Travelling by Sea to the Beautiful Islands of the Riau

Singapore, one of Asia’s busiest metropolises, is just a stone’s throw away from the soothing islands of neighboring Indonesia, and more than a few travellers combine their visit to the city with a short holiday in one of these small paradises.

The tropical resort islands of the Riau Archipelago are well connected to Singapore by regular ferry services, which depart from both HarbourFront Passenger Terminal and Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, on their way to the islands of Bintan, Batam, Karimun (Tanjung Balai) and Tanjung Batu.

Several daily ferries run between Singapore’s Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal and Bintan island’s largest town, Tanjung Pinang which is also the capital of the Indonesian province of Riau Islands Ferries also travel to the ferry terminal at Bandar Bentan Telani (Teluk Sebong), which serves the area of Bintan Resorts. In any case, the journey from Singapore takes around one hour or less.

lies less than 40 kilometers from Singapore and boasts raja ampat diving some lush tropical forests and beautiful white beaches. Despite of its relatively large size, populated, which means that the pristine coastline is long enough to accommodate the island’s popular holiday resorts, leaving enough space for nature.

Batam, west of Bintan, is a densely populated island, and a Free Trade Zone with electronics factories, a large and growing ship repair industry and an even larger oil service sector.

As far as tourism is concerned, Batam has much less to offer in the way of beautiful nature sceneries and unspoilt beaches than its larger neighbor, Bintan. Tourists flock here in droves from nearby Singapore and are mostly interested in prostitution, massage centres, bustling nightlife and illegal casinos. Unless you have a particular interest in any of these , or you’re better off going elsewhere.

Karimun, the westernmost of the Riau Archipelago, is a small island just off the east coast of Sumatra, guarding the southern entrance to the Straits of Malacca. It lies west of Batam and to the southwest of Singapore and is surrounded by a group of small islands that carry the same name (The Karimun Islands).

Tanjung Balai, is a bustling port town of commerce, boosted by tourists from Singapore and Malaysia.