Good morning, Destination Experts and fellow travellers!
This weekend, my wife and I will be taking a Batamfast ferry to Harbour Bay Terminal, arriving around noon. After lunch, take a cab to Nagoya Hills Mall, jalan for a while (catch a movie...) before walking to Secret Spa for a booked 150mins spa package treatment. After dinner, take a cab to Harris Batam Center Hotel, stay the night, next day jalan BC Megamall (catch another movie...:-) ) before taking the Batamfast ferry at BC Terminal back to Singapore.
We've been travelling DIY for the longest time but this is the first to Batam, so pardon me for some queries which may seem mundane.......
(1) Batam immigration and customs clearance - generally, how long does it take on weekends? 10 mins or half an hour?
(2) we arrive HB Terminal with an open return Batamfast ferry ticket. Is it possible to book our return seats at HB Terminal for next day departure BC Terminal?
(3) Wey Wey Restaurant - is it open for lunch ?
(4) Cabs - through the threads here, I'm roughly aware of the fares payable and journeys are non-metered. But for safety reasons, what about the type of cabs to avoid or to go for? Example, in Jakarta, we'd only flag the Blue Bird or Silver Bird cabs.
Thanks in advance for any advice/comments!