Weh Island, located to the northwest of Sumatra is also referred to as Sabang Island by many, and can be reached by ferry. It takes around 2 hours or can even take 45 minutes depending upon the speed of the boat. The turquoise waters of Andaman Sea enable travelers to opt for plenty of exciting things to do on Weh Island. The beauty of the coral reefs, natural settings, and thrilling megamouth sharks are the best highlights of this place. Take a look at the best things to do while holidaying in Weh Island!
The best time to visit this island is from April to November. If you reside in India, you will get ample festivals and time to hop into a new city and spend some quality time with your loved ones. The options to reach Weh Island are ample. You could first reach to Sumatra and then take the local travelling option that is the exciting Ferry ride to reach this place. Make the most of your stay worthwhile as you opt for 10 exciting things to do on Weh Island!
1. Scuba Diving
This tops the list as it is a must have on this island. With around 20 Weh Island diving spots like Pantee Aneuk, Sophie Rickmers, Gapang house reef, Batee Meuduro, etc. You must enjoy this thrilling sporty thing and that too on a beautiful island. Explore the underwater world and feel the plants in it tickling your body softly. The temperature of the water changing slightly as you dive deep, than the surface.
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2. Lake Toba
This is a soothing, chill lake nearby this island. So maybe when you are tired of the water sports there, you could quieten yourself going at this lake. The clear and quiet waters, and the serene environment are too good to relax and rejuvenate yourself naturally. You could get to do fishing there and enjoy cooking all by yourself.
3. Take a bike tour
This would satisfy you as a traveller since you could travel throughout the island using a bike. And this could not have been better. The surroundings, jungle scene nearby will get you to make you go crazy. The crazy bike ride to tour around the island will take you around 2-3 hours. The best thing is that you could proudly say to have travelled a complete island.
With diving, you could also indulge into such water sports like snorkelling. You get to explore the underwater creatures and the beautiful coral reefs. The fishes and the sea creatures moving around you, some shy and others dominating, all moving around you gives you a great and happy feeling.
This is an obvious activity once you visit the island. Swim in the cool and clear waters with the ample sun rays giving you a nice spa like feeling. Swimming is good for health purposes too and is a fun and frolic activity to pursue with your loved ones. And if there are kids along, the fun and entertainment just doubles.
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6. Monuments Vist
This is after you are done with all the energetic activities, you could walk towards the interesting the old monuments. Visiting such places give you a vintage feel. It takes you back in the old era and helps you understand the old culture and traditions of the past. Maybe you could unlock some mystery to reasons to the ways they behaved.
7. Hot Water Springs
If you are bored with the cool waters, the people in Pula Weh island do offer you the choice of relaxing in hot water springs and geysers. After the day long of touring the island, indulging in water sports, a quiet, soft me-time could be expected on this island. The natural hot water springs will help you unwind and relax.
8. Jungle Hiking
Yes! Since this island adorns a jungle around, so you could hike your way up or down near the volcano around the island. While trekking and hiking, you would spot various wonderful waterfalls. So if you are feeling hot enough, you could jump in the fantastic waterfall and splash all the way.
9. Food And Yoga
These ideas may seem a bit contrasting but they are available at their best here on the island. While delicious sea food is available in here, you could practise yoga around the island. The setting of the place is also like, providing you the natural music of waves splashing on the shore, the breeze blowing and the chirping birds.
Well this option could be for the lazy and easy going people, who just want to soak in everything of the beautiful island. You could go around the beach, play with the waves coming gently on your feet, view the sun set and vivid colours the sky has to paint. The chirping birds, the lush green surroundings, the fresh and yummy sea food being prepared in a nearby eatery will cheer you up. So enjoy these little things in life too!
11. Becak Rides
Exploring Pulau Weh on a becak is one of the best ways to catch the best sights of the island. Becak is slower than a car and is also open and partially roofed which allows you to enjoy the breeze and see places better. The traffic here is lighter so you can even stop at different spots to enjoy the view for a bit longer and click pictures. Becak drivers are friendly and will guide around on your Weh Island tour.
12. Food Tour
Food is something you must experience on Weh Island. Each place you visit on this island, make sure you also explore the food options that include delicious local food and home-made pizza. And keep your self hydrated with some fresh coconut water. Bixio Cafe, located on the North of Iboih serves mouth-watering Italian Pasta. Also try the seafood, especially from the Sate Gurita (Octopus Satay) stall located near Pantai Paradiso. Restaurants popularly serve fresh Tune, squid and octopus dishes.
There’s a waterfall on the island that is hidden for you to explore. Wondering how to get to Weh Island’s hidden waterfall- You can reach there by hiking a forest and crossing a small river. It’s a 20-30 mins walk from the place where Becak would drop you. There is nothing more refreshing than taking a plunge in the fresh and cool water of the waterfall.
14. Active Volcano
This is an active volcano on Weh Island, and you would know that it is near, by the smell of strong. It gets stronger as you get closer. You wouldn’t find red lava but there are small holes and pits that ooze out yellowish fumes and liquid. Make sure you carry a mask along because the fumes are very strong.
Fishing is a major activity and occupation of people of Weh Island. The marine is rich in wild Tune population. You can go fishing with local fishermen on their small fishing boats. You would be given fishing rods with which you can catch some fishes for your dinner.
If you are in Weh Island, you stand a chance to taste some of the most popular Indonesian dishes including: Satay, Beef Rendang, Nasi Rawon, Sop Buntut, Siomay, Indomie, Sweet Martabak and Pempek. The spicy non-vegetarian dishes are a highlight of the Indonesian cuisine but don’t get upset, if you are vegetarian, for there are countless options for you too. Some of the popular restaurants that serve the best of these dishes include: Le Cafe Bleu, Dee Dee’s Restaurant, Iboih Long Beach Bixio Cafe, Kedai Mie Sedap, D & D Restaurant, La Grand Cafe and RM Kencana.
Weren’t these descriptions amazing enough to be a must have in your bucket list of travel? So, go on and book your weekend’s trip to Indonesia, head to this island and enjoy! Relax yourself in a beautiful natural surrounding and come back afresh!
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