Written by Yan Lam Liang
Co-written by Cisca Lim
Most of us have probably travelled to Batam before, as a short weekend getaway an hour’s ferry ride from Singapore.
What do you usually do there?
Yes we hear you – chilling at your beach resort, shopping at Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall, indulging in a seafood lunch, going for massages and having a go at those fun water activities by the beach such as kayaking and riding on the banana boat.
But if you think that’s all to Batam, you can’t be more wrong.
Have you heard of a lotus lake, a monastery nestled on a hilltop, a cultural carnival or a hidden waterfall?
If you haven’t, we’re going to bring you around to all these hidden places in Batam you never knew existed!
1. Bounce on a floating waterpark: Sea Forest Adventure
Do you want to play in a waterpark that’s floating right on the sea like this one?
This is part of Sea Forest Adventure, a special themed recreational spot where you can unleash your inner child.
Here, you can experience nature, adventure and survival science, with 4 major sections for you to explore – the gathering facility, Glamp Camp, Rain Forest and Water World.
And this floating waterpark is Water World, located just around 100 metres away from the Palm Spring beach. You can bounce, climb, slide and roam around this lovely playground for adults and kids alike!
Don’t worry about safety – you will be given a life vest and the staff will brief you on what to expect, before you start your playtime.
There will be more fun and facilities coming to Water World such as a floating bar, cliff bar, hidden beach and other exciting watersports. It’s time to taste this new floating waterpark before everyone else!2. Trail the thousand steps and take a treehouse selfie: Taman Wisata Habibie 1000 Tangga
Does the name sound familiar? Yup, this recreational wonder pays homage to the residence of Mr. BJ Habibie (the third president of Indonesia).
Many of you have probably heard that he is an aviation and engineering genius, but did you know that he is also one of the first few Batam leaders who has made a defining difference to the flourishing metropolitan?
Taman Wisata Habibi 1000 Tangga literally means ‘a thousand steps’, which is the estimated total number of all the existing stairs here. The steps lead to different gorgeous spots in this spacious location dominated by lush greenery, including a cliffside beach and viewpoint overlooking the skyscrapers of Singapore.
Don’t miss this particular spot – the rustic and super Instagrammable treehouse!
Climb up and get ready to pose with the panoramic view of the sea behind you and the surrounding verdant greenery for that picture of the day.
3. Uncover an abandoned shipwreck at Pulau Tunjuk
Batam is not just about its main island, but consists of its surrounding islands as well!
At Pulau Tunjuk, a treasure awaits – an abandoned shipwreck, as though directly out of a pirate movie! If you are adventurous enough, you might even want to hop onto the wreck together with your friends, and explore the nooks and crannies and pose for pictures.
After exploring the shipwreck, you can take a dip in the clear water, have fun on the sandy beaches or even pitch a tent there for the night.
4. Discover an isolated waterfall in the forest: Air Terjun Pancur Muka Kuning (Telaga Bidadari Waterfall)
Muka Kuning might be just an industrial park, but the forested areas, where the Pancur Waterfall is located, is a gem for nature lovers.
As you hike through the trails of the forests on your way to the waterfall, you will get the chance to wade in shallow streams of the river, cross bridges formed via fallen tree trunks and admire the large swamp areas within the forest.
For the best experience, visit during the rainy season, when there’s more water flowing through the river.
5. Watch the beach come alive at Viovio Beach
Ever dreamt of a magical beach where you could see starfish lying on the rocks, spot tiny crabs crawling on the sand, and peer at corals reefs through the crystal clear waters?
You can actually do so in Viovio Beach.
If you are up for the challenge, try to climb the wooden structure in the sea up to the top platform, and jump directly into the sea.
That’s not all – relive your days as a kid by swinging away by the sea.
Looking for more fun than that? Hop on a banana boat or a kayak.
Or if you’re feeling lazy, why not pick up a book and listen to the song of the waves crashing against the shore, or just chill in a gazebo with your loved ones?
Most importantly, stay until dusk. The image of the orange sun descending into the horizon beneath the sea is simply mesmerising!
6. Whiz through the air at Turi Beach
What would you say to being tossed by water into mid-air and hanging precariously above the sea?
Or being dragged across the water in full speed creating huge splashes of waves?
You can enjoy a host of adventurous water sports at Turi Beach Resort, including flyboard and hoverboard, jet-skiing and wakeboarding.
Want something higher up in the air to pump up your adrenaline? Glide through the skies like you’re on a parachute driven by a machine on water.