Even though Batam Island became an extremely attractive tourist destination only a few decays ago, it’s already can be considered as a perfect place for holidays with children. In some way, it is predetermined by the Indonesians’ attitude to their own kids, as they allow them anything they want. Well, probably just almost everything. For instance, it’s okay for locals to come to an important conference together with their child. All children can scamper about in the hall all together during such meetings. The local children are extremely active, that is why there are lots of playgrounds here on the island. Mini-football fields, basketball and tennis courts are always crowded, so a child can play with other kids anytime.
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The most attractive place for children is Ocarina Beach. And the real entertainment centre explains the popularity of the beach. There you can find a play-town for 3-5-year-old children, bike rental for those who’re a little bit older, swings and carousel of different kinds – what else children need to be happy? Every local large hotel has its own entertainment programs. During high seasons hotels organize different animation shows. Besides, you can leave your child in one of the children clubs, so you can spend some time on your own, too. Moreover, those kids who are already 8-years-old can take some diving lessons and then get the international children certificate by the end of the course, so they would be able to discover water areas and to see various underwater creatures with their own eyes.
Melayu Beach is a perfect destination for the casual family holiday. You don’t have to worry that your child would get too deep in the water as there is a gentle descent that would prevent such situations. Another attractive place is Viovio Beach. Children can play there with their beloved toys right on the beach instead of sitting in a small gazebo. Even though Dangas Beach is not that popular around the tourists, still it’s a perfect place for snorkeling with children, as the water here is so clear that you can enjoy seeing captivating underwater relief. Bale Beach is a perfect option for those whose kids don’t enjoy swimming and sunbathing all day long. Here you and your child can go and discover diverse mangrove trees which are growing just near the coast. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Your kid is found of extreme activities? Then Cabana Club worth visiting! Bunch of various entertainments is waiting for the tourists. Here your children and you can ride a jeep, try waterskiing, learn how to ride a sea kayak or rent snorkeling or fishing equipment. You can teach your kid how to ride water skies or surf in Batam WakePark or CableSki Park. But remember that small children are not able doing something like it, so it’s better to find something easier for them. For instance, you can take your baby to the excursion around Batam Island or the adjacent islands. We can promise you it would be a real journey for your kid.
Babies would especially enjoy Batam Miniature House. It’s a small park where you can find dozens of miniature buildings designed in the traditional oriental style. If your child is interested in plants (particularly exotic ones) then Batam Botanical Garden worth visiting. There you can find a great collection of plants from all over the island. You can show your child the process of how lilies grow and tell him or her some amusing facts about all those lovely flowers in Taman Kolam Sekupang. Good shaped children would defiantly like a trip around the jungles enjoying local landscapes, flora, and fauna. There are lots of picturesque waterfalls on the island as well. Young climbers would also like the island, as there are several routes which are suitable for the beginners.
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Kids would also like local architecture. For example, don’t miss to see the Barelang Bridge. It looks highly attractive on the sunset and it actually looks like a part of a decoration for a Hollywood film. Your kid would also probably get interested in local temples which are quite peculiar for Europeans. The great example of it is the Tua Pek Kong Temple and its garden where you can enjoy seeing various vivid statues. Another unusual place is the Budhi Bhakti Temple. If you visit the village called Bakau Serip, you can show your kids how native Indonesians used to live, as the locals who live in this village are stuck to the traditional mode of life up to now; for example, they still do fishing and crafts on the everyday basis. The older children would really like to visit the renovated Vietnam War refugee camp. Nowadays it’s a museum.
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