Just a one-hour ferry ride from Singapore lies a tropical escape known as Bintan. But don’t mistake the popular island as just for the adults – besides its expansive beaches and scenic views, there’s also a host of family-friendly adventures to enjoy. We suss out ten activities for a Bintan bucket list that will make your next vacation one for the memories.
Being overseas is a great source of inspiration, and it’s never too young for the little ones to get in touch with their creative side. At the Angsana Resort Bintan, visitors can bond over painting their very own caps or T-shirt for their very own customized apparel wear. Besides trying their hand at being a “designer”, other creative activities that kids will enjoy include origami tutorials and canvas painting!
Angsani Bintan, Jalan Teluk Berembang Laguna Bintan Resorts, Lagoi 29155, www.angsana.com/en/indonesia/bintan/family
Take a break from capturing #Instaworthy shots in front of the blue waters and pristine beaches, and head to the capital city of Tanjung Pinang for photo opportunities instead. Here, street walls are lined with intricate designs that challenge you to interact with them instead of simply flashing a smile. Kids, in particular, will no doubt enjoy the many amusing photos they can take here – it’s like an outdoor trick eye museum!
Street Murals In Bintan, Jalan Pos Road, Kota Tanjung Pinang, Kepulauan Riau, Bintan
Animals are a sure way to get the young ones excited, and Bintan has its very own miniature zoo. Nestled in Nirwana Gardens, visitors can interact with creatures ranging from rabbits to iguanas to falcons. Other than learning deeper about animals' living habits, there’s also a chance to catch turtles hatching out of their eggs by the beach! This rare occurrence happens between June and September, so you’d best plan your visit according to their schedule on their Facebook page.
Nirwana Gardens, Jalan Panglima Pantar, Lagoi 29155, www.facebook.com/nirwanabintan
What’s experiencing a country without sampling their local food? Make sure to bring your kids to Plaza Lagoi’s weekend bazaar, that boasts throngs of food stalls that will instantly whet appetites upon entering. Not only are the Ramly burgers and chicken wings sold here simply delectable, they’re also super affordable from as low as SG$1 a pop! Children will also enjoy the ice blended drinks that come in a variety of colors, depending on the flavor of choice.
Plaza Lagoi, Sebong Lagoi, Teluk Sebong, Bintan
Don’t leave Bintan without dropping by the relatively new Lagoi Bay Lantern Park. Closed on weekday afternoons, the place comes alive at night and on weekends to wash Bintan in a captivating display of lights. The attraction’s current theme is “Underwater World”, so expect to see creatures such as seals, jellyfish, and whales lit up in lantern-form. For a fun game with the kids, try getting them to find Nemo, a.k.a the clownfish lantern on display!
Lagoi Bay Lantern Park, Sebong Lagoi, Tlk. Sebong, Kabupaten Bintan, Kepulauan Riau, www.bintan-resorts.com/visitors/highlights/official-launch-underwater-world-lagoi-bay-lantern-park
For a breezy time exploring Bintan, buckle up your safety jackets and hop on a 90-minute boat tour around the Sebung River. Be in awe of the lush mangrove swamps that are currently being conserved due to their gradual extinction, and marvel at the many floral species you’ll spot along the way. Book the last tour of each day to cap off the magical journey as you return in the evening, with fireflies that occasionally appear.
Bintan Mangrove Discovery Day Tour, www.bintan-resorts.com/visitors/tours/brc-tours/bintan-mangrove-discovery-day-tour
If your kid loves the water and the joy of jumping in giant, inflatable castles, then they’ll surely love Treasure Bay Bintan. The resort houses a host of possibilities, but one that will surely capture attention is the Inflatable Water Park that is accessible for IDR110,000 (S$11) an hour. To venture around the entire Crystal Lagoon area together, opt for the Water Tricycle which perfectly accommodates both children and adults.
Crystal Lagoon, Treasure Bay Bintan, Jln. Raja Haji KM 01 Kawasan Pariwisata, Teluk Sebong Lagoi, Bintan, Kepulauan Riau 29152, www.treasurebaybintan.com
Going overseas is a chance for new experiences. Channel your inner Green Arrow or Hawkeye by trying your hand at some archery! For as little as IDR 50,000 (SG$5), you’ll get 20 arrows to attempt at hitting the bullseye with. Why not get the competitive spirit going by challenging the rest of your fellow family members to see who gets the highest score while you’re at it?
Bintan Lagoon Resort, Jalan Indera Segara Site A12, Lagoi, Teluk Sebong, Kepri 29155, www.bintanlagoon.com/activities/land-activities
A must-see while in Bintan is Lagoi Beach, that easily invites you to laze at with its seaside view and soft sand. Airbags and colorful umbrellas spruce up the surroundings and provide a source of shelter and comfort, while kids can enjoy building sandcastles or taking a dip in the nearby water. Come nightfall, you can also sit on a unique mini-car charmingly decorated with strings of lights, known as Odong Odong, and be whisked around the area!
Lagoi Beach, Teluk Sebong, Sebong Lagoi, Tlk. Sebong, Kabupaten Bintan, Kepulauan Riau, Bintan
Sunfish Dive Adventurer, Bintan Dive Camp www.sunfishdives.com/home
Photo credits: TripAdvisor, treasurebaybintan.com, bintanlagoon.com, pexels.com