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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Discover the Beauty of Sabang Beaches

The city of Sabang, in the Aceh Province of Indonesia comprises 5 islands the largest of which is known as Pulau Weh or simply Weh island. Because this prime tourist destination is on the country’s edge, it remains one of the relatively unknown destinations even to the locals. In this way, it provides a visitor such as yourself, with the unique opportunity to experience Sabang beaches without the clutter you’d find in other highly-commercialized destinations.

Sabang tourism offers you a spectacular view of marine line, uncluttered Sabang beaches and affordable rates. This is all without the vendor background noise other more established destinations often have.

Things to Do in Sabang 

Sabang Tourism offers things to do are as numerous and as diverse as the city itself. Whatever you might be interested in, you will be sure to find. For instance, there is a wide range of marine life from colorful fish species, dolphins and even whale sharks. Sabang beaches are also home to an underwater volcano that offers a once in a lifetime experience for divers.

For those who’d rather stay on dry land, Ibohi beach offers the pristine environment to take a walk or just hang out. The beach is a nature conservation area and visitors are invited to take part in the clean-up effort every three months.

The crisp clear waters of Rubiah Island make the ideal environment for swimmers. Snorkeling at Rubiah is also a highly-recommended activity. You’ll encounter all kinds of sea life including the endangered sea turtle. Those who can’t swim can hire a buoyant life jacket for shallow-water snorkeling. Snorkeling equipment can be rented for Rp 40,000. Boats go for Rp 100,000 a trip.

Divers without prior experience can get an introductory course for as little as €40. The course includes a half day’s practice diving followed by the real thing. Diving certification is also offered as part of the Sabang Tourism experience for about €290.

If diving, swimming or snorkeling don’t appeal to you, you don’t have to miss out on the amazing marine life. Hire a glass bottom boat and enjoy without getting wet.

Things to See in Sabang Tourism

Sabang tourism objects to see include the zero-kilometer monument that marks the western-most point of the island. There are also World War 2 bunkers, fortifications and barricades the Japanese built in the area at the height of the conflict.

But most fascinating of all is the Gunung Berapi Jaboi volcano about 15kms south of the island. The volcano us active and visitors are advised to be careful around its craters.

Where to Stay 

Being a beach destination, Sabang’s accommodation is mostly in the form of beach resorts. There are hotels around the city center but beach resorts are better for foreign tourists because of the proximity to all activities we mentioned. Sabang’s tropical climate makes for hot weather. You are therefore advised to ask for air conditioned rooms for added comfort. Some of the best resorts are located on the Ibohi and Gapang beaches.

Getting Around Sabang

Transportation around the city is easy with numerous choices. Taxis are available at between Rp 20,000 -60,000 depending on the destination. You can also choose to rent a taxi for the day at Rp 450,000 for half a day or Rp 600,000 for a full day. Minibuses are a cheaper alternative to taxis although you’ll have to share the ride with others.

For a more authentic Sabang experience you can travel like the locals in Becak (rickshaw) Ojek (Motorcycle taxis) or even a rented bicycle.