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Bintan is an Indonesian island located in the Riau Archipelago, off the coast of Singapore. It is the largest and most populated of the Riau Islands, with an estimated population of over 500,000. The island is divided into two regencies, Bintan Regency and Tanjung Pinang. It is known for its beautiful beaches, lush tropical forests, and its rich cultural heritage.

Geographically, Bintan is located between Singapore and the Malacca Strait, and is about 40km from Singapore. It is made up of a series of low hills, with a total area of about 2,839 square kilometers. The main town is Tanjung Pinang, which is the administrative center of the island.

Bintan has a long and interesting history. It was once an important trading port, and was a part of the Sultanate of Johor. It was also a key point of contact between the Dutch and British East India Companies. In the 19th century, the island was a major hub of the Chinese coolie trade, and many of the island's inhabitants are descended from these Chinese immigrants.

In World War II, Bintan was occupied by the Japanese, and used as a base for their operations in Southeast Asia. After the war, the island was returned to Indonesia. Today, it is a popular destination for tourists from Singapore, Malaysia, and other countries.

Bintan is a beautiful and diverse island, with much to offer visitors. From its stunning beaches to its rich cultural heritage, it is a great place to explore and experience Indonesian culture.

Excursion tips for a day in Bintan

As a tourist in Bintan, Indonesia, there are plenty of exciting activities to enjoy in a single day. Here are some of the top things to do:

1. Relax at one of the many stunning beaches, such as Trikora Beach or Tanjung Pinang Beach.

2. Visit the Mangrove Forest in Penyengat Island to explore the unique flora and fauna.

3. Take a boat tour of the mangrove swamps and explore the islands of Bintan.

4. Go snorkeling and explore the vibrant coral reefs and marine life.

5. Visit the Kota Lama Bintan, the oldest part of the island, and explore its many cultural monuments.

6. Enjoy a traditional spa experience at one of the many resorts and spas.

7. Go shopping at the Pasar Oleh-Oleh Bintan, a traditional market with souvenirs and local handicrafts.

8. Go on a jungle trek and explore the many trails and wildlife of the island.

9. Enjoy a delicious meal of local delicacies and seafood.

10. Visit the nearby Tanjung Uban Lighthouse and take in the stunning views.

Experience Bintan with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Bintan. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Bintan

Bintan in Indonesia has a tropical climate with distinct wet and dry seasons. During the wet season (November to April), the climate is hot and humid with heavy rainfall and occasional thunderstorms. The dry season (May to October) is cooler and drier with little rainfall. Temperatures remain relatively constant throughout the year, ranging from 25°C to 33°C. Humidity is generally high, with an average of around 75-80%. The best time to visit Bintan is from May to October, when the weather is at its driest and most pleasant.

Cruise weather for Bintan

Our weather forecast for Bintan helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 17th 2024 Jul. 17th 2024 max: 30.5 °C
min: 27.9 °C
25.2 m/s
32.0 m/s
58.0 %
24.0 m
75.0 %
1,008 hPa
Jul. 18th 2024 Jul. 18th 2024 max: 30.4 °C
min: 28.1 °C
27.4 m/s
35.3 m/s
96.6 %
23.8 m
75.4 %
1,009 hPa
Jul. 19th 2024 Jul. 19th 2024 max: 30.1 °C
min: 28.3 °C
30.6 m/s
38.5 m/s
97.9 %
23.6 m
73.7 %
1,008 hPa
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: 30.1 °C
min: 28.1 °C
21.6 m/s
29.5 m/s
100.0 %
23.6 m
73.7 %
1,009 hPa
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 28.9 °C
min: 27.3 °C
19.1 m/s
23.8 m/s
99.6 %
19.8 m
76.2 %
1,010 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 28.8 °C
min: 27 °C
15.5 m/s
20.9 m/s
100.0 %
21.7 m
75.3 %
1,010 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 29.2 °C
min: 27.3 °C
23.4 m/s
33.8 m/s
94.9 %
22.2 m
73.0 %
1,010 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 30.1 °C
min: 27.8 °C
17.3 m/s
21.2 m/s
99.4 %
23.8 m
74.8 %
1,009 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 29.9 °C
min: 27.4 °C
16.9 m/s
21.6 m/s
100.0 %
23.8 m
78.1 %
1,009 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 30.2 °C
min: 27.8 °C
20.5 m/s
23.0 m/s
96.3 %
23.9 m
76.6 %
1,009 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 30.2 °C
min: 27.6 °C
22.7 m/s
24.8 m/s
87.0 %
23.2 m
76.3 %
1,008 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 29.8 °C
min: 27.4 °C
21.6 m/s
27.7 m/s
99.9 %
22.0 m
75.2 %
1,008 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 30.0 °C
min: 27.7 °C
24.5 m/s
32.8 m/s
92.4 %
22.2 m
77.0 %
1,008 hPa

Cruises to Bintan

Would you like to travel to Bintan on a cruise ship or would you just like to know when a certain ship will dock there? Here you will find an overview of the cruise ships that will be calling at the port of Bintan.

Scheduled ship calls in Bintan, Indonesia
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Feb. 4th 2026 Wednesday, 4th of Feb. 2026 Norwegian Sun 07:00 am 04:00 pm
Mar. 16th 2026 Monday, 16th of Mar. 2026 Norwegian Sun 08:00 am 05:00 pm

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