Leaving the bright lights of downtown Batam City, crossing the iconic Barelang Bridge, and setting foot on the quiet little island of Rempang, one will find a beautiful beach wrapped in a serene and peaceful ambience. This is Melayu Beach, located at Rempang Cate Village, Galang district, Batam municipality.
The beach is situated some 15 minutes drive from the 4th Bridge of Barelang (called Sultan Zainal Abidin Bridge) or approximately 1km from the main Trans Barelang Road.
Sheltered by rows of trees lining the beach and decorated with neatly arranged huts, Melayu Beach is definitely a perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. With nothing but the sound of waves breaking onto the shores and the soft breeze gently cooling your head, the beach indulges with its sheer relaxing ambience. The soft white sand provides an ideal surface to lay back and just soak in the beauty of nature. As the sun sets in the afternoon, nature also displays some of its best spectacles at the Melayu Beach.
While it may be the perfect place to just lie down and dream, the beach also provides activities for visitors. Its crystal clear blue water and relatively calm waves make it a perfect place for swimming and various other fun water sport activities. Those who want to try a fun and thrilling experience can try the banana boat rides offered by operators on the shores. There are also rubber floats for both children and adults available for rent. The soft white sands also make great sand castles. While for those with a bit of competitive mind, the sands also provide a great arena for beach volley or soccer.
There are huts and gazebos available for rent with cell phone contact numbers written on each. The huts provide a most enjoyable place if you are travelling with family or group to hang around, have picnics, or rest after swimming or other activities. Those who wish to just sit and relax on the beach may also hire mats provided by locals.
Melayu Beach stretches for approximately 2km. The beach is gradually gaining popularity among locals and tourists alike ; so that on weekends or public holidays, the beach is usually filled with visitors from Batam who want to spend time here. To extend your trip, you can also visit the nearby Galang Island and observe the remnants of the former Vietnamese refugee camp.