Batam is one of the 3,000 islands which make up the Riau Archipelago of Indonesia and is 20 km (12.4 mi) south of Singapore. As the island develops into a major industrial and tourist area, it attracts an ever-increasing population from other Indonsian islands who see Batam as a haven of opportunity. The entire island is duty-free, which means wide-ranging opportunities for business investments. Batam has the second largest international shipping lane passing right by the shoreline.
Getting around Batam is simple and inexpensive due to its relatively small size. However, choices of public transportation are quite limited compared to Jakarta and Bali. The recently established bus system, “Bus Pilot Project” has become a major commuting choice for many people. The blue buses run between Batam Centre in Nagoya and Batu Aji. Travellers should purchase tickets before boarding buses.
Many resorts offer water sports and marine activities throughout Batam. Most of them are accessible to the public in addition to the guests of the resort. Activities include jet skiing, cable skiing, banana boating, parasailing, wakeboarding, kayaking, snorkeling and diving. Other adventurous activities in Batam include a game of paintball, a go-kart race or even taking a tour on an ultralight aircraft thousands of feet above the island. Popular sports include golf, tennis, squash and basketball. If you are looking for a more leisurely and relaxing activity, there are spas and reflexology massages available.