Mini bus in here are called "Transport"
Huh? yeah.. this word is taken from english ^^;
This minibus can take about 10 person.
There are no fixed destination so that you have to ask the driver first if their destination are same as you want to go.
If not, wait for the another "transport"
Asked the fee first when you get up and pay when you get off.
"Ojek" is a motorcycle taxi in here. Most of us are using "Ojek" cause it fast !
Try to bargain the price first to the "Tukang Ojek" (driver)
Somebody asked how to difference "Ojek" with the local who are riding his own bike.
If you find many motorcycle and the driver are hanging in someplace, no doubt that is "OJEK"
I dun know if still same now, when i was still in my hometown ( ~ 1995), all driver were wearing yellow helmet. That was the way to recognize the driver.
From the resort area, there are shuttle service from the hotels to Tanjung Pinang. It is rather expensive at about SGD88 for a return trip per person on the shuttle bus. The journey will take about 1.5 hrs. There are cars for rent (with driver) too. The minimum rental to Tanjung Pinang is 6 hours and the cost depends on the type of car.
I visited Tanjung Pinang on a tour in a tour van with air condition. It was very hot and it got quite unbearable. We were just like sardines packed in the van. I would rather pay more for the private cars for the tour. However, the guide that I had was very honest and excellent. He told me his name is "sorry". He would turn around and show me where we are on the map and he speaks good English. He was honest when he bring us shopping. He told us to go far from him cos the local people know he's a tour guide and will rip us off if they have seen us with him.
There are ferry services from Singapore Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal to Pulau Bintan. There are several ferry terminals at Bintan.
For getting to the Bintan Resorts, remember to take the ferry operated by the resorts for the convenience. The terminal is Bentan Belani Ferry Terminal, which is within the resorts compound. There are 5 service per day on weekday and 6 service on weekends. The earliest ferry is at 8am and latest at 8pm. For more information, visit http://www.brf.com.sg/
There's ferry service to Tanjung Pinang from Tanah Merah too.
Getting to Bintan from Singapore is quite straightforward. Ferries leave Singapore from the Tanah Merah port fairly regularly every day. See web site for details.
The procedures are exactly the same as at an airport with check-in and immigration to go through etc. Everything is carried out with typical Singaporean efficiency. The ferry itself is probably the most luxurious I've been on - all fully carpeted, nice seats (no standing), good food and plasma TV to keep the passengers entertained.
One word of warning though. We had problems getting back from Bintan. Despite buying a return ticket and telling them that we wanted to come back the following day on the 16:30 ferry this apparently did not count as a confirmed reservation.
When we arrived at Bintan port at 15:30 for our return trip we were told we could not get on the 16:30 and were wait-listed for the 17:30. An hour later and we discovered that we could not get on the 17:30 either. We managed to get boarding cards for the 20:00 and were then taken back to the hotel briefly for something to eat.
This was a complete shambles and resulted in a lot of wasted time. According to the people at the resort it is not normal but was caused by the ferry company cancelling a number of crossings because of reduced demand after the Bali bombing.
I would suggest that when you buy your tickets make sure that your return trip is confirmed at the time.
Return fare is 45 SD.
Bintan Resort Ferries Pte Ltd
Head Office: 371 Beach Road, #25-02 Keypoint Singapore 199597
Taking the ferry from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal is the fastest way to reach Pulau Bintan. Or else you have to travel through Indonesia to reach there.
To get to Bintan, you need to take the Bintan Resort Ferries and this is 1 hour to and from Singapore. As the sea was quite choppy during the monsoon sea, best take a motion sickness pill.
The resorts arrange for pick up of passengers from the Bintan Ferry Terminal to the respective resorts. The drive doesnt take more then 15 minutes and the buses are OK in terms of comfort.
In the Resort, they have bungies to drive you around. If you want to rent a bungy, you can rent it at S$40 to drive you around