Saturday, May 16, 2009

Sekupang Ferry Terminal in Batam

I do not normally land at Sekupang Ferry Terminal when I go to Batam. Like most people, I will land in Batam Center Ferry Terminal. But on one particular occasion, due to a peak demand, I have decided to take a ferry trip to Sekupang Ferry Terminal.

If you compare the two ferry terminals, Sekupang Ferry Terminal is much quieter. There are much less people landing at this terminal. Years ago, it used to be a worn out building. But now it is clean, modern and the custom clearance is efficient and fast. So why is it attracting less traffic than Batam Center Ferry Terminal? My answer is that in Sekupang, when you step out of the terminal, there is practically nothing interesting. The only thing that you can do is to a cab and head straight to Batam main town center. However if you land at Batam Center Ferry Terminal, you have the option of going the Mega Mall, which is just opposite this ferry terminal. It is a good mall with lots of food outlets and a major supermarket.

The distance to town from both ferry terminals are almost the same. It takes about 30 minutes to reach the town center from the both ferry terminals. I think the authorities of Batam should look into developing the areas near to the Sekupang Ferry Terminal. Add a major shopping mall, a hotel, a post office, a bank and perhaps an office building. This is definitely drive more traffic to this quiet ferry terminal. There is a taxi counter just outside the ferry terminal, prices are fixed depending on the location where you are going. Because it is relatively a quiet terminal, I do not recommend anyone to land there during the night, unless you have someone to pick you up from there.

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