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Bintan, Indonesia Itinerary


Singapore to Bintan Island Getaway

I can't stay put , I need to go somewhere and I always have this need to see the beach. Things were going according to plan because the nearest place I know is just less than 2 hours away from Singapore. I've heard from a friend how beautiful the island is with it's white sand beaches and all the fun activities. 

We were lucky to find a great deal for a 2 days 1 night trip to Bintan, Indonesia at Groupon. Check out Groupon Deals on the sidebar or footer for link. Everything was included in our package: ferry tickets, accommodation at Nirwana Resort Hotel and awesome activities.


My friends and I took the earliest ferry bound for the island from Singapore. I decided to sleep over at my friends house so the following morning we can go together as her place is much closer to the terminal. Unfortunately, something unexpected happened as what they always say "There's Always a First Time for Everything." The ferry left without us! My friends, we just laughed for a long time and then we got a little bit pissed off afterwards when everything started to sinked in. 

I guess I can't accept the fact we're late, slept over at my friends for nothing and now we have to buy another ticket for the next ferry, plus worrying at the same time if we'll be able to do all the activities we have in our package deal. It was are fault we were too relax about the time we totally forgot that we're not the only tourist to the island. My mood shifted after having breakfast. I was being ridiculous I think I'm getting old and grumpy or maybe I'm adapting to Singapore's mood swings. I'm glad I had a few days away from the country, that took me back on my feet and all my unreasonable temper fade away. Moral story? Be early, it gets really crazy in the terminal especially on the weekend. Let's go!



How to get there: 
Singapore to Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal

Exit at Tanah Merah MRT (Green Line), go to Exit 2B  to the bus stop. Take Bus 35 (4 stops) to Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal.

From Singapore's Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal 
Take Bintan Resort Ferries to the island
Estimated Ferry Fare: 50 SGD (2 way ticket) , ferry ticket was included in our package
Travel time: 1 hour and 45 minutes (be there 2 hours before departure time) 

Take note there are 3 routes to Bintan Island from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal:
Bintan Resort Ferries is from Tanah Merah to Bandar Bentan Telani.
Sindo Ferry from Tanah Merah to Tanjung Pinang and Tanah Merah to Tanjung Pinang.

There's a money changer inside the ferry terminal in Singapore if you want to change your money.

Prices may have changed.


Tips
Power outlets: are commonly type C/F, Round Two-Pin Plug, with standard voltage 230 V and frequency 50 Hz. 


Suvival Terms
Toilet is the term for the bathroom/washroom
Terima Kasih means "thank you"



What to do in Bintan



Welcome to Bintan! Now what?!


Bintan Island or Negeri Segantang Lada is an island in Indonesia and located on the northern coast of the Indonesian Riau Archipelago. Nirwana offers two-way coach transfer from the Bintan ferry terminal going to the Resort so just sit back and relax. It was a relaxing ride knowing I'll be able to see a white sand beach sand again and do some exciting water sports.




Address: Jalan Panglima Pantar, Lagoi 29155, Bintan Resorts, Indonesia.  


Fun fact: Bintan Island will host the Ironman 70.3 for 2015.

Some of the few attractions in the resort


On our way out of the van sunny-filled smiles greeted us plus with an ethnic Welcome Dance that made me go wild and dance with them. What a special way to make the guest feel welcome. And of course, welcome drinks were also served to ease the heat of the weather, a strawberry raspberry drink tickled our taste buds. 



Package deals includes an all-in-pass for:
* 1 round of Elephant Ride
* 1 round of Horse Ride
* 1 round of Archery
* 1 round Air Rifle Shooting
* 60mins Kayaking
* 60mins Body Board
* 60mins Table-Tennis
* 1 time Flying Fox


However we were not thoroughly informed about the Elephant Ride schedule, so next time it's really important to contact your resort activity personnel to make sure all the rides are available when you get there.


Indonesia is one hour late compare to Singapore. The time difference is really not that of a big deal. However when we got to our room I wanted the bed to swallow me whole. It wasn't that extravagant but it was spacious, clean and cozy. I even adored the Indonesian paintings they have hanged on the wall.



What caught my eye while roaming around Nirwana Gardens Bintan. A pathway that head towards the activities was mesmerizing, the covered roof was beaming red and orange. I love it not only because it is one of my favorite colors but it reminded me of Japan, it's like walking in a garden at Kyoto in the summer season. This is what I get after watching too many Anime's when I was young.

I found this big fishes swimming in the fish pond. They said a Koi can live up to 30 years and looking at the size of it, it seemed to have almost reached it's maximum length. It was a sirene sight they were in vivid colors and some where even longer than my thighs. We stayed here while waiting for our shuttle bus that's taking us to our water sports activities. 



I prefer to swim around when the sun is up rather than in the evening when it's cold and gloomy. As I stepped out into the sunshine of the swimming pool I saw this ridiculous sign, oopz! Nothing beats breaking the law with a huge smile on your face. Sometimes we gotta do things that other people don't have the balls to do so however, there are limitations that should be significantly be considered. This one here is just way too funny to be ignored.



Air Rifle Shooting



Search and Destroy, It's what I've always heard from war movies. We got the chance to do air rifle which is a good thing because it's part of our package. I've learned to aim and find the target, unfortunately I never got the chance to bring down not even one of those little pieces to the ground. It's kind of intimidating knowing others have done it better. Oh well, maybe I'll do better with a bazooka big girls needs big toys.


To ease up my temper I rationalized what happened: I don't have steady hands due to my working conditions or maybe it's simply because I was starving. I wasn't able to have breakfast and our lunch was just bread with century tuna. I guessed it's obvious we're in a tight budget. Learning the art of starvation for a great adventure.


Archery

Legolas Here I Come!

I was way over the air rifle so might as well try something else. Archery was our activity next in line. It's about time for Legolas to find his mate. It looked quite easy but when it was my turn and I extended my chicken wings to aim for my shot it was really hard. A challenging task that concentrates more on your arm strength. 

I've always been fascinated with Legolas, one of the characters in the Lord of the Rings. He was an archer that seemed to dance gracefully with bow and arrow. 

It reminded me of my childhood days when we used to play with slingshots to shoot at birds, actually I do most of the cheering while my brother and cousins do the killing. What a barbaric reminder that I have this silent killer inside me, good thing I was fed with white sand beaches and colorful stones so I grew up sweet, spicy and everything nice.



Next..Flying High with Flying Fox


Nirwana Gardens offers the the zip-line experience or they prefer to call it the Flying Fox because a person will be suspended in air which assumes the position of an animal called flying fox.



We all have this dream of flying, let's say a part of your childhood you once had imagined or wanted to know the feeling how it's up there in the sky. I guess that dream stayed with me longer and it runs along with my bloodstream through my entire existence. I had an indoor skydiving experience in Singapore I'll post it soon. It was a short ride but the adrenaline rush was still there. A net was placed on the other end to catch the rider but you have to reached for it so you will not hanged away from the post. I bounced hard when I reached it, good thing I was barefoot so I was able to grab the net at the right pace. 


Horseback Riding


 Yeehaa!

This is not the first time I've been at the back of horse. However, it's the first time in another country so that's  still considered a first. It was just a smooth ride walking along the resort. It has a big area for the horseback riding where tall coconut trees lines up the sidewalk. I've read recently from a tweet that Coconut trees kills more people than sharks actually do. I don't know if that's true but better watch out for falling coconut shells.


Sunset


Fun means getting wild with the waves. I've always wanted to surf but I don't have the guts to be engulf inside the mystical silence of the water. Body Board was a good way to unleash this fear that I have. It's a wide board which allows you to float in the water. We were a bit late to catch the big waves so the instructor wasn't really able to teach us. We were just told to lie flat on our stomachs, keep floating and paddle with our hands and we're good to go.

The sunset was spectacular, it horizon never seemed end, it's has a mysterious aura; like an ancient gathering where people waited for miracles, where worshippers offers something on the table before the sun hides away or a warrior saying goodbye. 

My friend was game on capturing our silly antics as we do our stunts by the sunset. We were falling off our boards and splashing water around. It was fun to unwind and forget about our worries in a few days.



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Itinerary Reminders:

1. Flight Details
Make sure to write down your booking reference number, be at the airport two hours before your flight and allocate time for your travel to the airport.

2. Accommodation Details
Write down your hotel/motel/resort/bnb booking number. Contact your place to inform them around when you'll be arriving — it really does help.  Also, ask if your accommodation has any discounted activities.  You'd be surprised!

3a. Transportation
List possible times your bus/train/boat arrives and leaves so you don't miss an activity.  Always give yourself an extra 30-45 minutes in case you get lost, get stuck in traffic, or are looking for parking.  Better early than late.  Of utmost importance: check for the last trip and fares!  So you still have time and money to get back.

3b. Car Rentals
Take note of your pick-up address and time allotted.  Our last car rental told us to bring the car back by a certain time with a certain amount of gas.  Allot money for fuel and parking.

4. Budgeting
Set aside a minimum and maximum spending amount for: meals, transportation, entrance fees, activities, souvenirs and emergencies.  3 meals a day + snacks adds up quickly, so keep track!  As well as tips for restaurants and activities.

5. Activities
Call to confirm your booking(s) a day or so beforehand.  Set alarms and/or calendar reminders for things you plan to do (i.e- bungee-jumping, river-rafting, or even city / food tours).


Do you want more adventure?
If you still have one more day to spare in Bintan why not go for a Seaplane flying experience and see the clouds up in  the sky.

Where am I going next?
My next adventure is scuba diving in the Island of the Gods or also known as Bali, Indonesia. This is my first ever solo trip too!


2 comments:

  1. You have some fantastic pictures and cool information!
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  2. Thank you.I've always been a traveler and I want to inspire people to go to places they have never been to,so might as well share my experiences too. =)

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