Indonesia was the third country we visited during our tri-cross country (Singapore-Malaysia-Indonesia) trip last year, 2017. Having only a limited number of travel days and budget, Batam was one of the most accessible places we could possibly visit which was just a short ferry ride from Singapore.
Though Batam is not as mainstream as Bali, it was through this island that we were able to see a glimpse of Indonesia. To have a somewhat Bali-Indonesia-experience in the island, we made sure to visit a beach.
Two things on top of our list when looking for a beach in Batam, Indonesia are: the famous Indonesian swing and a wooden walkway to the ocean to achieve an instagrammable photo. Fortunately, we discovered Setokok Beach (from our prior research) to be equipped with both.
Setokok Beach is located in Setokok Island, a small island next to Nipah Island, that is connected by Barelang Bridge III. It’s simply a beach with simple facilities like cottages and comfort rooms and shower. Other than that there aren’t much to expect.
How to get here
We availed a day tour package from Welldan Batam Transport so it was our tour guide who drove us all the way to the beach. It took us around an hour to reach the place via the Barelang Bridge.
The package by the way was only SGD50 which was indeed very affordable and worthy. You can contact them at +62 852-7250-4436 via WhatsApp. The good thing about them is that their tour packages can be flexible which can be customized according to your desire like how we added the Setokok Beach.
Entrance Fee – IDR 10,000 (around P44)
Cottage – IDR 30,000 (around P132)
Before I post my rant, I’d like to commend the design of their cottages for an authentic Balinese/Indonesian style which is truly surprising for a beach like Setokok.
Moving on, we weren’t supposed to pay for the cottage since (1)we only placed our belongings there while we were taking pictures at the Indonesian swing and (2)we just took a few photos inside the cottage. We had a few arguments though with the in charge but to avoid any further misunderstandings we gave in to their request. Despite our disappointment from the situation, we ended it with a good laugh since the situation is indeed familiar and is also a common scene in our country, the Philippines. haha Well, we experienced it ourselves. lol
Fortunately, Setokok Beach has 2 Indonesian swings, a single swing and a dual swing. Problem is, it was high tide that time so the Indonesian swings were literally in the middle of the ocean.
Due to high level of the ocean, the single swing was tied upwards so obviously it was of no use.
The dual swings, however can still be ridden but we’re taken aback as the level of the water was a bit high. We were just then assured by the people in charge that the high tide level was still safe.hehe
It was definitely a one of a kind experience swinging in the middle of the ocean and at the same enjoying the view. We truly loved and enjoyed the swing. We were the only people at the beach so we had no one to compete with. The swinging, though was challenging since the swing chair was right on top of the water so we had to fight back with the waves to be able to swing it properly. Also, while we were riding the swing, we were as if moving together with the waves.
The wooden walkway on the other hand was at a different area guarded with fences. We attempted to go there but didn’t pushed through anyway.hehe
Check out our Singapore-Malaysia-Indonesia travel video below! As for our budget for the whole trip, visit here.