6 Popular Shopping Malls To Shop Till You Drop in Batam

Batam offers many shopping malls across the island. The whole island is “Duty Free”, so prices is considerably cheaper compare to Singapore. Where to buy, what to do and what to eat? The malls and most shops are open from 10.00 am to 9.00 pm every day and are normally open throughout all public holidays. Mind you, Prices are fixed and you cannot bargain. Usually visitor tend to buy Kueh Lapis and bird nest as it is 50% cheaper compare to Singapore. 

From what I experienced, some malls might not be Grab/Gojek friendly, and they will not pick up passenger since it is controlled by local taxi drivers. You might want to consider chartering a car and driver to save the hassle.

Here are all the recommended Batam shopping malls. 

1. Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall

Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall​

Nagoya Hill, not to be confused by a hill in Japan, (I think it gotten its name from WW2 Japanese occupation) is the biggest shopping mall in Batam. It is divided into two different dividers and one would easily spot the eatery street when you are there. They categorise all food and beverages at one part and on the other side would be apparel, handbags and souvenir stores.

The basement has a Hypermarket selling everything from food, clothing and electronics. You could stock up a month’s worth of groceries, toiletries, and daily necessities. Since Batam is very close to Singapore, goods in Nagoya Hill is kinda alike with Singapore. They do have some snacks that are unique to Indonesia. Electronics product like DSLR Cameras, Digital Cameras, Mobile Phone, Gaming Equipment, Computers  are also available. You might wonder how do claim warranty? Not sure myself.

Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall​ basement

1st Floor Nagoya Hill Food Street provides a wide range of food & cuisine. There is a variety of fast food like KFC (the chicken is relatively smaller as compare to Singapore, and that’s because the KFC here uses Kampong Chicken), vintage A&W and Pizza Hut. And also the restaurants that are popular in Batam is Solaria (Chinese Food), Happiness Restaurant (Indonesian Food) Also available specialties from various regions in Indonesia such as, Padang Food, Meatballs (bakso), Chicken Noodle, Soto, and others. Not to mention Korean and Japanese food.

There is an arcade center on the third floor. With 1 token that cost 1000 rupiah (10 cents), you can keep playing and dying and never run out of lives. I was stuck there for 3 hours playing. LOL

Highlights: Rekindle your childhood with A&W fastfood

What’s nearby: Near to Nagoya Citywalk amusement park and Nagoya Entertainment District for clubbing and nightlife.

15 mins drive from Harbour Bay Terminal

Address: Jl. Teuku Umar, Lubuk Baja Kota, Lubuk Baja, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29432 (open in google map)

2. Kepri Mall

Kepri Mall

Located walking distance from Radison hotel, Kepri mall is not as crowded compare to the rest but it offers all the essential to spend the time away. This Batam shopping mall offers 325,000 square feet over three storeys with 1000 parking bays and about 100 retail outlets.

Kepri Mall

Surrounding: There is a famous Spa place call Eska. It is located right inside their Eska hotel. Enjoy Jacuzzi and sauna at Shangri-la massage spa nearby as well. A cheap family KTV call Masterpiece is within walking distance from the mall and the famous Anchor Cafe is like a 5 minutes drive away. It is also near to a few golf courses. A lot Japanese and Korean visitors from Singapore love to come over the golf courses here. Don’t know why, maybe to get away from their wife.

Kepri Mall Batam J.Co Donuts & Coffee

First floor: There is a Carrefour Mega Mart to stock up cheap groceries and unique Indonesia tibits,. A Tokyo Miniso lifestyle store to buy your Muji lookalike items and many restaurants, cafes like Morning Bakery, JCO Donuts, KFC, and local eateries. Second Floor consists of mostly clothing outlet, restaurants, and manicure & pedicure parlour. Prices are really cheap. Have to keep saying it, it’s really cheap, ladies.

On the third Floor, there is a new CGV Blitz cinema that offers really cheap movie tickets (about 4 SGD) updated with all the new films. Also a Timezone arcade to tired your kids out so you could sleep at night.

Its a good place to past the time. It has many entertainments and restaurants around and many family friendly places to enjoy.

Highlights: Sing your face out at Masterpiece KTV or go for a massage at Eska Hotel and Spa. (Beside Kepri Mall)

Whats nearby: Eska hotel and Spa, Anchor Cafe, Radison hotel,

15 mins drive from Harbour Bay Terminal

Address: Sukajadi, Batam Kota, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29444 (open in google map)

3. BCS Mall - Batam City Square

BCS Mall - Batam City Square

There are plenty of makan places on every level in BCS mall. Don’t forget to top-up your mini bar for snack food and drinks at the Supermarket. You will also find a few money changers offering a good rate compared to Singapore. You can withdraw Rupiah in their local ATM on the first floor too.

BCS Mall - Batam City Square interior

2nd Level consist of clothing outlets  – a bookstore – restaurants. At the highest level there’s a arcade and a Family KTV.

Highlights: Stock up your Kuah lepis at Lamoist Layers  Whats nearby: 5 min drive to Hook cafe and Habit coffee

15 mins drive from Harbour Bay Terminal

Address: Jl. Bunga Raya, Batu Selicin, Lubuk Baja, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29442 (open in google map)

4. Mega Mall Batam Centre

Mega Mall Batam Centre

This mall is integrated with the Great Mosque Batam Center, Batam Ferry Port, the mayor’s office, the Office of Parliament, office of the Bank of Indonesia and with close proximity to the Batam Authority Office and modern residential complexes Coastarina. There are Hypermarts and Matahari Department Store n this mall. You can find a lot of fashion retailer and restaurants residing in BCS.

20 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)


5. BayFront Mall

BayFront Mall

Directly connected to Harbour Bay Terminal, BayFront mall is a brand new mall that is recently built. There is a gathering of famous Kueh Lapis bakery shops on the second floor like La Moist and Lapis Legit. Also highly rated Eska Spa is located there. There is a few money changer here wth good rates, Tourist sim card and a Guardian Pharmacy. 

Local Favourite Morning Bakery
BayFront Mall Batam
Excelso BayFront Mall Batam
Excelso Cafe BayFront Mall Batam

There is  Starbucks and Excelso Cafe. Excelso is a Indonesian cafe chain that specialise in western and Indonesian fusion coffee. Don’t always drink Starbucks la. Give this a try, especially their unique blend of Kopi Luwak. The food is exceptionally good too. Cost about 10 SGD per person for 1 full hearty meal including coffee. There is mini mart stores selling bird nest, which is 50% cheaper than Singapore. Many Retailers from Singapore get their stock here, so there you go, a business plan in the making.


Highlights: A quick place to stock up all kinds of Kueh Lapis and cheap bird nest.

Whats nearby: Harbour Bay Terminal, Harbour Bay Mall, Zest hotels, Swiss Bel Harbour Bay Hotel and seafood restaurants by the sea.

Directly connected to Harbour Bay Terminal

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

6. Harbour Bay Mall

Harbour Bay Mall
Harbour Bay Mall interior

Harbour Bay Mall is walking distance from Harbour Bay Terminal. It is quite a empty mall but with a few hidden gems situated inside.

Pounce Cafe Harbour Bay Mall
Blitz Harbour Bay Mall

One of the first and oldest indie cafe, Pounce (closed), is located on the third floor right beside the cinema. (Check out pounce review here) The tickets for a movie is about 3-4 SGD and usually less crowded compare to the rest.So you don’t have to worry about not getting a seat.

On the second floor, there is MANZU family massage & Reflexology Gallery and Jco Donut on the first.

Be sure to check out the giant supermarket in the basement whereby you can stock up the infamous indomie potato chips and salt egg yolk indomie at a fraction of the price.

Indomie potato chips and salt egg yolk indomie

And there’s Oki store, where everything is only Rp8000. Yes, you got it, it’s only ~S$0.80, concept similar to Daiso. Oki is at the other end of the mall if you enter through the link bridge from Harbour Bay Ferry Terminal (just walk straight, exit and go down to basement from outside. Entrance is facing outside towards the car park).

Highlights: A quick place to stock up all kinds of indo titbits at the supermarket.

Whats nearby: Near to a stretch of zi char Seafood restaurants by the sea.

5 minutes walk from Harbour Bay Terminal

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

​​7. Grand Batam Mall

Last but not least, the latest and most upscale Shopping Mall in the whole of Batam. Open in 2019, Grand Batam Mall is huge! Lots of food, restaurants and there is a cinema at the top level.

The first Uniqlo and H&M is has also open here to test the market and consumer sentiment. It is one of the main places to let your rupiah fly. Many food outlet and restaurant for you choose. We tried Simetri Coffee Batam located on the 1st floor. Food is quite good and the red velvet coffee is excellent. 

Highlights: Nice Cinema.

Web: https://grand-batam-shopping-centre.business.site/

Whats nearby: BCS Mall is a short drive away.

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


So what are you waiting for.  This whole island is like a DFS shop, safer than JB and no dragful queue in the causeway. Shop to your heart content in this duty free paradise!

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: http://seafood.rezeki.id/

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: www.barelangseafood.com/home 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: http://kopakjaya007.com/index.php?route=common/home

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

Web: https://www.facebook.com/kelongcitrautama188/ 

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.

7 Fun Outdoor Activities in Batam That You Are Look Forward To

The thing about Batman is that if you take out one “n,” and move an “a,” you get Batam. Think that’s a coincidence? We don’t. That’s why think Batam is an action location for active people actively looking to do active stuff in active ways. Who needs a couch when you have real life coral reefs to snorkel, fresh jungle trails to bike, blue waters to wakeboard? Not you. So unless you can standup paddle board that floating couch of yours, get up, get out, and go Batman in Batam.

1. Pulau Petong

Pulau Petong

Did you know that snorkel comes from the German word schnorchel, meaning underwater? Did you care? Maybe not, but if you have any interest in snorkeling or schnorcheling, head to Pulau Petong, because everyone — German, linguists, and people who have plastic mask fetishes — knows that this is the best place in Batam to get face to face with fish to fish (did you ever notice that fish have no necks? They’re just faces that become bodies. Weird, huh?).

Kayaking Pulau Petong

You’ll see stingrays, clownfish, stingfish, nasi lemak fish, clown rays. If it’s in the water, and look-at-able, you can look at it here. Snorkel on, my friends.

Nemmoooo, you here bruh

Other activities includes scuba diving, kayaking, banana boat ride & fishing.

Accommodation: 8 cosy private rooms built atop a kelong in between the nearby Twin Islands. A very spartan communal room is available on Petong island, within Petong village for larger groups. Note: it is a Bintan-kelong styled room with bunker beds.

Travelling time from Singapore to destination: Approximately 4 hours 

Contact: +62 812 702 7718  Email: [email protected]

Tour organizer website: http://reefsadventure.com/

( 15 min drive from Harbour Bay Terminal)

Tour office Address : Jl. Laksamana Bintan Komp. Pertokoan Seruni Blok C No.19-22, Sungai Panas, Batam Kota, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29444 (open in google map)

2. Cable-Ski Park

Want to get yanked across a lake at high speed by a metal cable, doing tricks and waving to your favourite fish, while your sedentary friends sit on barstools, sipping Mai Tais and taking bets whether you have a job or whether you just live on algae and alcohol? Then Cable-Ski is the cable ski park for you. Well, it’s the cable-ski park for everyone, because they probably couldn’t stay open if you were their only customer.

And you aren’t. And you won’t be. Because they’re packed with people who wakeboard, wakeskate, slalom ski, and do barefoot nude acrobatics while shouting out the names of their favorite teachers from Sec school! Okay, no one is doing that. Yet. But it’s coming. As should you be — coming to Cable-Ski. Because it’s just fun.

Cable ski park Batam
Cable skiing

They provide complimentary usage of house equipment such as kneeboards, wakeboards, wake skates, double and slalom skis and more importantly is the safety equipment – life vests and helmets. But, if you have your own you can freely bring it over.

Additional amenities are Pool table, trampoline, fussball, lockers (BYO padlock), and their toilets with showers are quite decent. And very affordable full body message service in an open area (see photo at lower left) and WIFI is free!

Rates: 1 Hour Ski Pass: SGD$25 /pax (IDR250,000) | 2 Hour Ski Pass: SGD$40 /pax (IDR400,000)

Half Day Ski Pass (3 – 4hrs): SGD $55 /pax (IDR550,000) | Full Day Ski Pass | (5 – 8hrs): SGD$65 /pax (IDR650,000)

*Payment in cash only *Rates includes usage of house equipments and coaching by in house instructors *There’s no charge for walk in spectators

Web: cable-ski.com Contact: SG +65 9487 5007 Batam | +62 852 7223 9707

Email: [email protected] 

Opening Hours : Everyday 9:30am – 6:30pm Daily (Batam Time)

35 min drive from Harbour Bay Terminal

Address: Waterfront City Resort, Tj. Riau, Sekupang, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29425 (open in google map)

3. Batam wakepark

If you’re going to wakeboard, you probably want the best place to wakeboard, right? No one wants to wakeboard in that pond behind that industrial park, the one that’s green and kind of looks like cottage cheese with eyes in it. No one wants to wakeboard in that other lake, the one a little too close for comfort to the industrial pig farm.

No, you want Batam Wake Park, the 5-star park perfect for beginners, non-beginners, and those people who do air tricks because they like to show off their perfect abs and smiling white teeth as they leap through the sky like featherless eagles in Speedos. (Just joking about the Speedos, don’t wake and thong, that’s a solid rule). Batam Wake Park. Bring your lust for adventure. Leave your thong at home.

Like a dolphin baby

Beyond the lake, the park consists of a 80 seat F&B area serving up affordable yummy meals and snacks, deck chairs are strategically placed around the park to fulfill your lounging needs between riding sessions, massage treatment cabanas to sooth tired muscles after a good ride, a fully stocked Pro Shop to cater to all your boarding needs and of course, bright clean changing rooms with shower facilities so you leave as fresh as when you arrived! Parking and wifi is provided free, for all guests of Batam Wake Park.

Rates: 2 Hour incl Park Board / wakeboard IDR 400,000 /pax ( approx SGD 39 )

4 Hour incl Park Board / wakeboard IDR 600,000 /pax ( approx SGD 59 )

Full Day incl Park Board / wakeboard IDR 700,000 /pax ( approx SGD 69 )

Web: www.batamwakepark.com Contact: +62 812 6899 7171 Email: [email protected]

Opening Hours : Everyday 9am – 6pm Daily (Batam Time) Tuesday closed.

20 min drive from Harbour Bay Terminal

Address: Bengkong Laut, Bengkong, Batam City, Riau Islands 29444 (open in google map)

4. Mata Kucing Forest

Rope bridge Mata Kucing

How much forest do you need? I mean, in general? Give me a round estimate. How about 200 acres? Would that be enough for you to stretch your hamstrings, hike some zaggy trails, commune or blow kisses to monkeys, gibbons, and monkeygibbons? Then you should bop to Mata Kucing Forest, and get your rain forest on. Oh, you won’t come unless there are tropical plants? Fine. They have billions. And you have to walk a rope bridge over waters filled with massive Arowana fish? You’re pretty picky, but that doesn’t matter, because they have that, too. And more. As your guide will show you.

Mata Kucing forest

This place is also known as a mini zoo. However, the sensation is not the same with any other zoos, since this mini zoo is much more natural.

Other activities that can be enjoyed by visitors are flying fox, hiking or hill trekking, and swimming surrounded by many trees hence makes you feel like swimming in the middle of a forest.

Rates: Rp. 10,000/person, Rp. 5,000/kid, Rp. 2,000/car, Rp. 1,000/motorcycle cash payment only. For a tour guide reservation, it is suggested to make a prior arrangement with them at least 3 days before the arrival date.

Web: www.facebook.com/Hutan-Wisata-Matakucing-879119235499938/ 

Contact: +62 778 7033555, +62 813 64644193 . Email: [email protected] 

Opening Hours : Everyday 8.30am – 6pm Daily (Batam Time) Sunday and public holidays, 8am-6pm

35 min drive from Harbour Bay Terminal

Address: Jl. Taman Bukit Golf, Tj. Riau,, Kibing, Sekupang, Batam City, Riau Islands 29424 (open in google map)

5. Waterfall in the forest( Telaga Bidadari Waterfall)

Don't go chasing waterfall

In the rainy season, when it rains (and it does that a lot, hence rainy “season”), you can’t just sit at home, looking out the window, afraid you’ll melt. What you can do is head to Waterfall in the Forest, to the absolute sparkling experience of the magic that water becomes when it flows around a green world, sliding into shallow streams, working through fallen trees, and spilling over rock ledges.

Telaga Bidadari waterfall
Telaga Bidadari waterfall topview

If you don’t like waterfalls, what do you like? Don’t answer that, because if you have an answer to it, we don’t really want to hear it. We want to walk, and listen to the sound of water, rushing, rolling, cascading. You hush. We have a water symphony going on here.

Rates: Free  Web: nil  Contact: +62 778 7033555, +62 813 64644193

How to get there: Getting there: Park at Dormitori Batamindo Block R in the Industrial Park, and head towards village gate Selayang. Head towards the market, and a path continues along the parapet. Cross the bridge, walk along the road in the village, and turn left at the small T-junction towards the bush. Follow the path until you reach a wall at the edge of the forest. Turn left, hike up the hill, and you will see a river. Follow the river upstream.

50 min drive from Harbour Bay Terminal

Address: Tiban Lama, Sekupang, Batam City, Riau Islands 29424 (open in google map)

5. Drak Bike Park

Drak Bike Park

Drak Bike Park isn’t just an awesome bike park, it’s a collection of really hard consonants that are just fun to say (go ahead, say it, give your tongue a treat).

Drak Bike is also the best place in the world to meet Stewart Ong. Much better than places where Stewart Ong isn’t. Because where he is, and where he’s been for 20 years, is at this park, carving out a massive network of trails, and playing the ultimate host for bikers looking for both day and overnight bike adventures.

Farmtrails, lake shore trails, inital d drifting, well-maintained and wild, Drak Bike has it all. And Stewart knows every inch. As will you. One inch at a time.

Drak Bike Park
Drak Bike Park

Cost varies, depending on the number of riders and how long you stay. For large groups, the cost is about SGD$80 per rider for a day, and includes park entry fee, guide, all meals and drinks. The ferry ticket costs SGD$50, and you have to pay another SGD$10 for bike handling. For overnight stays and longer, it’s more cost effective as you only pay for the ferry once. Contact Stewart or Drak Bike Club for details and cost.

How to book: Contact Ong via Facebook to book a tour at Drak Bike Park. He requires a minimum group of 6 riders for each tour.

Price: SGD 160/person which includes the ferry ticket, VIP checkout at Batam, land transport to Drak Bike Park, and food and support for the entire day. Bike rental is available too.

Website: www.facebook.com/drakbikepark/ Phone : +62 812-7034-014 Email : [email protected]

45 min drive from Harbour Bay Terminal

Address bike park: Kabil, Nongsa, Kabil, Nongsa, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29433 (open in google map)

6. Golden City Complex

Golden City Complex

The only thing I enjoy more than Go-Karts is Bro-Karts, where bro’s get in Go-Karts and yell to each other, “Bro, we’re in Go-Karts, this is awesome!” You don’t have to bro to go, though, and if you want to go, go. Way better than playing Mario Kart.

Go-Kart at Golden City, the oldest and famous-est sport arena complex in Batam. With ATV off-roading, paintballing for ballers, and pretty much every other sport and game in which you indulge.

Golden City Complex

Golden City is gold for the bold. And the bro’s. And should you not care a whiff about any of that, you can go right to one of the best restaurants in all of Batam, the Golden Prawn. Dee-lisch. The perfect follow up to speed and adventure.

In addition, there is also a Golden Factory outlet for some shopping and dining.

Go Kart Rates: 10 Minutes ride IDR 140,000 /pax ( approx SGD 14 ) Paintball: Rp 250.000 and get 60 bullets.

*no prior booking requires for Gokart and Paintball

Website: http://www.goldencitybatam.com  Phone : +62 778 771 7777 

Email : [email protected]

Opening Hours : Mon – Fri 8am – 5pm | Sat – Sun 8am – 9pm

15 min drive from Harbour Bay Terminal

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

7. Turi Beach

Last but not least, Turi Beach, a one stop fun shop for all sorts of adventure. Its located further away from the city center,  ans they offers all sort of land and sea activities. See the video above. 

Rates: TBC.  Website: https://www.turibeach.com Phone : refer to their web site Email : refer to their web site

Opening Hours : refer to their web site 

50 min drive from Harbour Bay Terminal

Address: Jalan Hang Lekiu, Nongsa, Sambau, Nongsa, Sambau, Nongsa, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29465 (open in google map)


Okay, there, the adventure of reading about Batam adventures is over. Are you wrung out? Out of breath? If so, you need to get out more. Which, if you didn’t get the message from everything you just read, is the message in everything you just read. Batam is rich in adrenaline. You can be, too.

Harbour Bay Downtown

Horizon Fast Ferry takes you straight to Harbour Bay Ferry Terminal, an integrated development by PT. Citra Buana Prakarsa as part of Harbour Bay Downtown. Harbour Bay Downtown comprises of hotels, restaurants, malls, shophouses, condominiums and an 18-floor commercial building. Click here to learn more about PT.Citra Buana Prakarsa.


5-Star Hotel Batam Marriott Harbour Bay. Click here to book.

4-Star Hotel Swissbel-Hotel Harbour Bay Batam. Click here to book.

3-Star Hotel M-One Hotel. Click here to book.

2-Star Hotel Zest Hotel. Click here to book.

Promenade, Seafood Street by the sea beside Harbour Bay Terminal

Some of the developments includes:

  • Bayfront Mall. It come with 2 floors and connected to the International Ferry Terminal and strategically located near, Marriott Hotel, Swissbell Hotel, Zest Hotel, Office Tower, Bayerina Apartment, KTV Entertainment, Pub and Lounge, Seafood Corner, M-One Club, and Harbour Bay Seafood Restaurant.
  • 5 Stars Marriott Hotel which consist of 14 floors, and connected with Bayfront Mall and Harbour Bay International Ferry Terminal.
  • Menara Aria Tower is a Premium Office Tower which consist of 18 floors and the lower floor are connected with Bayfront Mall.
  • Harbour Bay Residences is an Apartment which consist of 23 Floors Apartment next to Menara Aria Tower, and connected with Bayfront Mall. 

Lobby of Swissbel-Hotel Harbour Bay
Batam Marriot Hotel Harbour Bay
Zest Hotel
M One Hotel
Batam Harbour Hotel

Since it’s opening, it has attracted many foreign investments with it’s competitive rental, freehold tenure and close approximity from Singapore. 

2019 Top family activities in Batam that makes you go wow

Okay, if you’re looking for a family day out — and I know you are, because who only wants family days in, that’s a recipe for arguments about arguments about other arguments — then you need to hit six — yes, six! — places in Batam that will get you out of your comfort zone and into your fun zone. If you can hit all six in one day, you’re the awesomest family in history. If you have to spread them out, and still hit all six, then you’re the second awesomest family in history. Either way, do these, and awesome will ensue.

For families, especially a large group, highly recommended to charter a car since some areas are control by local taxi drivers and you could not use Grab or Gojek.

We tried to take a family picture at the beach, the result was unexpected

1. Sea Forest Adventure Park

First up, Sea Forest Adventure Batam, a 10 hectares park filled with many outdoor activities. We tried the Aqua Adventure Track. It’s like how we would have to play if the whole world turned to water like in that movie about the whole world turn to water, what was it called again (Waterworld. Yep.) It’s like the Olympics meets a bouncy house, with guards to keep you from drowning (that’s a plus). I wish the whole world was an Aqua Track. Turn on all the bathtubs, see if we can make that happen.

Just like the movie Waterworld.
Mangrove Cruise on a love boat
Paint ball, good for company retreat

There are other activities like Mangrove Cruise, jet ski, Banana boat, canoeing, Snorkeling, Flying Bike, paintball, Practical Shooting, bubble soccer and many more.


Aqua Adventure Track

30 Minute Per Person Rp. 75.000 | 60 Minute Per Person Rp. 120.000

Mangrove Cruise (Max 6 Persons 30-45 Minutes (min 2 pax)

Rp.285.000 Per Person 30-45 Minutes (min 3 pax) | Rp.175.000 Per Person 30-45 Minutes | (child >6yo) Rp.65.000 Per Person

Opening Hours : Everyday 10.00am – 10.00pm . Web: www.seaforestadventure.com/

Contact Phone : (0778) 761 979 . Email : [email protected]

What to do next: 5 min drive to enjoy live seafood at Setia Budi Restaurant Sambau, Nongsa, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau

About 1 hr drive from Harbour Bay Terminal

Address: Jl. Hang Lekiu, Sambau, Nongsa, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29465 (opens in google map)

2. The Illusion

Second stop, do you like to look weird? Like, even weirder than when you first wake up in the morning? Then we’ve got the place for you. The Illusion. The whole place is a series of skewed rooms designed by local artists who want to get you to see things a little (make that a lot) differently.

You can stick to walls, grow up (some of you need to), or down, you can dance like Michael Jackson (yes, even Dad, and his complete lack of rhythm or body control can do it).

Ryu: Hey can I borrow some money? Ken: Sureryoucan!
Ryu: Hey can I borrow some money? Ken: Sureryoucan!

Price:Adult SGD 8+ Kids SGD 4+

Opening Hours : Everyday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM What if i told you, the Matrix is in Batam

Web: http://www.facebook.com/TheIllusionbatam    Contact Phone : +62 811-7767-668

Email : [email protected]

What to do next: Walking distance to Batam Miniature House (free admission) , Belalang Adventure camp and Golden City Go-Kart

15 minutes drive from Harbour Bay Terminal

Address: Golden city blok K no 4-5-6 batam, Tj. Buntung, Bengkong, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29444 (opens in google map)

3. Funworld Nagoya Citywalk

You’ve still got energy after waterworld and illusion world, so hit up Funworld. Located inside Nagoya Citywalk, this is a child-friendly mini-amusement park (so much more fun than the child-unfriendly ones, where they knock the ice cream out of your kid’s hand and untie his shoes).

It is not spinning that fast

There are indoor roller coasters and bumper cars (those two are separate rides, although how fun would it be if there were roller coaster bumper cars?). There are carousel swings and carnival games (like “Guess If Your Carney Has a GED!). Go. At the very least the lights will mesmerize the kids, and you’ll get a few minutes of peace while they’re dazed.

Exhaust your kid so you could sleep at night

Price : About SGD 10 unlimited rides for kids   Opening Hours : Everyday 10.00am – 9.00pm

Web: http://funworld.co.id/store-location/funworld-nagoya-citywalk–batam

Contact Phone : +62 778 – 428116 Email : [email protected]

What to do next: Alegro Ktv is walking distance away

15 mins drive from Harbour Bay Terminal

Address: Northwalk, Nagoya Citywalk, Jl. Imam Bonjol, Lubuk Baja Kota, Lubuk Baja, Batam City, Riau Islands 29444 (Open in google map)

4. Batam Miniature House

Stop Four on your six-stop tour of Batam’s family fun life is the Batam Miniature House. It’s only a stone’s throw from major hotels (but don’t test that by throwing stones from your hotel, these are a mini-houses, they can’t take pelting).

Houses build for kids

It contains 30 exact replicas of traditional Indonesian homes, all the way down to the mother-in-law complaining that they aren’t clean enough! Seriously, a great way to get fast history into the kids’ brains, while also making them feel huge, and who doesn’t want huge-thinking kids (Honey, I Huged the Kids! No, I didn’t hug them, I huge-d them!)

Price : Free

Opening Hours : Everyday 10.00am – 5.00pm

Web: http://www.facebook.com/TheIllusionbatam

Contact Phone : +62 778 – 428116 Email : [email protected]

What to do next: Walking distance to The illusion, Golden City Go-Kart and Belalang Adventure camp

15 mins drive from Harbour Bay Terminal

Address: Tanjung Buntung, Bengkong, Batam City, Riau Islands 29444 (Open in google map)

5. Belalang Adventure

Darts, for adults.

The fifth stop might just stop your heart, because there is way more excitement at Belalang Adventure than at Belalang Non-Adventure (which is a really, really boring place, so don’t go there, even if it did actually exist, which it doesn’t.) Camping, paintball wars, jungle treks, obstacle courses, water bikes — and that’s all before they let you eat breakfast! Nah, you can eat breakfast any time, although you may want to keep the bacon out of the paintball, the enemy can sniff that stuff out, and then your goose is cooked. Can we get any more food analogies stuffed into this exciting review? Probably. But lettuce just say, a day at Belalang Adventure and your entire family will be fried.

A guy, with wire tie around his waist
For freedooom, cheong ahh

Opening Hours :

Everyday 10.00am – 5.00pm

Web: http://www.belalangadventure.com

Contact Phone: +62 812-7022-8879 Email : [email protected] What to do next: Walking distance to The illusion, Golden City Go-Kart and Belalang Adventure camp

15 mins drive from Harbour Bay Terminal

Address: golden city, Bengkong Laut, Bengkong, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29444 (Open in google map)

6. Mega Wisata Ocarina Batam

Okay, so, you’re at your sixth and final Batam family attraction on this whirlwind six-attraction tour. You’re probably thinking, eh, we’ve done almost everything the planet has to offer. Let’s see what these guys have, and then just head on back home.

Except you haven’t seen it all. You haven’t seen or gone Mega. And mega means Mega Wisata Ocarina Batam. Over 40 hectares filled with rides gone wild. A waterpark, a go-kart circuit, endless sites to see, and the grand attraction that is going to gawk and gasp the entire family, the giant wheel of 16 gondolas that rises 25 meters to show you a view of this amazing park that should only be available to sea gulls or flying seals (there aren’t flying seals, but it would be cool if there were; maybe sometime in the future).

Mega Wisata Ocarina
Mega Wisata Ocarina

Price: Adult SGD 10 + Kids SGD 5+ . Opening Hours : Everyday 08.00am – 10.00pm

Web: http://www.facebook.com/megawisatanewocarina/

Contact Phone: +62 778 7255 555 . Email : [email protected]

What to do next: Do check out the Coastarina theme park located within the premise.

20 mins drive from Harbour Bay Terminal

Address: Sadai, Bengkong, Sadai, Bengkong, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29444 (open in google map)


And that’s it, that’s our six-stop super circuit of Batam and fun and you and kids. And flying seals. (Okay, okay, I know, they probably don’t exist. But if you do happen to see one, take a picture and send it along. We’ll add it into our next review).

#vacation #adventure #familyactivities #batam #harbourbay

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 @ http://www.customs.gov.sg)

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 @ http://www.customs.gov.sg/leftNav/trav/Customs+Clearance+Procedure. 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.

Official Batam Ferry Terminal

Batam Harbour Bay Ferry Terminal is 1 of the 4 ferry terminals and the nearest from Singapore HarbourFront Centre. It is approx 35 minutes ferry ride away via Horizon Fast Ferry with trips almost every hour. Since its opening in 2006, it has been serving an average of 45,000 visitor coming from Singapore every month. It is a international terminal with ferry services to Riau island to Tanjung Balai Karimun and Stulang Laut Johor Malaysia. 

With the new Custom Auto Gate clearance in place, there will be less queue and more time for shopping!  Only Indonesian and foreigner with KITAS documentation are eligible. 

There are shopping malls, hotels, entertainment, Spa/massage centres, seafood restaurant and office tower all located within walking vicinity. Connecting to the terminal, Bayfront Mall houses many shops such as cafes, restaurant, spa/massage centers, kueh lapis bakeries and stalls selling Batam local delights.

Harbour Bay terminal interior
Excelso Harbour Bay
ESKA Wellness Spa Massage & Salon Harbour Bay
Morning Bakery Bayfront

The Promenade

Walking distance away from the terminal, is Promenade, an area by the ocean line with clubs, restaurant cafes and bars. It has a buzzing nightlife with locals raving their sports cars as they party throughout the night. Those with family can visit the numerous seafood restaurant, serving the freshest catch from around the Riau region.

Harbour Bay Terminal interior


Many international hotels lies within the terminal such as Marriott Batam, Zest Hotel, Swissbel HarbourBay, M1 hotel, Habour Bay Hotel and many more. The terminal is a gateway to many attractions in Batam. It is 10 minutes drive away from Batam main tourist spot, Nagoya City Center. Ezy Taxi from the terminal is offering a flat rate of RP30,000 (SGD 3) to reach anywhere within the yellow zone in the map below. That includes most of the city area in Batam.

Harbour Bay Ferry Terminal Map

Singapore Public Holidays for 2019

The dates of the 11 gazetted public holidays for 2019 are as follows:

Singapore Public Holiday dates

New Year’s Day 1 Jan 2019 Tuesday

Chinese New Year 5 Feb 2019 Tuesday 6 Feb 2019 Wednesday

Good Friday 19 Apr 2019 Friday

Labour Day 1 May 2019 Wednesday

Vesak Day 19 May 2019* Sunday

Hari Raya Puasa 5 Jun 2019 Wednesday

National Day 9 Aug 2019 Friday

Hari Raya Haji 11 Aug 2019 *Sunday

Deepavali 27 Oct 2019 *Sunday

Christmas Day 25 Dec 2019 Wednesday

* The following Monday will be a public holiday.

With these 11 public holidays that was god given bestowed upon us, we multiplied that 11 days to 48 days of NO WORK!

Singapore Public Holiday 2019 guide

9-Day Weekend Long Holiday Opportunities. Better apply your leave fast!

Month                                 Dates                            Leaves to Take

Feb                                      2 – 10 Feb                             3 days

April / May                     27 April – 5 May                      4 days

June                                    1 – 9 June                              4 days

Dec                                   21 – 29 Dec                             4 days

Some of these 9-day long holiday opportunities fell on both June and December holidays!

Good for parents to maximise their annual leave to cater for school holidays.

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: http://www.anchorcafeandroastery.com 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

Web: www.facebook.com/chemistreecafebatam

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

Web: https://www.facebook.com/sumcrafttea/

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

Web: https://www.facebook.com/roasteree?utm_source=tripadvisor&utm_medium=referral

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

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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

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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.

Web: https://www.facebook.com/socialitescrib/

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

Web: www.facebook.com/leescafebar

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

Web: www.facebook.com/BatamFreshBeer

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

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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.