Travel Essentials

Travel Insurance

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 product arising out of any insolvency of the Travel Agent. We can suggest an insurance company if you need guidance in this area.


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.

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.

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 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 HERE 

What’s Provided

Our Core Essentials line is available in all of our guest suites and spa for your daily use:

  • Natural mosquito repellent
  • Ytsara shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion
  • Organic toothpaste

Hair dryer, bath robes, alarm clock, umbrellas, beach/lounge towels, hats, beach bag. Snorkelling & Diving Equipment. Electrical Adapters (the reserve’s electrical current and outlets are UK standard but we also provide alternative adapters).

Reading materials. We have a great selection of books and magazines in the Wallace Library for your enjoyment

Getting Here

Your journey begins at 7am (Singapore time) with a luxury car from your home, hotel or airport in Singapore, to Tanah Merah Ferry terminal. Here you will be met by a member of the Bawah team and escorted on a short ferry ride to Batam,Indonesia. With snacks and cold drinks provided.

Fast tracked through immigration we then introduce you to our travel coordinator, Vio, who will guide you through the rest of your journey. Starting at our private lounge in Batam airport, where you will then take a 70-minute flight aboard our private plane, an amphibious plane, with 2 pilots, that takes off on land and then arrives on water, in the beautiful lagoon right in front of your suite. Your exciting journey will take around 3 1/2 hours.

On return you will leave Bawah at 13:30 (Bawah Time) then back to Batam for the ferry which arrives in Singapore at 16:45pm (Singapore Time).

Our rates include door to door travel to and from Singapore to Bawah Reserve.

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