Its water is the back-yard of the indigenous nomads of life of sailor which fish and trade for a life. Their trade of navigation out of traditional wood, called “pinisi” always make the covered channels of forests of these islands, with the other indigenous trade, fishing vessels and the cargo liners which call at the city of the archipelago and the port principal of Tanjung Pinang. Tanjung Pinang is on the largest island of the archipelago of Bintan. Once known as Riau, it was the heart of an ancient Malayan kingdom. Today, Bintan is the last hot point of the development in the saving in increase in Indonesia. An outline programme is in the course of transforming it into important destination of tourists. Hardly one hour left Singapore in the vat, the housing of tourists started to seem to benefit from its passage of him all the call. It is composed of the archipelago of Riau, the islands of Natuna and the archipelago of Anambas. Part in the beginning of the province of Riau, archipelago of Riau was duplicated with far like province separated in July 2004 with Tanjung Pinang as a its capital.
The archipelago of Anambas, located between the continent Malaysia and Borneo were attached to the new province. By the population, the most important islands of Riau are Bintan, Batam and Karimun. To classify wise, however, the islands little abundantly populated of Natuna are larger. The archipelago of Riau with its thousands of the island has the abundance of the beaches and the scenic spots of diving, among them Trikora on Bintan and Pasir Panjang on the island of Rupat. The first is approximately 50 kilometers of south of Tanjung Pinang on the Eastern side of the island. Pasir Panjang, on the Scandinavian side of Rupat facing the strait of Malacca, is outside stretched the normal beaches are also found on the islands of Terkulai and Soreh, approximately the distance of one hour in the boat of Tanjung Pinang. One of the most popular beaches is Nongsa on the island of Batam. From here one can see the horizon of Singapore.