There are also shipwrecks sites for divers. As the island is based on a volcano with underwater canyons, walls and channels, surrounding deep waters till 600 metres and in the shallow part many coral reefs, this in combination with the currents, cause the wide variety of fish. Sabang is a very fine destination for water sports enthusiasts.
An active volcanic island just a little above the Indonesian island of Sumatra, Pulau Weh might be tiny in size and yet significant in existence. A 2-hour ferry trip across the Andaman Sea from Banda Aceh (the capital city of the province of Aceh) would take you right to the island, whose land surface is as mountainous as the underwater ecosystem is diverse. The waters that surround the island are home to a wide range of fish species, including the ones whose ancestry can be traced back to the prehistoric era.
Weh Island, also known as Pulau Weh is a beautiful untouched island, surrounded by healthy, gorgeous coral reefs. The island is located northwest of Sumatra at the entrance of the Malacca Strait. This makes the island a popular stop for cruise ships and yachts. Weh Island is a popular diving destination, and it has a variety of dive sites like the legendary Sea Garden in Rubiah Island, where you can dive with instructors. While diving, you might see some beautiful sea creatures like whale sharks, dolphins, sea turtles and manta rays. Although the west side was severely damaged by the 2004 tsunami, the east side and Rubiah island still retain their beauty. The devastated corals on the west side are slowly recovering now.
Weh Island also has a waterfall in the rain forest. Weh Island is a small island, but truly a paradise.
What to do at Weh Island / Pulau Weh Diving and snorkeling are the most popular activities at Weh Island. You will find a lot of dive masters and instructors who will be happy to accompany you on your diving trip. The current at Weh Island can be strong sometimes, so make sure you are always with a dive instructor if you are a beginner.
The capital city of Weh Island is Sabang, a great town to explore, where you can find the sign saying 'Indonesia Nol Kilometer', which is the Zero Kilometer of Indonesia. If you are interested in the marine life, you should check out Water Front Resort, also in Sabang.
How to get to Weh Island / Pulau Weh
If you are traveling from abroad, you can take an airplane to Banda Aceh. If you come from Medan, you can go to Banda Aceh both by bus or plane. Once you've arrived in Banda Aceh, you have to take a ferry in the morning. The ferry departs from Ulee Lheue Sea port, and it arrives in Gapang beach. This trip will take a couple of hours. If you don't want to travel that long, you can also use a speedboat, which will take around 45 minutes.
Day 1: Banda Aceh – Sabang - Airport
pick up at Sultan Iskandar Muda International Airport
- Lunch at local restaurant
- City tour
- Transfer to Sabang by boat (approx. 45 min)
- Arrival on Pulau Weh
- Hotel check-in
- Free program
Day 2: Sabang, Weh Island
- Breakfast at hotel
- Visiting Pulau Rubiah, Gapang beach and Iboih beach for swimming and snorkeling
- Touring Sabang: Kilometer Zero, Gapang beach, Lake Aneuk Laot, Kasih beach, Sumur Tiga beach, Japanese Fortress and Sabang Fair to watch beautiful sunset
- Back to hotel
- Free program
Day 3: Sabang – Banda Aceh – Airport
- Breakfast at hotel
- Hotel check-out
- Souvenir shopping
- Transfer to Banda Aceh
- Arrival in Banda Aceh
- Banda Aceh city tour: Tsunami Museum, Baiturahman Grand Mosque, Gunongan Historical Park and Aceh Museum
- Lunch at local restaurant serving local food and beverages such as kopi luwak (civet coffee)
- Transfer to airport for your departure or your next destination (extra charges may apply)
- Tour ends
Rate : USD 350/person/twin share, Minimum 2 person
-Hotel accommodation (twin-sharing)
- Breakfast or lunch
- Airport transfers
- Snorkeling gears (1 day)
- 1 trip on glass bottom boat
- Admission to sites
- All service and government taxes
- Flights to and from Banda Aceh
- Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
- Additional services or activities not listed above
- Additional food and beverages
- Personal expenses
- Additional gratuities
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