One of the 3,000 islands which make up the Riau Archipelago, Batam attracts over 1 million travellers each year. Just 20 minutes by ferry to Singapore, Batam has fast become one of Indonesia’s most popular tourist destinations. With infinite sandy coastlines, exotic cuisine, bargain shopping, and friendly locals – it’s not hard to see why. In beautiful Batam there is never a shortage of things to do. Those seeking thrills and spills have the choice of bungee jumping, go karting, jet skiing, ski boating, canoeing, diving and wind surfing. With 15 golf courses on the island and a plethora of Indonesian arts and crafts stores there is plenty on offer for those who enjoy their holidays at a much slower pace. One of Batam's biggest attractions is its fresh seafood. Giant prawns, crabs, fish, lobsters, clams and shellfish are cooked in a variety of delicious styles. Be sure to try the local 'gong-gong' conchshell where the succulent meat is dipped in a spicy sauce before eating.