Found in Galang Island, the Melur Beach is connected to Batam Island via the Barelang Bridges. Batam Island and Galang Island are part of the Riau Archipelago in Sumatra Indonesia. Billed as the fastest growing island in Indonesia and among all the islands of Riau, the Batam Island is what Galang Island is being groomed to become. The Melur, along with other attractions of the Galang Island, is what the local government hopes will help in the realization of this target.
With the construction of the Batam-Rempang-Galang Bridges (better known as Barelang), and the successive declaration of Galang Island following that of Batam Island as a duty and tax free island, one might say the aspirations of the government for Galang Island aren’t really off the mark. But while Batam packs in modern shopping complexes, Galang Island offers white-sand beaches with rich marine biodiversity.
The Melur Beach for one is one of the most picturesque beaches in Galang. Developed as a vacation island in 2000, there are several seafood restaurants and accommodations nearby. It is one of the more secluded beaches in Galang even though it can still get crowded, especially on weekends.
In the beach, you can either get a tan, go swimming, engage in water sports or simply admire the panoramic view of the sea as it meets the blue sky above in the horizon. The water is quite clear, which makes it great for swimming. However, the most popular activities in the beach would be riding banana boats and speed boats. To ride one of these yourself, simply walk up to several operators along the coast offering the rides.
If none of those appeal to you, you can always explore the island on your feet. At the border of the beach, you can find a gazebo where you’re welcome to stay for as long as you want. There are also several shops selling trinkets and all kinds of souvenirs that you might be interested to take home with you.
Additionally, the Melur Beach is very near a famous tourist attraction in Galang Island: the Vietnamese Refugee Camp. Thus, if you don’t feel like spending an entire day in the beach, or perhaps you want to spend some time in the beach but not too much in the refugee camp, you can arrange it to be so. With the camp and the beach very near each other, you can visit both in a single day.
It is easy to reach Melur Beach if you’re coming from Batam Island. The trip from Batam to Melur takes about 45 minutes to an hour. You can either hire a taxi for the day or travel with other tourists in minivans available at Batam Center Area. Alternately, you can also take a ferry from any ferry terminals and travel to the South of Galang. The ride will take about an hour as well, plus, depending on the route of the boat, you might have to take another form of transportation when you reach the coast to get to the beach itself. The easier option for tourists who are not familiar with the area is to travel by land and hire a taxi. Just remember when you do get to Melur Beach that is a public beach and facilities are very basic. One thing is guaranteed, though: you won’t go hungry for delicious seafood and the refreshing view of the sea.