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Flights to Batam | Skyscanner Malaysia

Hang Nadim Airport serves the little Indonesian island of Batam, located in the South China Sea amidst the Riau Archipelago. The largest city of the island group, Batam - sitting just about 20 kilometres off the coast of Singapore - is an extremely popular tourist destination renowned for its beautiful beaches, amazing budget shopping and hopping nightlife.

To serve the growing numbers of holidaymakers arriving on its sunny shores, Hang Nadim Air-port - named after an iconic Malaysian warrior - is well-equipped for large aircraft like Boeing 747s and Airbus A380s, and also boasts the longest runway in Indonesia. Plans for an expansion of the airport compound is also underway (as of June 2015). One can fly direct to Batam from Indonesian cities like Jakarta, Surabaya and Medan; international connections to cities in nearby Asian countries like Kuala Lumpur are also available.

Getting around

Tourists are recommended to grab an official taxi from Hang Nadim Airport to get to the city of Batam rather than hail one off the street, as they risk being overcharged on their fare by indis-criminate taxi drivers if they do so. The ride could take about a half hour or so, and cost approx-imate 80,000 rupiah. Travellers on a tight budget may want to consider taking the airport shuttle buses - called DAMRI buses - from the airport to Batam instead.

Once in Batam city, getting around isn’t too difficult. Because the island is rather small and compact, getting around usually doesn’t involve much more than using one’s own two feet. Otherwise, public buses and taxis are also a-plenty.

What to see and do

If you’re on Batam island, don’t forget to bring your fins and snorkelling/diving equipment - the island’s clear waters, coral reefs and diverse marine wildlife make the underwater environment almost more enchanting than the tropical paradise above. See darting schools of fish, sea turtles, colourful crustaceans, sea plants and many, many more, up close and personal. Don’t know how to dive or don’t own equipment of your own? Fret not - the island’s numerous dive schools and equipment rental centres will sort you out. Get your Open Water license on the island, or follow boat tours out for snorkelling trips that don’t require any prior experience.

If you’d like to keep your feet on land for a while, there’s no better place to do it than on one of the island’s many gorgeous beaches. Try to book a hotel or resort that is attached to a beach, as many of the good ones are exclusive to residents of the resort or hotel nearby. Even if you aren’t staying at a beach resort, fret not - public beaches are also available. Head to Nongsa to enjoy some of the more picturesque ones on the island.

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