Ranked among Indonesia’s most popular beach holiday hubs, Bintan Island is a playground for all. Here are some of the attractions every traveller must explore during a visit.
Banyan Tree Temple
Iconic and famed throughout Asia, the Banyan Tree temple is a spiritual sanctuary encircled by a mammoth Banyan tree. The tree is not only one of the most notable features of the temple but an integral part of the structure itself. More than 200 years old, the temple has a rich history steeped in myth and legend.
Masjid Raya Sultan Mosque
Having once been a simple mosque, the Masjid Raya Sultan Mosque was transformed into the stunning structure it is today by the local community in Bintan. Using materials harvested and collected from the islands nearby, the mosque is believed to have been built using such unusual materials such as lime, egg whites and sand. Situated on Penyengat Island, the mosque is a religious edifice that has truly stood the test of time.
Pasar Oleh Oleh
Tourists in search of tasteful souvenirs will find no better shopping hub than Pasar Oleh Oleh. As a cluster of stalls selling exquisite souvenirs as well as local delicacies such as fish crackers and prawn crackers, Pasar Oleh Oleh provides the best local shopping experience for travellers. Home to four restaurants, the market is the ideal place to wine and dine on Bintan Island. Visitors based at Bintan resorts counted among the best resort in Bintan will be within close range of the venue.
Santa Maria Cave
Dating back to the 18th century, the Santa Maria Cave is the brainchild of a Dutch monk and remains one of the best preserved places of worship on Bintan Island. A captivating statue of Mary stands at the entrance of this stunning church which sees large crowds of pilgrims gather every Sunday.