If your idea of a holiday includes scaling the heights of hills and mountains and breathing in wonderful sights of nature, then you will be pleased to know that you can do that in Bintan Island as well. Further inland and away from the beaches, the island is covered in lush tropical jungle with hiking tracks leading up to the Bintan’s highest peak: Mount Bintan. At 340 meters, it is a manageable 3 to 4-hour hike suitable for everyone including beginners. Hikers will be rewarded at the summit with an incredible 360-degree view of the entire island so this is definitely a must do in Bintan Island!
If the promise of a panoramic view does not entice you enough, then the scenic journey to the top will. The dense rainforest leading up to the peak is adorned with the best of flora and fauna, including ancient trees that tower all the way up to 40 metres in height. You will also certainly spot rare animals and plants along the way, with the likes of silver leaf monkeys, deers, tropical birds and exotic flowers making this rainforest their habitat.
If you are hiking with a guide, ask if you could pick out some of the seasonal fruits you see along the way such as jackfruit, banana, mangosteen and papaya. These fruits will serve as a wonderful treat when you descend from the mountain and settle for a break by the “Princess’ Pool”! You will also find a magnificent waterfall in which you can stand under the cascading water to enjoy an aqua massage and refreshing dip. It’s the perfect end to a fun adventurous hike!
While this is not a difficult hike, remember to wear proper shoes (sneakers/trekking boots) and apply mosquito repellent to avoid bug bites.