For Golf lovers
There are world class Golf courses at Bintan Island......
At least one belongs to the Bintan Island Resort.
Designed by Jack Nicklaus, the course offers sculptured bunkers, a strategic use of the natural landscape and some unique water hazards. The Par 72 has magnificent sea views, and is designed for golfers of all abilities. Plenty of trees for shade.
12th Hole - A par 3, with a stunning backdrop of the South China Sea. from the championship tees.
13th Hole - This par 4 has a unique feature of a split green, as one of the streams on the course runs through the middle. This makes it the most difficult and tricky hole on this course.
18th Hole - A difficult hole characterized by large bunkers and rolling mounds.
Golf equipment can be hired from the clubhouse at the resort.
Explore Bintan Lagoon’s Long White beach
Bintan Lagoon's long white beach is very grand and quiet maybe because it was not crowded by the time of my visit. The sand is comparable to those of Boracay and Panglao. Rolling on the beach is very relaxing and one of the things I enjoyed the most. The water is very clear as well.
I like taking photo on a large rock near the shore plus the stone formation on the left side of the beach.
Get yourself really wet with seasport!
If you feel like really getting wet, well, try some seasport activities at Mana Mana. Surfing, kayaking, snorkelling etc...see URL link for more details. Mana Mana also has a branch within Nirwana Resort.
- Spa and Resort
- Diving and Snorkeling
Asmara Tropical Spa
Asmara - ancient Malay for heavenly love,
is a wonderful place to unwind from your built up stresses. The spa is located in the Indra Maya Villas but we booked from our Hotel and had free pick-up and drop-off in our spa package. We got a massage (as a couple) and then a fragrant floral bath afterwards. They also threw in our choice of refreshing drink which you can take while relaxing in the hammocks provided.
- Spa and Resort
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Bintan Special Menu
If you like spicy foods then try this one and let’s see if you can eat it all. The serving is big for only 8 Singaporean dollar, you will have 4 viands placed on the 4 corners of the tray with a big plate in the center with some more viand on it like shrimp, hard boiled egg with chili sauce, Beef, fish and some vegetables All of which are spicy and I didn’t make it.
- Food and Dining
Snorkeling with 1000s of Fishes Around
Day 2 - After having breakfast we went for snorkeling. Snorkeling is included in the cost of your stay. Hence you can do unlimited snorkeling. First batch is from 10.00am-12.00pm and second batch is from 3.00pm - 5.00pm. We went with the morning batch. It was an extraordinary experience. You can go with both the batches in a day. Club Med takes you to the snorkel spot by motor boat. You get to see the amazing marine life. Me and my wife spotted few fishes too. Corals were breath taking. I started wondering will our kids will ever see these beautiful things if we don’t stop polluting our mother earth.
Club Med has a private beach which is atleast 1km in length. They maintain it very well. Water is crystal clear, same like the way you have dreamt of. Marine life is in abundance. Don’t forget to carry your own snorkeling gear. There are rocks on one side of the beach. Water on this part of the beach is only 3 ft deep. Secondly, because of the rocks water current is also not much of a problem as waves are shilded by the rocks(To know the exact spot - Check-out my photo titled "Tourist feeding 1000s of fishes"). This gives a safe heaven for fishes. At a depth of 3 fts there are atleast thousands of colourful fishes around you. Carry some bread along with you to feed fishes. Its an "experience" to feed 1000s of fishes and seeing them grab tit-bits of bread from your hands. And if you have a snorkeling gear you can see it under water. Though I was not carrying my own snorkeling gear I had underwater goggles. When I discovered the place for the first time I was so overwhelmed with the experience that I was not able to believe what I just saw. In the excitement I called-up my wife and also made her see fishes under water. Even she was surprised with the sheer number. Numerous beautifull fishes at a dept of 3 ft and at a distance of 3-4 ft in a crystal clear water, white sand below our feet and clear blue skies above. We both, were behaving like small kids who has seen something amazing for the first time. Somehow if you are looking at the water from above, you are unable to see fishes. You have to dip your head underwater to see them. I would suggest you feed fishes as you get to see more myriad varieties. Some of them are as big as 1ft in length.h
Day 3 - We did archery in the morning before checking-out. It was a totally different sport which you normally don't get to play else where. They have a dedicated trainner for the same. They also hold matches where all tourist checked into the resort can compete with each other
Other than these activities you can play mini golf, do swimming, play tennis, squash, badminton and many other sports.......
- Diving and Snorkeling
visit the capital of bintan
to see more of the island and not only the tourist complex with beach..go by car or taxi to see the capital to see the landscape ..the life of local people..and you might be able to make some good shopping (mainly textiles)
VISA ON ARRIVAL
OK. From the Project Visa website:
The following nationalities will not require a visa for short visits (30 days) to Indonesia:
Brunei, Chile, Hong Kong, SAR Macao SAR Malaysia Morocco Peru Philippines Singapore Thailand Vietnam
The following nationalities can obtain a short visa (7 or 30 days) on Arrival:
Algeria Argentine Australia Austria Bahrain Belgium Brazil Bulgaria Cambodia Canada China Cyprus Czech Denmark Egypt Estonia Fiji Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Iceland India Iran Ireland Italy Japan Kuwait Laos Latvia Libya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Maldives Malta Mexico Monaco Netherlands New Zealand Norway Oman Panama Poland Portugal Qatar Romania Russia Saudi Arabia Slovakia Slovenia South Africa South Korea Spain Suriname Sweden Switzerland Taiwan Tunisia United Arab Emirates United Kingdom and USA.
The Visa on Arrival fee for a stay of up to seven days is US$10 and for up to thirty days is US$25.
Are you just coming to Bintan from Singapore? Make sure you stay 7 days or less so you don’t pay the extra visa fee. Yes, they check when you leave the island.
It was our first time to do bodyboarding so we hired an instructor for some short basic lesson. It's not difficult and we really really had fun. Anthony, the instructor, even took us some photos and videos and I think he definitely did a good job. Fee for the lesson is SGD 10.
- Water Sports
Luxurious Spa- Banyan Tree Spa
I swear by this spa. One of the best spas I have patronised ever. You get your own villa for your treatment with view of the sea. 30 mins of calming time is added onto the treatment time to ensure that you cool down sufficiently with a warm foot bath and drink. Thereafter, light refreshments and drinks are served at the verandah with views of the sea. The spa menu is also extensive. The massuers are also well trained in their trade. Very nice! Its pricey but what the heck-you are at Banyan Tree anyway! Nothing comes cheap.
P/s: Villa treatment is for 2 pax only by the same appt. If you are alone, you will likely be using the treatment rooms in the spa centre instead.
- Spa and Resort
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
A cheaper place for food and souvenirs. If you are frm Nirwana Gardens, Bintan Lagoon or Club Med, there's a shuttle service to go here. To and fro at SGD$3.00. Resorts will provide shuttle timing. Do ask the reception if you are confused by the timing to return back to your resort. Roughly you'll have at least about 2 hrs to shop, eat and even go for a cheaper massage ;)
Fun activities in Bintan Resort
there are tons of beach activities to be explore here, since the beac is calming and almost have no wave, so don't be fool to bring your surfing board here :)
The most famous activity is Golfing..there are many golf course all around Bintan Resort just pick one you'll be happy ")
Adventure Training Center
Billards / Snooker
Golf Driving Range
Golf – Ian Baker – Finch and Jack Nicklaus
Kids Club with Playground
Guided Bike Tour
Gym and Fitness Center
Petanque / Boules
Remote Control Cars
Walking / Jogging Track
ECO / LOCAL TOURING
Fireflies Evening Tour
Mangrove Discovery Tour
- Adventure Travel
Not very local, local village
Pasar Oleh Oleh
Pasar Oleh-Oleh is a cluster of Indonesian-style huts offering everything Indonesian. But for sure is build just for tourist and so obvious. But it is nice to go there in the eve, walk around a bit and have dinner there. They serve good food and way cheaper than at the resort.
There is ashuttle bus service to get to Pasar Oleh Oleh. Just ask the resort where you are staying.
Pasar Oleh-Oleh: Check Out the Museum
We got bored of Pasar Oleh Oleh rather quickly. So the next best thing Jac and I could do was to look for somewhere that we can cool ourselves off. What better location that an air-conditioned museum in Pasar Oleh Oleh itself.
It provides good information about life in the village and the tools that they once used.
Pasar Oleh-Oleh: For the Experience
It's a situation of "Since you're already in Bintan, might as well try out everything that you can lay your hands on". Pasar Oleh-Oleh was created for tourists, and yes, they charge tourist price for their wares.
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