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Weh Island, Diving the Untouched Edge

Overview

Weh Island: Diving the Untouched Edge Embraced by vivid and healthy coral reefs, Weh Island is naturally untouched despite its small size and convenient access. It is another garden often forgotten. Its location is at the westernmost island of the Indonesian archipelago. Situated at the entrance way of the Malacca Strait, the island is commonly a sea passage and a jewel for many yachts and cruise ships to visit and see.

Diving in Weh Island is a well established recreational activity. Dive masters and dive instructors are ready to offer a variety of dive sites like the fabled Sea Garden in Rubiah Island. You’ll find many delightful sea creatures, most notably manta rays, whale sharks, dolphins and sea turtles.
Come and enjoy a swing on a shady hammock by the high tide hut in an island that many divers call it the unparalleled underwater universe. Although it is a small island, it gives you the sea experience and waterfall up in the rain forest as well. A gateway you can always remember as an Eden.

To Stay

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Casa Nemo Beach Resort

Ie Meulee, Jl. Agussalim Aceh

Rasa Seni Hotel Resort

Jl. Anoi Itam Village 52361 Anoi Itam

The Pade Dive Resort

Balik Gunung street, Iboih village, Suka Karya subdistrict, Weh island 23518 Aceh

Iboih Inn

Teupi Layeu, Iboih, Pulau Weh Aceh

Siwah Hotel

Jl. Twk. Muhammad Daudsyah No. 18-20 23122 Aceh

Sulthan Hotel International

Jl. Sulthan Hotel No.1 Aceh

Hotel 61 Banda Aceh

Jalan. Tengku Panglima Polem No. 28 Aceh

Hotel Diana

Jl. Tengku Hamzah Bendahara No 80, 23242 Banda Aceh

Hermes Palace Hotel

Jl. T.Panglima Nyak Makam, Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam Aceh

Crystall Guesthouse

Sultan Iskandarmuda Street No.3C 23231 Aceh Aceh

Wisma Teuku Umar Hotel

Jl. Syech Muda Wali No 45 Blang Padang 23242 Aceh

Grand Aceh Hotel

Jalan Mr. Muhammad Hassan No. 11, 23242 Banda Aceh

To Stay

You will be able to swing it, no matter how tight your budget is. Various accommodations are available and you just choose one that fits. Try basic wooden hut if you want to experience the simple life. Perhaps a pricey bungalow is your option for more comfortable surroundings.
Iboih Beach is famous among backpackers, world travelers, and divers. Iboih Beach presents simple life with horizon of fisherman villages. Live like them and use facilities they use. New businesses are opening such as bungalows and dive centers. Open air cafes are irresistible. Everything here is affordable.
Some of the guesthouses along the beach is O’ong Guesthouse, Yulia Guesthouse, Erick Guesthouse, Ayub Guesthouse, Anna Bungalow, Fina Bungalow, Fatimah Bungalow, and Mamamia Bungalow.
Gapang Beach is another resort in the vicinity of Rubiah Sea Garden. This beach is nothing strange to divers. Among the available accommodations are: Gapang Jaya and Ramadila.

Tips

  • Dress casually but be sure to respect the locals. The locals are mostly Muslims, and modest clothing is therefore preferred.
  • Bring your own bathing suit and sun block, as well as other necessary equipments.
    Some of the dive operators are:
    1. Lumba-lumba Diving Center at http://www.lumbalumba.com/divesites.html at Gapang Beach, Weh Island. Call them at +62 652 3324 133 or +62 811 682 787
    2. Sumatra Eco-Tourism at http://www.sumatraecotourism.com/pulauweh/
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To Buy

Handmade souvenirs from coconut wood will delight your loved ones and perhaps you’d like to keep one as a memento.
Traditional markets offer fresh tropical fruit and traditional side dishes and snacks. Dodol (some kind of sweets made of certain flour, sugar, palm sugar and sometimes fruit), chips, cake and bread (specialty of this island) can be found here. It’s a lively place to mingle with the locals. Most foods here are organic. Come in the morning when the market is at its busiest time.

Get Around

Minibuses are available, motorcycles and three-wheeled pedicab or becak are there to explore this island. For a more comfortable journey, you can also rent a car.
To explore Sabang and the beaches, nothing is more enjoyable than walking on foot, although taxis are also available.

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