Pulau Bintan Warnings and Dangers

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    Do I need my passport?

    by cybergenic Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    International passports are needed for exit out of Singapore and entry into Bintan. Bintan is essentially part of Indonesia and considered an international port of call, where immigration clearance and approval is necessary. Indonesia has different visa requirements for different countries. Please check with your travel agent or or the respective Indonesian embassy in your country regarding entry visas to Indonesia. In addition, please ensure that your passport has a validity of at least 6 months.

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    Don't Go deep in the sea

    by Amar_kirale Written Feb 22, 2010

    There is a under current in the waters. Hence don't go deep into the sea unless you are wearing a life jacket. You can go upto 3 feet deep. Club Med has also mentioned a warning board and how to swimming back to the shore if you get caught in the current. But its always safe to take precaution in the first place. As we are on the holidays and we don't want to screw it up.

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    Things to note in Bintan

    by victorwkf Updated Mar 13, 2007

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    Below are several important things which you may wish to note:
    - Beware of pickpockets while in Tanjung Pinang.
    - Most of the people cannot communicate in English, so you should either follow a day tour or get some locals to help you in your trip.
    - Try not to wonder off the beaten path unless with proper guide and preparation, because the island is big and some parts are very remote.
    - There are mosquitoes and other insects here, and the weather is hot and humid.
    - If you are coming from Singapore, remember to bring your passport and some nationalities may require visa to enter into Indonesian territories.

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    USE COMMON SENSE

    by DAO Written Nov 13, 2006

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    I have to admit I am a bit fearless, but just take sensible precautions when swimming in the Ocean. The North Resorts are only about 30 miles from Singapore and the currents rarely are strong in comparison with a lot of beaches. Unfortunately the hotels have up permanent signs and red flags, even when the sea is calm. I think they are more worried about lawsuits. The situation is that there are no lifeguards and they do not change the flags. They are always red in resorts, so you need to watch the water and make your won judgement. The beaches to the East are the best on the island, but have stronger currents. And don’t be put off by the red flags. They are always there even when the water is it’s most gentle.

    Have a great and safe time.

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    The monitor lizard

    by bkarjee Written Nov 8, 2005

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    Our co-hosts at the Nirwana Beach Resort

    Not to be afraid about, just for information-We came across this iguana or the monitor lizard while relaxing by the swimming pool. My friend told me that this lizard has been sitting there for more then 30 mts without any movement. The resort employees told us that they are harmless and never attack/bite humans.

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    Reconfirmation of return ferry tickets

    by bkarjee Written Nov 7, 2005

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    Don’t forget to reconfirm your return journey ferry tickets. It can be reconfirmed at the counter next to the reception counter at the Nirwana Hotel Resort. Reconfirmation should ideally be done at least 24 hrs in advance of the return journey time.

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    Immigration cards misprinting

    by bkarjee Written Nov 7, 2005

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    I did the Bintan resort reservation through a travel agent in Singapore and they sent all the passengers personal and passport details to the Bintan Resort Ferry Terminal ticket counter. So when I approached the Ticket counter to collect the boarding pass, They already had the boarding pass made. They also handed me the pre filled Embarkation/disembarkation card for Indonesian Visa on arrival application. That means all the personal and passport details on this form was already typed. They had typed wrong names, wrong date of births and some other information. We brought this to ticket counter personnel’s notice and they told that it is not a problem, I can make the corrections with a pen and submit to the Indonesian Immigration authorities upon arrival at Bintan. I found this very inappropriate and made all the corrections, thinking all the while whether the Indonesian authorities will accept this or not. But fortunately, we didn’t have any problem. I am sure this would not have been accepted by other country’s immigration authorities. We were confused for a while and was not a good experience at the beginning of the trip.

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    Red Flag Alert

    by kielorla Written Nov 21, 2004

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    Red flag alert

    This is what we got when we were there. Well since the weather that day is good, just that the wave is a little stronger than usual, we were thinking maybe we can swim for a little while with cauious.

    "Children out there, do not learn from me. This can only be done by professional. "

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    NE Monsoon

    by kielorla Written Nov 21, 2004

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    Stormy Day

    NE monsoon is a period from Nov to Feb when the wind is strong and the wave is rough. During this time fame, some sport activities are cancelled. At times you will have strong and heavy rain, therefore remember to bring along your umbrella.

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    Resort Entrance

    by kiwigal_1 Written Jun 1, 2004

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    Resort Checkpoint

    The resort area on Bintan Island is a restricted access area for tourists only. We ventured outside of the resort on a taxi tour and so had the opportunity to pass through this armed checkpoint. The guards were quite friendly to us but I imagine the reception would not be as nice for native Indonesians who do not work in the resort.

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  • rough waters

    by kissgurami Written May 9, 2004

    we went in jan which was considered to be the monsoon season. the waters was rather choppy n the waves were strong.

    extremely dangerous. 3 guys frens were nearly drown coz they were drifted away by the strong currents . Thanks to the lifeguards, if not the worst would have happened. the weather was stil pretty gd. no heavy rain what so ever. only we couldnt' play much on the sea.

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    Fumigation of the beach

    by Star1ight Written Apr 9, 2006

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    No more sandflies

    Avoid the fumigation of the beach at dawn. So now you know why there are no sandflies over at Angsana :)

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    Red Flags- Avoid going into the sea

    by bkarjee Written Nov 9, 2005

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    Beware of red flags

    We saw this warning signboard on the beachfront, fortunately there were no red flags around this place. Normally, sea is rough during Dec-Feb months and the red flags show up

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    Beware of Jelly Fishes

    by bkarjee Written Nov 9, 2005

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    If you are planning to take a dip into the sea, beware of Jelly fishes, especially in Nov-Feb months.
    This tag on the tree stays there throughout I presume.

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    Coloured Flag

    by kielorla Written Nov 21, 2004

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    Warning sign

    On the beach, you will see this sign. It is an indication according to the weather to judge whether is it safe to have activities on the beach. But not many people notice the warning.

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