If you want to see something before tourism develops and if you are
adventurous and used to primitive conditions, then Pulo Aceh
is the perfect place. STRONGLY RECOMMENDED! It is close to
Pulau Weh, but still so different. It doesn’t have the diving and
snorkeling Pulau Weh has, but the beaches are breathtaking. Lots of
forest is still standing and the scenery is very beautiful. The
economy is based on fishing and agriculture. The locals are poor,
however very friendly and social. Only
Pulo Breuh and
Pulo Nasi are habited, a
total of app. 10.000, app. 5.000 on each of those two islands.
For snorkeling bring your own gear. Diving can be arranged from
Pulau Weh. Surfers sometimes find their ways to Pulo Aceh. There are
no surfboards available to rent.
The year can roughly be divided
into two weather seasons, the western season app. during the second
half of the year and the eastern season app. during the first half
of the year. The transition periods are always the worst. In the
western season the wind come from the west, making big waves
and narrows the western beaches. The eastern beaches are this time
of the year better. During the eastern season the western
beaches are best.
The geographical position of Pulo Aceh at the
tip of Sumatra results in some peculiarities. The straits between
the islands are narrow and the currents can be very strong.
Worst is between Pulo
Bunta and Pulo
Batee. One has to be careful in the straits, but otherwise
there are no big problems.
When people in the old days sailed to
Pulo Nasi, the trip was short enough to bring boiled rice, or "Nasi"
in Acehnese. If they sailed to Pulo Breuh they had to bring raw
rice, "Breuh" in Acehnese. That is the explanation to the
names of these two islands.
ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD
there is no formal accommodation (except on Pulo Batee) and
no restaurants, but most locals are more than happy to help you out.
Another alternative is to camp directly on a beach. If you feel
insecure, just ask the village head "Kepala Desa" and he will
for sure arrange something. Don't expect spring beds and water
closets and bring sun lotion and malaria pills. Ask someone to cook
for you. The fish is always good. After your stay, leave some money
for house and board in a hand shake.
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