Another Island on the Rise: Is Batam the New Bali?

Another Indonesian island is gaining international attention these days. WOW Getaways reports that Batam Island’s star is on the rise and travellers looking for their next getaway destination should set their sights on this untouched beauty.

The Undiscovered Beauty

Although relatively unknown to tourists, Batam Island already has hotels and resorts ready to cater to their guests’ needs. This will allow travellers to not only enjoy the island’s beauty, but easily the exquisite and fascinating landmarks, such as Camp Vietnam. Further exploration of the island paradise will reveal the Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Buddhist Temple and the Barelang Bridge (Jembatan Barelang). Tourists will love exploring the island’s past in the backwaters as well.

Batam Island also boasts of internationally acclaimed golf courses that will complete any vacation, as well as delicious and affordable fresh seafood paired with local brews that will satisfy anyone’s cravings. As for water sports, tourists can ride a banana boat, go parasailing or windsurfing by the beach and ride their jet skis. At the end of the day, island hospitality encourages weary travellers to unwind at any of their soothing spas and massage parlours.

The Tourist’s Reach

Indonesia has started to concentrate tourism efforts Batam Island, aiming to increase visitor numbers by 2020. The Straits Times reported that the government signed a whopping IDR one trillion or USD 100 million in 2015 to promote the island. They will not only use the amount to endorse the spots, but develop infrastructure as well.

The question now is: will the island become the new Bali? It all boils down to tourist preference. One thing’s for sure, though. Government efforts will surely drive more foreigners to visit the area.