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Bintan Mountain

Publish 22-11-2008 11:30:24 by Admin
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A. Brief Information

Do not ever once say that you have ever visited Riau Islands Province before taking a visit to Mount Bintan; the only mount, or rather seems like a hill than a mount, in Bintan Island. The mount is only 400 meters above the sea level, totally differs from mounts in Java. Nonetheless, the mount holds important roles amongst the surrounding people since the mount is the absorbing area and the highly recommended tourism destination in Riau Islands Province. Likewise, the mount, which is 55 km away from Tanjungpinang City, is now functioned as a nature preserve for a number of floras and faunas as well as its wonderful nature.

B. Distinctive Features

Though it is only 400 meters high, the mount possesses the enchanting scenery, proper for you who want to recharge your mood after busily working in big cities. Feel free to enjoy its tranquillity by having a journey to the peak of the mount, which can be reached out in two hours. Taking a bird-eye-view from the top, you will be amazed by the wonderful scenery of Bintan Island that is surrounded by turquoise blue water of the sea and small islands.

The Bird-Eye-View of Bintan Island from the Peak of Mount Bintan

The forest area of Mount Bintan is another feature. Find numerous floras and faunas typical of Bintan Island. For botanists, this is the right place for undertaking research on tropical plants and many big trees as the buffers against landslide. Therefore, if we can just keep its nature and the big trees growing in the location, the hinterland of Bintan Island will certainly not suffer from landslide or blood because the water is absorbed in the highland of Mount Bintan.

Trees and other Tropical Plants Growing in Mount Bintan

A waterfall on the slope of the mount can be another destination for you. And, it is also the best place for taking a rest after getting tired for climbing the mount. Feel free to enjoy the fresh air in the surrounding location, and you may have the sensation of being splashed by the water falling down from the crag of the waterfall by taking a bath beneath the waterfall. Its tranquil atmosphere may offer you with fresh air and new inspiration for burning the working motivation on the next day.

A Waterfall on the Slope of Mount Bintan

For the existence of the waterfall, the surrounding people can take advantages from it by using the areas on the slope of the mount as farming lands. They cultivate fruits like: durian, mangosteen, duku (Lansium Domesticum Corr), and rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum). If you want to have them, you can buy directly from the farmers. Of course, you will get them cheaper than in supermarket.

In addition, an annual celebration “Bintan Mountain Tracking and Durian Party” is routinely held on July. It is a celebration, or so-called competition, in which the participants are obliged to climb up to the peak of the mount at night. After that, the celebration is end with the “Durian Party” when they are allowed to eat many durians and other menus dished up by the committee of the competition. Not only domestic tourists who take part in the celebration, but foreign tourists enthusiastically participated in it as well.

C. Location

Mount Bintan is located in Bekapur, Bintan Buyu Village, Teluk Bintan Sub-district, Bintan District, Riau Islands Province, Indonesia.

D. Access

Batam Island is the main entrance gate to Bintan Island, thus you are required to transit on this island before succeeding to Bintan Island. Access to Batam Island is much easier than other provinces because there is an international airport on the island.

You reach Bintan Island by taking water transportation from Telaga Punggur Port of Batam Island to a port in Tanjung Pinang City, the capital of Riau Islands Province. Ferry ships will be ready at all days at 7.30 a.m. to 8 p.m. The costs for taking ferry ships are about IDR 35.000 (per November 2008).

From the port in the city of Tanjung Pinang, you may take taxi or any land transportation to Mount Bintan, which is 55 km away. Access to the location is very pleasant since the green scenery of thick forest of Bintan Island scatter along the way to Mount Bintan.

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F. Accommodation and other Facilities

The Provincial Government of Riau Islands has refurbished the location with some new facilities such as parking space, footpath to the waterfall, bathing place, food stalls, and shelters. The better quality of facilities and accommodations can be in the city of Tanjung Pinang. In the city, you can find star hotels, market centers, banking services, worship place, travel agent, and barber shops.

Afthonul Afif (wm/37/11-08)

Translated by Irfan Nugroho (wm/23/11-08)


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