Bintan Island Activities

What to Do in Bintan Island

Bintan Island Activities

Despite being a small, peaceful island located some distance away from civilisation, there is a surprising amount of activities one can indulge in on Bintan Island. Surrounded by crystal-clear azure waters filled with all sorts of underwater wonders, it comes as no surprise that the most popular recreational activities on the island are water-based, namely scuba-diving and any type of water sports.

Home to a number of world-class golf courses, Bintan Island is also popular as an unconventional golfing destination. For those with an adventurous spirit, there are plenty of opportunities to try their hand at extreme sports such as go-karting and driving an ATV through its jungley terrains. The bigger resorts on this island offer an extensive range of activities under one roof, such as golf, spa centre and water-sports facilities.


All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV)

For those who thrive on more challenging activities, an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) fits the bill. Essentially small, doorless motorised buggies designed to be used off road, ATVs come in one-rider or two-rider buggies, so that you can have a choice of either venturing out on your own or with company.

Explore the rough jungle tracks and rugged mountain terrains as you ride through them on the ATV, or, if you’re not feeling particularly adventurous, you can just take a ride along the island’s pure sandy beaches on one. These vehicles require very little experience and you will be trained on its proper usage.

ATV-riding facilities are mainly available at bigger resorts such as Nirwana Resort and Angsana Resort & Spa.

Note: Riders are required to wear proper footwear covering the feet and ankles; flip flops, sandals and slippers are prohibited for safety reasons. Children below 12 years of age are to be accompanied by an adult.

Nirwana Resort
Tel: Recreation Desk - (62) 770 692 505

Angsana Resorts & Spa Bintan
Tel: Recreation Desk - (62) 770 693 111


 

Golf Courses in Bintan Island

Bintan Island has plenty of international-standard, professionally-designed golf courses, which is just as well seeing that golf is perhaps its most popular land activity. Many have been known to come here on weekends for a quiet spot of golfing, particularly from Singapore. Framed by the spectacular sights of the lush forest and the ocean, golfing in Bintan is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. Varied landscapes provide challenging games, while the tranquility of the island’s surroundings make golfing here a very relaxing activity.

The bigger resorts in Bintan are equipped with their own golf courses. Bintan Lagoon Golf Club’s two championship courses were designed by Jack Nicklaus and Ian-Baker Finch, while Laguna Bintan Golf Club features an 18-hole golf course designed by Greg Norman. Ria Bintan Golf Club’s golfing facility comprises an 18-hole Championship Ocean Course and a 9-hole Forest Course, designed by Gary Payer. Golfing here is not just for the professionals, beginners can also get their first taste of golfing as there are also golfing lessons available.

Ria Bintan Golf Club
Address: Site A11, Lagoi, North Bintan
Tel: (62) 770 692 839/68

Laguna Bintan Golf Club
Address: Site A4, Lagoi, Bintan Island
Tel: (62) 770 693 188

Bintan Lagoon Golf Club
Address: Pasir Panjang Beach, North Coast, Bintan Island
Tel: (62) 770 691 388

Go-Karting

Bintan Usahatama brings out the racer in you with its miniature go-kart race track and 17 imported go-karts, each running on petrol-fuelled miniature engines.

A perfect way to let out all that pent-up frustrations and built-up stress, enjoy the adrenaline rush it gives you as you navigate your way through the winding tracks at speeds of up to 50km per hour.

This activity has a height requirement of 1.4m.

Bintan Usahatama Go-Kart Track
Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 – 21:00, closed on Mondays.
Remarks: Transfers to the go-kart track can be arranged at most hotels’ concierge desks.

Island Trekking

Take a journey up the 340-metre Gunung Bintan (Bintan Mountain) for a truly spectacular panoramic view from the summit, as far as the eyes can see.

Explore its rainforest to have a closer look at this island’s wildlife treasures of nature, which include giant trees standing at more than 40m in height and rare, exotic animals such as silver leaf monkeys and sun birds.

When you get to the waterfall at the centre of this forest, don’t forget to stand underneath the cascading waters for a ‘shower of blessings’, according to local belief.

Mountain Biking

The exciting, panoramic slopes of Bintan Island provide an ideal environment for mountain biking. Enjoy a peaceful ride as you cycle up the hilly terrains of the island’s core, while taking in the amazing views around you. It is highly recommended that you follow routes which are off the normal tracks as they often provide the most interesting sights along the way.

Most resorts, such as Banyan Tree Resort, provide mountain-bike rentals, but be sure to check with your resort first before making your journey if you plan to include this activity in your itinerary.

Banyan Tree Resort
Address: Jalan Teluk Berembang, Laguna Bintan, Lagoi 29155
Tel: (62) 770 693 100

Paintball

Jam-packed with excitement, paintballing is a fun game of strategy in which competitors stalk and attack opponents with bullets of paint. It is becoming increasingly popular as a corporate training activity, where players’ tactical skills are put to the test, involving scenarios of team rescue and hostage situations. Some of the bigger resorts in Bintan have this facility, such as Bintan Lagoon Resort and Nirwana Beach Club.

Power Paintball at Bintan Lagoon Resort
Address: Jalan Indera Segara, Site A 12, Bintan Utara, Lagoi, Kepri 29155.
Tel: (62) 770 691 388

Paintballing at Nirwana Beach Club
Address: Jalan Panglima Pantar, Lot A1-2-3, Tanjung Tondang, Lagoi 29155, Bintan Island.
Tel: (62) 770 692 555

Scuba-Diving & Water Sports in Bintan Island

Bintan Island’s rich underwater treasures create an ideal environment for snorkelling and scuba-diving activities. Its waters are gentle enough even for novices. The best time to go to get the best out of such activities is between April and October, where opportunities to catch sight of some amazing marine species such as giant cuttlefish, reef sharks, blue-spotted rays and moray eels are aplenty. The most popular diving spots around the island are Sandy Bay, Maoi Island and Mapor Island, where visibility is good and the variety of fish is abundant.

With its favourable weather conditions, Bintan Island is also popular amongst water-sports enthusiasts. A wide variety of water-sports facilities are available which include kayaking, jet-skiing, wake-boarding, windsurfing, sailing, canoeing and fishing, and most resorts offer them, especially ones with their own beach clubs or sports centres, although the type of facilities available may vary from one resort to another. It’s worth to take note that there are generally two water-sports seasons here in Bintan: big waves abound from November to March, providing a perfect environment for wind-based sports such as surfing and windsailing, while the seas are calmer from April to October, perfect for scuba-diving, jet-skiing and fishing.

Nirwana Beach Club (formerly known as Mana Mana Beach Club)
Address: Jalan Panglima Pantar, Lot A1-2-3, Tanjung Tondang, Lagoi 29155
Tel: (62) 770 692 555

Angsana Resorts & Spa Bintan Sea Sports Facilities
Address: Jalan Teluk Berembang, Laguna Bintan, Lagoi 29155
Tel: (62) 770 693 111

Alang Alang Sea Sports Centre at Bintan Lagoon Resort
Address: Jalan Indera Segara, Site A 12, Bintan Utara, Lagoi, Kepri 29155
Tel: (62) 770 691 388

Club Med Ria Bintan Water Sports Centre
Address: Jalan Perigi Raya, Site A 11, Lagoi 29152, Tanjung Uban, North Bintan
Tel: (62) 770 692 868/801

Spa in Bintan Island

For a spot of indulgent pampering, Bintan Island offers plenty of options for a much-needed and health-enhancing TLC. Most resorts come with their own spa facilities, offering a wide range of therapeutic and beauty treatments, from Thai to Balinese style, with each spa centre bearing its own unique identity and signature treatments.

Angsana Spa at Angsana Resort & Spa Bintan adopts Thai and Indonesian styles with three signature massage treatments: the Ayuthaya massage, the Angsana massage and the Remaja massage, while Asmara Ria Tropical Spa at Ria Bintan Golf Club features four massage rooms situated near the golf course, ideal to relieve muscle aches at the end of a golf session. Banyan Tree Resort’s Banyan Tree Spa feature massage therapies in a unique yet effective combination of European and Asian techniques, marrying the two to get the best out of both worlds, while The Bintan Lagoon Spa at Bintan Lagoon Resort boasts a wide range of spa treatments ranging from traditional Indonesian massages to European body treatments, using only high quality, organic ingredients and products.

Banyan Tree Spa at Banyan Tree Resort
Tel: (62) 770 693 100

Angsana Spa at Angsana Resort & Spa, Bintan
Tel: (62) 770 693 111

Asmara Tropical Spas at Ria Bintan Golf Club
Tel: (62) 770 692 565

The Bintan Lagoon Spa at Bintan Lagoon Resort
Tel: (62) 770 691 388


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