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Sabang Travel Guide

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Sabang is a town name on Weh Island (Pulau Weh) north of Banda Aceh on the northern tip of Sumatra. 

The islands is best known by tourists for its world class snorkeling and diving.

The names of Saban and Pulau Weh are often used interchangeably. Amongs local the place more well knowned as "Sabang" but amongs tourist is well known as "Pulau Weh". 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). 

Under water world of Pulau Weh  <span style='white-space:nowrap;'><img src='http://www.guidegecko.de/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click to enlarge</span>

Pulau Weh is still considered a secret spot even amongst the diving community and island'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. The house reef at Gapang Beach boasts a wide range of macro life including rare critters like Frog Fish, Star Gazers and Gunards.

Large pelagics like Mantas, Whale Sharks and Mola Mola also come to feed when the seasons right.

All in all Pulau Weh offers some of the finest diving in Indonesia, yet it is still very much undeveloped and untouched.


Gapang Beach has a few restaurants to choose from. Dang Dang Na is next to Lumba Lumba and serves a range of local and western food, prepare for a long wait though. Gado Gado is a peanut and salad based Indonesian dish well worth a try, also noodles and curry available. Best to order early as everything is on island time, and try to relax if your having to wait. Further down the beach there are Limbo Cafe, Zero Cafe and Mama Jungle (best to order in advance), all places can do fish and sometimes chicken BBQ's, give them a little notice first though. Barracuda is the newest around and also the last on the beach. Owners speak very good English, and serve a comprehensive menu with the tastiest food on Gapang.

Pulau Weh is best known by tourists for its world class snorkeling and diving  <span style='white-space:nowrap;'><img src='http://www.guidegecko.de/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click to enlarge</span>

If you like it more for western taste, you should visit the east coast of pulau weh,the new tourist destination, for people who not only want to dive but also can. There are some accommodations at Sumor Tiga area like Freddies or Casa Nemo and further about 6 KM the newest comfort accommodation on Pulau Weh on Anoi Itam Bay the Rasa Seni Hotel Resort.


There are no nightclubs or bars on Pulau Weh, if you like to party its best not to visit. Alcohol is generally forbidden, however some places may have it available.


You can only find ATMs in the city of Sabang, which is about 40 minutes from Gapang and Iboh beaches. Two of three ATMs in Sabang should accept mastercard and have a maximum withdraw facility of 500,000 so consider bringing lots of cash with you. Recent experiences show, that mastercard usage is dependent on the bank issuing the card. Get the necessary cash in Banda Aceh if you don't want to rely on Western Union money transfer with banks in Sabang.

Hand carved necklaces made from coconut shells. You can get them near Lumba Lumba Dive Centre or if you bump into Andy at Rubiah Tirta Divers in Iboih, who makes them.

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