In need for some time off? Visitors flock to Bintan Island for quick getaways that are both fun and rejuvenating. Located a short ferry ride away from Singapore, Bintan Island has much to offer with choices like lounging at the beach, enjoying land and water sports, playing golf and exploring the culture.

Here’s a list of fun things you can do in Bintan Island:

1. Enjoy the Fun at Crystal Lagoon Salt Waterpark

Those looking for some excitement will have a great time at the Crystal Lagoon Salt Waterpark, whether you are with friends or family! As the first manmade seawater lagoon in Southeast Asia, this place is huge and consists of an extensive range of recreational and sporting activities.

Whether you are planning to take a dip at the clear blue lagoon, play the bumper boat, go on waterpark rides or ride the ATV, there is something for everyone regardless of your interest and age.

2. Play A Watersport and Explore the Underwater Life

One of the best things to do in Bintan Island is to enjoy the watersports and explore the interesting underwater life here. Enjoy a selection of activities such as snorkeling, diving, ski-scooter riding and so much more.

Some resorts also provide watersports activities and here at Club Med Bintan, we offer activities such as snorkeling, paddling, kayaking and sailing. Take note that some of these water activities are only available from April to October given the monsoon seasons!

3. Try Fly Fishing

A particularly exciting watersport that is incredibly fun for small groups is fly fishing. Using a rubber boat with wings, it is tied and pulled by a speedboat. At a high speed, the boat then “flies” for up to 2 meters from sea level, which earns it its name!

Experience this adrenaline-pumping activity and feel the wind in your hair as you fly in the middle of the vast ocean. This is definitely a fun activity for all in Bintan Island!

4. Explore the Sand Dunes of Gurun Pasir Bintan

While Bintan Island may be famous for its beaches and jungles, you will also be pleased to find a strip of desert here! Gurun Pasir Bintan in Busung used to be a quarry for a mining area and has now been transformed into idyllic sand dunes that you can take many insta-worthy pictures in.

You will also find incredibly picturesque clear blue water ponds due to the mineral residues from the mines. This spot is still a hidden gem so do visit before it becomes more popular!

5. Watch the sunrise and sunset

Sunrises and sunsets are a marvel of nature and while you can see that anywhere, there’s nothing quite like watching the beautiful hues of the sky by the tranquil beach. Wake up early to catch the sunrise at Lagoi Beach with the backdrop of an abandoned ship and start your day on a good note!

At Club Med Bintan, we offer an unforgettable sunset cruise on a luxury eco yacht followed by a delicious seafood dinner at one of the best seafood restaurants here. The highlight of this cruise is the solar powered electric motor which is extremely quiet so you can enjoy the cruise in peace.

6. Go on a Mangrove River Tour

Besides lush jungles, the flora and fauna at Bintan Island is also incredibly diverse and includes mangrove forests. Mangroves are an important part of the ecosystem in this island as it is the habitat for fish and other marine life, as well as being the protector of the coastline.

There are several Mangrove River tours by vendors, but either one is worth a try as you get to see wildlife hanging about in the trees or river! If you opt for the night tour, you will get to see the twinkling of fireflies lighting up these mangrove trees like Christmas trees. Coupled with the starry night sky, this will definitely be a night to remember in Bintan Island!

7. Explore the Night Food Market

If you are a foodie, don’t miss out on the amazing night food market in Rimba Jaya! This is also a popular spot among the locals so it will be packed, but for very good reasons. Here you will find a night market and food market combined, with a variety of sumptuous local fares such as grilled seafood, oyster omelet and more. After dinner, stroll around the night market for some souvenir shopping as well as other goods like clothing, toys and snacks!