In geography lessons we know the City of Sabang as the westernmost city in Indonesia. Administratively, Sabang is within the province of Aceh, but in terms of location Sabang is located on Pulau Weh. Sabang has many small islands scattered on the north and west sides with Weh Island as its largest island, and Rondo Island as the northernmost island.
The city of Sabang is widely known for its impressive natural panoramic beaches. Not surprisingly, Sabang is the host of various marine festivals such as Sail Sabang in 2017 and the April Sabang Marine Festival this year. Sabang now also has a Sabang Yacht Club that is connected with other Yacht Clubs in Southeast Asia.
Not only is the beach panorama good, Sabang also has many other tourist destinations that will make your vacation more memorable. Read on the full story.
1. Iboih Beach
This beach is arguably the beach that became the icon of the City of Sabang. The location is only 30 minutes from downtown. The situation of the beach and the calm waves make this beach very suitable to be a place to relax. The beautiful underwater world also should not be missed just like that. There are many different types of lodging available near the beach if you want to spend more time here.
2. Sumur Tiga Beach
On the east side of Sabang City there is a beach which is a favorite of many people to enjoy the sunrise. White sand beaches and crystal clear beach water will make you feel at home for long. The name of the triple well is taken from the history of three freshwater wells which are said to be located in this coastal area. You can also spend your afternoon eating at seafood stalls that are widely scattered in the beach area.
3. Anoi Itam Beach
Unlike the two previous beaches, this one has black sand. The origin of the black Anoi beach sand is due to the volcanic eruption on Weh Island. Sand here is believed to cure skin diseases you know. The black color of the sand is very contrast with the color of clear water on the beach so that it gives a view that you might not be able to find anywhere else.
4. Lake Aneuk Laot
The largest lake on Weh Island is a source of fresh water for the people of Sabang City and surrounding areas. Various kinds of fun activities you can do here, among them is relaxing on the edge of the lake, kayaking, or just enjoying the view of Mount Marapi from a distance.
5. Laot Waterfall
This waterfall is very interesting to visit. Its location in the forest area makes the waterfall area feel very beautiful and soothing. The waterfall pool has a depth of 1.5 to 2 meters. You can take a bath here to your heart’s content. The existence of moon fish in the waterfall pool makes bathing more fun because it feels like being tickled by the fish. Moon fish are harmless and even reportedly can be used as therapeutic fish for various health problems. Wow, it’s very unique.
6. Sarang Cave
Sarang Cave is often called Raja Ampatnya Sabang. Sarang Cave is actually a cave that is a swallow’s nest. There are seven caves located at the foot of the cliff and the hills of the protected forest. These seven caves stand firmly on the blue sea of Weh Island which directly borders the Indian Ocean. Guaranteed a view here you will never forget.
7. Zero Kilometer Monument
Visiting Sabang is certainly not complete without taking a picture in front of Indonesia’s zero kilometer monument. Because of its location in the forest area, do not be surprised if all the way to the monument you will find a lot of monkeys that walk freely. Zero kilometer high monument reaches 43.6 meters with four magnificent supporting pillars. Facilities around the tourist area are very adequate. Starting from where to eat to toilets and gift shops you can easily find here.
8. Ujung Kareung Beach
Not only can you play in the sandy beach area, here you will also be spoiled by the majestic coral like a crown. Even now you can jump from this rock you know. For safety, do not worry, the depth of the water under the reef is only about 4 to 5 meters without rocks below. Dare to try it?
9. Japanese Bunker Fortress
In the past, Sabang City has a strategic geographical position so it is not surprising that Japan built its stronghold here. Not just any fortress but an underground fortress. The fort is spread over the coastline area of Pulau Weh but what is still clearly visible is the fort located near Anoi Itam Beach. According to local residents, the fort even has underground passageways leading to the area that was once the command center.
10. Hydrothermal Sirui
There is one unique tourist destination that you might not encounter in other cities in Indonesia. His name is Sirui Hidrothermal. Hydrothermal Sirui is none other than the underwater volcano area. Here you can dive and see air bubbles coming out of the small craters. Various other unique fish than usual you can also find milling about here and there. Very unique is not it? Not surprisingly, Sirui is a tourist destination that is very popular with many domestic and foreign tourists.
11. Keuneukai Hot Springs
Sabang apparently has an active volcano, you know, Mount Jaboi. From this mountain comes a hot spring which is then used as a tourist hot spring. Here, you can soak and stretch the muscles in a hot tub, while enjoying the beautiful beach views.
12. Sabang Hill
If you want to see the city and the bay of Sabang from a height, try coming to Sabang Hill. Sabang Hill itself is actually the name of a hotel in a hilly area. But the surrounding community took the initiative to build a viewing post that could be used by the general public to see the beautiful scenery of Sabang City.
13. Love Beach
Kasih Beach could be the first destination you visit in Sabang. The distance is only 5 minutes from downtown. Here there are plenty of benches where you can sit and relax while enjoying the breeze. This beach is getting crowded in the afternoon because it is one of the best spots to enjoy the sunset view.
14. Gapang Beach
Even though the location is quite remote, a long trip will pay off once you get to this beach. The beach is very quiet with several traditional fishing boats leaning. This beach is the beach with the longest coastline in Sabang and is very quiet. The beach is directly connected to the vast ocean providing unforgettable views. The water is so clear that you can clearly see the fish swimming around the pier. Fun is not it?
15. Elephant Tread Beach
There is no clear history of giving the name of Tapak Gajah Beach. But the beauty of this beach can not be doubted. The distance is also only 5 minutes from downtown Sabang. Popular activity on this beach is snorkeling to get acquainted with the beautiful and beautiful underwater biota. This beach has a lot of bushes which makes it a little different from other beaches in Sabang.
17. Rubiah Island
It’s incomplete if you go to Sabang without island hopping . One of the islands that you must visit is Rubiah Island. The tourist destination that you can find here is none other than the Rubiah Marine Park which presents the charm of the most beautiful underwater natural wealth in Sabang. Even though it is uninhabited, there are already quite a number of food stalls and snorkeling equipment available around the beach. To get here you can cross from Iboih Beach with a travel time of approximately 30 minutes.
18. Mount Jaboi
If you want something more challenging, you can try climbing Mount Jaboi which is an active volcano on Pulau Weh. The height of the mountain is not more than 200 meters above sea level with a fairly easy trekking path. The view is no less amazing. The white mountain rocks contrast with the surrounding green forest area.
Apparently there are so many tourist destinations in the city of Sabang that are amazing and impressive. No loss if you holiday here. Let’s immediately plan your vacation to Sabang and get a unique and memorable vacation experience.