Bintan lsland is the largest of 3,200 islands in the Riau Archipelago and the third largest of 27 provinces. Located at the crossroads of one of the world’s oldest and busiest maritime trading routes, Bintan has provided a safe haven to traders and sailors from Europe, and for over a century. It was on the island of Bintan that the Sultan of Malacca found refuge from Portuguese attack in the 16th century, mapping tales of legendary importance when Bintan grew as the centre of the powerful Johor Riau Sultanate.
Penyengat, on the northern tip of Bintan Island, became home to the Maya-Bugis nobility during the 18th century. Remnants of this glorious royal past are still evident in Penyengat’s Royal Mosque believed to be built on egg whites, Town Hall, the old Dutch fort, mausoleums and palace ruins. Set foot on the northern shores of Bintan Island, and you’ll be greeted by a totally different scene and mood. Bintan Resorts, a 23,000 hectare development, offers just the right setting to rest and relax.
The south of Bintan Island is also home to quaint shing towns with an easy-going and relaxed kampong (local village) atmosphere. Numerous kelongs (shing houses built on stilts above sea) ourish on southern Bintan, with some serving up delicious seafood for tourists.
Bintan Island offers four stunning championship courses designed by golf legends: Ian Baker-Finch, Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman and Gary Player. All of them within minutes of the Ferry Terminal. The courses feature undulating fairways that meander through the tropical forests and wetlands, against a beautiful ocean backdrop. Bintan is the ultimate stress-free resort golf destination without aeroplanes roaring overhead or crowds that hold up play. That is the reason why it is so popular amongst neighbouring singaporeans.
Transportation from Singapore
There is a regular ferry service operated by Bintan Resorts Ferries (BRF) that plies between Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, Singapore and Bandar Bentan Telani Ferry Terminal, Bintan Resorts. Additionally, Bintan Lagoon Resort operates a private ferry from Tanah Merah to the resort’s private ferry terminal. Tickets can be purchased here.
Please remember to check in at least at least 1.5 hours before the ferry departure time.