Weh Island Sumatra Indonesia

Weh Island Sumatra Indonesia 

Weh Island or Pulau Weh or Pulo Weh (by the local population commonly referred to only as “Sabang”, the name of the largest city) is a small active volcanic island to the northwest of Sumatra, 45 minutes by fast regular ship or 2 hours by ferry from mainland, Banda Aceh.It was originally connected to the Sumatran mainland and became separated by sea after the volcano’s last eruption in the Pleistocene era.The island is situated in the Andaman Sea. The largest city on the island, Sabang, is the northernmost outpost of Indonesia.

The island is known for its ecosystem; the Indonesian government has declared 60 square kilometres (23 sq mi) of inland and sea around the island as a wildlife protection area. A rare megamouth shark species was found on shore and the island is the only habitat for the threatened toad, Duttaphrynus valhallae (formerly Bufo valhallae). Coral reef areas around the island are known for their large variety of fish species.

Weh Island Tourism

Weh Island is small island and some beaches can be visited in one day only by rental vehicles, because there are no public transport there.

  • Anoi Itam Beach with its black sandy beach is a half-hour drive from Balohan Port. With small fee, visitor can enter Anoi Itam Resort with beautiful scenery.
  • Gapang Beach is 17 miles (27 km) from Sabang or one hour drive and convenience for backpackers with modest culinary stalls and accommodations, however has a dive resort.
  • Iboih Beach, 5 km (3 mi) from Gapang Beach is the busiest beach in Weh Island and is cheaper than Gapang Beach. The white sandy beach itself is only 150 metres (492 ft) long, yet it is considered a paradise for backpackers because Rubiah Island is directly offshore from it.

 

Getting Here

Travelling from Balohan port to Sabang costs roughly IDR30,000. From Balohan port (harbour) to backpacker hangouts of Gapang and Iboih IDR50,000 (negotiable) in shared transport (~1 hr drive) and to Semur Tiga Rp25,000 in shared transport (~20 min drive). From Iboih to Semur Tiga in shared transport costs IDR100,000 (~1 hr drive). Prices for minibuses (shared transport) from and to harbour are fixed (also if there is only one passenger in the car).

A possibly cheaper option is to arrange transport in becaks or on motorbikes. For this transport you need to bargain. You can also take the whole taxi for IDR150,000. Bargain hard, since the prices are not set (although the drivers try to show you written notes with prices). A motorbike ride should cost around Rp30,000.

Alternatively you can rent motorbikes at Iboih and Gapang and Semur Tiga (IDR100,000 per day). Besides that bicycles are for rent in Iboih,Santai Sumur Tiga and several Places like Kartika and Holiday Hotel. If you want to cycle from the port to your hotel its best to rent a bicycle in Banda Aceh and take it with you on the boat.

Travelling from Balohan port to Sabang costs roughly IDR30,000. From Balohan port (harbour) to backpacker hangouts of Gapang and Iboih IDR50,000 (negotiable) in shared transport (~1 hr drive) and to Semur Tiga Rp25,000 in shared transport (~20 min drive). From Iboih to Semur Tiga in shared transport costs IDR100,000 (~1 hr drive). Prices for minibuses (shared transport) from and to harbour are fixed (also if there is only one passenger in the car).

 A possibly cheaper option is to arrange transport in becaks or on motorbikes. For this transport you need to bargain. You can also take the whole taxi for IDR150,000. Bargain hard, since the prices are not set (although the drivers try to show you written notes with prices). A motorbike ride should cost around Rp30,000.

Alternatively you can rent motorbikes at Iboih and Gapang and Semur Tiga (IDR100,000 per day). Besides that bicycles are for rent in Iboih,Santai Sumur Tiga and several Places like Kartika and Holiday Hotel. If you want to cycle from the port to your hotel its best to rent a bicycle in Banda Aceh and take it with you on the boat.