Weh Island

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Diving Weh Island

Description :
Go off the beaten track and explore the volcanic island off the coast of Northwest Sumatera which is well known for its ecosystem. With the Indian Ocean on the East, and the Pacific Ocean to the West, this contributes to the ocean bio-diversity bursting with a kaleidoscope of marine life. It is possible to encounter anything from mola mola, to dolphins, turtles, and a wealth of unusual smaller marine critters. Although it is not (yet) as well known as the other islands in Indonesia, many who have dived here have agreed its among the top diving destinations!
Where is it :
Banda Aceh, Sumatera, Indonesia
Number of dive sites :
20
Type of Diving :
Guided – shore, boat, deep, wreck, night
Skill Level :
Beginner to advanced
Main Diving Attraction :
A stunning array of marine life including pelagics such as sea turtles, shark, rays, dolphins, and sometimes mola mola!
Average Water Temperature :
28°C (82.4°F)
Seasonality :
All year round (Ideal time to go is between April to November when the season is the driest)

Please note that every Friday, water activities are suspended across the entire Island until 2pm. This is a cultural tradition to respect the ocean. Ferry services are still operational during this time.

Typical Visibility :
25m (82ft)
General Current Conditions :
Moderate to strong
Family / Non-Diver Friendly :
Yes
Availability of Other Leisure Activities :
Snokelling, various land tours to Pria Laot Waterfall, Volcano Jaboi, Anoi Itam Japanese Bunkers, WWII ruins.
Availability of ATM / Foreign Exchange Bureau :
Yes
Availability of Medical Facility :
Yes
Here are some of our favorite dive sites 🙂
The Canyon :
Dive down into a large sandy patch, followed by a wall covered in nutrient-rich gorgonian sea fans that drop to 60m, and you will see why this is one of the best sites in Weh. A fantastic canyon dive being flanked by 2 large rocky outcrops on each side, you will get to see a host of marine life including the dogtooth tuna, barracudas, jacks, trevallies, napoleon, and unicorn fish, among others. Finishing up the dive, you will find volcanic boulders in the shallows covered in the small stuff, and is one of the ideal places to find new table corals that are flourishing.
Underwater Volcano :
This dive offers an interesting topography with abnormally warmer water due to thermal activity and rising bubbles which makes for a fascinating dive. Don’t worry, it’s perfectly safe to dive, and you will not be boiled alive.
Sabang Wreck :
Just off the Sabang harbour, lies a tugboat wreck at around 15m with loads of healthy hard corals attached to it. This makes a relaxing macro dive where you can catch sight of the ghost pipefish, crocodile fish, spiny lobsters, cleanershrimps, lioinfish and nudibranchs.
Pantu Peunateung :
Dive into one of the best dive sites in Weh which offers a deep reef covered in gorgonian fans. The dive will start on a shallow reef, before making your way to a dropoff which starts at 30m and drops beyond 70m. You are almost certain to see all sorts of marine life here, from schooling tropical fishes to sharks, and if you are extremely lucky, orcas! Be careful that currents can get strong here, and there are down currents along the wall, so it’s easy to go way too deep – so keep an eye on the gauges, dive buddy, and bubbles!
Shark Plateau :
This is a sandy plateau bottoming at 24-28m where spotting a variety of sharks are usual. Expect to see black tips, white tips, grey reef sharks, and the occasional silvertip shark here. Taking your eyes off the sharks, and you may spot giant groupers playing hide and seek along the slope with snappers, trevallies, and barracudas trying to get your attention. Don’t forget to look up every once in a while, as the eagle rays or formation of devil rays might just be passing overhead.
Nearest Airport :
Sultan Iskandar Muda (Banda Aceh) International Airport (IATA: BTJ)
Notes :
Airport transfers to the dive resorts (~30mins by road to the jetty and thereafter 1hr by ferry) are typically included in the trip itinerary for your convenience 🙂
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