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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faqs

Your journey begins in Singapore by limousine pick up from your hotel, residence or airport. Our travel coordinator will then escort you by ferry and car to Batam Airport, where you board our private Sea Plane (an amphibious, twin engine aircraft that can land and take-off both on land and on water). After an 80-minute flight you will land in the beautiful lagoon in front of your suite.

Our Seaplane takes off from Batam Airport at 9:30 local time. Guest coming with us from Singapore are collected at 7am.

Indonesia residents may prefer to meet us in Batam rather than Singapore in this situation we require guests to be there one hour before this.

On return we land in Batam at 13:30 local time.  Returning to Singapore by 16:45.

Children under 3 yrs of age will need special permission – please email [email protected] to discuss further.  Parents must be aware that our Suites are designed to accommodate only 2 people.

 – We can add one additional bed per suite for $525 USD per night.

 – We have our Jungle Lodge, whilst not on the beach, this 2 bed lodge is perfect for families with younger children. 

– Our suites are all around 30m apart and not connected – so please bear this in mind if you have younger children.

For the full low down on kids at Bawah check out our feature HERE 

Yes, we do – Please email [email protected]for your quote.

The standard occupancy is 2 adults, however the maximum occupancy per room is 3, we can add an additional bed. There is an additional charge of $525USD per night for the third occupant.

While internet access is available via satellite in your accommodation, we would love you to reconnect with real people during your stay. Enjoy what Bawah has to offer without the distraction of the outside world.

Whats app and light emails will all be fine – Don’t expect to be able to stream movies or download large attachments!

Everything is included in your package, and any extra costs will only be from diving, boutique purchases, or alcohol. All major credit cards are accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Amex, JCB, Union Pay. Please note, however, we do not have currency exchange on the island and all cash transactions must be in Indonesian Rupiah.

We have a registered Bawah Dive Centre with Scuba Diving International https://www.tdisdi.com/our-story/ 

  • IDR 700,000 per dive for 1-4 dives
  • IDR 650,000 per dive for 5+ dives

You can also learn to dive at Bawah.  Please email [email protected] to arrange this prior to your trip.

  • IDR 16,282,645 Open Water
  • IDR 7,462,810 Advanced Diver

We can organise online theory in advance to maximise your time on island.

Yes, you can bring your own alcohol, but it can only be consumed in your accommodation. Please note that our seaplane allows for a maximum of 15kg in luggage per guest.

Our Deluxe Beach Suite comprises a beach suite and an additional living and dining area adjacent. There is an option to take a second beach suite to make this a great 2-bedroom option for family or friends. However, parents of younger children, need to be aware that the 2 beach suites are around 50m apart. 

Bawah is an official protected marine area in which anchoring, fishing (up to 500m from the barrier reefs) and the collection of any dead or alive coral and shells is strictly prohibited.

There is plenty to do on Bawah. From various water sport activities (kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, snorkelling, diving) around the marine eco-system to a choice of three jungle hikes through the lush fauna. There are 13 beaches to choose from and each of our three lagoons has a unique character of its own. You can go on a trip to the Bat Cave, visit the other five islands or enjoy a Cooking Class.  Unique moments include Stargazing, Outdoor Cinema and Dining experiences include picnics on the beach, in your room or in one of our four restaurant/bar areas.

Chill by our beautiful infinity swimming pool or head to our Wellness Centre for unlimited Massages, Facials and Scrubs or take a Yoga, Pilates , Meditation class.

We also have a Library full of books and games.

We can certainly organise a ceremony for you. There are a few Indonesian laws you need to consider:

2 pieces of paperwork required from the couple:
1. Registration to the local church
2. Registration to the Civil Authority (If wish to record the marriage in Indonesia)

Point 1 Docs required :
1. CNI (Certificate No Independent) from your countries embassy in Indonesia.
2. Copy of Passports
3. Birth certificates
4. For Catholic/Christian is the Baptist Certificate from their local church)
all to be submitted to the local church in Indonesia

Point 2
1. All in point 1 tobe submitted 2 weeks prior.
2. Picture (2 people in 1 page) of the couple.
3. 2 Witnesses + their passports/ID Card (Witness can be from Indonesia or foreigner).
Agents  charge USD1000/marriage for this admin to be completed.

It is possible to book Bawah partially or completely for special occasions such as a weddings or other function. Just send us an email and we will put together a special package for you according to your requirements.

At just two degrees north of the Equator, Bawah has a hot tropical climate, with average daily temperatures ranging from 26 to 29° C, and two distinct seasons: the dry southwest monsoon from June to October and the wet northeast monsoon from November to March.  Days are generally sunny, and when it rains the showers are sudden and heavy but short lived with plenty of blue skies in between. It has half the yearly precipitation of Singapore. Humidity ranges from around 65% to 96%.

The minimum stay of Bawah is 3 nights, but you may find this too short once you get here. We offer 5 nights for the price of 4!

Yes, you can sail your boat to Bawah, but permission to enter our lagoons must be obtained 2 weeks prior to arrival. We will impose mooring charges and please note Bawah is an official protected marine area in which anchoring, fishing and the collection of any dead or live coral and shells are strictly prohibited. The mooring is chargeable at US$5/foot net per night. The revenue is entirely dedicated to fund the Bawah Conservation Foundation.

You must be in possession of a Passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of arrival, and have tickets for your onward travel.  Although more than 80 nationalities can enter Indonesia with a free 30-day Tourist Visa upon arrival, we recommend you check with your embassy or the Indonesian consulate in your home country for visa requirements. The website is https://indonesia.visahq.com

or www.indonesia.travel/gb/en/before-you-go/visa-immigration

Yes, there is a doctor and a clinic available 24/7 on the island, operated by International SOS.

35% deposit to book, then the balance up 21 days before arrival. Full refund possible up to 21 days before.

There is no Malaria on the island, but please consult your GP for advice on inoculations and medication required for travelling to Indonesia.

Expectant Mothers in normal health and with no pregnancy complications are not considered incapacitated until 28 weeks of pregnancy. In case of pregnancy over 28-36 weeks, medical clearance issued 7 days prior commencement of travel should be submitted.

Due to our remote location we would not recommend Bawah to expectant mothers over 28 weeks pregnant.

Yes – Our dining is very much a bespoke experience. The chef will talk to you about your requirements and create a tailored menu accordingly. We can work with menus for Vegans, Vegetarians, Halal (Although not a registered halal kitchen we can cook accordingly) , lactose intolerant. Please inform us when making your reservation.

Yes!!  Without a doubt Bawah Reserve is perfect for Honeymoons. Beautiful, tranquil and private. With unique moments from stargazing to private dining that will make lifetime memories of your special time!

Check out our guide to packing within 15kg HERE