Batam Island, one of the largest islands in the Riau Archipelago, is a Free Trade Zone that is vastly developing, from a quaint island to a major harbour and industrial zone. Accessible from Singapore, Bintan Island and also Johor Bahru by ferry, the island has several scenic landmarks such as the Mesjid Raya (Grand Mosque) and Otorita Batam Building, both at ... More>Batam Centre, but one cannot visit the island without enjoying its water sports. Located at Waterfront City, visitors can experience wind surfing, wakeboarding and parasailing, all close to Batam’s unspoiled beaches. Shopping-wise, Batam is with BCS Mall and Mega Mall Batam, and being in a Free Trade Zone, you’d be sure to get more bang for your buck. Five-star accommodations such as Holiday Inn Resort Batam and Montigo Resorts Nongsa are at Waterfront City and Nongsa, roughly 35 minutes from the Hang Nidam International Airport, Batam’s only air transport hub.