The 9 Best Things to Do in Bintan Island, Indonesia

November 19, 2017 Kaleigh Reichenbach

A popular destination for golfers looking for better rates and more accessible courses, Bintan is also a nice way to escape the bustle of Singapore. A ferry ride takes between one and two hours, depending on where you’re headed. From there you can relax on one of the beaches or head inland for hiking and ATV rides or take a ride at the elephant park. There are a couple of towns on Bintan, but the island’s natural beauty is what draws visitors.
Restaurants in Bintan Island

1. Penyengat Island

Tanjung Pinang, Bintan Regency, Riau Islands Province, Indonesia
Excellent
33%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 130 reviews

Penyengat Island

Reviewed By Jeannard Jay T - Baguio, Baguio, Philippines

This one place I highly recommend when you are in Tanjung Pinang. This small island is rich in history, culture, sights, and more.
Just around 20 minutes boat ride from Tanjung Pinang, the island boasts of beautifully paved roads, historic ruins, a museum, a beautiful, mausoleums, and a beautiful mosque.
You can hire a local transpo similar to that tricycle of the Philippines to tour you around the island.

2. Avalokitesvara Graha Temple (Guan Yin Temple)

Tanjung Pinang, Bintan Regency, Riau Islands Province, Indonesia
Excellent
20%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 78 reviews

Avalokitesvara Graha Temple (Guan Yin Temple)

Reviewed By Badtzuboy - Batam, Indonesia

it's an interesting place to see. the place is huge with a big Guan Yu Statue inside. there's a dragon fruit plantation in front of it. the sculpture are beautiful.

3. Nirwana Beach Club

Jl. Panglima Pantar, Lagoi, Bintan Regency, Riau Islands Province 29155, Indonesia +62 770 692505
Excellent
31%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
7%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 152 reviews

Nirwana Beach Club

Reviewed By Mark O

Lovely laid back resort with plenty to do... Insuring lots of nothing at all. Good restaurants and a beautiful beach. Not over developed and quiet enough to be able to get away from it all. The staff were really lovely. We had a blissful time.

4. 500 Lohan Temple

Kijiang, Bintan Regency, Riau Islands Province, Indonesia
Excellent
43%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 48 reviews

500 Lohan Temple

Reviewed By Michael L - Singapore, Singapore

We hired a car and drove to a few places around Bintan. One of the place that we visited is this temple. Although I have been to many places in China, but seeing 500 Lohan in one temple has never been before even though I have visited the top 4 temples in China which are, Putuo Mountain (Ningbo), JiuHua Temple in (Anhui), WuTai Mountain (Shanxi) and ErMei Moutain (SiChuan). So seeing this slightly bigger than lifesize Lohan with descriptions of what they are neatly in rows of about 6 is indeed quite a sight. For those interested in chinese cultures and buddhism, this is a must see! It has inscriptions about what and who each Lohan is.
Enjoy!

5. White Sands Island

Jl. Wisata Bahari Trikora KM. 38, Tanjung Pinang, Bintan Regency, Riau Islands Province, Indonesia +62 822-7772-9988
Excellent
52%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 34 reviews

White Sands Island

Reviewed By Marine C - Singapore, Singapore

This small island is accessible from East Bintan in 5 min!
Price: Rp. 175 000 / pax round trip included taxes.
There is a nice bar on the Island, they even accept credit card. It's nice for a day, to enjoy the nice beach, it's also possible to sleep on the Island.

6. Grotto Santa Maria (Santa Maria Cave)

Bintan Regency, Riau Islands Province, Indonesia
Excellent
31%
Good
65%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 22 reviews

Grotto Santa Maria (Santa Maria Cave)

Grotto Santa Maria and stations of the cross, with a small chapel.

Reviewed By w1628mm - Hong Kong, China

I have searched Goa Maria for weeks, unfortunately nothing found in Tripadvisor website. Grotto Santa Maria (Santa Maria Cave), at first sight, seems all Greek to me. It is because the locals just name it as Goa Maria. In fact the correct one should be called Goa Maria Air Sanih (GOMAS). Without a car, I am afraid it is difficult for you to reach there as the Goa is on a uphill. After a bumpy ride to the destination, we found the tourist was out of sight except a receptionist there. Through the archway of Ave Maria, a narrow lane leading down an open space with a circle of trees and flowers. It is good for religious assembly. With several steps up from the ground on either hand, the ivory-colored statue of Mother Mary stood inside a cave with her praying hands, in front of her a steel curved railing built. On your way back to the entrance, there are many beautifully reliefs carved on rock telling the story of Jesus from his youth to his crucifixion.

7. Library at Trikora

Jl. Pantai Trikora Km. 41 | Mengkurus Village, Teluk Bakau, Bintan Regency, Riau Islands Province 29151, Indonesia +62 812-7608-5190
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 12 reviews

Library at Trikora

Library @ Trikora is a new communal learning facility open to village locals of various ages, from youths to young adults. We hold a well-stocked range of Bahasa, English and Mandarin books categorised mainly into fiction, non-fiction and reference. Locals in Teluk Bakau can also look forward to attending free English, Mandarin and IT programs. External visitors and volunteers are warmly welcomed.

Reviewed By typicalgio - Singapore, Singapore

Catered mainly to the children of Teluk Bakau, the place is opened for both locals and external visitors to enjoy. All ages are warmly welcomed. A variety of lessons and programmes are conducted here, in which interested residents of the community can participate for free. You can check out the site for more details.

8. Banyan Tree Temple

Senggarang, Tanjung Pinang, Bintan Regency, Riau Islands Province, Indonesia
Excellent
37%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
11%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 45 reviews

Banyan Tree Temple

Reviewed By Johnpsau - Melbourne, Australia

This relatively small temple has been completely overgrown by a banyan tree and would be easy to drive past if you didn't know what you were looking for.
Fortunately it was part of our day tour of the island so our driver took us directly to it and allowed us time to walk around, although in reality it is only the outside that is of interest.

9. Penyengat Island

Tanjung Pinang, Bintan Regency, Riau Islands Province, Indonesia
Excellent
37%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 16 reviews

Penyengat Island

Reviewed By Anne R - Surabaya, Indonesia

The still-original atmosphere of history in Malacca right from first time we step on the island. Masjid Raya Sultan Sultan Riau Penyengat (Great Mosque of Sultan Riau Penyengat) is the icon of the island, especially on Fridays when Muslims have their Friday prayer, with its unique architecture. Legend says that the mix of egg-white, chalk, flour, sand and clay make the mosque stands strong until today.
Non-Muslim travelers can still enjoy the island by taking a tour of the island with their traditional pedicab (becak - now with scooter) at the very reasonable price (but you still need to bargain though), Throughout the island, we will feel like we're disconnected with our normal modern life. Delicious local seafood (make sure try the famous gong-gong) served and sold at traditionally, As we explore through the island, tourists will get to visit the complex of royal family graveyard (including the tomb of King Ali Haji), formerly Dutch fort, and most importantly, the site of beautiful Gurindam Dua Belas; twelve clauses of life wisdom by King Ali Haji.

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