Sri Bintan Pura Seaport
Sri Bintan Pura seaport & Bintan Island is the national and international ports. The location is in Tanjung Pinang City, on the west coast of Bintan Island, Riau islands. It connects to Tanjung Pinang to the ports in the north such as Lobam and Bulang Linggi seaports. Islands in the west coverage Tanjung Balai port (Karimun Island) and Telaga Punggur port (Batam Island). Shipping to the island in the south leads to Lingga Island and Singkep Island.
Sri Bintan Pura seaport & Bintan Island has transportation line to Singapore and Malaysia. The seaport links to HarbourFront and Tanah Merah ports in Singapore. It associates to the Stulang Laut port in Malaysia. Several kinds of ships stop by here such as Sentosa ferry and Merbau ship. Besides that, there is pompong motorboat to connect to Bintan Island and Penyengat Island (10-15 minutes).
Sri Bintan Pura seaport & Bintan Island formerly is Tanjung Pinang port. It means as the gate of the Riau Islands that is essential and it is in the majestic Bintan Island “. The Tanjung Pinang seaport had built in 1925 during the Dutch occupation. It took wood construction as the tool and facility.
The change of name from Tanjung Pinang to Sri Bintan Pura occurred on January 21, 1984. Mr. Pongky Soepardjo as Director General of Sea Transportation inaugurated the name and passenger terminal at the same time.
Sri Bintan Pura Seaport & Bintan Island gets three stages of development by PT Pelindo II. The first stage had begun from February 2017 until the end of 2017. The construction focuses on the terminal building and spent around IDR 43 Billion. Then, the second and the third stages will finish in 2018 with total fund around IDR 80 billion. PT Pelindo II uses the fund to expand the parking area and hall. Overall, the seaport consists of two edifices where the first building has a book shape. Meanwhile, the second is in the form of a ship.
Sri Bintan Pura seaport & Bintan Island has been ruled e-money (electronic money) payment for the entry ticket start from July 15, 2018. The system is for the domestic and international terminal’s arrival. It becomes the first port in Indonesia that use e-pass system.
Geography and Climate
Sri Bintan Pura seaport & Bintan Island has a dominant rule as the domestic and foreigner passengers. The condition of the port is difficult to develop towards land. Even though, some the alternative ways can be done with extended to the sea. On the other hands, several Investors have reclaimed around the area the port must be able to adjust the conditions. This seaport is in Bintan Island so that it has the same geography and climate.
Bintan Island closes to the equator which has a tropical climate throughout the year. The temperature of the island ranges from 21˚ C – 32˚ C. The average temperature of the island reaches 26˚ C. Meanwhile, the humidity of the area is between 61 to 96 percent. Between the October and March, Bintan gets the north monsoon season. Much rainfall and strong wind become the sign of the season. Nonetheless, the weather is commonly sunny all year around. From November to March, people also call it as the Bintan Monsoon.
As one of the vital objects in Tanjung Pinang city, Sri Bintan Pura seaport & Bintan Island gets very crowded passenger visit. The average amount for the domestic passenger is around 2000 people per day for leave and go. For international terminals, there are at least 5 calls per day from Singapore and Malaysia only 2 times. The entry cost of the port rises by IDR 5.000 along with the additional facility. At this time, the port has added some facilities. It is such as waiting room chairs, TV, AC, CCTV, and freight transportation. The most important thing it will be the best port in the world.
How to get there
Sri Bintan Pura seaport & Bintan Island brings everyone from throughout the world. It enters many people from Singapore, Malaysia, and Batam. Most of the foreigner travelers come from Johor Baru Malaysia and Singapore. Meanwhile, the domestic tourists are able to come from Batam.
Tourism and Destination in Bintan Island
Bintan is the island with about 200.000 people from various cultures. They come from Bugis, Malay, Chinese, and also the Orang Laut (sea people). Bintan offers many interest activities to do such as:
- Water sport
- ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle)
- Bintan Elephant Park
- Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Temple
- Mountain Biking
- Eco Tour Village Sri Bintan
- Corporate and Adventure Training
- Traditional Fishing Tour
- Mangrove Discover Tour
- Pink Mosque Bintan
- Adventure Track of Gunung Bintan
Meanwhile, the attractive places to visit are:
- Tanjung Pinang City
Tanjung Pinang has Sri Bintan Pura seaport & Bintan Island as the busy harbor and the location very closes to Malacca Strait. Malacca is one the busiest line in the world. Most of the building in Tanjung Pinang is houses on stilts and over the water. It is the traditional building from this city. The visitors also will find dried seafood, crackers, and snacks.
- Tanjung Uban
Tanjung Uban is the second largest city after Tanjung Pinang. The location is the northwestern coast of Bintan Island. It has an oil storage facility and as the Bintan’s district center. Along the seaside, there is an amazing boardwalk with the name of “Pelantar”. The tourists will find houses, accommodations, and restaurants above the sea. They can find a variety of shops which sell local artworks and handicrafts.
Other favorite attractive places
- Chrystal Blue Lake
Awesome crystal blue lake was once only a large crater in an abandoned mining project, as time goes by this place began to gradually fill with rain-water dropping to produce a “post-apocalyptic oasis” in the middle of the desert.The location is still quite remote, not many food vendors in the area. This barren land is a great place to explore during your trip to Bintan.
- Senggarang Island
Senggarang is the small village name was the first home for Chinese immigrants a long time ago. There are over 200 years old ancient temples known as Banyan Tree temple in Senggarang. Another magnificent temple is Xuan Tian Shang-di with its complex Chinese architecture.
- Penyengat Island
Penyengat Island is 6 kilometers away from Tanjung Pinang. It needs 15 minutes by sampan boat. Penyengat offers the ancient tour with Ruins, abandoned for almost 70 years, the oldest ruler’s palace, and royal tombs. It has a cultural center for stage performances of Malay music and dances.
One of the best and famous attractive places to visit is Trikora Beach
- Trikora Beach
The most popular beach on the east coast is Trikora Beach is the most popular coast in Bintan. People come here for relaxation. It has white sand and the clean water clean.Nearby of the beach, there is a small fishing village and small shipbuilding.
- Santa Maria cave
A Dutch Pastor built Santa Maria Cave in the 18th century. This place is still good and preserved well.
- Pasar Oleh-Oleh
Pasar Oleh-Oleh offers everything Indonesian. The visitor will find Keropok (prawn or fish crackers), kue lapis, and emping (belinjo crackers). Meanwhile, the dried seafood is Ikan Bilis (anchovies), scallops, and shrimps.
- Sebung Village
Sebung Village comes for the seafood lover. Kelong style restaurant provides the freshness of Bintan seafood with a very reasonable price.
Come to Bintan by ship or plane is no problem because everyone can buy the ticket online. There are many online travel agents in Indonesia. One of them is gotravela indonesia which has much information. You can book ticket, accommodation, and all about Bintan Island. The website also gives information about the other cities in Indonesia. Buy a boat ticket from this website to Sri Bintan Pura & Bintan Island as well as you can.