Terkulai island, Tanjung Pinang, BintanTerkulai island, Tanjung Pinang, Bintan

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Terkulai island is a lovely desert island fringed by a sandy beach...

My experience, Explo description: 

Terkulai island is located about 12km (W) from Tanjung Pinang. The island is very small and fringed by a sandy beach. This place is ideal to get away from the world for a day and to go swimming or picnic.

Go around the island, walking on the sandy beach. Unfortunately, during certain seasons, many litters may lie on the beach due to the sea streams.

My personal recommendations: 

Terkulai is only habited by the lighthouse keeper. If you see him, ask him if you can go to the top of the lighthouse tower : you will have an amazing view over the island and the surrounding sea. Be nice, and bring him a little gift, so he won’t feel so lonely... And then maybe, he will cook for you fresh crabs with coconuts : it’s delicious !

How getting there: 

From Tanjung Pinang : rent a sampan (little boat) at the jetty. Price is about 25$ for a day.

Getting to Tanjung Pinang : From/to Singapore, 3 companies operate ferries between Singapore’s Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal and Tanjung Pinang.
Together, they operate 6 ferries on weekdays, increasing to 9 during weekends and public holidays. Tickets cost around S$46/36 return/one way (excluding Indonesia port tax).

  • Berlian/Wave master (Tel : +65-65468830 in Tanah Merah FT)
  • Indo Falcon (Tel : +65-62706778/62757393 in Singapore)
  • Penguin (Tel : +65-65427105 in Tanah Merah FT)

The various ferries from Singapore take around 2 hours to get to Tanjung Pinang. When you arrive you should confirm your return at the ferry company offices ASAP as the ferries can get full. Be careful, you need a visa to go to Indonesia (easy to get it at the customs, but please before leaving ask to the ferry companies if you can get a visa).
An other solution : getting to Tanjung Pinang from Bintan Resort (Bintan’s Bandar Bentan Telani Ferry Terminal). Many companies operates ferries from Singapore’s Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal to Bintan resorts. When you are at Bintan resort ferry terminal, get a taxi to Tanjung Pinang (20$).

A tip to eat: 

No food of course on the island. Take your own picnic !

A tip to sleep: 

Sleep at Tanjung Pinang. There are many cheap hotels there.

Useful information: 
Open hours: 

All day long

Visit duration: 

0.5 day at least.

Entry fees: 


Access security: 

If you come from Singapore, please check out how to get a visa.