Weh Island (Pulau Weh), usually often called Sabang after the biggest metropolis, is essentially the most northwestern island within the Indonesian Archipelago.
Native residents are concentrated in Metropolis of Sabang within the jap a part of the island together with locations like Anoi Hitam resorts and Kasih Seaside.
The western a part of the island is especially coated with tropical forest, with some attention-grabbing locations together with Iboih and Rubiah. The southern a part of the island is thought for well-known Kaneukai Seaside and the Balohan Port.
A little bit of historical past of Weh Island
In late 2004, the southern a part of Weh Island was swept off by tsunami. It’s now reconstructed and pretty in good situation. The reminiscences from harmful tsunami are nonetheless sturdy, native residents are often very open to speak on this subject, an opportunity to greet and discuss with native residents.
Native residents are identified for being very useful and trustworthy. If you happen to’re driving in the midst of nowhere and operating out of petrol, simply await the subsequent automobile to move by and ask them properly to take you or purchase you petrol.
Attending to Weh Island
The island has sole entry by ferries working between Ulee Lheu Port in Banda Aceh and Balohan Port in Weh Island.
Banda Aceh itself has each day direct flights from Medan, Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur. Since Banda Aceh airport is situated removed from the Ulee Lheu Port, taxi fare is sort of excessive.
There are each day quick ferries from each terminals, twice a day, within the morning and late afternoon. The service is pretty good and punctual. These quick ferries are passengers solely, for these crossing with autos should use sluggish ferries.
Gradual ferry is half-priced than the quick ones, taking 3 times longer (round two hours), with just one scheduled ferry.
Getting round Weh Island
Taking autos from Banda Aceh to Weh Island isn’t really useful, until you’ve already employed a automotive to your journey.
Restricted ferry to take your autos onto and out of the island must be your utmost concern. Thus, hiring contained in the island is extra recommendable. The costs received’t differ that a lot, bargaining is at all times allowed.
If you happen to’re feeling adventurous, rent a motorbike and trip by the hilly street from east to west, north to south.
Then again, in the event you’re taking a brief journey and go away within the afternoon ferry, rent a bike for the day, it’s already full of full petrol.
It’s fairly tough to rent autos instantly exterior Balohan Ferry Terminal, take public transport from the terminal to Metropolis of Sabang to seek out the closest hiring station.
A easy information when driving within the island is to spare at most one hour to drive from easternmost to westernmost coast.
The island is simply 24 kilometers in size from east to west (as my taxi driver mentioned), so if you’re in Iboih and catching the afternoon ferry in Balohan Ferry Terminal, spare at most one hour to drive and purchase ticket.
ATMs for playing cards with Mastercard and Visa brand are situated in Metropolis of Sabang; take sufficient cash with you when staying exterior the town since driving forth and again will value numerous time.
Most important petrol station is situated in Metropolis of Sabang. Alongside the street, you will discover distributors promoting petrol (“bensin” in Indonesian) with barely increased costs.
Roads within the island is easy, well-marked with visitors indicators and nearly empty from different autos.
Contemplating that this is without doubt one of the outer islands of Indonesia, army presence is robust, so it’s best to remain secure and never doing one thing bizarre 🙂
Aceh is the one province in Indonesia with sharia legislation (Islamic Legislation), costume modestly when staying right here, although in some seashores, swimwears or tanktops are frequent to see.
Driving alone in the midst of the day by the sleek street inside tropical forest is extraordinarily secure, however after the solar units, pay extra consideration since there is no such thing as a mild alongside the street. Driving at night time isn’t recommendable exterior the town.