12 Things to Do in Batam That Aren’t Massage And Food

Discover the underrated city of Batam and be in awe with its own charm. Just a short boat ride from Singapore, you can easily reach Batam and enjoy a side trip or weekend getaway. There is a wide range of activities you can try while here, so never miss out on this great opportunity to cool off.

Batam is just a tiny island in the Riau archipelago of Indonesia and quite near to Singapore. Known for its vibrant nightlife, big shopping malls, nice resorts, and wonderful beaches, you will definitely enjoy your stay with your loved ones. This awesome travel destination will surely give you time to loosen up and have fun even for a while.

If you are in search of a great place to simply relax over the weekend, Batam island is absolutely the answer. Take the ferry and be sure to explore this island when in Indonesia and make the most of your time off. Here’s a list of the best things to do in Batam for some good times you will remember:

1. Take a tour of the Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya temple

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Find your inner peace by paying a visit to the Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya temple, the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia. This serene Buddhist temple and historic site in Batam is one of the top tourist attractions on the island. You can burn incense for good luck and enjoy seeing the carvings of 12 zodiac signs as well as colorful Buddha statues. In addition, there is a restaurant inside where you can buy and eat delectable meals after touring around the temple.

2. Unwind at the pristine Nongsa Beach

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Take a time off at the beautiful Nongsa Beach. If you are looking for a perfect place to simply hang loose and bask under the heat of the sun, this beach is for you. With its relaxed ambiance and various amenities, you will definitely have a great time while here. Also, it is less crowded than other places around the island, so it’s such an awesome spot to check out.

3. Shop all you want at Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall

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Come by Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall and shop until you drop. Known as the largest mall in Batam, you’ll find a wide range of different items. From clothes to electronics to souvenirs and handicrafts, there will always be something for you here. Since it is a huge shopping center, expect a lot of people visiting the mall everyday. But that won’t stop you from checking it out, for sure.

4. Have fun at Mega Wisata New Ocarina

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Spend an amazing day at Mega Wisata New Ocarina and enjoy every moment. This astounding amusement center is perfect for both adults and children who just want to have fun. It has a water park, sandy beach, indoor pool, and various rides that everyone can take pleasure in. Doubtlessly, you’ll never run out of exhilarating things to do in this attraction. You can do a lot of things in Mega Wisata New Ocarina, so be sure to visit this amazing theme park when in Batam.

5. Witness the sunset at Barelang Bridge

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Watch the glorious sunset at Barelang Bridge. It is an iconic sight in Batam where you can witness a picturesque seascape.  Many tourists flock to snap their photos of this popular site that has a chain of six types of bridges connecting the islands of Galang, Rempang, and Batam. You’ll totally be in awe of the majestic view of the vistas across the water. That’s why never miss the opportunity to experience such a nice sunset at this spot.

6. Loosen up at the stunning Viovio Beach

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Head over the magical Viovio Beach and experience a wonderful time with your family or friends. With its crystal clear waters and breathtaking view of the hills and sea, you will be able to completely relax. There are also a lot of water activities you can do while here, such as kayaking, snorkeling, and riding a banana boat. Don’t forget to climb the wooden structure in a platform and take your photo or enjoy swinging away by the sea like a kid. It’s a treat you will never forget, indeed.

7. Get wet and wild at Sea Forest Adventure

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Unleash your inner child at Sea Forest Adventure, a fun-filled recreational attraction in Batam. Experience all the adventure here with your loved ones for an unforgettable trip. All adventure seekers will definitely love this spot, for there are thrilling activities you can try out. It focuses on nature, adventure, and survival with major parts to discover, including the Water World, Glamp Camp, Rain Forest, and gathering facility. Additionally, there are big slides, swings, wide trampoline, and monkey bars you can use to fully enjoy your day. So, never miss out on this special-themed park.

8. Visit the Taman Wisata Habibie 1000 Tangga

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Climb up the Taman Wisata Habibie 1000 Tangga, a recreational homage that is named after the third president of Indonesia, Mr. BJ Habibie. It literally means a thousand steps because of the estimated existing number of stairs leading to the striking sights in the garden park. You’ll see the panoramic view of the sea and the lush greenery upon reaching the top. Also, check out the treehouse here and take a photo of you and the gorgeous scenery.

9. Experience the vibrant Batam nightlife

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Party the night away at Batam clubs, pubs, and bars. The nightlife scene on this island is active as there are plenty of venues to choose from, like Pacific Discotheque, Planet 2 Disco, Ice Pub Batam, and Nagoya Entertainment District or NED. Your experience here won’t be complete without going to any Batam night places, so make it a point to at least visit one before heading back home. Spend an exciting evening while sipping a glass of booze and dancing the night away! Undoubtedly, all the party people out there will love the vibrant and lively nightlife in Batam.

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10. Explore the astonishing Pulau Tunjuk

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Take the time to discover the beautiful Pulau Tunjuk when in Batam. This kampung is detached from urbanization, where you can surely be one with nature. It’s an ideal place to spend one morning or afternoon just to relax and explore something new during your vacation. You will see an abandoned shipwreck while here and can even hop onto it if you’re adventurous like that. More so, you can dip in the clear water or pitch a tent and stay overnight. There are definitely numerous things to do at Pulau Tunjuk.

11. Drop by Pa Auk Tawya Vipassana Dhura Hermitage

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If you are in search for a peaceful sanctuary, then Pa Auk Tawya Vipassana Dhura Hermitage is the place to be. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this serene monastery will give you peace of mind and let you immerse in the true beauty of nature. When you start going up this cultural spot, you will notice that every step in its 208 stairs has a flower design that’s intricately carved. Not to mention, you’ll be amazed by the gorgeous scenery of the mountains and lush greenery once you reach the top. You’ll also see the bell-shaped stupas providing a perfect backdrop for your pictures.

12. Enjoy a rejuvenating Indonesian massage

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Never miss the opportunity to experience and enjoy an Indonesian massage in Batam. Since you came here for rest and relaxation, be sure to have a rejuvenating massage at any of its spa and wellness centers. In fact, there are a wealth of massage houses around the island where you can get soothing treatments. Wherever you choose to go, you’re guaranteed to experience the most relaxing massage ever. You’ll be back feeling re

An exciting Batam trip to treasure

Taking a breather in Batam is what you need after going through a hectic schedule at work or school. You need to enjoy life and travel often to discover new things and meet other people. It pays off to go on a vacation in case you’re already feeling exhausted or sad. Definitely, it will help you regain your energy and have the time of your life. So, plan your trip to Batam ahead of time and keep these activities specified above in mind.

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