Sabang or known as Weh Island is the most outer island in western part of Indonesia. People might think that the best marine or the best island in Indonesia lays in the eastern part of Indonesia. Completely wrong! The beauty of Weh Island equals to other islands in the east. Its special characteristic is the amazing gradation of green and blue colour. Get ready for snorkeling in Weh Island
My Experience Visiting Weh Island
I rushed into Ulee Lheu Port after picking up some friends from the airport. Delayed, normal incident which almost made us missed the boat. We were the last passangers, luckily the boat was not leaving yet. The sky was grey, no sunshine at all. For 45 minutes we sat inside the shaking boat.
Finally, we reached Balohan Port in Sabang and we still have to take the car another 45 minutes to reach our destination, Iboih Beach. It was dark, with little rain pouring down. Zig Zag road made me feel a little bit sick. Then, we reached Iboih Inn, that’s where we stay. A beautiful inn with magic view in front of the peer. We took rest, hoping that tomorrow will be a shiny day.
I woke up and the first thing I did was looking at the window. Oh God, still cloudy. I walked back to my bed and stretched my body lazily before going for shower. Our main activity was snorkeling in Weh Island. I finished my yummy breakfast, packed up my snorkeling set, and waited for my friends to get ready.
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We crossed to Rubiah Island, only 5 minutes far by boat from Iboih Beach. By that time, the sky turned 180 degrees different from before.
The sun came out, blue sky, it was just a perfect day to have a tanning skin, thanks God. I jumped into the water, in front of the peer, explore around the island, but I could not find anything.
Maybe I was just unlucky snorkeling at the wrong spot. Probably diving is the better option if you want to see the underwater. This was the last moment I took underwater picture with my beloved camera sony Tx-5, accompanied me for two years traveling, and it’s totally unusable.
Getting To Sabang/Weh Island
- Airport (Aceh)-Ulee Lheu Port : Rp 100,000/car Rp 70,000/motor tricycle
- Bus Station- Ulee Lheu Port : Rp 60,000/car Rp 30,000 (becak)
- Balohan Port (Sabang)-Iboih : Rp 50,000/person
Boat Schedule to Weh Island
- Express Boat (45 min) from Banda Aceh-Sabang : 8 a.m., 9.30 a.m., 4 p.m. Rp 65,000/one way
Return from Sabang-Banda Aceh : 8 a.m., 2.30 p.m., 4.30 p.m.
- Slow Boat (90 min) from Banda Aceh-Sabang : 2 p.m.(mon,tue,thur,fri) 10.30 a.m., 4 p.m. (wed,sat,sun). Rp 25,000 Return Sabang-Banda Aceh :8 a.m, (daily) 1.30 p.m. (wed,sat,sun)
- Boat from Balohan-Iboih : Rp 50,000
- Boat from Balohan-Sumur Tiga Beach : Rp 25,000-30,000
- Motorcycle Rent: Rp 60,000-100,000
Where to Stay
I stayed in iboih Inn and I do really recommend it. The view was spectacular, pretty close to Rubiah Island, and also there’s dive operator here in Iboih Beach. You don’t have to bring hammock because there’s hammock provided for guests in every single bungalow.
The room was clean and comfortable. Hanging out at the restaurant and peer is a must thing to do. I’m sure you’ll be amazed. A tranquil place if you want to cohere with nature. Sometimes, a group of monkeys were running over the trees. The breakfast was nice. Everything’s perfect! Click here for rates and booking
If you want to dive, please refer to Rubiah Tirta Divers or Lumba-lumba. Diving might be a better option than snorkeling in Weh Island
If you need any assistance in tour package in Aceh and sabang you can refer to wisatasabang
Traveled in 6-7 September 2013
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