Due to our faraway location, the best way to get to Bawah is on our private amphibious plane, or seaplane. It takes off from Hang Nadim Airport in Batam, Indonesia, which is easily accessed from either Jakarta or Singapore.
Please note that transportation within Indonesia is changing while the country continues to open up more fully. As some flight and ferry schedules are still operating with reduced timings, we continue to adapt and change our own seaplane schedule to make it as convenient as possible for our guests.
The round trip from Batam to Bawah and back costs US$800 per person.
If you’re coming from Singapore, however, our round trip transport package costs US$950. This includes car service to the ferry terminal, escort by ferry to Batam with expedited passport clearance and car service to the airport in Batam.
The flight from the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, to Batam’s Hang Nadim Airport takes a little over an hour, and there are many direct flights available. If coming from Bali, you too will likely be flying to Batam via Jakarta. Once you touch down in Batam, we will meet you at your plane and escort you directly to our seaplane.
We will happily liaise with our travel partners to transport you from Singapore to Batam’s Hang Nadim Airport, where you will board our private amphibious plane. Your journey begins with a luxury car pick-up in Singapore – be it from your home, your hotel or Changi Airport – to Singapore’s Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal. Here, you will be met by a member of the Bawah team and escorted on the short ferry ride to Batam, Indonesia.
Upon arrival at the Batam Centre Ferry Terminal, you will be fast-tracked through Immigration. (Visa on arrival, if required, is at your own expense.) A private car will take you to Hang Nadim Airport for the 80-minute flight aboard our seaplane, which is manned by not one but two pilots. Being amphibious, it takes off from solid ground and then lands on the waters of our beautiful lagoon, right in front of your suite! This exciting journey will take around 4.5 hours.
For the return, our plane will depart Bawah for Batam at in the early afternoon and your ferry from Batam will arrive in Singapore in the early evening. A car will be there to transport you either to your home, hotel or Changi airport.
Pack for the Tropics – What to Bring
Lightweight, natural materials are key for all your clothing. We suggest that you bring t-shirts and shorts, and barefoot glamour – if you wish – for the balmy evenings.
Footwear: sandals, flip flops or beach shoes, shoes for hiking (trainers are sufficient or anything with a grip).
Clothing: beachwear, a sarong, sunglasses, swimwear.
Please note, our seaplane allows a maximum of 15kg of luggage per guest however our island boutique stocks sunglasses, swimwear, and resort wear for men and women. Need more guidance on this? Check out our feature on how to pack for your island holiday
Our Core Essentials line is available in all of our guest suites and spa for your daily use:
- Natural mosquito repellent
- Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion
- Organic toothpaste
- Reef-Friendly Sunscreen
Hairdryer, bathrobes, alarm clock, umbrellas, beach/lounge towels, hats, beach bag. Electrical Adapters (the reserve’s electrical current and outlets are UK standard but we also provide alternative adapters).
We provide a selection of books, magazines and board games in the Wallace Library for your enjoyment
Island Currency & Money
Should you wish to purchase diving or alcohol on Bawah Reserve we accept all major credit cards:
Visa | MasterCard | Amex | JCB |Union Pay
If you’d prefer to pay in cash, we accept Indonesian Rupiah only. Please note, we do not provide currency exchange on island.
According to requirements by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), every travel agency has to inform their clients to consider purchasing travel insurance against failure or disruption in the provision of travel products arising out of any insolvency of the Travel Agent. We can suggest an insurance company if you need guidance in this area.
Temperature & Seasons
At just two degrees north of the Equator, Bawah Reserve has a tropical climate with average daily temperatures ranging from 26° – 29° Centigrade. Best time of year to visit Bawah Reserve