Jago is a small seaside village located at the northern end of Singkep Island. The speed boats from Tanjung Pinang (Bintan Island) to Dabo will normally stop here to alight some passengers. The water at Jago is very calm because it is protected from strong waves by surrounding islands. On a clear day, you can see the tall mountains of the neighbouring Lingga Island, including Gunung Lingga (1163 metres), the tallest mountain in the Lingga Archipelago with its three distinct sharp peaks.
There is a nice and small freshwater lake across the motor bridge just next to the famous Batu Berdaun (rock tree) about 30 minutes south of Dabo town. If you look hard enough, you can see many fishes in the freshwater lake.
Although Singkep Island is relatively remote, there is surprising a small airport here which is near to the main town of Dabo. This airport was apparently built years ago to cater for the booming tin mining then. Now, it is being used for flights from Singkep to Batam Island (via Bintan Island) which flies 3 times a week. More information about the flights is at the transportation section of this VT page, and more photos of the airport is at the travelogue section of this VT page.
The interior of Singkep Island is dotted with deserted tin mines. The island is rich in tin ore and tin mining was booming years ago until the Indonesian government put a ban on it. Tin has brought wealth and people into Singkep years ago, and now it is back to a sleepy island. Perhaps it is better this way because this can help to preserve the nature, lifestyle and tranquility of the island.
I managed to drop by a chicken farm when I was at Singkep Island. The farm is quite big and located near to the main town of Dabo on the island. Besides chickens, there are other farms on the island such as vegetable farms.
Singkep Island and other islands of the Lingga Archipelago are surrounded by the Natuna Sea which stretch eastwards all the way to the remote Natuna Islands and Anamba Islands. This sea is full of marine life and rich source of seafood for the local people. The seafood at Singkep Island is very fresh, cheap and delicious.
Although Singkep Island is relatively flat, you can find some rolling forested hills in the interior and they can be seen even from the coastal areas such as Dabo town. The main hills at Singkep Island are Gunung Muncang (365m) and Gunung Lanjut (475m).
There is a natural hot spring pool on Singkep Island, and it is located on top of a hill which is rather far away from Dabo town (I did not visit this hot spring as it is too far away). Apparently the locals like to visit this hot spring, and the water here is supposed to be good for curing skin diseases.
There is a small waterfall in Singkep Island called the Batu Ampar Mini Waterfall. I did not go to this waterfall, but was told it originates from a small river from the surrounding hills, and the water is clean and cool for swimming.
The Nusantara Beach is located about 15 minutes motorcycle ride north of Dabo town, just before the Indah Sergang Beach. This area is a bay with an average beach, and there is a small island here which you can reach by crossing over wooden bridges. There is a small cottage here with the sea view which serves meals with a good view.
The Indah Sergang Beach is located about 30 minutes motorcycle journey north of Dabo town on Singkep Island. This is a popular beach among the locals, and you can even see facilities such as toilets, shelters, paved walking path here. Personally, I think this beach is so-so and the Batu Berdaun Beach to the south is better with its fine white sand. More photos are at the travelogue section of this VT page.
This beautiful beach, together with the famous Batu Berdaun (rock tree) is located about 30 minutes by motorcycle south of Dabo town. The beach is quite long, and the white fine sand and sea here is perhaps the most beautiful on Singkep Island. Also, the beach is not touristy and very clean. Please see the travelogue section of this VT page for more photos of this wonderful beach. Along the journey, you will see many nice traditional wooden houses and coconut trees.
Batu Berdaun is a famous attraction in Singkep Island. Located at the beautiful Batu Berdaun beach, this is actually a rocky structure with a tree growing on the rock, thus the name Batu Berdaun (meaning rock tree). Many local people like to come here for relaxation, and this place can be reached via a motorcycle or bicycle, about 30 minutes south of Dabo town via a coastal road.
There is a small market at the centre of Dabo town where you can see the local people going about selling and buying vegetables, meats, seafood, groceries, fruits etc. It is very relaxing strolling along the market area experiencing the actual lives of the local people in Singkep.
The boat jetty of Dabo is very long and it extends about 600 metres from the shore into the Natuna Sea. You can ride on a motorcycle all the way to the end, along the way you will pass by some seafood restuarants, fishing boat berthing area, speed boat berthing area etc. Many locals like to visit this jetty to enjoy the sea breeze and beautiful views of Dabo town and surrounding hills especially during sunset.