is more to see on Pulau Weh than Kincir (also called Long Beach)
Iboih, Gapang and Sumur Tiga. Pulau Weh is a beautiful and very
green island with lush vegetation and with breathtaking sceneries.
The wildlife that you will see is a lot of monkeys, sometimes
jumping on your bungalow roof, wild boars roaming for food in the
late afternoon and monitor lizards running away when you drive along
the roads. Colorful butterflies are everywhere and interesting birds
can be seen. North of Iboih is a protected forest. A walk
along the road to the northern end of Pulau Weh is recommended. It
is here that Indonesia officially starts. A monument has been built
to commemorate that. The spot is called Kilometer Nol (Km 0),
a must for Indonesian tourists.
The real start of Indonesia is however Pulau Rondo. You can
see it far out to the north. From there it is not too far from the
Indian archipelago Nicobar. Pulau Rondo has reportedly excellent
fishing. It also has snorkeling and diving, but not anything better
than Pulau Weh. If you want to go there, ask any boat owner near
your accommodation. The cheapest alternative would be to join a
fisherman from Iemeulee near Sabang town. There you can get a good
deal, as long as the fisherman can fish during the trip.
a motorbike is a good way to see Pulau Weh. There are many small
roads through the forests, orchards, and remote villages where you
will become the attraction of the week. Some roads are in very bad
condition and a few are very steep, for example coming down to
Balohan from the east. Be sure your bike has good brakes and be
careful. Petrol can be found almost everywhere in small stands; only
Rp. 5.500 per liter. To rent a motorbike is app. Rp. 80-100.000 per
When you drive over the mountain south of Gapang you will see lots
of monkeys waiting for passersby to throw them bananas. On the
southern foot of the mountain, in Siruit, on the waterfront is
Coffee Shop, a nice place to stop for a coffee and to feel a
hot spring in the sea and to see a hot mud pool on the
beach. There is also an accommodation here. You can swim to the hot
spring outside the coffee shop, but you need to dive down to feel
any warm water. The spring is on a depth of app. 6 m. To see the hot
mud pool, just follow the stony beach to the left, or ask in the
coffee shop. Be careful, the mud is boiling and it can be very hot
in between stones going there. Don't leave your litter behind!
Guest House Mardimi
Siruit. Ph: 081269413179, 08126091929, +031118642019,
www.pulauwehguesthouse.com 4 rooms. With fan, bathroom: Rp.
250.000. Food can be ordered.
the main road a bit further to Pria Laot where a small river flows
out. If you follow it upstream you will see the biggest waterfall
on Pulau Weh. Just follow the river along a partly invisible path,
crossing the river several times, climbing over and jumping in
between rocks and you will arrive at a beautiful place perfect for
bathing and relaxing. It is recommended.
Driving over the mountain to the south is also very nice. There are
a few small lakes and a volcanic area with lots of holes, gas
and bad smell. The locals in the surrounding villages often have to
extinguish fires. Do not smoke or use fire in this area.
In the relaxed fishing village of Paya Keunekai is a sand beach
called Pasir Putih. It is very beautiful during the eastern
monsoon season (roughly the first half of the year). The two coffee
shops on the beach are for hanging out. Two km further is the beach
Pantai Cum, a.k.a. Pantai Bango. The following coast all the way to
Balek Gunung is very desolate and perfect for solitude and finding
own secret spots. Especially so 5 km from the junction in Paya
Keunekai. At the bridge over a nice stream, follow the path to the
beach and you find a nice camping ground. Cars and motorbikes
cannot go through all the way to Balek Gunung and Iboihs.
Keunekai, at the only junction in this village, turn down to
the sea and you will find some pools with warm spring water.
In the ferry harbor Balohan is one small accommodation.
Facing the ferry terminal. Ph:+6285260329992. 6 rooms. With bath,
fan: Rp. 90.000. Barth, aircon: Rp. 180.000.
AROUND WEH BY BOAT
Many of the villages on Pulau Weh are fishing villages so it is also
a good idea to charter a boat for a day or less to explore the
coastline of the Island. Sharing a boat with friends can be very
economical. Various locations can be reached, for example the
waterfall, volcanic bubbles spring, remote coral reefs and secluded
beaches where you can relax and enjoy lunch. Game Fishing is
also an option, trawling, popping or line fishing.
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