Explore Untouched Beaches and Life Under the Sea

The port town of Sabang is a little slice of beach and jungle paradise on the island of Pulau Weh (also known locally as Sabang). Dipping into the Indian Ocean off the tip of Sumatra, it is the most northwestern island of the Indonesian archipelago. Part traditional fishing village, part colonial-era town, Sabang is a picturesque community with timeless traditions, rustic way of life, and charming friendly people.

Fishing is still a primary way of life on the island, and fishing boats are available for visitors to rent. Stroll past traditional fishermen’s huts along the harbor and watch the fishing boats bring in their daily catch and cast their nets into the sea. And of course, enjoy plenty of fresh fish and seafood. Indulge in grilled fish, live fish, lobsters and a view over Sabang Harbor with some rujak, local fruit with spicy peanut sauce.

For gorgeous views of the bay across the peninsula to Kasih Beach, venture to Kota Ata, the upper part of town, where you’ll also find colonial buildings, a vestige to its former Dutch residents. Stop for cake and coffee at a traditional Acehnese coffee shop on the water, where they serve outstanding locally grown coffee. Try the ever-popular mie jalak, a specialty Sabang noodle dish. Or venture to Rek, food stalls where you can try BBQ chicken, octopus satay, duck, fried potatoes, and more.

The incredible beaches and expanses of pure natural beauty certainly draw people in, but the real appeal is the atmosphere of Sabang and its people. Some locals say the island’s name comes from the phrase santai banget, meaning very relaxed. Whether it’s true or not, after your visit to Sabang, you’re sure to agree.

Pantai Sumur Tiga

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Pantai Sumur Tiga

Pantai Sumur Tiga

Surrounded by the green hills of tropical forests you’ll find one of the best beaches on the island, Pantai Sumur Tiga, a great place to snorkel, dive, or simply stroll and relax. This beautiful untouched stretch of soft sandy coastline and crystal clear blue waters is sure to soothe you. Spot dolphins or fishermen off in the distance under swaying palms. This is the kind of pristine beach you dream of.

The Zero Kilometre Monument & Monkey Road

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The Zero Kilometre Monument & Monkey Road

The Zero Kilometre Monument & Monkey Road

Venture west of Sabang town to this popular landmark and be rewarded with a spectacular view. Called Nol Kilometer in Indonesian it’s where Indonesia officially starts. Built on the edge of a 74-foot-high cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean, the monument is engraved with the national symbol of the Garuda. Bring some bananas! Pulau Weh’s indigenous monkeys tend to greet travelers along the way.

Diving & Snorkeling

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Diving & Snorkeling

Diving & Snorkeling

Sabang’s calm, inviting waters and dazzling array of marine life make it a prime destination for snorkeling and diving. Lounge on a pontoon, then dive in and explore the wild diversity of extraordinary life under the sea. Spot turtles, manta rays, whale sharks, coral gardens, and lots of fish. If underwater adventure isn’t your thing, admire it all from the comfort of a glass-bottomed boat. An underwater world at your feet, without getting wet.

Sabang, Indonesia At a glance

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Local Details:
GPS: 6°54'25.97"S 107°37'18.18"E
Size: 153.00 KM2 (59.07 MI2)
Population: 32,271
Density: 211 Pop/KM2 (81 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +62

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