If you need a short break from the chaotic city life, Bintan Island is a great choice as it is only a short ferry ride away from Singapore. Located in the north of Indonesia, Bintan Island is known for its secluded beaches, upscale golf courses, fascinating local culture and so much more.

As you are researching for your upcoming or potential trip, here’s a list of top things to do in Bintan Island:

1. Explore the underwater life

The top thing to do in Bintan Island is to enjoy the vast selection of watersports and explore the vibrant underwater life here. Whether you prefer something more relaxing like snorkeling and kayaking, or something more adrenaline-pumping like diving and ski-scooter riding, there’s something for everyone here.

Some resorts provide watersports packages and 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!

2. Enjoy A Panoramic View At The Peak of Mount Bintan

If scaling the heights of mountains and breathing in wonderful sights of nature is more your cup of tea, then you will definitely enjoy hiking up Mount Bintan. 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!

3. Explore the Sand Dunes of Gurun Pasir Bintan

Despite being an island with jungles and beaches, you will also miraculously find a strip of desert here in Bintan Island! Gurun Pasir Bintan is located in Busung, and used to be a quarry for a mining area which has now been transformed into majestic sand dunes that you can take wonderful 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!

4. Visit Danau Biru Blue Lake

Similar to the lake in Gurun Pasir Bintan, Danau Biru also has the bluest of blue lakes due to mining residue. The mesmerising blue lake and white sands make for a very Instagram-worthy shot, and this surreal lagoon will act as the perfect backdrop for any pictures!

5. 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 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!

Here at Club Med Bintan, we offer an eco adventure excursion at the Sebung River where the mangrove trees are. It will include lunch/ dinner at one of the best seafood restaurants in the area as well. There is also an option for a night fireflies tour, or on a luxury eco yacht.

6. Spend the Day Playing Golf

Golfing is a popular thing to do in Bintan Island, and for very good reasons. Not only will you get to enjoy this leisurely sport, you get to play with the backdrop of beautiful waters and beach. This picturesque setting is sure to motivate you, regardless of whether you are a beginner or a seasoned golfer!

Club Med Bintan has our own putting green and practice bunker and we also provide golf lessons so you can learn at your own pace. Once you get the hang of it, head to the Ria Bintan Golf Club or Bintan Lagoon Golf Club for a day of fun!