Secluded beaches, raw nature and beautiful jungle… nope, you’re not dreaming. Bintan Island, just a short ferry ride from Singapore, has all of these things – and none of the crowds. Once a pirate’s island, Bintan Island is now a treasure trove of its own.
Best time to go to Bintan Island
For the best weather, venture to Bintan Island in the dry season from March – October. We recommend sticking around for the Tanjung Pinang International Dragon Boat Festival in October!
How to get there
The easiest way to reach Bintan is via Singapore, which is only 8 hours from Sydney and 5 hours from Perth. Look for all-inclusive flights with Singapore Airlines and Qantas, or low-cost flights with Jetstar and Scoot. Once you’re in Singapore, Bintan Island is a short 50-minute ferry ride away. Too easy.
Visa and Vaccinations
Bintan Island is part of Indonesia, which means Aussie tourists won’t require a visa to visit Indonesia for less than 30 days.
Also, while it’s not a necessity, it’s a good idea to check up on your shots: Tetnus and Diptheria, Hepatitis A and B. At Club Med, Kids Clubs also require proof of immunisation for the little ones so make sure to get a certificate before heading off.
Your guide on what to do in Bintan Island
Whether you’re looking to rejuvenate, nourish, and refresh your body and mind, or to get active, Bintan Island literally has it all.
Here are our picks:
Rejuvenate and unwind
☼ Lie alongside pristine sandy shores under the warmth of the tropical sun ☼ Enlighten your mind, body and spirit with sunset yoga by the ocean ☼ Refresh with a fresh juice bar, or daily selections of vibrant tropical fruits ☼ Enjoy a serene couple’s massage at a spa in the clifftops or a facial all to yourself.
Have an active experience under the sun
☼ Tee-off at the Ria Bintan, Bintan Island’s award-winning golf course just five minutes away from Club Med Bintan Island. With panoramic ocean views and spectacular greens atop ocean cliffs, its no wonder Ria Bintan is one of Asia’s best golf courses ☼ Soar through the air on a flying trapeze by the ocean at twilight. Perfection! ☼ Paddle a kayak out to sea, or glide over the waves on a windsurf ☼ Strap on a snorkel and explore the vibrant life beneath the waves
Extend your trip with a stopover in Singapore
Located only 50 minutes ferry from Singapore, we recommend anyone visiting Bintan Island spend a few days exploring this vibrant city. Lost in the wonder of the big smoke? Check out our top picks: ☼ Take the family on the ride o their life at Universal Studios on Sentosa Island ☼ Get up close and personal with the animals at Singapore Zoo ☼ Enjoy a drink and the evening laser show at the iconic Marina Bay Sands ☼ Enlighten yourself on a spiritual visit to the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple ☼ A visit to Gardens by the Bay is a botanical experience like no other. This one’s a must do!
A few helpful tips before your trip…
✔️ Check your passport. Since you’ll need to get off your plane in Singapore, make sure your passport has at least 6 months validity!
✔️ Bintan Island is one hour away from Singapore…and one hour behind. Make sure to set back your watches appropriately!
✔️ Construction on an international airport will begin from 2017, and the island will become more accessible from then – so make sure you get in now!
✔️ Ferry timetables are available online and most of them line up nicely with flight arrivals. Keep up-to-date online at the Tanah Merah Ferry website.
A pirate’s life for me?
Bintan Island truly is an ideal wellness escape just a stone’s throw from Singapore, and makes for the perfect place to restore and refresh your body and mind. Plus, it’s still one of Asia’s best-kept secrets,making it the perfect place to recharge your batteries – without the crowds.
Discover more about this amazing holiday destination on the Club Med website.