For almost 3 years in Singapore, this was my first attempt to visit Batam despite the bombardment of nothing-much-can-be-seen feed backs and the proximity of the place from reaching (45-50 min. ferry travel)....
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Dakak Beach Resort
You pay about $10 for entrance, but with that you gain access to a pristine, practically unpopulated beach with calm water and a free meal at their Italian restaurant. The beach was very well maintained and had white sand that my feet were thankful for (no hot iron filings here!). There were a lot of trees and a lot of wildlife. My sister found a hermit crab and I found an emerald green lizard. In my bag.
The food choices here had the run of the mill Filipino dishes like kinilaw (raw fish cooked in vinegar), but it also had interesting choices like crispy kangkong (water spinach breaded and deep fried like tempura) and roasted banana with ice cream and caramel. We ate so much, but spent comparatively less to what we would've spent for a similar meal in Metro Manila. I especially enjoyed the ambience of the restaurant. While we did miss the chance to dine on a barge, the less mobile part of the restaurant overlooked the point where a freshwater river meets the saltwater from the sea. If you looked into the water, you'd see schools of fish swimming close by.