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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2018

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Seafood in Batam; Wey Wey Seafood

Many tourists head to Batam for cheap seafood.

Golden Prawn Seafood Restaurant is famous in Batam and known to Singaporeans for their seafood.  But according to Wikitravel, Golden Prawn “seems inexpensive to touristing Singaporeans but is well-known in Batam to be an expensive tourist trap. The seafood they serve may not be fresh, which they will attempt to mask by deep frying them.”

At Harbour Bay Ferry Terminal, there is a row of seafood restaurants right by the sea.  Most popular is Wey Wey Seafood.  It is so popular that they opened another restaurant Wey Wey2 two doors away. 

The prices at this entire row of seafood restaurants are not indicated on the menus.  In other words, the prices may fluctuate between different customers.  Here is a sample of the prices quoted for 1 pax portion at Hawaii Live Seafood , which is the restaurant sandwiched between Wey Wey and Wey Wey2.

Fried Seafood Noodles IDR$18,000

Steamed scallops IDR$50,000

BBQ Squid IDR$35,000

Verdict: The seafood at both Hawaii Live and Wey Wey is not very tasty and the quantity is little.  Worse, the seafood is just a notch above unfresh.  As such, though the prices seem cheap, the seafood is not really good value for money. 

Tip 1: ask for discount at the end of meal.  I asked for a discount and they gave me a 10% discount, and I only ordered 3 items.  If you ask for a discount when ordering, they simply give you less quantity. 

Tip 2: My hotel Swiss-Belhotel Harbour Bay was just a few steps away from the row of seafood restaurants.   It is recommended that you pack your food for take away back to your hotel room to avoid eating in the sour stench of sluice and sewage.

Getting to and from Batam from Singapore

There are many ferries from Harbourfront, Singapore to various ferry terminals in Batam.  If your main purpose in Batam is to shop, it is highly recommended to take a ferry terminal to Harbour Bay Ferry Terminal at Batam.  The main town of Nagoya, where all the shopping is, is only 5 mins away by taxi (IDR$30,000).  If you intend to visit beaches, perhaps Nongsa would be more suitable.  However, my personal recommendation is not to go to Batam for beaches as they are not pretty and can be quite dirty.  It is advisable to go to Bintan for beaches instead.

There are multiple trips everyday running between Harbour Bay, Batam and Harbourfront, Singapore.   Prima Ferries has one ferry departing from Harbourfront, Singapore approximately every hour.  Batam Fast has 4 trips departing from Harbourfront, Singapore per day.  Even if you buy a Prima Ferry ticket, sometimes, you still end up riding a ferry operated by Batam Fast.  Regardless of the ferry operator, a return trip ticket costs SGD$48 nett, inclusive of all taxes.  You can simply show up roughly an hour before departure and buy your ticket.  Ensure that you have the necessary visa to enter Indonesia.

Harbour Bay Ferry Terminal is the nearest ferry terminal to the main Batam town of Nagoya.  From Harbour Bay Terminal, it is only a 5 min taxi ride (IDR20,000) to Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall, the largest shopping mall in Batam.

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