The government of Batam Claims that their Municipal Tap water is potable but I can see that even locals patronize the local bottled water here and since you are a tourist, it is better to be prepared hence buying bottled or mineral or distilled or alkaline water is must. Batam has many Areas where you can buy Bottled Water and ther is a dizzying array of sized and brands and the average price of a 500 ml of bottle water is 5,000 Indonesian Rupiah and a large 1 liter of bottled water will cost 10,000 rupiah. Again you can buy them everywhere but be prepared to have some Indonesian Rupiah as currency as not all shops selling bottled water accept Singapore Dollars.
Fondest memory: lots of different kinds and brands of Bottled Water
Batam has really changed a lot since the last time I went here in 1999 and what a big difference 12 years make. First of All, There is a terminal called Batam City Center which was non existent the last time I was here that my point of entry was in Sekupang. the views around Batam are different this time with many new malls and shops in Nagoya and at Batam Center and the Route Going to the famous Golden Prawn 933 restaurant is dotted with various things to do like a flying fox ride and go kart ride. It was really a pleasant experience to revisit Batam after 12 years.
Fondest memory: the new face of batan like the new shops and malls, moren things to do than before.
Like what I've said previously, Batam is a tourist area so many of the Popular Shops and Resorts and the Polo Factory Outlet Shops accept Singapore Dollars and Even US Dollars but when buying other stuffs at the other not so touristy areas like the local Malls or Shops or Restaurant, You Need The local currency, the Indonesian Rupiah to be able to buy stuff and fortunately, there lots of Money Exchange shops in batam and they are literally everywhere where you can change your local currencies to Indonesian Rupiah.
Present exchange rate is: US $ 1: 8,659 INR
Fondest memory: the assorted money exchange shops around pulau batam
the main currency of Batam Island and the whole of the Indonesian Archipelago. Although many tourist areas of Batam Island accept Singapore Dollars, You Still Need Indonesian Rupiah, the local Currency to buy stuff at local areas like the Batam City Mall or Megamall or Lucky Plaza. The Indonesian Rupiah is the legal tender in all of Indonesia and the currency consists of coins from 25 rupiah up to 1,000 rupiah (1 rupiah are officially legal tender but are effectively worthless and are not circulated), and from banknotes of 1,000 rupiah up to 100,000 rupiah. There are lots of Money Exchange Shops around Batam Island.
Current US Dollar to Indonesian Rupiah exchange rate is US $ 1:8,650 INR
Fondest memory: the assorted Indonesian Rupiah Bank Notes
During my flight from Jakarta to Batam in January 2008, I managed to take a few photographs of the Muka Kunung Reservoir, which is located at the centre part of Batam Island. There are 5 main reservoirs at Batam, namely:
Sungai Harapan Reservoir (west side of island)
Sungai Ladi Reservoir (near to Nagoya town)
Sungai Balai Reservoir (near to Nagoya town)
Muka Kunung Reservoir (centre part of island)
Nongsa Reservoir (north-east side, near to the famous Nongsa Beach)
Favorite thing: There are a few fresh water reservoirs located at different parts of Batam Island, and they are important sources of fresh water for the local residents as well as industries. The water at Batam are treated and are safe for drinking. Some of these water are supplied to neighbouring Singapore. Please go to part 2 of this tip.
Favorite thing: If you are taking a plane to Batam and land on the Hang Nadim Airport, you will be able to see beautiful views of the island and the surrounding Riau Islands on a clear and sunny day. From the air, Batam island looks rather flat and heavily developed areas (with de-forestation) can be seen near the Hang Nadim Airport area. This is because the island is rapidly developing, especially with cooperation from neigbouring Singapore.
Favorite thing: When taking the ferry from Singapore to Batam, you will be able to see many ships of all shapes and sizes anchoring outside the Singapore harbour during the journey to Batam. This is because Singapore is one of the busiest harbours in the world due to its efficient harbour as well as its important maritime location in between the Indian Ocean and South China Sea.
Favorite thing: When you are at Batam, you can explore the other islands of the Riau Province. In order to do this, you need to go to the Sekupang ferry terminal at Batam and take a ferry to these islands, however it is better to get some locals to bring you there because they are rather off the beaten path. Good places worth visiting are Palau Karimun, Bengkalis and Selatpanjang. You can also visit Bintan Island which is just next to Batam Island. More information and photographs are at my VT pages on Pulau Karimun Besar, Bengkalis and Selatpanjang.
Favorite thing: The Singapore skyline is visible from few places in Batam on a clear day. Waterfront city is one of them. We were having our lunch at Hotel Sunshine at Waterfront city and the Singapore skyline was faintly visible. I used my camera’s basic zooming effect to produce this image.
Favorite thing: This is the view you get when you are leaving or approaching Batam Centre Ferry Terminal. The giant supermarkets Hypermart and Matahari were visible from the ferry. Actually Batam centre is an excellent place for shopping. There are numerous new shopping malls. It is also a suitable ferry terminal for alighting to visit any of the Nagoya city based Hotels.
Favorite thing: The season/climate of Batam mimics that of Singapore and hence any season is a good season. Only the Dec-Feb months receive slightly more rainfall, but as it happens in Singapore, it wouldn’t rain for the whole day. Most of the time, it will rain for 1-2 hours and after that, the clouds will clear up.
We took a group photo in front of the Buddhist Temple at Pulao Galang, near the Vietnamese camp. The temple looks exotic in all the bright colours. There are some interesting wall paintings in front of this temple. Right behind us was a dragon statue.
Fondest memory: The greenary around is very pleasing to eyes. There is an absolute silence at the temple premises.
Favorite thing: Another of the3 great views around Batam Islands. At the far end is the second of the series of the Barelang bridges. Only the first bridge looks beautiful in terms of architecture. Rest of the bridges are just normasl, but again, the views are great
Favorite thing: On our way to the last island in the Batam Archipelago, we came across several such vista points, where you can just stop your vehicle, look around, click photographs and proceed. The view is available from the Barelang bridge.