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Abang Island, Batam Overview

A beautiful island located south of Batam in the Riau Archipelago province, Pulau Abang is a tropic island with stunning corals and clear teal water with swaying palm trees and mangroves. Also called the Abang Islands, it is majorly famous for its day trips to indulge in snorkelling and diving. This mesmerising dive site is surrounded by many small islands which are primarily conservation sites for the corals while the main Abang Island is only 10 square km.

The reason why underwater activities are so famous here is that it has a beautifully clean and absolutely untouched coral reef vegetation - the blue corals. It is these corals that attract most of the marine creatures and make it a life-time experience for all tourists who opt for the snorkelling.

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Snorkelling at Abang Island

Snorkelling and diving – Both are activities that are highly looked out for here in this place. Under the sea of the Abang Island, lies a beautiful stretch of coral reef vegetation. The rare corals found here is what attracts divers to this place in huge numbers. And the best part is that these reefs have been maintained - they remain untouched and absolutely unpolluted. Such is the clarity of the coral reef found here that it is popularly known as the “Blue Corals”!

Booking a Snorkelling Tour
There are a number of websites that provide bookings for snorkelling coupled with other activities like diving and ferry boat ride. This makes booking easier. One of the good packages available are – 350 RP per person for an entire day trip in Pulau Abang that includes snorkelling and diving, a trainer, the kit for snorkelling, a shuttle bus, boat ride, snack and lunch, tour guide and documentation.

There are other packages available too depending on the number of persons snorkelling. The rates for snorkelling and diving usually is between 730,000 IDR for two people to 330,000 IDR for four more than a group of 7 people. Rates also tend to differ based on whether people want to include land transfer in their package or not.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Abang Island for snorkeling and diving is between March and August or between September and November. The other times, you can visit the island for their day trips but it is not ideal for any underwater activity.

How To Reach Pulau Abang

  • Pulau Abang is in the Southern city of Batam that is called Raiu Islands Province. It is not very difficult to reach the point from where all the water activities take place especially when you are travelling from the Downtown Batam. It is a two-hour drive from the place with the starting point being Batu Aji.
  • You could also drive down to Balerang Bridge six for two hours from the city centre. After that begins the crossing over to the Abang Island. The prime mode of transportation used here is the pompong. The distance of the place from the Balerang Bridge is a 12 kilometeres.

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