Pulau Bintan (aka Negeri Segantang Lada) is an Indonesian island, part of the Riau Islands province. Its capital city is Tanjung Pinang (south coast). The city is an autonomous area within the Island. Bintan has a land area of approx 1170 km2 (453 mi2) and a population of around 340,000.
The island flourished due to its strategic location along the trade route between India and China. The closest large city is Singapore, which is around 50-min ferry ride via motorized catamarans from Bintan's resort area (island's northwest) across Singapore Strait. Riau Islands are opposite to the resort and across the South China Sea.
Bintan is popular among tourists for its beaches lined up with hotels and resorts. Bintan Resorts area covers over 300 hectares (740 acres). Bintan Island is promoted as Indonesia's second-best vacation travel destination after Bali.
Island's economy is based mainly on tourism due to Bintan's close proximity to Singapore. Bintan Resort area was leased by Batam Industrial Park (Singapore) for development into a Singaporean resort complex. Around 23000 hectares (57000 acres) of land was allocated for the project, further divided to 20–30 smaller projects with land areas around 3000 hectares (7400 acres). These projects included building premium hotels, resorts, and spa-sports facilities (including two 18-hole professional golf courses). Island's beach resorts are designed exclusively for wealthy tourists and with exclusive access from Singapore (bypassing Tanjung Pinang). Eco-tourism (for low-income foreign families) is also developed with village handicrafts and shops, museums, artist villages.
Apart from the tourism industry, other major industries on Pulau Bintan are pig rearing and seafood processing (for export to Singapore), mining (Bauxite, kaolin, granite, tin), petroleum (plastics manufacturing).
Planned for construction on the island are 10 golf courses, 20 hotels, 10 condo-type real estates, 3 village clusters, township, marine, and eco-tourism attractions. In 2016, the island was visited by over 600,000 international tourists, most of whom were from Singapore, Japan, and South Korea. Around 2/3 of the tourists travel to Bintan by fast ferries from Singapore. The island is also served by Raja Haji Fisabilillah Airport (approx 3o-min car ride from Bintan Resort) and Tanjung Pinang Airport (90-min from the resort area).
Pulau Bintan Island cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Pulau Bintan Island Island dock (anchor) at Tanjung Pinang - port town on the central-western coast. Many large-sized cruise ships dock in Singapore and offer their passengers to visit the Bintan Resort area as shore excursion option from Singapore.
- Starting July 7, 2018, the premium Asian brand Dream Cruises (owned by GHK / Genting Hong Kong) included Pulau Bintan as a call port on a 2-night weekend mini-cruise itinerary roundtrip from Singapore on MS Genting Dream. The ship docked directly at the Bintan Resorts area (Bintan Bandar Bentan Telani Ferry Terminal).
- This is an alternative to weekend getaways on which (especially during summer) hotels are most expensive,
- The special event held at the Ferry Terminal was attended by Indonesian government representatives, GHK partners, media, managers of Genting Cruise Lines and Dream Cruises.
Dream Cruises offers the Bintan Resort port stay of 12 hours (between 8 am and 8 pm). During that time cruise tourists can enjoy white-sand beaches, seaside villages and several resorts offering modern watersport activities. Pulau Bintan shore excursions are themed on local food sampling, shopping, spa (traditional massages), wakeboarding, sea kayaking, diving and snorkelling, off-road ATVs, Safari Lagoi (eco-farm tour), mangrove eco-tour, world-class golfing. Tours and excursions offered by Dream Cruises as prices range between SGD 50-70 (USD 40-50) per person. Golf packages cost between SGD 150-190 (USD 110-140) per person. Transfer packages from SGD 30 (USD 20) pp include ferry service and bus transfers to and from Plaza Lagoi Bay (Bintan Resorts area).
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