SABANG, JALANJALANAJA- Pulau Weh is a small volcanic island located northwest of Sumatra Island. This island was once connected to the island of Sumatra, but was then separated by the sea after the last volcanic eruption in the Pleistocene era. This island is located in the Andaman Sea. The largest city on Pulau Weh, Sabang, is the westernmost city in Indonesia.
This island is famous for its ecosystem. The Indonesian government has designated an area of 60 km² from the edge of the island both inside and outside as a nature reserve. Large-mouthed sharks can be found on the coast of this island.
In addition, this island is the only habitat for a frog whose status is threatened, Bufo valhallae (genus Bufo). Coral reefs around the island are known as habitats for various fish species.
Access to Weh Island
Access to Rubiah Island is from Iboih Beach or the local name "Teupin Layeu". It only takes about 5-10 minutes by motorboat from Iboih to Rubiah Island.
In Iboih visitors can also play in the water on the beach and stay at the existing guest house. If you are lucky, some eco-friendly accommodations provide pavilions jutting into the sea. When you open your eyes in the morning, the sea view is right in front of your eyes.
The charm of Weh Island
The main destinations in Iboih are generally those who want to snorkel or scuba dive. But there are also those who just enjoy the beauty of nature and try the cuisine.
For those who want to dive, you don't need to worry, there are several dive operators here that you can contact. One advantage of diving tourism on Pulau Weh is its close location. The sea around Rubiah Island and other small islands around it, has a diversity of various types of fish and beautiful coral reefs.
Even if you don't intend to dive, with snorkeling you can observe the beauty of the sea from sea level. Guaranteed, you can find schools of fish (schooling fish) swimming around the coral reefs. Meanwhile, the average cost of renting snorkeling equipment is around IDR 40,000. While the cost of one dive is around IDR 400,000 (or Eur 25 for foreign tourists).
The waters around Iboih Beach and Rubiah Island are indeed intended for tourism. Massive fishing activities are prohibited, because they are afraid that they will damage the coral reefs, which in the end will have an impact on the underwater potential of this place. No wonder the underwater waters in this place are touted as one of the best in Sumatra.