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Complete Guide to Diving Pulau Weh, Sumatra Indonesia

Diving Pulao Weh

Pulau Weh, a small lively volcanic island to the northwest of Sumatra Indonesia and is a part of the Bandah Ache province, the encompassing reefs provided some nice ‘off the grid’ diving.  Our private expertise was that the diving is sweet, however not comparable with the perfect of Indonesia; comparable to Komodo Nationwide Park or Lembeh Strait. We actually loved that there have been solely a few divers on the market. Round in style dive areas you typically see hundreds of thousands of bubbles ascending from different divers in your method down. Diving from Pulau Weh we hardly encountered divers from different teams throughout our dives. Out of hundreds of islands that make up Indonesia, with some extent marked ‘kilometer zero’ that is the place Indonesia begins within the North West nook of the island.

Honeycomb Moray Eel,  diving at The Canyon

With nice visibility and superb marine life, starting from small creatures to huge swimming pelagics, undoubtedly a dive space value visiting. Pumping currents move across the island making for good drift dives, deep wrecks are nice for technical diving and an underwater volcano is one thing totally different for even probably the most skilled diver. You need to cowl up on this conservative Muslim island, Aceh is a particular province the place Sharia regulation continues to be practiced. Nothing to fret about, however bikinis aren’t allowed, at sure occasions on Fridays no swimming is allowed and alcohol isn’t available. So this isn’t actually a celebration island, however it’s a lovely, low cost island with very good diving and good snorkeling from the seashore!

#diveindoClouds of quite a lot of fish everywhere in the reef diving at The Canyon.

Value of journey in Pulau Weh

That is in all probability the most cost effective good diving that I’ve ever achieved. Different then diving our price range for meals and lodging was lower than $10 per day every! It’s attainable to do it for $5 per day in case you actually do the finances factor staying at a price range homestay and eat rice or noodles at native eateries. Diving value about $25 per dive, together with gear relying on dive middle, dive website and what number of dives you do.

Greatest season for Diving Pulau Weh

Might to September it’s dry season, snug temperature, uncommon rainfalls, cleaner water and higher visibility for diving and snorkeling.

The Marine LIfe round Pulau Weh

Doing analysis for this journey, we have been actually excited studying about nearly each superior, giant pelagic you’ll be able to think about swimming in these waters;  mantas, whale sharks, canine tooth tunas and even mola mola and killer whales! We actually thought we discovered Indonesia’s greatest stored diving secret. Sadly massive animals are not often seen today,  however who is aware of, you may get fortunate! We nonetheless loved the diving with good visibility and an abundance of marine life.

mantis shrimp indonesiaPeacock Mantis Shrimp

Pelagics diving from Pulau Weh

Mantas, whale sharks and killer whale we didn’t see, there have been many blue fin trevallies searching in packs on all of the reefs that we dived. We encountered some large Big Trevallies patrolling within the deep and noticed a few white tip reef sharks, some education Barracudas and Horse eye Jacks.

On the reefs of Pulau Weh

The jungles of giant gorgonian followers coated by large clouds of Indian set off fish in all places was spectacular.

Nearer to the reef some highlights have been octopus, we noticed a few Leafy Scorpionfish and have been fortunate to identify multiple Mantis Shrimp. The Peacock Mantis shrimp is an unimaginable little animal. It has 2 highly effective appendages referred to as dactyl golf equipment that punch quicker than a 22 calibre bullet to destroy it’s pray and people lovely, big, colourful eyes are a number of the strongest eyes within the universe, seeing colours we cannot even comprehend. Don’t crawl on the reef, there have been a few scorpion fish and they’re extremely venomous. Scorpion fish are passive, however nicely camouflaged, don’t press on their poisonous spines with a hand or a knee!  I really like nudibranches and there have been quite a lot of these colourful sea slugs hiding everywhere in the reef should you stored an eye fixed open for them.

Diving Pulao Weh. Blue fin Trevally hunting at Bastard Current.

Blue fin Trevally searching at Bastard Present.

Diving Pulau Weh – from our Logbook

We dived in present on all our dives, various from very delicate to robust. The water temperature was a really snug 29C and depth ranging between 8m and 41m. A lot of the dive websites begin shallow and slope deeper. There are a selection of web sites appropriate for all ranges.

Pante Peunateung

Our first dive was disappointing. We utterly missed the reef and needed to abort the dive, discovering it on our second try. Good commonplace reef fish present in SE Asia and couple of nudis, not what we have been hoping for. Big clams, magnificent slug, powder blue surgeon fish, moorish idols and so forth. Very common dive.

Dive log Pante Peunateung:

Viz: 15m, Temp: 29C, Max depth 31m, Avg depth 15m, Dive time 61min

The Canyon

Good dive! This was a lot better diving! The reef is spectacular with large Gorgonian followers and quite a lot of lovely corals. Hundreds of Indian triggerfish coated the reef.

Packs of medium sized Big trevally and Blue fin trevally searching. Fascinating life on the reef, a Honeycomb Morey, White eye Morey Eel. Scorpion fish, Octopus, Titan triggerfish and all the traditional small reef fish.

Dive Log, The Canyon

Viz: 10-15m, Temp: 29C, Max depth 31m, Avg depth 15m, Dive time 62min

Diving Pulao Weh, a Blue spotted stingray with a friend at Arus Balee.A Blue noticed stingray with a pal diving at Arus Balee.

Arus Balee (Bastard Present)

Nice Dive, most lovely reef we noticed round Pulau Weh. Gorgonian Followers, Staghorn coral, Desk coral superb. Huge Big Trevallies. So many fish it seemed prefer it was getting darkish typically! Comparable marine life to The Canyon, simply extra dense.

Dive Log, Arus Balee

Viz: 15m, Temp: 29c, Max depth 31m, Avg depth 15m, Dive time 61min

Batee Tokong

Lastly a dive with some massive fish! Three large Big Trevallies, a faculty of 20 to 30 Barracudas, faculty of about 100 Horse eye jacks. Loads of Blue fin trevally and smaller Big trevally searching. Two Blacktip reef sharks. Good macro life, Leafy scorpion fish, Mantis shrimp, Boxer banded shrimp.

Dive Log Batee Tokong:

Viz: 15m, Temp: 28C, Max depth 40m, Avg depth 15.8m, Dive time 61min

Extra fascinating websites

The Sophie Rickmers Wreck

The Sophie Rickmers is an 134m lengthy wreck, scuttled in a sheltered bay. This wreck lies in deep water and is completed as a decompression dive and is just for skilled divers, dive faculties require a minimal advance open water and rescue  with 100 dives plus. The highest of the wheelhouse is at 37 meters with the decks at 45 meters and the bow lies at over 55 meters deep.

Underwater Volcano

A shallow dive, can be snorkeled.  Abnormally heat water as a consequence of thermal exercise. The rising bubbles makes for a fascinating dive.  

Powder Blue Surgeons swimming over the colorful reef at Batee Tokong.Powder Blue Surgeons swimming over the colourful reef at Batee Tokong.

Pulau Weh Dive Facilities

I heard there are many dive facilities on Pulau Weh, however solely noticed six. We dived with Iboih Dive Middle, dives are low cost at about $23 per dive together with gear, the gear was properly maintained and the employees the place pleasant and professional.

I heard that decompression issues are widespread on the island (about as soon as a month). A number of the well-liked dive websites are deep with present. I might advocate that you simply dive with your personal pc and all the time intently monitor your depth, don’t solely depend on the dive masters, a number of the younger, native divemasters are inexperienced. A really inexperienced diver staying in our hostel was taken to 45m by a divemaster that missed the reef!

Learn present Tripadvisor critiques of the dive facilitiesthis offers you a good suggestion of what’s going on at every middle. Dive leaders and instructors come and go, so issues change at these facilities. I might advocate that you simply relatively pay $5 per dive extra to dive with a middle you belief, than to danger you life to save lots of a few cents.

Diving Pulao Weh, Batee Tokong

Diving Pulao Weh, Batee Tokong

Snorkeling Pulau Weh

Snorkeling journeys may be accomplished with dive outlets or native operators, there are some actually good spots to only snorkel your self from the shore. The shoreline is rocky with some entry factors from seashores or bays, don’t stroll over the reef. We discovered snorkeling from the seashore was good at Yulia visitor home pier, shallow, some corals alongside the shore. The marine life was good, we noticed there was an octopus, some lion fish, trumpet fish, clown fish and so forth. The spot is so shallow you possibly can solely snorkel right here at excessive tide.

Snorkeling in entrance of Erick’s Inexperienced Home, was good, you’ll be able to swim there from Rubiah seashore alongside to the shore. We noticed there two huge scorpion fish, some massive bat fish, some clown fish, needle fish, trumpet fish, lion fish and hundreds of small reef fish. Plenty of the arduous coral round Pulau Weh is lifeless, however right here the reef itself could be very good and colourful. Look ahead to scorpion fish and sea urchins there are various round.  

dive pulau weh scorpionfishWatch out of scorpionfish on the reef whereas snorkeling, don’t hold on to the reef.

Greatest seashore to remain on the island

The three most important seashores to remain on the island are GapangIboih and Simur Tiga Seashore.

Gapang and Iboih are situated 10 min. drive from one another.

  • Iboih Seashore – The preferred place for vacationers, nonetheless not very touristy. We stayed at Iboih seashore, the primary purpose we discovered costs for diving in dive facilities at Iboih seashore have been cheaper. We actually favored it right here, it’s a small village with a number of dive facilities, many lodging choices and meals locations, motorcycle rental, snorkeling journeys and a few outlets. If you wish to dive with a selected dive middle it is sensible to remain on the seashore the place the middle is situated.

Dive Facilities on Iboih Seashore – Rubiah Tirtia, Scuba Weh, Iboih Dive Middle

  • Gapang Seashore – much less touristy (much less backpackers) than Iboih Seashore, very chilled out environment. Seashore and good home reef for snorkeling, typically spot turtles right here.

Dive Facilities on Gapang Seashore – Lumba Lumba, Bubble Adict, Monster Divers

  • Simur Tiga Seashore – Extra distant, good palm fringed white sandy seashore, romantic island setting, should drive or taxi to the dive facilities.

Casa Nemo – picture Reserving.com

Lodging Pulau Weh

To remain nearer to the primary city and the airport than keep round Sabangthe primary city on the island. We stayed at Iboih seashore and located its location fairly good not very busy however with one thing happening round, a few dive outlets, native meals locations and a number of other lodging choices for various price range.

Lodging in Sabang

Freddies Santai Sumurtiga, Sabang – a terrific and finances place proper on the seashore, bungalows and household rooms with sea view, lovely restaurant terrace. Bungalows are fairly spacious, with double mattress, fan, wi-fi, scorching water bathe, security field, balcony dealing with the ocean, personal seashore, useful employees and so on.

Casa Nemo Seashore Resort & Spa, Sabang – a bit costlier and luxurious place with greater bungalows, additional giant beds, AC, mosquito nets, wi-fi, scorching water bathe, included breakfast. Restaurant with sea view, near the seashore and good snorkeling spot.

Extra lodging choices in Sabang

| Dedy’s Backpackers | Pondok Simpang Tiga | The Level Sabang Resort |

Lodging at Iboih seashore

Bixio Cafe, Iboih seashore – one other nice and price range choice on the seashore. Spacious bungalows with personal toilet, double mattress, scorching water bathe, wi-fi, balcony, fan, mosquito internet, security deposit protected and so forth. Continental breakfast for US$three additional.

Treetop Guesthouse and Bungalows – Nice location on the water, good snorkeling, hammocks, good bungalows, implausible place.

Pele’s Place – nice price range lodging, bungalows on the seashore, wonderful employees, good snorkeling, even good pizza!

Extra lodging choices on Iboih seashore

| Iboih Inn | Yulia Bungalow |

Lodging at Simur Tiga

Casa Nemo Seashore Resort & Spa – need a bit extra luxurious, nonetheless for incredible worth? Wonderful location, lovely seashore, actually good spa remedies and amenities and good restaurant

For extra about island life on Pulau Weh  see our Information to Pualu Weh. It’s a good island to discover by scooter with scorching springs, a volcano and secret seashores strewn round the primary street meandering across the island. If you wish to climb an iconic volcano contemplate going to Java and climb Mount Bromo at no cost

Dive Insurance coverage

Considering of issues that may go improper an excessive amount of can put a damper in your journey, however there are apparent dangers. Many dive places are distant with minimal medical amenities. Accidents do occur, be ready. World Nomads journey insurance coverage covers vacationers from most nations around the globe and canopy may even be organised while you’re touring. They concentrate on masking journey actions like diving. Be sure to take out the suitable cowl. Get a on-line quote in seconds. Have your journey, your well being and your gear coated, learn the small print. World Nomads Diving Insurance coverage

Useful issues to pack in your island journey!


We all the time have a masks in our backpacks and love the Mares Star liquid pores and skin. Doesn’t take a lot area and necessary to have one that matches with out leaking when going for a dive or snorkel. The liquid pores and skin materials is tremendous tender and matches very snug for each of us. Our favourite masks for Scuba and snorkeling

Silicone Snorkel

This superior, tender silicone snorkel folds away in your backpack, if we have now a masks and snorkel the dive middle we dive with typically borrows us fins, so snorkeling prices us zero. Aegend mushy fold away snorkel

Thermo Guard dive/swim vest

Nice for all water actions. zero.5mm neoprene retains you heat swimming and diving, protects you towards the solar. Mild to pack in your backpack.  Mares Thermo Guard zero.5mm

Micro fibre towel

Essential to pack a pleasant towel that doesn’t take to a lot area in your baggage. We advise a top quality microfiber towel.

Beneficial books and guidebooks

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