Pulau Weh (Weh Island)
Weh Island (Pulau Weh-Indonesian) is one of the small volcanic islands located in the northwest of Sumatra Island. The island is located in the Andaman Sea, separated from the sea by Sumatra as a result of volcanic eruptions in the Ploeistocene era. Sabang is the largest city on Pulau Weh is the city located in the westernmost part of Indonesia.
The Indonesian government has set an area of 60 km2 from the edge of the island, both in and out, as a nature reserve. Big mouth sharks can be found on the beach of this island. In addition, this island is the only habitat for the Bufo valhallae (genus Bufo) frog whose status is threatened. The coral reefs around the island are known as the habitat of various species of fish.
Weh Island, which is located at the far west of Indonesia, is known as “Zero Kilometer Indonesia”. Weh Island has many tourist attractions related to water sports activities such as surfing, swimming, fishing, exploring by boat, snorkeling, and diving. Must-visit natural attractions include Anoi Itam Beach, Aneuk Laot Lake, Sumur Tiga Beach, Pria Laot Waterfall, Gapang Beach, Iboih Beach, Rubiah Island, Monkey Road, and Keuneukai Hot Springs.
a. Location of Weh Island
Weh Island is about 32 km from Banda Aceh, the Capital of Aceh Province, Indonesia. Administratively, the natural tourism park of Weh Island includes Sukakarya District, Sabang Municipality, Aceh Special Province.
b. Access to Weh Island
Ferry is one of the transportation that can be used to get to Pulau Weh, from Banda Aceh and can be taken about 2 hours, fast boats can also be used so that the journey taken is faster, but the tariffs that must be paid are higher.
c. Accommodation and facilities
Accommodation and facilities that can be found around Pulau Weh Nature Tourism Park are lodging around Iboih Beach, which are built by the community, shelters, toilets, mosques, souvenir kiosks, and hotels in Gapang. In addition, there are also various facilities on Rubiah Island built by the Aceh Special Region Tourism Office, such as diving centers that are equipped with motorized boat facilities and diving equipment, Prayer Room, shelters, toilets, guard houses, watchtowers, walkways and parks.
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