fishing village Lampuyang is the major entry point on
Breuh. Here is a post office, a health center and the local
government. Lampuyang was very hard hit by the tsunami. If you land
here it is better to continue to Gugup or the villages beyond to the
north. Gugup is spread out and its economy based on agriculture.
Nearby are Lambaru and the fishing village of Serapong, Gugup sits
on a very scenic peninsula with a calm bay on one side and a grand
beach on the other. Further north along the dramatic and scenic
coast line are the villages of Alue Raya, Rinon and Meulingge.
The best beaches on Pulo Breuh are found in the Gugup area. Five
hundred meters west of the village Lambaru is Pantai Lambaru with
yellow sand and big waves rolling in. A similar but more secluded
beach is Pantai Baluh to the north. At the northern end of this
beach are fluorescent rocks. At special occasions the locals use the
dust of these rocks as decorations on hats and shirts. Baluh is a
1-1,5 hrs walk from Gugup. Further up the coast, near Rinon and
Meulingge are more beautiful beaches to explore.
Pulau Breuh is the island that has most jungles left and it is easy
to spot wild boar, rusa deer, monkeys, squirrels and many beautiful
birds and butterflies. The highest mountain in Pulo Aceh is on Pulo
Breuh, Gunung Ceumoh. It is clad in jungles and offers a nice one
day trek up and down. Start the trek at Pantai Baloh.
The coconut palms on the small island Pulau Kelapa near Gugup were
planted by a holy person. The coconuts can only be collected if used
for local consumption. If anyone collects the nuts with the
intention to sell them, he will never make it back alive, according
to the locals.
In the far north, east of Meulingge the unique historical remnant;
the 132 year old light house "Willem's-Toren", still in operation.
Willem's Toren is worth a visit. Besides the tall classical tower,
there are buildings from three different times.
The oldest buildings
are intertwined by roots and trees. Two generators form the 1940ies
are still producing the needed electricity. The light house staff
can help out with information, show you around and to cook some
noodles and coffee, but bring the food stuff and give some money in
a handshake for their help.
The place can be reached by a nice 4
kilometer walk from Meulingge. An alternative is by boat to Ujung
Peuneung. Land at the almost totally broken down light house pier
and follow the path up the hill. It is a nice walk. This is best
route if you do the excursion from Pulau Weh.
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