There was literally no other person in sight, and as I walked along the sea, I found all kinds of treasures, from beautiful seashells to fresh seaweed, and even palm-sized crabs running around!
Like any other coastal area, the weather can be unpredictable. It started pouring around noon, which was perfect for a quick nap to the sound of raindrops. Two hours later, the sun was up again, the sea had receded to the horizon, and I could see patches of land where there was once water. I would've never guessed that it had rained heavily just a while back had I not known!
My ad hoc trip came to an end too soon, but the calm and laid back vibe of the place ensured it didn't feel rushed. While Bintan is not as picturesque as other parts of Indonesia are known to be, it's got all the necessary elements for some quiet time out, away from the hurry burry of city-life.
There is no Visa required for tourists from India visiting for a holiday for less than 30 days.
I took the Bintan Resort Ferries (costs SGD 23 one way) from the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal in Singapore and the journey was very comfortable.
I stayed at (costs approx. SGD 60-90) which is an hour's drive away from the Bintan Ferry Terminal (taxi costs IDR 300k one way). Very basic, but neat. They offer complimentary paddle-boarding sessions and help with taxi, tour and massage bookings. They occasionally organize movie nights and also teach kite-surfing in season (July-August is the best season for this).
I did the Mangrove night visit with Rumah Bintan (cost IDR 300k).
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