian seafood plates, such as Ikan Stim, steamed grouper in a spicy turmeric sauce.

Kopak Jaya food

They keep the fresh seafood in nets under the restaurant so the slipper lobster can’t slip away. The lobster taste great. (Man, how can go wrong with lobster) It is our favorite dish by the way! Get the turmeric sauce and spread it on everything!

Must try: Lobster, steam groupa and shell fish. 

Rates: About $25 per person for a 10 person meal with crab, crayfish, squid, prawns, fish and lobster.

Opening Hours: Everyday 9am – 7pm   Web:

Contact Phone: +62 812 1378 007   Email: [email protected]

50 mins drive from Harbour Bay Terminal

Address: turn right (follow the signboard, Kampung Tua Tiangwangkang Tembesi Sagulung 300 meter before 1st bridge of, Barelang, Tembesi, Sagulung, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29472 (open in google map)

7. Kelong Restaurant 188 Citra Utama

Kelong Restaurant 188 Citra Utama

With free range chickens running around, this seafood restaurant has a rich kampong vibe to it. If I was a chicken, I would think why I am hanging out at a Batam seafood restaurant (not sure why), but it beats spending the day with KFC Colonel Sanders.  The chicken greeted us as they nodded their heads, multiple times! Super polite, lol.

Kelong Restaurant walkway
Kelong Restaurant fish farm

Reaching the main wooden building that housed the reception of the kelong restaurant. Further in (yes, more walking is required) is the seating area; unlike seafood restaurants in Singapore, you don’t get the overcrowding feel where tables are literally side by side and you have a good chance of bumping into the chairs of the neighbouring tables. The dining area is extended out into the sea. 

Live fish food section Kelong Restaurant

Next to the floating platform is the live seafood section; the above picture actually showed the physical link between the fixed and floating sections. The seafood is as fresh as it gets.

Must try: Salted egg crayfish  Opening Hours: Everyday 9am – 11pm


Contact Phone: +62 778 7821 188

Email : nil

45 mins drive from Harbour Bay Terminal

Address: Jalan Jembatan 1 Barelang, Tembesi, Sagulung, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29444 (open in google map)


Batam seafood is a must try when you are there. Prices are relatively cheap and they are fresh from sea and kelong seafood restaurant is something unique that you need to experience.

Ultimate Batam Destination Guide


Batam is an island and city in Riau Islands Province of Indonesia, known for its free trade zone area as part of the Sijori Growth Triangle. It is located 20 km (12.5 miles) off Singapore’s south coast. This 1,595 km² island has a population of 944,285 (2010).

The official language on the island is Indonesian, and due to the sizeable Chinese population, Chinese languages including Teochew, Hokkien and Mandarin are also spoken.

The indigenous community of Batam are ethnic Malays and they speak Malay in the Riau-Lingga accent which is also the accent of the Malays in Singapore and the Malaysian states of Pahang, Johor and Selangor.

Beginning in the 1970s, the island underwent a major transformation from a largely forested area into a major harbor and industrial zone. The island’s economy benefits from being close to Singapore, and, with lower labour costs and special government incentives, is the site of many factories operated by Singaporean companies. Shipbuilding and electronics manufacturing are major industries on the island; there are also several resorts and tourist destinations on the island. At the end of 2010 almost 58 percent of foreign tourists came from Singapore, followed by Malaysia at 13 percent. Most of the foreign tourists entered Batam through Singapore using ferry services as Batam has limited international flights.[3]

Tourist arrivals in Indonesia increased by 11.24 percent year-on-year to 1.29 million people in October of 2018 from 1.16 million in the same month a year earlier. Bali was the main destination (516 thousand), followed by Jakarta (243 thousand) and Batam (141 thousand).

Considering the first ten months of the year, tourist arrivals grew 11.92 percent compared to the same period a year ago to 13.24 million. Tourist Arrivals in Indonesia averaged 832831.29 from 2011 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 1536489 in July of 2018 and a record low of 548821 in January of 2011.

Under a framework signed in June 2006, Batam, along with parts of neighbouring Bintan and Karimun, are a part of a Special Economic Zone with Singapore; this zone eliminates tariffs and value-added taxes for goods shipped between Batam and Singapore.


Batam is 1 hour behind Singapore time.

Ferry Terminals in Batam

There are 5 ferry terminals in Batam, namely Harbour Bay, Batam Center, Sekupang Nongsapura.

1. Harbour Bay Ferry Terminal

Harbour Bay Ferry terminal

Harbour Bay is the newest Terminal to be opened in Batam. Ferries travel daily on hourly intervals and more trips during peak period. It is just 45 minutes voyage between Singapore Harbour Front Centre and Batam Harbour Bay Terminal. It is only 10 minutes drive away from Batam main attraction, Nagoya City Center where there is a congregation of shopping malls, clubs and entertainment outlets around. Harbour Bay is developed by the government to become the centre to business and commerce.

Harbour Bay Terminal is part of a integrated development where hotels like SwissBel Harbour Bay, Zest, M1 Hotel and the first 5 Star Marriott Hotel (to be completed 2019) all within walking distance from the terminal.

It is connected to the newly built BayFront Mall, and a stone throw away from Harbour Bay Mall. It boasts the longest Seafood restaurants stretch situated by the coast.

The terminal also serves domestic ferry to the following:

– Riau Island

– Stulang Laut (Berjaya Waterfront Ferry Terminal) Johor Malaysia via Bistari Gemilang

Stulang Laut Ferry Terminal, is located at Stulang Laut in Johor Bahru. This ferry terminal is an official seaport as well as international entry point in Southern Malaysia. Thus, this ferry terminal serves sea transportation services to our neighbouring country, Indonesia including Batam and Bintan Island. The location of this ferry terminal is located within the duty-free complex, about 4 km away from Johor Bahru city centre.

The ferries operating in Stulang Laut Ferry Terminal are spacious, fully air-conditioned, and comfortable for public use. The ferries serve 1.5 hours trip to Batam Island (Batam Centre) along with 3 hours to Bintan Island (Tanjung Pinang).

Putri Harbor Johor Malaysia via Marine Hawk Ferry

2. Sekupang Ferry Terminal

Sekupang International Ferry Terminal is located on the north-western tip of Batam. It is approximately forty-five minutes voyage between Singapore HarbourFront Centre and Sekupang International Ferry Terminal. Ferries travel daily on frequent intervals and more trips during peak period.

Besides the Sekupang Ferry Terminal is the Domestic Ferry Terminal, where ferry connection to other Sumatra destinations and other Riau Islands west of Batam such as Karimum and Kundur Island.

It is approximately 30 minutes by taxi from Sekupang International Ferry Terminal to Nagoya town or 15 minutes to Waterfront City Ferry Terminal (Teluk Senimba). Resorts provide shuttle bus services to pick up / drop off at the Ferry terminal.

3. NongsaPura Ferry Terminal

NongsaPura Ferry Terminal is located at the north-eastern tip of Batam in the Nongsa River. It is just forty-five minutes voyage between Singapore Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal and NongsaPura Batam. Ferries travel daily on frequent intervals and more trips during peak period.

It is just a few minutes by taxi from NongsaPura Ferry Terminal to nearby resorts and approximately 35 minutes to Nagoya town or 15 minutes to Batam Hang Nadim Airport.

The Resorts provide shuttle bus services to pick up / drop off at the Ferry terminal.

Nongsa is the main tourist attraction, where the resorts and golf courses are situated.

You may enjoy your golf games at Palm Spring Golf Resort and Tering Bay Golf Resort. At the end of the promontory is the small Nongsa River, which is to be preserved in its natural state.

4. Batam Centre Ferry Terminal

Batam Centre Ferry Terminal is located at the centre of Batam. It is 60 to 70 minutes voyage between Singapore HarbourFront Centre and Batam Centre Terminal.

It is just 30 minutes by taxi from Batam Centre Ferry Terminal to Nagoya town or Batam Hang Nadim Airport.


Main Tourist area in Batam

There are a handful of things to do in Batam. A lot of people go there for a golfing weekend. If you take the ferry to Nongsapura (leave from Tanah Merah), there are a few pretty decent hotels where you can relax, eat pretty good food, swim, or sit on the beach.

Nagoya City Center

Nagoya derived its name historically from the Japanese occupation during WW II, and the main town is still called Nagoya.

It is a congregation of hotels, shopping malls, nightlife and entertainment into 1 area.

It’s only 10 minutes drive away from Harbour Bay Terminal.

Nongsa Coast and the Waterfront City area

Each beach on Batam Island has it own characteristics, though the northeast peninsula of Nongsa coast and the Waterfront city are the best known to Batam visitors. Only one hour’s drive from Harbour Bay, you will find a perfect spot to bake in the sun on the beach or to splash in the crystal-clear sea water. Many resorts and clubs provide water sport activities such as jet skiing, parasailing, speed boating, windsurfing, snorkeling, canoeing, and much more. The Waterfront City is also a perfect spot for you to enjoy a seafood lunch or dinner.

Harbour Bay Downtown

This newly developed area is gaining popularity among tourist and locals. It is one of the first integrated development in Batam. With a revamped ferry terminal, shopping malls such as BayFront and Harbour Bay Mall, seafood restaurants by the coast, entertainment outlets, spas and hotels, it is a perfect gate way for tourist to experience Batam.

The first 5 star Marriott Hotel overlooking the ocean is also due for completion late 2019.

Nearby Islands

If you seek something less crowded and more tranquil, head to Melur Beach on Galang Island; Sembulang Beach on Rempang Island or Pulau Petong Island. Both secluded beaches have been developed for tourism since 2000, though they still retain a calm and warm atmosphere due to the small number of visitors.

Arrival procedure for Passenger going from

Singapore HarbourFront centre to Batam The departure hall is located on the second floor in Harbourfront Centre, right beside Breadtalk. Separate queues are provided for international passengers (Foreigners) and Singapore citizens and residents (Singaporeans).

• Foreigners are required to complete an immigration card before proceeding to immigration

• Singaporeans are welcome to use the Enhanced Immigration Automated Clearance System (EIACS) to clear immigration After immigration, all passengers are required to collect their baggage from the baggage claim hall before proceeding to customs for clearance.

Singapore Customs Clearance

Please use the Green Channel for your baggage clearance if you do not have controlled or prohibited items to declare and have not exceeded your Duty Free Concession or GST relief.

Please use the Red Channel if you have items to declare or if in doubt

Alcohol Allowance

If you are above 18 years of age, traveled from countries other than Malaysia and have spent 48 hours or more outside Singapore immediately before your arrival, you are granted the following duty-free concessions for liquors:

Option          Spirits          Wine          Beer

A                        1L                 1 L             1 L

B                          –                  2 L             1 L

C                          –                  1 L             2 L

If you are a bona fide crew member, you will be granted duty-free concession on 0.25litre of spirits, and either 1 litre of wine or 1 litre of beer.

Cigarettes Allowance There is no duty-free concession for Tobacco, including cigarettes and cigars. Such dutiable goods should be declared. (For more information on GST Relief and other Duty-Free Concession, please visit Singapore Customs’ website @

If in doubt, always seek clearance at the Red Channel.

Cash Allowance Any person entering or leaving Singapore with physical currency or bearer negotiable instruments (CBNI)* that has a total value exceeding SGD 20,000 (or its equivalent in a foreign currency) is required to fill up the Physical Currency and Bearer Negotiable Instruments Report (Traveller) or NP727 form .

The Physical Currency and Bearer Negotiable Instruments Report (Traveller) form is available at:

– Singapore checkpoints

– Police establishments

Completed forms are to be submitted at the Customs Red Channel on arrival in Singapore, and at the immigration counters on departure from Singapore.

Further information can be found HERE.

GST Import Relief Bona-fide traveller who is not a holder of a work permit, employment pass, student pass, dependent pass or long-term pass, will be given GST relief on new articles, souvenirs, gifts and food preparations (excluding intoxicating liquors, tobacco and petroleum products) up to the following value shown in the table below:

Please be informed that the above relief is granted on an individual basis and is not applicable if the goods are brought in for trade, commercial or business purposes, or carried on behalf of other persons. For goods exceeding the eligible GST relief, travellers are required to make payment for the taxes at the Customs Tax Counter before exiting the Green/Red Channel. Further information on customs clearance and procedures can be found @ htm.

Singapore Cruise Centre Regional Ferry Terminal

The Singapore Cruise Centre is a Cruise Terminal located in the south of Singapore in the vicinity of HarbourFront Centre and in Kappel Harbour, overlooking the beauty of Sentosa Island. Singapore Cruise Centre is 0.2 kilo metre from Vivo City Shopping Mall and HarbourFront Centre.

Singapore Cruise Centre was rapidly developed in the late 90s and early 21st century. Its comprises two Terminals, namely the International Passenger Terminal (IPT) and the Regional Ferry terminal (RFT).

Singapore Cruise Centre is the main entry point for cruise ships and regional ferries entering to and departing from Singapore. All travellers arriving by sea have to pass through its gates eventually for embarkation. The adjoining Regional Ferry Terminal is the main access point to neighbour Indonesia Island, such as Batam & Karimum.

BatamFast depart daily to Batam various Ferry Terminal, please refer to home page for departure schedule.

You may take any of the following transportation to Singapore Cruise Centre:

Public Buses – Bus number 10, 30, 65, 80, 93, 97, 100, 131, 143, 145, 166, 188 & 855MRT – Take a North-East line MRT rail system and alight at HarbourFront Station.Cab – Taxi bays are located at various points of HarbourFront Centre and Vivo City.

Opposite the Cruise Centre is the Resorts World Sentosa, and is easily accessible via reliable, convenient and extremely affordable modes of transportation i.e. bus number RWS8, The Sentosa express, cable car, cabs and cars. One can also take a leisurely stroll on boardwalk from Vivo City Shopping Mall to the Resort.

Top 10 Cafes in Batam that are Instagram worthy

1. Anchor Café and Roastery

We start our glide through the Batam cafe scene with Anchor Cafe and Roastery. In a word, “pretty food.” Okay, that’s two words, but they both fit. The details make this place, and they nail it, from the perfectly topped cupcakes to the perfectly roasted gourmet coffee beans (which, by the way, are roasted on site by their very own miniature dragon, and, okay, not true, but I bet if you asked them for dragon-roasted coffee, they’d do their best.)

Anchor is started by a American expat who likes southern food. The portion is big and tasty, they made it American size. The coffee is roasted in house and the beans are ethically source thoughout the different regions in Indonesia and Asia.

On the weekend, you could spot a big expat gathering and you realise there is a big community over here. It’s a good hang out place and we spend hours away talking to people from different background. 

Anchor Cafe and Roastery Interior
Anchor Cafe and Roastery food

They should have named it The Sails, or The Albatross, because there’s nothing Anchor-y about this place. It’s light and breezy. Maybe the Anchor means you will feel like staying there forever. Which you might. I did. Even though I didn’t.

Anchor Cafe and Roastery burger

Must try: Sweet & Smoky Barbecue Sandwich ($10+) and Fireplace Coffee ($3+)

Opening Hours :Monday Closed | Tuesday – Thursday : 8am – 6pm | Friday – Sunday : 8am – 8pm

Web: Contact Phone : +62 812 7070 2210 Email : [email protected]

What to do next: 10 mins drive to Kepri Mall for shopping and movies

20 mins drive from Harbour Bay Terminal

Address: Dermaga Culinary Paradise RF No. 11, Sukajadi, Batam Kota, Kota Batam, Riau 29444, Indonesia (open in google map)

2. Chemistree Cafe

Chemistree Cafe

One of Batam’s best kept non-secrets, Chemistree Cafe. A two-floored coffee and eatery. So, basically, everything-ery. And all done well, very hipstery, comforty, and woody (lots of wooden beams and trees and plants, which is cool, although you’re kind of showing the trees their dead cousins.)

Chemistree Cafe interior
Chemistree Cafe food

The place makes a nice instgram post and many influenceer is spotted always in this cafe. They have live music at night. Also done well. Music-y. I hung out and ate and sipped on both floors, and was… ( can I say “floored”? I mean, I know I can, but will you just quit reading on me if I do? I’m taking the chance). I was floored. Go. Pick a floor. Or pick both floors. Or start on the upper floor and repel down. They won’t care. They’re too busy making great coffee and awesome food.

Must try: Hotplate Meatball

Opening Hours : EveRyday 8am – 12am


Contact Phone : +62 778 4086547

Email : nil

What to do next: 10 min drive to Mega mall centre for shopping and movies.

15 mins drive from Harbour Bay Terminal

Address: Jl. Raja H. Fisabilillah No.12B, Tlk. Tering, Batam Kota, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29444 (open in google map)

3. Sum Craft Tea Cafe

Pounce Cafe

So the first thing about Sum Craft Tea, it’s in a Mall, and you’ll probably think, “No way a mall has a solid cafe,” and you will be — wait for it — wrong! How’s that feel, to be wrong? It feels wrong, am I right? Located in Bayfront Mall in Harbour Bay Terminal (Beside KFC and in front of the taxi stand ), Sum is co owned by a Korean Owner intending to bring the korean vibe and flavour into their Boba Tea.

House Car Mr Jingles.

Been there on the weekend and it is really crowded. Serving different types of Boba and fruit tea, be sure to their their Signature Crunchy Brown Sugar Series. Their pearls are specially infused with Gula Melaka and Brown Sugar. Very different from your usual ones back in Singapore. 

Matcha Berry Marble Latte is really good. The Strawberry and Matcha blends so well together with their transparent pearl topping.

The black Charcoal Fresh milk, which you don’t find in Singapore but really popular in Korea is really good too. All their milk tea uses fresh milk.

Must try: Crunchy Brown Sugar Milk Tea ( 3 SGD+ ),  Charcoal Fresh Milk ( 2 SGD +) and Matcha Berry Marble Latte (3 SGD +).

Opening Hours : Mondays: 12pm till 8pm | Tuesday – Sunday: 11am – 830pm


Contact Phone : +62 821-7042-0059 Email : [email protected]

What to do next: Situated in Bayfront Mall, you can shop around for Kueh Lapis or Eska Spa on the second floor.

In Bayfront Mall, Harbour Bay Terminal, beside KFC and in front of the Taxi Stand.

Address: Harbour Bay Complex, Jodoh River, Batu Ampar, Batam City, Riau Islands, Indonesia (open in google map)

4. Roasteree Cafe & Roastery

I’ll say this about the Roasteree — they like their art big! If you have four hours to kill, go through every piece of the mural behind their stage, it’s gorgeous, it’s worth it, and it’s big! The ambiance is what makes RC&R, it’s got a darkish, Edgar Allen Poe on a laptop feel that I appreciated.

Roasteree Cafe & Roastery
Roasteree Cafe & Roastery food

But there’s also the contrast of the live entertainment on the rooftop, which is pure jam, and the bands they pick are always spot on. Plus, they use the word “roast” twice in their name! You can’t get more roasty than that. And they have a sign that says, “Sorry, No Internet. Talk to Each Other.” Perfect. I like my coffee with some snark in it. Well done, roast roast.

Must try: Rosmunich

Opening Hours: Everyday: 6pm – 2am


Contact Phone : +62 778 741 8695 Email : [email protected]

What to do next: Short drive to Batam City Square for shopping and movies

15 mins drive from Harbour Bay Terminal

Address: Batu Selicin, Lubuk Baja, Batu Selicin, Lubuk Baja, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29444 (open in google map)

5. Tea Box Café

5. Tea Box Café
5. Tea Box Café food

The Tea Box Cafe is a place your Mom would love. Do you know why? Because it was founded by eleven — yes, eleven! — mothers, who combined their absolute best recipes and motherly motherness to create some of the greatest food you’ll ever find at a cafe. Their Squid Ink pasta tasted so fresh with the right amount of spice. Their Cannelloni have a hearty soulful taste to it. (I don’t even know what that is, and I’m too lazy to Google it.) Also, there are also sorts of motherly sayings and advices painted on the walls throughout the TBC, and none of them make you feel guilty

Must try: Squid Ink Spaghetti (SGD 5 plus) CANNELLONI (SGD 3.5 plus)

Opening Hours: Everyday: 7am – 9pm


Contact Phone : +62 778 408 0149 Email :nil

What to do next: Short drive to Kepri Mall for shopping , ktv and movies 

15 mins drive from Harbour Bay Terminal

Address: Ruko Khazanah Blok R No. 8-9, Jl. Sudirman, Sukajadi, Batam Kota, Sukajadi, Batam Kota, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29444

(open in google map)

6. One Dozen Cafe ( previously known as Kopi Raya)

One Dozen Café

Next up, go crab crazy at One Dozen Cafe (not sure how you go crab crazy, maybe you run around making pincher hands, covered in butter — hey, it’s your meal). Seriously, the seafood is so fresh it will wink at your Dad and kiss your Mama. The chilli crab has its own unqiue Indonesian taste to it. Affordable, well-presented, and comfy, One Dozen serves great coffee, and there’s alcohol in the alcoholic drinks! Come on, get crabby. You know you want to do that pincher hand thing.

One Dozen Café chili crab
One Dozen Café sunny side up

Must try: chilli crab ($25+ for 4 pax) and Sunny Setup ice cream (tbc)

Opening Hours: Everyday: 8am – 11pm


Contact Phone : +62 778 749 4479 Email : [email protected]

What to do next: 10 min drive to Mega mall centre for shopping and movies

15 mins drive from Harbour Bay Terminal

Address: Ruko Mahkota Raya Blok F No. 8, Jl. Fisabilillah, Tlk. Tering, Batam Kota, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29444 (open in google map)

7. Hook Coffee Shop

Hook Coffee Shop

What’s a pirate’s favorite coffee? Who cares, they’re pirates, they’re not supposed to have it good! But you are, and you will at Hook Coffee. Nautically themed all the way down to a see-through floor with crocodiles beneath your feet! Okay, that does not exist, and besides, there are no sea crocodiles, you should know that.

Hook Coffee Shop

But you know what there is at Hook Coffee? Black Pizza with Carbonara Sauce. Sorry, Carrrrrrrbonara Sauce. And there are awesome coffees from Flores and Mandheling and other sundry exotic locations. And Italian, Western, and Indonesian edibles from a menu that would turn Blackbeard’s beard blue with envy. One trip to Hook and you’re sure to get, um, er — hooked! There, I said it.

Must try: Black pizza

Opening Hours: Everyday: 8am – 11pm


Contact Phone : +62 812-9587-5845 Email : nil

What to do next: 10 min drive to Batam City Square for shopping and movies

15 mins drive from Harbour Bay Terminal

Address: Jl. Bunga Raya, Batu Selicin, Batam Kota, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29444

(open in google map)

8. My Garden Restaurant Cafe & Bar

Let’s talk open air. Let’s talk views. Let’s talk greenery and design and comfort and enchanting garden surroundings. Let’s talk My Garden Restaurant Cafe & Bar, perhaps the most unique eatery and drinkery in Batam. Read the reviews, they’re absolutely effusive, like verbal flowers opening at sunrise in praise of the experience of this lush cafe.

Take a perfectly modern and well-planned cafe and drop it into the middle of a well-manicured jungle. And then drop you in for dinner, lunch, or drinks. And then we’ll airlift you out, back to your hotel, where you can tell everyone of your time in a magical place that was half-nature and half-restaurant. Maybe they’ll believe you.

My Garden Restaurant Cafe & Bar
My Garden Restaurant Cafe & Bar sandwich
My Garden Restaurant Cafe & Bar waffles

Must try: Waffle sandwiche

Opening Hours: Everyday: 3pm – 12am


Contact Phone : +62 811 7783 000 Email : [email protected]

What to do next: 10 min drive to Batam City Square for shopping and movies

30 mins drive from Harbour Bay Terminal

Address: Ruko Bida Asri 2 No. 9 Jl. Raja M Selah, Belian, Batam Kota, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29432 (open in google map)

9. Socialite's Crib Cafe & Bar

Socialite's Crib Cafe & Bar

How many levels do you want in a cafe and bar? One? Come on, that’s nothing. Two? Okay, hold on, cowboy, that’s a little ambitious. Three? What, no way, no one has three different levels, each with their own theme and design for three different experiences, who would do such a thing? Socialite’s Crib Cafe & Bar would. Just for you they have gone the extra mile, three times over.

Socialite's Crib Cafe & Bar
Socialite's Crib Cafe & Bar food
Socialite's Crib Cafe & Bar food

There is a rooftop adorned with greenery at every angle, the perfect frame for amazing views and cool bands. The second floor is for more the quiet types, comfortable, cozy, breeze and perfect for chatting. And the first floor is where it all begins, and where they spin out some of the best food in Batam, along with some very tasty beverage options including a local favorite, Seaweed Beer. Good stuff. On so many levels.

Opening Hours: Everyday: 3 pm – 1 am. Monday closed.


Contact Phone : +62 822 8423 5774 Email : [email protected]

What to do next: 10 min drive to Mega mall centre for shopping and movies

15 mins drive from Harbour Bay Terminal

Address: Ruko Royal Sincom Blok C No. 18-19, Jalan Laksamana Bintan, Teluk Tering, Batam City, Tlk. Tering, Batam Kota, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29432 (open in google map)

10. Lee's Cafe & Bar

How many Teddy Bears are too many Teddy Bears? It’s a question you won’t be able to answers at Lee’s, because they have just the right amount of Teddy Bears. On the walls, on the tables, Teddy here, Teddy everywhere. And it just… works. Mixed with the cafe’s well-designed vintage style, fabulous food, and super-friendly customer service, Teddy is the perfect touch to make your visit to Lee’s cuddly and memorable. Just like the Teddy Bear you had as a kid. Except you didn’t bring him and 200 of his friends to a chic cafe for some food and drink. But you could. He’d fit right in.

Lee's Cafe & Bar

Opening Hours: Everyday: 11 am – 1 am | Saturday 11 am – 2 am


Contact Phone : +62 778 408 5111 Email : [email protected]

What to do next: 5 min drive to BCS mall for shopping and movies

15 mins drive from Harbour Bay Terminal

Address: Batu Selicin, Lubuk Baja, Batam City, Riau Islands 29444 (open in google map)

Batam Local Brewery craft beer

1. Brewsky & Co.

Local Brewery and Craft beer

Ask 20 people their favorite brew house in Batam, and you know what you’ll hear? “Hey, stop asking all of us about brew houses, enough, already!” But before you overdid it, you know what you would have heard, a lot? “Brewsky & Co.”

Brewsky has been solidly ensconced as a Batam beer destination for way longer than you’ve been asking for recommendations. As the night goes on the crowd grows, but it never feels crowded and the craft beers are always flowing. There’s plenty of entertainment with multiple big screens, and plenty of good times to be had. At Brewsky’s. Just ask someone. But keep it below 20.

Local Brewery and Craft beer

Must try: HP beer and Bali Blues beer (SGD 3+)

Opening Hours: Everyday : 6pm – 1am


Contact Phone : +62 778 429 999 Email : [email protected]

What to do next: Near to Nagoya city walk

11 mins drive from Harbour Bay Terminal

Address: Nagoya Citywalk Lantai Dasar, Jalan Kompleks Nagoya City Walk, Lubuk Baja Kota, Lubuk Baja, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29444 (open in google map)

2. Fresh Beer Batam Centre

Fresh Beer Batam Cenre

If you don’t believe that Fresh Beer Batam has fresh beer, then you’re very hard to convince. Because the bar is surrounded by wooden kegs and silver brew equipment, and the beer is flowing from taps, and people are way into drinking it. So, what’s your problem? The. Beer. Is. Fresh. And the ambiance is black and white, clean and stark, nothing to hide, just like a beer shop should be.

Oh, and beyond the beer, some of the most exotic dishes you can exoticize in your exotic brain. Mouse Deer Meat. Rattlesnake. Kitten Soul Soup. (Okay, made that last one up, but I bet it would be smooth.) And then, if all that isn’t enough (it is, you should be convinced by now), they’re famous for their Green Beer. Or, as I like to call it, Kermit’s Tears.

Green Beer aka kermit's tears

Must try: Green Beer

Opening Hours: Everyday : 6pm – 1am


Contact Phone : +62 778 469 442 Email : [email protected]

What to do next: Short drive to Mega Mall for shopping or movies.

11 mins drive from Harbour Bay Terminal

Address: Jl. Engku Putri No.1, Tlk. Tering, Batam Kota, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29444

(open in google map)

Lets go

And so, there it is, a vast array of super options for Batam cafes, restaurants, and craft breweries. We did our job. Now you get out there and visit them all. Because that’s your job.