Diving Snorkeling Spots in Batam – Batam, a city, and an islands in the west of Indonesia, which is located in Riau Islands and near Singapore and Malaysia. This city, since long time ago, popular with industrial city. Many foreign company, like Singapore, made Batam as their base and invest here. That’s why, many foreigner here in Batam.
Batam as a Tourist Destination
Batam nowadays growth its tourism sector. Many tourism destinations are being introduced to attract visitor to visit Batam. Batam also implemented a free visa for several countries in order to attract more visitors.
Many foreigner in Batam who work and live here, but there are also many visitor who comes to Batam just to relax and take a vacation. Batam is relatively cheap (in budget) for foreigner. Everywhere is cheap, believe me. That is why every week, Batam is always crowded by the tourists. You will see more travel buses on weekend and holiday season.
Batam offer a lot of entertainment stuff, such as night life entertainment, its culinary, until the shopping paradise. But for now, there is one attraction who attract a lot of people to come to Batam. It is the underwater adventure.
Diving Snorkeling Spots in Batam
Batam has some diving spots which undiscovered before and now become famous among the tourist, both local and international. Now, may tour operator offers an adventure tour for diving and snorkeling to an island which serve you the beautiful and wonderful underwater view.
Below is the list of recommended Batam underwater tour, especially for diving snorkeling spots in Batam.
1. ABANG ISLAND
Abang Island is one of the islands under the Batam territory, located in far south, precisely in Galang District, Batam, Riau Islands, Indonesia. Just this few years, this place become famous among tourists and become their destination for vacation. This island is just perfect diving and snorkeling spots in Batam. The view of underwater is magically beautiful, colorful coral reefs and fishes. This is the most favorite diving snorkeling spots in Batam.
To reach this islands, you need to prepare some energy because it’s quite far from the town. You need to pass several islands with bus or else and then continue by boat to go to the island. You will be out from Batam Island, then go to Rempang and Galang Island. Also, you will pass the famous 6 bridge of Barelang Bridge series as a bonus of your tour.
The trip will approximately take 3 to 4 hours to complete. That is including the boat trip, approximately 1 hour from the local harbor. Be patient and enjoy the view of your journey, or maybe you just take a nap to save your energy for diving and snorkeling activities later.
Abang Islands is surrounded by many small islands around, which most of them are coral reef conservation. There are 9 spots here in Abang Island, which is relatively safe most of the time because of the small islands around, protecting from wild waves from outside sea, South China Sea, which is famous of its wildness.
For you who loved fishing, this place is recommended too. Just ask your tour leader, and he will give you advice for the best fishing spot.
2. PETONG ISLAND
Petong Island, just the same as Abang Island. This island offer you the underwater view as the coral and colorful fishes with clear and warm seawater.
Petong Island also located in Galang, near Abang Island. But, different with Abang Island, if you want to do diving here, you must know the perfect time so you will not meet the “friendly” jellyfish or bad wind. Just ask the tour operator for the good timing.
Recommended tour operator: Reefs Adventure
- More information see the official website at http://reefsadventure.com/
3. HANTU ISLAND
Hantu Island also not far away from main island, Galang. It is in front of Abang Island, consist of 3 line up islands. To reach this island, you may take one hour boat from local harbor at Barelang 6th bridge.
The seawater is crystal clear, you no need to go down into the water to look the underwater lives. But, it will be more perfect if you jump into the water, don’t you?
4. LABUN ISLAND
Labun Island is the nearest island from Galang, only a few minutes from Barelang 6th Bridge. Same as the other 3 islands, you will found the nature view of the island and its underwater lives.
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