Batam is a city in Indonesia which lies in the Riau islands province. This city consists of several islands, with Batam Island becoming the core urban area. Batam is an industrial town and an emerging transport hub. Lying less than one hour by ferry from Singapore, the islands promise a completely contrasting environment from that of the busy metropolitan Singapore. Batam and Bintan are only two of the more than 2400 islands that make up the Riau Archipelago province which stretched from Sumatra, rounding north-east to the Anambas islands and in the South China Sea. The island of Batam today is the third busiest entry port to Indonesia which lies next to Bali and Jakarta.
Since Batam is situated so near to the Singapore, it is favorite resort for residents and international tourists in Singapore, who wish to get closer to nature and to relax for the short vacation of golf or sailing, enjoy fresh seafood, luxuriate in a traditional way of royal spa. With no less than six ferry terminals, wide roads criss-crossing the island, an international airport and cluster of industries, hotels and housing estates, Batam still promises a leisurely weekend gateway offering reasonably priced freshly caught seafood, fine golfing which is an escape to a remote island ideal for trekking, diving, snorkeling and fishing. With numerous ports, it can be hard to choose the ferry that they need to ride on the way to their hotel in Batam, Indonesia from Singapore or Malaysia and vice versa. One can buy ferry ticket from Singapore to Batam online in order to avoid standing in queue to buy tickets.
Ferry ports of Batam:
Batam center seaport is busy seaports which consist of most frequent ferry connections to Singapore and Johor Bahru in Malaysia. However, ferries from this port take the longest route from Batam to Singapore, which takes approximately one hour to complete. Located near the Mega Mail shopping center, the Batam center seaport is one of the best choices for residents in the area and for those who need to go to a government offer. It is 15 to 20 minutes from Nagoya and 30 minutes from the airport. The Sekupang seaport is popular for being the jump-off the fastest ferries from Batam to Singapore and vise versa. Ferries departing from this point take the shortest route when going to Harborfront.
It is also the major port for ferries which are going to domestic destinations like the Sumatran mainland and the Karimun islands. It is commonly used by golfers en route to Batam hills, Inda Puri and south links golf courses. Only offering trips to Singapore, ferries at Nongsapura seaport mainly serve tourists going to Paimspring Golf resort, or other nearby resorts in the Turi Beach or Batam view areas. With the help of internet most of the tourist book and buy ferry ticket from Singapore to Batam. However, the Nongsapura ferries dock at the Tanha Mehra Terminal in Singapore instead of Harborfront.