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Generally speaking though, the atmosphere is laid-back and girl-friendly, and you won't find very chic or sophisticated bars & clubs like in Singapore or Jakarta.You may meet all kind of girls there, but you should be aware that most of them are thinking in dollars.(Add SGD if traveling on the weekend – limited promotional price). Taxis in Batam are far more expensive than in Jakarta.Although a law was passed to have the taxi’s metered – the taxis installed the meters but disconnected them!If you are looking for a luxury resort, the best ones are Montigo Nongsa and Tempat Senang but they are far from any nightlife.I found that it is best to book through Agoda as they usually have the most choice, including the newest hotels.Many of the taxis are substandard ‘rust buckets’ and if you are western, the taxi drivers will try to charge you a premium (2 to 3 times the standard rate and they can be aggressive and rude). You can call Bluebird: 0778-421 234 Very professional service.
Only several Batam pubs have "real" kitchens but most can provide you with a menu and will order food for you from the other pubs.
Wavemaster has far more ferry service but you’d need to go to Batam Centre which is about a 20 minute taxi ride and costs Rp.50,000. ASEAN nationals can get a free visa upon arrival good for 30 days.
The ferry ticket from Singapore is SGD for two ways or SGD for one way. Most westerners can get a holiday visa on arrival for USD for 30 days or USD for 7 days.
Meeting local girls is not easy as they rarely frequent the expat entertainment district although you can meet some in venues like "Noname Club" in Harmoni Hotel or simply in the malls.
During the day, there isn't much to do in Batam, except for golfing, some shopping (cheap clothes, knock-off handbags, Chinese electronics, and liquor is very cheap.(If buying spirits whether traveling back to Singapore or other parts of Indonesia you are only allowed one bottle of spirits and one bottle of wine – they will check at the airport!