Trikora Beach or locally referred to as Pantai Trikora, is among Bintan Island’s most famous, located in the Lagoi area on the island’s east and north-eastern coast. This collection of four connecting beaches was where the island’s main tourism activities were focused prior to major developments to its north, otherwise now known as Bintan Resorts, at the turn of the millennium. Nevertheless, Trikora Beach has remained an alternative weekend retreat for locals, as well as backpackers from neighbouring Singapore.
Trikora Beach offers an exotic tropical island beach escape. Several lengths of the beach area dotted with small thatch-roofed wooden huts, which you can rent from the locals (from IDR 30,000) for a relaxing shade and simply a place to enjoy your half day at the beach. Large boulders of different shapes and sizes in between coconut palms also add feature to the beachscape. The waters are crystal clear throughout the dry season from April to September, offering great visibility for snorkelling.
The four separate beaches that make the whole coastal strip are simply numbered south to north: Trikora Satu, Trikora Dua, Trikora Tiga and Trikora Empat, with the latter bordering Bintan Resorts. Trikora Tiga is where most of the local crowds go to, and may seem a bit busy compared to the other strips. Local food sellers offer simple and cheap refreshments such as fresh coconuts, soft drinks and instant ramen noodles.
Getting to Trikora Beach from the main town hub of Tanjung Pinang on the island’s opposite side is a 60km drive. It’s no hassle getting here if you happen to be staying at one of the hotels in the adjacent Bintan Resorts area. Along the way you will see marine conservation areas and mangrove forests, together with glimpses of fishermen’s boats parked along the coastline and cruising on the distant waters.
- Location: east coast, Bintan Island