A Beautiful Melayu Beach, Wrapped in A Serene And Peaceful Ambience

Leaving the bright lights of downtown Batam City, crossing the iconic Barelang Bridge, and setting foot on the quiet little island of Rempang, one will find a beautiful beach wrapped in a serene and peaceful ambience. This is Melayu Beach, located at Rempang Cate Village, Galang district, Batam municipality .

The beach is situated some 15 minutes drive from the 4th Bridge of Barelang (called Sultan Zainal Abidin Bridge) or approximately 1km from the main Trans Barelang Road.

Sheltered by rows of trees lining the beach and decorated with neatly arranged huts, Melayu Beach is definitely a perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. With nothing but the sound of waves breaking onto the shores and the  soft breeze gently cooling your head, the beach indulges with its sheer relaxing ambience. The soft white sand provides an ideal surface to lay back and just soak in the beauty of nature. As the sun sets in the afternoon, nature also displays some of its best spectacles at the Melayu Beach.

While it may be the perfect place to just lie down and dream, the beach also provides activities for visitors. Its crystal clear blue water and relatively calm waves make it a perfect place for swimming and various other fun water sport activities. Those who want to try a fun and  thrilling experience can try the banana boat rides offered by operators on the shores. There are also  rubber floats for both children and adults available for rent. The soft white sands also make great sand castles. While for those with a bit of competitive mind, the sands also provide a great arena for beach volley or soccer.

MELAYU BEACH
Melayu beach (Source : indonesia-tourism.com)

There are huts and gazebos available for rent with cell phone contact numbers written on each. The huts provide a most enjoyable place if you are travelling with family or group to hang around, have picnics, or rest after swimming or other activities. Those who wish to just sit and relax on the beach may also hire mats provided by locals.

Melayu Beach stretches for approximately 2km. The beach is gradually gaining popularity among locals and tourists alike; so that on weekends or public holidays, the beach is usually filled with visitors from Batam who want to spend time here. To extend your trip, you can also visit the nearby Galang Island and observe the remnants of the former Vietnamese refugee camp.

ACTIVITIES

There are a number of “warungs” (food vendors) near the beach selling simple foods and refreshments. Enjoying a nice cool iced coconut water or a cup of coffee accompanied by the soft breezing wind while watching the sun set on the horizon, truly offers its own special sensation.

There are no hotels or inns near the beach or on the entire Barelang Islands area, so it is best if you find accommodations on the island of  Batam. However, the huts and gazebos provide adequate place to rest for as long as you stay on the beach and are not charged by the hour. Some local visitors from Batam will  usually set up camp if they wish to spend the night on the beach.

GET THERE

Situated just off the main island of Batam, on one of  the Barelang Islands, Melayu Beach can be reached in approximately 45 minutes to an hour’s drive from Batam Center. After crossing 4 bridges of the Barelang Bridge system you will see a sign pointing  right, bearing the name: Pantai Melayu (Melayu Beach).

Admission ticket is IDR 5,000 per persons with an additional IDR 5,000 for your car. The beach provides ample parking space, so you do not need to worry about parking your car.

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