Bintan Island is a popular holiday destination that's less than an hour's ferry ride from the southern coast of Singapore. Bintan presents a tropical island getaway for the throngs of day and weekend-trippers from the mainland. The island's pristine, white sand beaches are the main draw here, along with quaint seaside villages and an impressive list of hotels and resorts offering watersport activities.
The real highlight of Bintan Island is its beaches, with miles of fine white sand and palm tree-fringed shorelines to explore. Best of all, the sand here is real, a nice change for Singaporeans who only have the imported stuff in Sentosa to enjoy!
When you're not lazing on the beaches of Bintan Island (that’s if you have the energy to drag yourself away from your resort), Bintan actually presents a decent array of activities, popular with all ages.
Bintan’s retail scene, unlike neighbouring Batam (with its free trade policy), has never really taken off – perhaps a good thing for the many visiting Singaporeans and Malaysians who have had enough of all the megamalls in their hometowns.
For most visitors, nightlife in Bintan is generally limited to bars located within the island’s large resorts. There are floating bars at the Nirwana Gardens where you can drink cocktails over jetties and the calm waves as well as rustic beach bars on the sand where parties with DJs and live bands play regularly.