Natuna Islands Travel Guide

The Natuna Islands archipelago is a cluster of 272 islands located in the Natuna Sea and are part of the Riau Islands to the east of Sumatra in Indonesia.

With a population of just 100,000, the Natuna Islands are virtually uninhabited. Those with a strong sense of adventure will enjoy exploring this region as there are plenty of opportunities to trek through the jungle and camp in among the trees, with only the sounds of animals to penetrate the silence.

Scuba divers and snorkelers will want to spend some time with their heads underwater as the neighboring waters are teeming with colorful fish and coral. Animal lovers will have the chance to spot a number of rare animals such as the Natuna banded leaf monkey, which is one of the world’s 25 most endangered primates.

Not many tourists take the time to explore this area of the world and it is largely unspoiled, with a number of the local tribes following the same cultural practices that have been passed down for centuries. This is a good place to watch traditional tribal dancing and buy woven cloth to take back home.

Getting There & Away

Access is via Batam’s Hnag Nadim Airport, which regularly receives flights from places such as Singapore (40 minutes) and Johor Bahru, Malaysia (1 hour). There is a connecting flight to Natuna Besar from Batam (30 minutes) or a ferry (2 hours).