Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Bintan Island

Bintan Island is accessible via high-speed catamarans from Singapore's Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, and takes approximately 55 minutes.

If you're using the MRT, Tanah Merah is located on the East West Line going towards Pasir Ris (or Changi Airport).  Once you arrive at Tanah Merah MRT, board bus number 35, and alight at the Terminal 4 stops later, it is about a 3 minute walk after that.  (The latter part of these instructions is taken from the iPhone app).

A visa is required, and you may purchase a Visa On Arrival (VOA) once you disembark the ferry at Bintan.  The fee for this visa US$10 for a 7 day visa and US$25 for a 30-day visa.  Click here to see if your country is able to purchase the visa on arrival upon your arrival.
We found that if you had the correct US dollar amount, it meant that the Visa was issued to you a lot quicker than if you didn't have the correct amount, or a different currency.  Please note however, that if you do not have the correct amount, or pay in another currency, any change given is in Indonesian Rupiah.

Singapore and US dollars are widely accepted in Bintan.  However, when we travelled out into "real Indonesia", we were able to pay with Rupiah's.

We stayed at Nirwana Gardens, (which translates into "perfect bliss).  Spanning 330 hectares of lush tropical land and powder-soft beaches, Nirwana Gardens serves up a heady concoction of five different holiday experiences.  We stayed at the Nirwana Resort Hotel.

Deluxe room at Nirwana Resort Hotel
Here are some pictures taken around the resort.

For blog post about our encounter with elephants, click here.

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