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Sabang (Indonesia)

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===By plane===
Three weekly flights from Medan to Sabang Airporthave been discontinued as of 2019. Banda Aceh is the nearest airport. Take a 15 minute taxi/becak ride to the ferry terminal for transfer to Pulau Weh.
===By boat===
*'''Fast Ferry''' (c. 1 hour45 minutes, IDR75IDR80,000 economy, IDR95IDR100,000 business) leaves at 09.30 08:00, 10:00 and 16:00 from Banda Aceh(no 08:00 ferry on Tuesday or Wednesday); 08.30 & :00, 14:30 and 16:00 from Sabang Pulau Weh (March 2015). For the moment the fast ferry called "Pulo Rondo" only runs once a day departing from Ulee Lheue pier (Banda Aceh) at 09.30 to Balohan (Pulau Weh)and from Balohan (Pulau Weh) at no 16:00 until further noticeferry on Tues or Wed). Motorcycles and cars are not allowed on the fast ferry but bicycles can be shipped for IDR50,000.
*'''Slow Ferry''' (c. 21.5h, IDR18IDR27,000 economy, IDR26,000 business, IDR32,000 executive). Leaves Banda Aceh at 11:00 and 16:00 daily (with 14:00 departure on Mon/Tue/Thu), and from Pulau Weh at 08:00 and 14:00. Sometimes there are two trips/day with an extra trip at 11amYou can take motorbikes and cars on this for a small fee.
See the diving websites of Monster Divers, Scuba WEH, Rubiah Divers and/or , Lumba Lumba , or Bubble Addict for up to date information in regards to getting to and from KL or Medan to Banda Aceh and from Banda Aceh to Pulau Weh. Note: You can use the free blue TransKoetaradja buses (with a/c!) to go from the center to the harbour and back. The buses stop only at the designated TransKoetaradja bus stops, you can recognize those by the elevation of +-1m above street level. You can catch the bus to the harbour beside the Big Mosque (Mesjid Raya).
==Get around==
[[Image:P1080091.JPG|thumb|upright=1.3|jetty at Iboih (Teupin Layeu)]]There's not much to see in the city of Sabang. Head straight to either Gapang or Iboih beaches (40-50 minutes from the ferry).
The main reason to go to Pulau Weh is for the beaches. Relaxing, swimming, snorkelling, diving. Don't worry about doing anything else. There is now a yoga studio so it is also becoming a great place for yoga teacher training.
Kilometer Nol (Kilometre 0), the most Western point in Indonesia, is on Pulau Weh. You can rent a motorbike from Iboih for around IDR100,000/day and head out on your own, or rent a minivan and guide to take your group.
[[Image:P1080234.JPG|thumb|upright=1.3|Gapang Beach]]Single dive starts at €25, cheaper the more you do. Island has around 20 dive sites which are way less populated than elsewhere in Indonesia, and the life under water is simply spectacular. Note that Iboih and Gapang (and possibly other places on the island) are closed to diving on Friday mornings.
It's still considered a secret spot even amongst the diving community and Pulau Weh's reefs are genuinely untouched and offer something for every level of experience. The bottom topography ranges from large boulders on sandy slopes and deep volcanic pinnacles to craggy wall sections and coral gardens. Pulau Weh is notable for strong currents that can present dangerous conditions for unprepared divers.
The house reef at Gapang Beach boasts a wide range of macro life including rare critters like Frog Fish, Star Gazers and Gurnards. Large pelagics like Mantas, Whale Sharks and Mola Mola also come to feed when the season is right. All operators on Gapang Beach prioritize safety. Pulau Weh offers some of the finest diving in Indonesia, yet it is still very much undeveloped. * <do name="Monster Divers" alt="" address="" directions="" phone=" +62 81269606857" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Monster Divers is located on Gapang Beach and it's managed by three Spanish guys and a few of nice local people. Very respectful with the sea environment, you won't see them (or allow you) with the fins on the coral or hunting an octopus with a stick. New equipment and boat just in front of the store, they also offer free pick up at your location. Very friendly stuff, safety and fun is their main concern. All dive operators on Gapang Beach have highest safety standards.</do>
* <do name="Rubiah Tirta Divers" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Dive school based in Iboih, with a lot of restaurants and accommodation nearby. Rubiah is the original dive shop on the island and is still the cheapest (if you do a course or are a member, dives are €10 thereafter). The dive shop has a big boat and two smaller boats, nice local staff and knowledgeable instructors. A very relaxed place where you can chill out drinking tea and watch the world pass you by. It's popular with western dive masters and instructors that come here to dive on their holidays away from the day job in Thailand. They typically do only one dive in the morning and one in the afternoon unless you make arrangements as a group.</do>
* <do name="Lumba Lumba Diving Centre" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Popular western-owned dive operator in Gapang beach. Accommodation is for divers only, but the bungalows are spacious and clean. The newer budget rooms with shared bathroom are very good value for money. The dive shop is professional and staff very friendly. They offer all PADI courses and also offer Nitrox! The house reef is right in front of the diveshop, just walk into the water. Gapang beach is very quiet, a great place to relaxwhere all dive operators have highest safety standards.</do>
* <do name="Scuba Weh" alt="" address="" directions="" phone=" +62 823 70521752" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Dive center based in Iboih, turn right after you drive down to the village centre. Super friendly staff, local owner Mus is a legend, very knowledgeable instructors including German fella. Equipment is new and good quality, tank fills come from a european standard quality controlled compressor. Flexible dive schedules. All PADI Courses offered. </do>
* <do name="Bubble Addict" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+62 852 96904984" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Bubble Addict is the newest shop on Gapang and offers fun dives and courses with SSI or PADI. Owner is French and his wife, the yoga instructor, is Japanese/Canadian and they employ many local staff so very diverse and international. They are environmentalists and plan beach/reef cleanups, avoid single-use plastic (using metal straws), and give out free fruit juice to local kids who collect trash. Very safe and well-maintained equipment. </do>
* <do name="Steffen Sea Sports" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Offers a more customized, relaxed and professional atmosphere with 31 years of experience. Owner is a great Malaysian guy that truly appreciates his customers and it shows in his attitude also. They had nice plans for future in Spring 2010, but are operating from Gapang near Leguna and Flamboyan resorts at least until 2011. Gear is new too, and maintained to strict standards. Highly recommended.</do>
* <do name="Dive Weh" alt="" address="Pick up at accommodation" directions="" phone=" +62 822 732 11194" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Tour and Dive Boat in Pulau Weh. They will pick you up from your accommodation, whether you stay in Sumur Tiga, Sabang, Gapang, Iboih etc. They are not just a dive operation, but also run snorkeling tours and boat charter services. Co-owner is one of the only Acehnese PADI Instructors on the island, with 20 years diving around Southeast Asia, so very local & experienced. They have a big 17m-long boat, with a nice sun deck, perfect for cruising, chilling out before & after dives or activities. Good for groups also. Sometimes you can see their boat in the bay when driving through Monkey Hill. They can also organize all-in packages with accommodation & meals.</do>
* <do name="The Padé Dive Resort" alt="" address="" directions="" phone=" +62 6523324 500" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">The Pade Dive Resort is located at Lhong Angen Beach on the very quiet westcoast of Pulau Weh. Here some of the islands' best divesites dive sites such as Batee Meuduro, Pantee Peunateung and The Canyon can be found. Well maintained rental equipment and NITROX is available for divetrips to all of Pulau Weh's divesites on the four boats. The housereef, which is also ideal for snorkeling, is easily accessible from the beach. The rooms are equipped with A/C, hot water shower, satellite TV and WiFi is available throughout the resort. Visa and Mastercard are accepted.</do> ===Yoga===* <do name="Flying Elephant Yoga" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+62 85296904984" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Flying Elephant Yoga is the only yoga studio on the island, located at the end of Gapang Beach above Bubble Addict/Tipsy Toby Cafe. Community yoga classes are held at 18:30 each weekday (Monday-Friday) on donation basis. All abilities welcome. Be on time; classes start promptly at 18:30 and usually fill up. Check with them for the latest schedule, sometimes it changes. Talk to Tomomi if you're interested in yoga teacher training program, she's an amazing instructor.</do>
Learn Indonesian. Speak to Eva in Iboih beach
- ''Barracuda'' is the newest around and is between the Lumbalumba Dive center and the souvenir shop. Owners speak very good English, and serve a comprehensive menu with the tastiest food on Gapang. Their curries and Tacos are just delicious.
- ''Tipsy Toby Cafe'' is in Bubble Addict below Flying Elephant Yoga. They serve sandwiches, fresh fruit, yogurt, pizza, naan wraps and various other western cafe dishes for breakfast and lunch (closes 7pm). They have a professional espresso machine for the best coffee on Pulau Weh.
'''Sumur Tiga'''
- ''Norma'' (at Oong's bungalows) makes homecooked communal meals (25,000 Rp). Just swing by before noon to announce your attendance and you will be treated to a feast.
- ''DeeDees'' serves delicious foodand has homemade bread. Especially her curries are amazing. And try the Tempeh-burger. Wifi works better than many other places. Great setting on the beach. Meals from IDR20-40,000 - "Le Cafe Bleu" Run by a French expat. Homemade bread, pastas, crepes and sandwhiches from IDR20-35,000.
'''Long Beach'''
About 4km walk from Iboih (30 minutes, if you cross through the jungle. Just follow the signs) you will find Long beach, and there the best (and only) Italian Restaurant - ''BiXio'' is run by an Italian expat and serves the usual suspects. Prices from 40, Gnocchi000. Homemade pasta, Pastagnocchi, Bruschetta, etc.. Do not leave without trying the Tiramisutiramisu and also a small range of local dishes.
Backpacker style beach huts with hammocks on the balconies from RP50,000 per night (Mama Mia)(longstay) up to RP150RP400,000 (short stay) depending on the location and features of the bungalow (and your negotiating ability). Shared bathrooms (squat toilets) are the norm, but more and more bungalows with private western toilets are being built (ca. 150350,000 Rp).
Walk east along the road from the village and you'll find the newer, more expensive upmarket bungalows with air-conditioning (starting around RP300,000). Walk west past the village and up along the path into the jungle to find the budget accommodations. From the village you find the following in this order:
<sleep name="Erick's Green House" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="60,000-100Start at 250,000 Rp">is a higher standard very close to the sandy beach. Erick speaks good English, is very together and in a fountain of information. As many of the rooms are attached to one building, there is a community feel to this place.</sleep>
<sleep name="Fatimah's bungalows" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="50,150.000/250.000 Rp">Not the friendliest of ladies, nor Fatimah is her sonan old lady with a creeky voice who rents out some basic bungalows with a gorgeous view. Rents motorbikesBoth view and price are hard to beat.</sleep>
<sleep name="Mamamia" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="5080,000-100,000 Rp">Bungalows on the river with a bathroom are 100,000 while bungalows set in the trees are 80,000. All have hammock and deck. Mama is a super friendly lady who you will like immediately. Her food is good and big, she won't let you go hungry! Free wifi. She also offers laundry and massage. (April 2016)</sleep>
<sleep name="Olala" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="70100,000 to 140,000 Rp (March 2015)">started with two bungalows right on the water, but has since built a few more. If you're lucky enough to get one of the original shacks, you can watch the fish from the hammock on the balcony. Wifi, great restaurant, friendly owner.</sleep>
<sleep name="Oong (Norma's place)" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="5080,000-100,000">Norma is the default location for return visitors. Expect a communal atmosphere with home cooked meals. Norma is an institution!</sleep>
<sleep name="Iboih Inn" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="100,000-370,000 Rp.">. More up-market, Iboih Inn offers a range of bungalows from cheaper smaller one with no views to huge air-conditioned places, right by the sea. This is the closest you get to luxury in Iboih. They also have their own dive shop.</sleep>
<sleep name="Yulia's Bungalows and Restaurant" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="90,000-150,000 Rp.">. At the very end of the path sits Yulia's. This place seems more professionally run, i.e. less of a family atmosphere. The views from the bungalows, their spacious positioning, and immediate access to one of the better snorkeling spots more than make up for the higher price and long walk. As a bonus, the shared bathrooms have clean western toilets and showers.</sleep> <sleep name="Treetop accommodation Pulau Weh" alt="" address="Iboih, Pulau Weh, Indonesia" directions="five minutes walk from Iboih village with its many shops and restaurants." phone="(+62) 852 1773 779" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price=""> Its quiet location offers an alternative experience to the often busy village. With only the sounds of nature and the occasional fishing boat passing by it is very peaceful. The construction is eco friendly with very little disruption to the natural environment. Close to the sea there is footpath, stretching along the coast, where you can enjoy a leisurely walk. Air conditioning, Fridge, Hot water dispenser, Hammocks, Fire alarm, Parking area.</sleep>
===Kincir Long Beach===
Also known as Teupin Redeup. A secluded beach just before the forest reserve three km northeast from Iboih. [ '''Seulako View Cafe & Bungalows'''] has three bungalows and 3 rooms above a friendly seafront restaurant. Divers at '''Steffen Sea Sports''' can book one of the dive centre's new, colourful rooms.
[ '''Bixio Weh Reastaurant, Cafe & Bungalows'''] Beachfront bungalows accommodation and family rooms on a beautiful sandy beach and close to the jungle. Possibilities to arrange a lot of activities: tours North of Sumatra, trekking, snorkeling, diving, fishing, rafting, surf... Price from 150,000 Rp to 400,000 Rp. New built bungalows.
===Sumur Tiga and Anoi Itam Bay===
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