For tourists, Batu Ferringhi features hotels such as Hard Rock Hotel Penang, Hydro Hotel, Holiday Inn, Bayview Beach Resort, Golden Sands Resort, Grand Plaza Parkroyal Penang, Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, etc. It is also famous for its Night Market, featuring many foreigners at night. Beach boys would able to service the many tourists to this place.
Batu Ferringhi was hit by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. No lives were lost. This was unlike other parts of the island where lives were lost to the tsunami.