Private Tour: Batam Day Trip from Singapore with Round-Trip Ferry and Lunch

Duration: 1 day
Destination: Singapore, Singapore, Singapore

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  • 1 day
  • Singapore
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Non-Cancellable


This is a day tour ideal for travelers with limited time in Singapore, but still want to have a taste of a developing Indonesian town just 1 hour away from Singapore. Upon arrival at Batam, you will be greeted by your private tour guide. In your private minivan, you will get to visit the infamous Galang Refugee Camp, a local Chinese temple, 3D trick-eye museum, and several local shops selling quirky souvenirs, clothings and snacks. Feast over an included traditional Indonesian lunch with locals. You will also stop at a local bakery to sample freshly-made layer cakes, also known as Kueh Lapis. You will arrive back at Singapore at about 9:00pm.

Make your own way (unless hotel pickup option is selected) to Singapore Harbourfront Centre ferry terminal for your 9:20am (GMT+8) high-speed public ferry to the Indonesian town of Batam. Relax in cool air-conditioned comfort during the 1-hour journey across the Singapore/Indonesia border.

Upon clearing immigration in Batam, your private guide will pick you up and set off on a private tour of Batam, the largest city in the Riau Islands Province of Indonesia.

During the private tour, you will first visit the infamous

Galang Refugee Camp - which saw a total of 250,000 refugees passing through it from 1979 to 1996. Stop by for a photostop of the grand Barelang Bridge, sometimes called the Golden Gate Bridge of Batam, which is a piece of modern architecture seemingly ahead of time in this laid-back developing Indonesian town.

Next, visit the local

dragon fruit farm and the iconic

local Chinese temple practising Buddhism - a contrasting sight in a pre-dominantly Islamic country, before popping by a coffee processing facility to learn about Indonesian coffee. Sample the famous local layer cakes at a local bakery, also affectionately known to the locals as

Kueh Lapis. This fascinating Kueh Lapis is not difficult to make, but it requires time and a lot of patience. The bakers hover next to the oven for a couple of hours grilling each layer of batter. Kueh Lapis is typically served in small, thin, rich and fragrant slices.

At about noon, you will then tuck in to a

traditional Indonesian lunch with seafood (vegetarian options are available). Duly refreshed, your tour guide will bring you for clothing shopping, feel free to request to skip shopping it if you like to proceed directly to the

Batam 3D trick eye museum for an illusion experience, and finally a licensed massage centre, where you can de-stress over an optional relaxing 60-min traditional Indonesian massage (unless massage option is selected).

Exclusively as a bonus subject to weather conditions (check with guide before lunch), guests who booked this private tour through Viator can get to visit

Mini Indonesia Park replicating housing architecture across Indonesia’s 34 provinces for free.

Return to Batam Center Ferry Terminal in the evening for your 7:00pm (GMT+7) high-speed public ferry back to Singapore. You will arrive back in Singapore Harbourfront Centre ferry terminal at about 9:00pm (GMT+8) where your tour ends.

Please note: traditional Indonesian massage may not be suitable for children below 12 years of age. As such, children below 12 years of age who have purchased massage will be served a small cup of ginger tea as substitute.

  • Round-trip transport by high-speed public ferry (required to cross Singapore/Indonesia border)
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Traditional Indonesian lunch
  • Private tour guide
  • Transport by private air-conditioned minivan
  • Gratuities
  • Traditional Kueh Lapis cake tasting: 0920SKP-1900BTC

  • Hotel pickup (if option not selected)
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Traditional 60-min Indonesian massage (if option not selected)
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Booster seats are not available
  • Refunds will not be issued if high-speed public ferry is missed due to late check-in
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Your tickets will be held at the ferry counter for collection on the day of the tour up to 8:35am (GMT+8). You will be required to present all passports in exchange for your tickets
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Departure Point

Singapore Harbourfront Centre (MRT/subway)

Departure Time

9:20 AM

Return Details

Singapore Harbourfront Centre (MRT/subway) at about 09:00pm (GMT+8)

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


1 day

Package is not cancellable.

User's Reviews

Image - 18 Jul 2019 -

Christopher C

Diane was a great tour guide. She met me at the port in Batam and I found out that I was the only person on the tour. She was awesome! I mentioned that I wasn't really that interested in the trick eye museum so she arranged for me to get an extra 30 minutes massage instead. =) One of the best La Vacanza Travel trips I've ever booked. Highly recommended.

Image - 26 Apr 2019 -


Our guide was amazing. I was amazed how much of the island we saw. The lunch spot was fantastic with great views of the overwater houses of the town. My kids loved the trick eye museum and the miniature houses. The coffee factory was a great stop to catch our breath. Tip: We found the highest quality souvenirs were the ones at the duty free shop in the boarding area of the ferry terminal in Batam City.

Image - 21 Jul 2018 -

Leah L

Wonderful tour with Linda, our guide. We first went to the Galang island where the vietnamese refugee camp was previously located. Showed us the museum. On our way back to Batam City, we passed and took pictures of the Barelang bridge that connects the other islands. We had a superb seafood lunch and shopping tour in the afternoon.

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