Banda Aceh Pulau Weh Ferry Port, Banda Aceh to Sabang Harbor

The Banda Aceh Pulau Weh ferry port is the only gateway to Weh Island. Sabang is the city center of Weh Island, one of the island which is located not far from Banda Aceh City. For those of you who love marine tourism, Weh Island holds a lot of charm that is worth to visit and not to miss.

For those of you who want to take a vacation the easy way, you just need to book a Sabang Pulau Weh tour package or Pulau Weh diving and enjoy the journey. Let’s see the package below:

The Ferry Port to Pulau Weh from Banda Aceh

The journey to Weh Island starts from Ulee Lheu Harbor, Banda Aceh. If you take a fast ferry, it takes about 45 minutes. Meanwhile, if you take a slow ferry, it takes about 1 hour 45 minutes. Ulee Lheue Port is a ferry port to Weh Island for both passengers and goods.

Ulee Lheue Port can be reached by public transportation from Sultan Iskandar Muda Airport or Batoh bus terminal. You can also rent a car in Aceh if your ferry departs in the afternoon or choose transportation from transport from Banda Aceh airport.

The Ferry Port to Banda Aceh from Pulau Weh

Balohan Harbor is located on Weh Island as the only passenger entry point to Sabang City. Of course, the port plays an important role in increasing tourist visits and logistics distribution on Weh Island. Based on past history, the port has been the most important gateway to Sabang, surpassing Singapore, for two consecutive centuries.

Historically, Sabang was known for its harbor from the 19th to the early 20th century. At that time, large ships from Europe, Africa and Asia were still frequent visited to Weh Island. Even the Dutch are known to have established Kolen Station in Sabang Bay.

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Currently, Sabang Harbor is also often visited by luxury cruise ships. Sabang is a favorite destination for cruise ship as one of the islands with beautiful beaches. Tourists who stop by from the cruise ship will be welcomed with traditional Acehnese dance complete with a number of other attractions. This is done to attract tourist attention while introducing Aceh’s culture to the world.

Ferry Schedule

There are two types of ferry that carry passengers to Pulau Weh, fast boats and slow boats. Both ferry have their own schedules. You can see the schedule of ferry departures from Banda Aceh to Sabang and from Sabang to Banda Aceh on our page below:

Ferry Ticket Price

For those of you who want to get to Weh Island quickly you can choose a fast ferry and otherwise if you want to save money then you can choose a slow ferry where the rates are quite affordable. For the cost of ferry tickets to Pulau Weh ferry port you can see on our page below:

How to Book the Ferry Ticket

Booking a ferry ticket to Pulau Weh ferry port is quite easy where there are several option. You can book via online booking, visit the counter in the harbor or order through a ticket sales agent. To find out more details on how to book ferry tickets to Sabang, you can read on our following page:

Things to do in Pulau Weh

After you arrive to Sabang from the Pulau Weh ferry port, you can immediately find the best things to do in Pulau Weh, enjoying the culinary delights, or enjoying marine tourism. Here are some exciting things to do on Weh Island:

  • 1. Snorkeling

Snorkeling is the main activity among domestic tourists. For foreign tourists, diving in Sabang is the main activity. Want to swim with hundreds of fish, here is more information that you can see:

  • 2. Fishing

Fishing in Weh Island offers the thrill of fishing to catch fish. There are many best fishing locations on Sabang Island that are perfect for bottom fishing techniques, jigging, trolling and popping. Weh Island is one of the best fishing spots in Indonesia that you should try. For those of you who want to fish in the open water in Sabang, here is the package:

  • 3. Dolphin Watching

Dolphin watching is an activity to see dolphins in the waters off Sabang. This attraction is very exciting where there are dozens to hundreds of dolphins swimming towards the boat and jumping beautifully. For those of you who want to try, you can book the package below:

  • 4. Adventure

For those of you who love adventure, Sabang and Aceh offer tons of places for adventurers ranging from trekking to hiking. Here are the trips you can choose to try adventure trips in Aceh and Sabang:

Best Tourist Destinations in Pulau Weh

There are several tourist destinations in Sabang that must be visited. You don’t need to worry about the charm of each place, guaranteed not to disappoint.

  • 1. Iboih Beach

The beach, located in Iboih Village, also known as Teupin Layeu by the locals. This beach area is a fairly popular natural destination in Aceh, especially for tourists who are travelling to Weh Island. You can enjoy the beautiful beach scenery, complete with white sand and clear sea water.

This beach is also the main route to get to Rubiah Island. The beach area is surrounded by protected forest which makes the surrounding atmosphere more comfortable. Iboih Beach is suitable for tourists who want to feel calm by avoiding the crowds.

You will not only enjoy the beauty of Iboih Beach with your eyes, but there are some exciting activities that can be done. The sea waves on this beach tend to be calm, making it suitable for snorkeling. Moreover, you can see various types of fish and coral reefs, the beauty of the Rubiah Sea Garden is quite popular.

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In addition, there is also an active volcano under the coastal waters. This volcanic eruption in the Pleistocene era made Weh Island separate from the mainland of Sumatra Island. Please note that the word ‘weh’ in Aceh language means ‘move’. That means Weh Island is an island that moved or separated.

  • 2. Zero Kilometer Indonesia Monument

A Pulau Weh ferry port will be a waste if you don’t visit the Zero Kilometer Indonesia Monument. This monument marks the zero point of Indonesia. The location is not far from Iboih Beach, approximately 29 kilometers from the center of Sabang City. You can capture the moment at the monument as evidence of a trip to Indonesia’s zero point.  The Zero Kilometer Monument has an important role, because every distance calculation in Indonesia must start from that point. The monument also serves as a symbol of the unity of Indonesia as a vast archipelago.

  • 3. Rubiah Beach

Rubiah Beach is located on Rubiah Island, one of the closest islands to Weh Island. It is located approximately 350 meters from Iboih Beach. The travel route to Rubiah Beach can only be accessed through Iboih Beach. Rubiah Island is a beautiful island with beauty and an area of 2,600 hectares including marine park. This place is also known for its underwater beauty, you can see various marine life. For underwater nature lovers, Rubiah Island is the perfect place to visit.

If the easternmost part of Indonesia has Raja Ampat as a paradise of underwater natural beauty, then Rubiah Island is a paradise in the westernmost part of Indonesia. The word Rubiah is taken from the name of a person whose grave is right on the island, whose full name is Cut Nyak Rubiah.  Although the island is uninhabited, you can find small stalls selling food and drinks. In addition, the island is always crowded with visitors, both local and foreign tourists.

  • Pantai Sumur Tiga

Sumur Tiga Beach is one of the many enchanting beaches in Pulau Weh. The location is in Ie Meulee Village, Sukajaya District, Sabang. You can see the charm of the beach which is equipped with white sand and turquoise blue sea. The gentle waves make this location suitable for healing and refreshing.

The name Sumur Tiga was given because there are three freshwater wells at the location. The wells have fresh water springs despite their location on the beach. However, currently the three wells are no longer functioning so they are only considered part of the historical heritage.

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That’s a brief explanation of the Pulau Weh ferry port, which is the main gateway of Indonesia’s westernmost natural tourism. So, which Sabang tourist sites are the most interesting to visit according to you.

Pulau Weh Alcohol Drink & Dining on Sabang, Weh Island, Aceh

Pulau Weh alcohol drink is forbidden in according to Sharia Law, but some of restaurant has informal approval to serve alcoholic drink to only non-muslim or tourists. It’s not allowed to sell to local people. There are not so many restaurant or café serve the alcohol, only few of them.

Pulau Weh is located off the coast of Banda Aceh part of Aceh Province precisely at the northernmost tip of Sumatra Island. it take about 45 minutes by ferry to Pulau Weh or 1 hour 45 minutes by regular ferry. To get to Pulau Weh, you may take a flight to Sultan Iskandar Muda International airport and take a Banda Aceh airport shuttle to Ulee Lheue ferry port or you may also rent a car in Banda Aceh. the ferry will take you to Balohan Harbor in Sabang. You can take a transport in Pulau Weh to get to destination you are planning to go.

Pulau Weh is the westernmost island in Indonesia. It is popular as one of the best place to dive in Indonesia and the best dive sites in Sumatra. Aceh is autonomous region in Indonesia where it has own laws based on Sharia or Islamic law. You can see the impose of the law where woman wear hijabs, modest clothing and forbid of drinking alcohol. In Aceh, sharia law is not strictly enforced for tourist or non-muslim.

Pulau Weh is extremely tropical paradise and also one of the best diving destination where it underwater attraction are diverse, you never seen before. But unlike Bali where party, endless beer and nightclub. Pulau Weh is more about diving, snorkeling, fishing, adventure and relaxing place. Pulau Weh nightlife is different where Pulau Weh alcohol wasn’t that much. Most of people are going to be at 22.00 or 23.00. So they can wake up earlier either for diving or snorkeling in Pulau Weh.

Exploring underwater is wonderful things to do in Pulau Weh. The visibility is awesome and species variety are impressive. Find out more about Pulau Weh diving package below:

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Pulau Weh is a great place for holiday away from the crowd. There are beautiful beaches on Pulau Weh, stunning Pulau Weh waterfall and delicious local Pulau Weh foods to eat. There are many restaurant in Pulau Weh or other places to hanging out in Pulau Weh for dining or having nice Aceh coffee or Aceh noodles. But most of them didn’t serve Pulau Weh alcohol or beer. It’s not a party place with loud music. Only few of them that has karaoke or live music.