Bintan Island was located in Riau Archipelago province at Sumatera, Indonesia. The capital was Tanjung Pinang in Bintan, but the famous city in Riau Archipelago was at Batam Island. But, Bintan had more beautiful places than Batam that makes the local people called it “Bali of Riau Archipelago” and you can find it at Lagoi. But, Bintan was Bintan, it had its own charm that Bali did not had.
“You can found Bali in Bintan at Lagoi, but you can’t find Bintan at Bali”
We visited Bintan as part of our trip that also visited Batam Island. Since the public transportation was very limited at here to explore Bintan, we were used the local tour here (http://www.yusitour.com). The package was very cheap, already included ferry transportation, bus, breakfast, and lunch.
So, what things that you find and explore at Bintan ?? Here it is !!
1) Busung Village Desert
This was why I said “You can’t find Bintan at Bali,” because Bintan had a desert. This desert was near Tanjung Uban, and we reached here after 15 minutes bus journey. At first, this place was originally a mine that was already abandoned. Local people never look or come to this place until the power of “social – media” changed it completely. It had became famous after some people took photo at here and post it on their social – media account. The soil of desert was bit hard, so it was fine and safe to stand at the top of sand hill. Beware, keep your balance at the top if you did not want to fall !
2) Lagoi Lake
After visited Busung desert, we continued our jorney, and entering the most expensive, popular, and tourist city at Bintan, Lagoi. It was called Lagoi Resort, since it was built by local government to attract the attention of the foreign tourist, especially from Singapore. The first place we visited at Lagoi was Lagoi Lake. This artificial lake was beautiful and surrounded by beautiful green grass. At here, if you had enough budget, you may took a flight with amphibious plane !! Yes, a 20 minutes fly with an ultralight amphibious plane, and take a spectacular view of all resorts, golf course, coast line, and South China sea.
3) Lagoi Bay
This is the one of most famous place in Bintan, the Lagoi Bay. And this is the reaseon why people called Lagoi as “The Bali of Bintan.” It had spectacular view with white sands, and the sea colour was blended between clear, blue, and green. I can’t talk too much about here, it was simply amazing and beautiful.
“It was simply amazing and beautiful“
4) The Treasure Bay
After lunch break, we visited another famous place in Bintan, The Treasure Bay. It was the largest swimming pool in Indonesia, Southeast Asia, and also in Asia. The swimming pool design was made similar to artificial beach. So, the people would think from the photo at first sight, it would be a beach, not a swimming pool. At here, you can play many water sport like kayak, waterboats, stand-up paddle, and the most expensive and famous “jetovator.”
End of The Day
At the evening, the tour also bring us to the small beach which called Sakera Beach. It was worthwhile to take a breathtaking here for few minutes after long journey before took a Roro ship at Tanjung Uban that went back to Batam.
Also, we could enjoy another view from Riau Archipelago at top deck of Roro Ship. I knew you all can guess it, yeah, it was sunset. The perfect ending for this one day trip at Bintan. “Travel brings power and love back to your life”
“Travel brings power and love back to your life”