The Bintan Mangrove Discovery Tour has been operating successfully for over 10 years. The day tour focuses on mangrove flora and fauna while the night tour delights with the sight of fire flies! It won the PATA Gold Award in 2003.
The tour was developed because at that time there was a lack of attractions to keep visitors occupied. Also, anything done to extend visitor stay by an extra day or even half a day would boost resort revenues! And why not ! what’s more, mangroves were already an existing protected natural asset within the resort grounds.
Development Team & Scope
This mangrove tour was developed from ground up by Bertram Wong and the resort planning team from Bintan Resorts during the late 1990s. The team consisted of environmentalist, architects, planners who put in place the hardware (visitor center, boats, electric engines), software (planning the guided tour, maps containing information on the mangrove flora and fauna (see above), training of tour guides) and pricing & marketing of the tour to hotels and travel agents. It continues to be a recommended tourist attraction for visitors, educational tour for students as well as and an employment opportunity for island residents.
Give it a try the next time you’re visiting Bintan Resorts!
You may also be interested in downloading this brochure on the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.