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Must things to do in Batam – Touristy highlights of Indonesia

Batam is enticing to those who want a bit of peace and quiet. If you are someone who's been worn down by everyday life, Batam is the place for you to be; the place will soon restore your spirits.



The city is outlined by water, and therefore, watersports are a popular pastime in Batam. You won't be emptying your pockets enjoying watersports, the best thing about Batam is that nothing is priced over the top. In the same manner, tourists can enjoy watersports like snorkelling, canoeing and jet skiing at a fraction of what they pay in other countries.


Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Temple

This is the biggest temple in Asia, and it houses some of the largest Buddha statues. The magnificent religious house overawes everyone who visits, and the aroma of incense puts you in a tranquil, meditative mood. Visitors are also given a delightful culinary experience by the vegetarian restaurant found within the premises of the temple.


Penyengat Island

You find several islands located around Batam, and they are perfect for day trips; one of the islands you must visit is Penyengat Island. It might not be the largest island that there is, but it certainly is ideal for sunbathing and relaxing, not to mention the spectacular sunsets you get to see. One of the main highlights Penyengat Island is famous for is Masjid Kuning mosque; it is said that eggshells were used in the construction of its walls in order to provide it with added strength. The island is also where you get to experience the local way of life.



While in Batam, make sure you get your hands on as many seafood dishes as possible. Batam hotels are famous for offering their guests with the best local dishes, Travelodge Batam, Indonesia is among them. Just like every other aspect of Batam, dining is not so expensive; you can enjoy a hearty meal without having to pay a fortune for it. In your endeavour to sample the seafood, make sure you try the delights of crunchy calamari, chilli crab and black pepper crab.


The northeast coast

Many tourists don't think beyond making day trips to nearby islands and exploring main touristy areas. But if you, however, intend to further your adventurous interests, you should visit the northeast coast of Batam. You can journey the length of the biking trail lining the waters on a rented bicycle; the beautiful vistas are unlike what you see in other parts of the city.


Nongsa Beach

The tranquil atmosphere found at Nongsa Beach is the signature point. The beach doesn't get crowded much, and it is perfect for those who want to sit and relax. You also find several eateries lining the beach, and they offer various local delights. The spa nearby offers you amazing spa sessions, and the teal waters of the ocean are just what a watersport lover needs.


Scuba diving

Don't let your inexperience put you off of scuba diving. Batam is the perfect place for you to get the necessary training and get started with scuba diving. The best dive sites are found around Labun Island, Hantu Island, Petong Island and Abang Island. The visibility is at the right level, and it allows you to see the enchanting underwater world. Marine photographers find Batam to their taste, and the pelagic life found here includes manta rays, turtles and sharks.


The nightlife

You get the lowest prices for alcohol in Batam, especially when compared to Singapore. The city has a lively nightlife scene with various bars and clubs. The range of night clubs varies from low-key lounges to upbeat nightclubs where you can spend the whole night dancing.

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