Riau Islands is one of Indonesian Provinces, the young province that was born based on Constitution No.25 of 2002 and become the 32nd province in Indonesia, which include The City of Tanjungpinang, Batam City, Bintan Regency, Karimun Regency, Natuna Regency, Anambas Regency Island, and Lingga Regency.
The economic commodities of Riau Islands are coming from their potential mineral and energy resources like oil and natural gas, tin, bauxite, and iron sand, also granite, sand, and quartz.
As an archipelago province, Riau Islands composed of 96% Sea and that is very potential for fishery cultivation, proven by the cultivation of Snapper, seaweed cultivation, floating net and even the center of Kerapu seeds.
Although Riau is an archipelago, their agriculture is also have big commodities for the economic, regarding that they have fertile land for crops and horticulture, other crops such as coconut, coffee, gambier, pineapple, clove or even palm. The local ethnics that settled in Riau Island are Malay, Bugis, Javanese, Tionghoa, Batak, Padang and Flores.
Bahasa Indonesia is still the main language at Riau Islands, but formerly Riau Islands are the birthplace of Malay language and it is an official standard from Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei.The culture and the way of living is most influenced by the Malay culture, include of the dance, the art, the music and anything relate.
From tourism destination, Riau Islands is such the main gate of the second overseas tourism after Bali. That makes Riau Islands become popular for the tourists. The tourism object itself is coming from the Regencies themselves instead of the beaches and the islands.
How To Get There:
Since Tanjung Pinang is the capital or Riau Islands, those who want to visit can be arrive in Tanjung Pinang first.
Flights to / from Tanjung Pinang:
You can go to Tanjung Pinang by plane. From Soekarno-Hatta (Jakarta) you can go straight to the airport Raja Haji Fisabilillah (Tanjung Pinang) with a long flight 1 hour 20 minutes. There are three airlines that serve the route, namely: Batavia Air, Lion Air, and Sriwijaya Airline. For more complete flight information, you can contact the Call Center service Fisabilillah Tanjung Pinang Raja Haji at number +62 (0771) 442434, Fax: +62 (0771) 41 034.
Crossings to / from Tanjung Pinang:
You can make journey from the Port of Lake Punggur (Batam) to the Port of Sri Bintan Pura (Tanjung Pinang). Long trip you can take as long as 60 minutes. There are several ferry operator that serves the crossings in every 15 minutes.
You can use a ship owned by Pelni, like KM Sirimau and KM Bukit Raya. From the Port of Tanjung Priok (Jakarta) to the port of Kijang (Bintan) takes 24 hours or 1 day and 1 night. Furthermore, you can proceed to Tanjung Pinang by car takes about 1 hour.