The main village on Natuna is called Ranai. It boasts a number of hotels, restaurants and mosques.
Riau airlines offers daily flights to Ranai Airport on Natuna Besar. Four times weekly (Mo-We-Fr-Su) from Batam and Three times weekly (Tu-Th-Sa) from Tanjung Pinang. The fare is approx 80 American dollars one way. All flights are operated by Dutch Built Fokker-50 Turboprop.
The flight Schedule is as follows;
RIU-133 Mo--We--Fr--Su Batam (BTH) -Ranai (NTX) 10:50-11:55 Fokker-50 RIU-134 Mo--We--Fr--Su Ranai (NTX) -Batam (BTH) 12:30-13:35 Fokker-50 RIU-197 --Tu--Th--Sa-- Tanjung Pinang (TNJ) -Ranai (NTX) 11:50-12:50 Fokker-50 RIU-198 --Tu--Th--Sa-- Ranai (NTX) -Tanjung Pinang (TNJ) 13:20-14:20 Fokker-50
The old Pelni map from 2006 shows routes to Natuna islands.
There is very little public transportation available on Natuna. It is recommended that you hire a scooter from your hotel. It will cost no more than 15,000rp per hour. It may also be possible to informally hire a scooter from a local for a lower day rate.
Visit Alif Stone Park - a stunning collection of naturally formed stones along the beach. The park owner has built a house and a garden in and around these mysterious and beautiful giant stones. The whale skeleton in the living room is quirky surprise. The park is about 3km north of the main town Ranai.
Hire a boat to visit the deserted Senua Island. The boat hire should cost no more than 400,000rps for the return journey, and may be available for as little as 200,000rps. A single trip takes approximately 30 minutes. The boat can be hired off a pier about 3km north of the main town Ranai, just before Alif Stone Park. You may have to ask around before you find a boatman willing to take you. Try the roadside shopkeeper to make an introduction a boatman. Senua Island has some great snorkelling options. The water is pristine and no wetsuit is required (in August). There is a surprising abundance of corals and big fish. If you are lucky, you will have the whole island to yourself. Disposal of rubbish is a problem, so please take all your rubbish with you back to the main island.
Between the traffic lights of the main town Ranai and the Agung Natuna Mosque (the largest mosque on the island), look for the best mee goreng in town at "Aceh Mee Goreng".
There are little shops selling bottled water and soft drinks throughout the island.
There are no pedestrian footpaths, so take care while walking. Always ask a local before swimming at a new spot. In general, Natuna is very safe, common sense should apply.