Aceh Surrounding smaller Islands

Aceh Surrounding smaller Islands

Rondo Island, The Rich Uninhabited Island


Rondo is other outer island of Indonesia, it located in the Indian Ocean and adjacent to the territory of India, the Nicobar Islands. Rondo island is the northernmost territory of the Republic of Indonesia and is administratively a part of the town of Sabang, Aceh province. This island is one of small islands in Sabang regency area together with Klah, Rubiah, seulako and Weh Island. Rondo island is close in the north of Weh island.

Geographically, Pulau Rondo that located in the frontier regions of Republic of Indonesia is very strategic since it becomes an international shipping line. This waters that bordering India and Thailand is also has abundant marine wealth. Rondo island is administratively located in the Ujung Ba’u village, Sukakarya District, City of Sabang, Aceh Province, it is deserted and uninhabited.

Raya Island


This island was once a stronghold area during the Dutch colonial period and is now becomes one of tourist attractions in Indonesia. This is because there are lot of relics of the historical graves of soldiers that was killed here. In addition, Raya Island is also a fishing attraction and there are numbers of coral reef for those who enjoy snorkeling and diving.

Raya Island is an outer islands of Indonesia that located in Indian Ocean and is bordered by India state. Raya Island is part of the government district of West Aceh, Aceh province. It precisely located in Lhok Kruet village, Sampoinet sub district, Aceh Jaya regency. It can be reach through the streets of Banda Aceh province along the western coast, as far as 65 km to the Meulaboh. The road can be through the area of Lhonga, Lhong, and Lamno.

Before Tsunami in 2004, this island was inhabited by 1000 people, but after the tragedy this island was uninhabited. Now, there are inhabitants that live in this island, which is divided in 3 villages of Lhok Siron, Lhok Meu and Ujung Manek. Those tribes who live in this island are the same descents who live in this island since 18 century.

In the western tip of the island that known as Ujung Manek society, there are hills of red lands and rocks. The reefs in the far west is end toward the Indian Ocean that steep and bumpy hard.

Quiet and lonely. That is the perfect words to describe Raya Island that covering approximately 3.42 square kilometers. This island is also one of the silent witnesses of Tsunami that attack Aceh in 2004. Overall, this island is still has beauty and uniqueness.

Nasi Island, A Blissfull Island For The Residents



Pulau Nasi or Nasi Island is an island in just north of Aceh, 15km away from Banda Aceh. Nasi in Indonesian means rice. If you are visiting Pulau Weh you will only be able to charter a boat directly to Pulau Nasi. It will be cheaper to catch the ferry back to Banda Aceh and get one of the public ferries to Pulau Nasi.

Administratively, this island is part of Aceh Island subdistrict, Aceh Besar regency. Nasi Island is divided into 5 villages that all of them are people’s residents.

Pulo Nasi has the best beaches in Pulo Aceh. The best ones on Pulo Nasi are Pasi Raye, Nipah and Lamtadu. Pasi Raye is very secluded, and we to climb a bit to reach the area. The forest behind it has Rusa Deer that sometimes comes down to the beach. The beach is open to the west and it has big waves.

The most significant sightseeing of this island is taken from the sea panoramic with the flattering coconut trees, white sandy beach sheet and beautiful sloping beach. This island is perfect spot to have beautiful escape. Moreover, for those who like to do outdoor activities, can enjoy snorkeling and diving in this island.

More about Nasi Island, this magnificent island is also has gigantic cliff over the beaches, it seems like the ruin for the past. The residents of this island is abundantly can have the benefits from the seafood products like fishes, octopus or cuttlefish. In other words, this island is a such a bless for the people around.

Babi Island


Pulau Babi or Pig Island is located in Hindia Ocean, at west side of Sumtra Island. This magnificent island is precisely located near Tuangku island in west, Simeulue island in southeast and Lasia island in south. Wes can see other islands in one and another for it close and reachable.

This island is has characteristic landscape with full of white sandy beach, the expanse of granite rocks, the prairie green grass and palm trees over the area. Historically, the name of Babi / pig island was taken from one of the granite shape which shows the pig look alike.

Babi Island is divided in two parts, which is Babi Baby and Babi Babon, which means Small Pig and Big Pig. Those two area are close to each other and having majestic and unique sightseeing. By the existence of giant granites over the beach and the small forest at the edge of the island, make Babi island becomes more tremendous.

This island is still uninhabited, that also makes the island still virgin and genuine. Hence, this is the perfect spot to go camping and enjoy the private vacation.

To reach Babi Island, we can start from the down town to Tanjung Kelayang or Tanjung Tinggi. The journey can be continue by using motor boat as a main access to the islands around. We can rent the boat with Rp. 300.000 -350.000, not including the buoy and snorkeling equipment.

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Aceh Nature Reserve, Mining, Plantations and Tribes Map

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Aceh Weh Archipel

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Aceh Weh Archipel


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Aceh Simeuluwe Island

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Aceh Banyak Islands

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 Golf Courses

Aceh Golf Club

Aceh Golf Club d/a Class IV Hill Batupat, Lhok Seumawe Aceh 0645.268950 064.543922 A. 0049 26-02-1984 Private 18 Holes
2 Klub Golf Seulawah Lhok’Nga Banda Aceh Aceh 23353 0651.29658 0651.26136 A. 0047 01-10-1980 Private 9 Holes
3 Rencong Golf Club d/a PN. Pertamina Unit I Rantau Daerah Sumbagut Kuala Simpang Aceh 0641.31165 A. 0031 30-05-1975 Private 9 Holes

Arun Golf Club

Arun Golf Club
Address Arun Golf Club
d/a Class IV Hill
Batuphat Lhouksemawe
Telephone 62-645-653129
Fax N/A
Website N/A
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Holes 18
Yardage 6500
Par 72
Visitors N/A
Green Fees A
Course Designer Jack Nicklaus
Facilities . Club House, Locker/Shower rooms, Pro Shop, Golf Clubs/Shoes for hire, . Driving Range
. Caddies available
. Swimming Pool, Tennis Court

Klub Golf Seulawah

Adress:  Lhok’Nga Banda Aceh
Tel: 0651.23353
Fax: 0651.26136
9 Holes

Rencong Golf Club

Owner: d/a PN. Pertamina Unit I
Adress: Rantau Daerah Sumbagut Kuala Simpang
Tel: 0641.31165
9 Hole

Illegal Mining Atjeh


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Gold Rush Lifts Spirits in Aceh

Villagers in Aceh Jaya districatjeh, aceh, illegal, illegal mining, goldt have mined gold by hand in the mountainous Gunung Ujeun for the past two weeks after hearing news that the area contained deposits of the precious metal, a district official said on Monday.

Zamzani A. Rani, the deputy chief of Aceh Jaya district, said gold had been located in the area some time ago, but local residents paid little attention until two weeks ago.

“Many of the villagers are jobless now, maybe that’s why they are seeing this as an opportunity,” Zamzani said.

Aceh Jaya’s district chief, Azhar Abdurrachman, told Serambi Indonesia daily on Sunday that Gunung Ujeun is a 2,500 hectare area containing abundant and easily mined deposits of nickel, gold, iron ore and potassium.

He also said he had declined three investors seeking exploration and extraction rights in the area
Aceh Province is rich in natural resources, including oil and gas.

Zamzani said up to 30 people from Panggong and Krueng Sabe, two villages in the Gunung Ujeun forest, came to look for hidden gold in the rugged tract, which sits about 30 kilometers from Calang, the district capital, on the southern coast of the province.

“They only come to collect chunks of stones and take them home, where they crush them to extract the gold,” he said.

A resident of Calang, Atailah, told Serambi Indonesia that the rocks were easily ground down to extract the valuable metal.

Zamzani said the miners would sell the gold in Meulaboh, the capital of the neighboring Aceh Barat district. The coastal town was hit hard by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. He said there had so far been no significant environmental damage due to the mining.

“We are aware of the risk of environmental damage, but we cannot just forbid the villagers to mine there,” Zamzani said.

The district administration will ensure the forest does not have special protection or conservation status before it issues any official mining permits, he said.

“We will decide the most acceptable way to handle this as we don’t want to disadvantage the locals,” Zamzani said.

Nine Chinese Workers Arrested in Aceh

Aceh Police informed that arrests have been made on nine Chinese citizens in the province for illegal mining. Aceh Jaya Resort Police Chief, Hasanuddin said the nine chinese were working at an illegal gold mining site at Mount Ujeun, Krueng Sabe District and were arrested in two separate occasions.

In the first arrest two chinese workers were caught,but police did not inform on when the arrest took place. The other chinese workers were arrested on Monday based on investigation on the two workers caught earlier.

Police said they are coordinating with the immigration office in handling the case, but having language problem in questioning the workers. Police also seized the workers’ passport and put them under Aceh Jaya police custody


Aceh 7 Tribes

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Alas Tribe 154.000  
The majority of the alasAlas people live in villages and make their living from farming and raising livestock. The Alas area is considered the lumbung padi (rice storehouse) of the Aceh area. Other agricultural products include rubber, coffee, and kemiri (a local spice) as well as other forest products such as wood, rattan, resin, and incense.Neighborhoods or villages of the Alas are called kute. One kute usually consists of one or more clans that are called a merge. Extended families will live in one house and submit to the authority of the parents. They are a patrilineal society, which means they measure descent through the father’s family. Their culture emphasizes two types of law. The first type consists of religious laws that are given by God and cannot be changed. The second type consists of traditional laws, which include rules that have been made by the leaders of the community and can be changed according to the times.According to marriage customs, an engagement lasts from one to three years due to the necessity of the man acquiring the bride price, and the woman the groom price. When an Alas man and woman marry, they live near the husband’s family. After they have children, the young family will usually move and live separately (jawe) from the parents but stay in the same area and community of the merge. Polygamous marriages are permitted when the marriage has produced only boys, only girls, or no children at all (adak meu keu dueu).
Generally, the Alas people are followers of Islam, but they still seek the assistance of a dukun (shaman/healer/occultist). They perform ceremonies so that their crops will prosper and be protected from plague. The dukun reads his mantra and uses magical potions of leaves and flowers that are considered powerful to ward off plagues.
Aneuk Jamee Tribe 16.000

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The Aneuk Jamee people are one of the people groups that live on the western coastline of the Indonesian province of Aceh. They tend to live around the small bays found along the coast. They are also spread out over the low plains hemmed in by the Bukit Barisan mountain range. The Aneuk Jamee are located primarily in West Aceh Regency in the five districts of Tapak Tuan, Samadua, Susoh, Manggeng, and Labuhan Haji. There are smaller concentrations of them in South Aceh Regency in the three districts of Johan Pahlawan, Kaway XVI, and Kuala.The name aneuk jamee in the Aceh language means, “visiting child” or “newcomer.” The name was used to describe Minang people from Lubuk Sikaping, Pariaman, Rao, and Pasaman who began migrating to the area in the 17th century. Gradually, they assimilated with Aceh people in the area, a process facilitated by a common Islamic faith. Eventually, they came to feel that they were neither Aceh nor Minangkabau but rather a new people group with their own distinct culture and language. The Aneuk Jamee language is called Jamee or Jamu. For the Aceh in southern Aceh, this Jamee language is understandable because the Minangkabau vocabulary mixed with Aceh is similar to the national Indonesian language. However, the Aneuk Jamee do not understand or use the Aceh language.
Many Aneuk Jamee are fishermen, while others work in irrigated rice farming (basawah), unirrigated agriculture (baladang), and growing fruits (bakabun). There are some Aneuk Jamee who are permanent traders (baniago), but others, known as penggaleh, sell goods from village to village.The Aneuk Jamee have three levels of society. The nobles (datuk) form the highest level. The middle level is formed by district chiefs (hulu baling) and religious leaders (ulama), such as the prayer leaders (tengku), priests (imam), and Islamic judges (kadi). The common people are the lowest level. Traditional leadership in a village contains a combination of Minangkabau and Aceh elements. These leaders are the village headman (kecik), prayer-house leader (tuangku manasah), and youth leader (tuangku surau). This is somewhat different from the district level leadership, which is the same as traditional Aceh leadership patterns. This pattern consists of an area headman (mukim), village headman (kecik), street leader (ketua jurong) and elder (tuha peut).
Islam is the religion followed by the Aneuk Jamee people. As among other Indonesian peoples, the Aneuk Jamee also exhibit some elements of previous beliefs that are not easily forgotten. The services of a dukun (shaman/healer/occultist) are still frequently used for various things. For example, a dukun is sometimes asked to put a love spell (sijundai) on a girl or to recover a girl who has been bewitched in this manner.
Gayo Tribe 230.000
The Gayo of Indonesia live in the remote central hsumatra, tribes, gayo, aceh, sukuighlands of Aceh Province on the island of Sumatera. Their homeland lies across the Bukit Barisan Range (“Parade of Mountains”), which reaches heights of over 12,000 feet and runs for over a thousand miles. The Gayo mainly live in Central Aceh Regency and Southeast Aceh Regency. Their language is Gayo with two dialects, Gayo Lut and Gayo Luwes. The Gayo do not have a written language. Folk tales and oral stories are passed down in the form of poetry.The Gayo are close neighbors to the radical Islamic Aceh people, and in the past, the sultans of Aceh conquered the Gayo region and made the Gayo slaves. After an initial resistance (during which many Gayo were killed), the Dutch occupation from 1904-1942 resulted in the Gayo developing a thriving cash crop economy in vegetables and coffee. During the occupation and during the 50 years of Indonesian independence, the Gayo have gained access to higher levels of education, and participated to some degree in the Islamicization and modernization of their country.
The main source of income for the Gayo people is farming with the main crop being coffee. Other sources of income are fishing and gathering forest products. They also have developed skills in ceramics, weaving mats and weaving cloth. Another well known handicraft, called Kerawang Gayo, is embroidery with gold/colorful designs. In a traditional Gayo house (umah) uses palm thatch and wood. Several related families typically live together. There is also a meresah where older boys, bachelors, widowers, and male visitors sleep. This is also used for studying and religious activities. Gayo arts include saman and didong, which are mixtures of movement, literature, poetry, and singing. Apart from entertainment and recreation, these arts have ritual, educational, and informational functions, as well as being a means of maintaining balance in the social structure. The Gayo marriage pattern calls for marriage outside one’s own family. However, marriage between cousins is not forbidden. Most men marry women from the same area. This is done so that the man will already know the woman and the woman’s family can continue to look after her. A first marriage must be approved by both families (polygamy is rare, but allowed). Divorce and remarriage are quite common.
The Gayo people are mostly Muslim, but their understanding and conviction are lacking. Most Gayo still believe in good and bad spirits and holy men both dead and alive. They also continue to worship and make offerings to spirits, saints, and their ancestors.
Alas Kuet Tribe 20.000
The Kluet people are one of eight people groups that live in the Indonesian special province of Aceh. They are found in two districts of South Aceh Regency, namely North Kluet District and South Kluet District. These two districts are divided by the Krueng Kluet River, which has its source in the Leuser Mountains and empties into the Indian Ocean. The area where the Kluet people live is remote, about 20 kilometers from the main road, 50 kilometers from the city of Tapak Tuan and 500 kilometers from Banda Aceh, the provincial capital.The Kluet language is divided into 3 dialects, the Paya Dapur dialect, the Meunggamat dialect, and the Krueng Kluet dialect. Apparently the language has evolved from a combination of the Alas, Kuo, Aceh, and Minangkabau languages.
The Kluet area is very fertile, and most Kluet make their living from farming irrigated and unirrigated rice fields or growing crops such as coffee, patchouli (which produces fragrant oils), and all sorts of vegetables. Other means for livelihood include raising livestock and fishing. Fish are either eaten fresh or preserved for storage. One way of preserving the fish is by smoking it. This type of preserved or dried fish, called ikan saleh, is a specialty of the Kluet people.The Kluet people are famous for hunting, since they live at the edge of the jungle. During the time of Dutch colonialism, this people group was often noted for their skill on the battlefield. Their skill as hunters made them able fighters. They often employed guerrilla tactics to fight their enemies.The Kluet prefer to live in groups and only in certain areas. They have a strong sense of ethnic identity, and, therefore, they do not spread out very far from each other. They find it difficult to mix with other people groups, and as a result, their culture is rather closed to outsiders. Kluet villages are comprised of houses and a number of other buildings, including rice barns, a meeting center, women’s centers, religious schools, and mosques. The meeting center, called a meursah has a variety of purposes. It is used as a place to read the Qur’an (Islamic Holy Book), say daily prayers, hold special Islamic celebrations, as well as a place to meet or for young men to sleep if there is no religious school in the village. The women’s center, or deyah, is a place where women may go to worship.
Most Kluet are followers of Islam. However, traditional animistic beliefs have not totally disappeared and often have significant impact. This can be seen in routines of daily life, especially in various special ceremonies. Many are afraid of supernatural ghosts (setan). They also believe one of the graves in their area has magic powers. According to the Kluet, this grave can be seen at certain times while at other times it disappears. Magic talismans are used so that evil spirits will not hurt them. The use of such talismans helps them feel calmer and more protected.
Sikule 27.000 Christian
Central Simeulue Island. Alternate names: Sichule, Sikhule, Wali Banuah. Dialects: Lekon, Tapah. Similar to Nias [nia].
Simeulue Tribe 107.000
The Simeulue people live on Simeulue Island located 200 kilometers off the western coast of Aceh Province. Their largest towns are named Sibigo, Sigulai, and Lamame. On Simeulue Island there is no land transport available and the only means of travel is walking.Simeulue people are known as being friendly and brave. Their physical appearance is sometimes described as being more similar to northern Asian peoples because they are often of lighter skin than other Indonesians. This is different from the general appearance of the Aceh people on the mainland. The Simeulue speak Ulau, which means “island,” and it has two dialects. Sigulai is used in western Simeulue and Salang, and Devayan is used in eastern Simeulue, central Simeulue, and southern Tepang. In general the Simeulue can speak the Aceh language because of the strong influence of Aceh culture on the Simeulue.
Generally, the Simeulue make a living from planting cloves and coconuts as well as fishing. Each village usually has one mesjid (mosque) or musholla (prayer-house). Beside using it for prayer, the mesjid is also used for discussing religious issues, holding social functions, providing information from the government, and encouraging the community to work together on community projects. The village head in Simeulue is called a kecik. Previously, the Simeulue were ruled by a king before they were conquered by the king of Aceh and became part of that kingdom. The Simeulue house is built on stilts. Typically, the parents live in a large house with their unmarried children and the families of their sons. This group is called walli or walli akrab. Heredity is patrilineal (tracing descent from the father).Living arrangements after marriage are of three types. In the first pattern, the couple lives near the husband’s family. The second pattern is called paladangan sataun duo in the Devayan dialect or beladang sataun duo in the Sigulai dialect. In this pattern, the couple lives for a few years with the wife’s family and the husband must help his in-laws. After this, they live with the husband’s family for the rest of their lives. In the third pattern, which is called mafanofano, the couple always lives with the wife’s family and the husband must help his in-laws. This usually happens because the wife is an only child.
Although most Simeulue embrace Islam, many are still influenced by animistic beliefs and various superstitions. These beliefs are focused upon seeking protection through magic by either appeasing or controlling both good and bad spirits
Tamiang Tribe 6.800

The Tamiang live in the southeast part of East Aceh Regency, in the Aceh Province. Previously this area was the Tamiang administrative district with a very large area of 7,760 square kilometers. Now the district has been divided into six districts, Kuala Simpang, Bendahara, Karangbaru, Seuruway, Kejuruanmuda, and Ta
Tamiang__01miang Hulu. One legend states that the name Tamiang comes from the words itam and mieng. Itam means “black” and mieng means “cheek.” This appellation supposedly arose because a king of Tamiang named Raja Muda Sedia (1332-1362) had a black mark on his cheek. Another story says that the name Tamiang comes from the name of an island in the Riau Archipelago, which was the original dwelling place of the Tamiang people’s ancestors. The Tamiang people have their own language with an 87% vocabulary similarity to the Melayu (Malay) Riau language.
The main source of income for Tamiang people is planting rice in both irrigated and unirrigated fields. Other crops which they plant are corn, cassava, tomatoes, chili peppers, and eggplant. They also grow fruits such as oranges, mangoes, durian, and langsat. Those who live on the coast fish and make coal from mangrove trees. Some become plantation workers and traders. The Tamiang rarely leave their area because their agricultural land is extensive and fertile enough to support them. At the beginning of the twentieth century, this area received many migrants from other areas because of the opening of rubber and palm oil plantations and oil wells.The Tamiang people are controlled by the “Law of the Four Peoples.” This means that the highest traditional leader is the “Datuk of the Four Peoples.” The word datuk comes from the word ndatu, which signifies the first person to open a settlement (rebas tebang). Those who came later were placed below the existing Datuk. In the ensuing process, the four Datuks united their areas and chose a king (raje) as leader. This decision was established and sealed with an agreement called Kate Tetuhe. The four datuks were titled Datuk Imam Balai, Datuk Penghulu, Datuk Hakim, and Datuk Setia Maha Raja. For the king there was a proverb: “raje adil raje disembah, raje lalin raje disangah” (A fair king will be worshipped, a cruel king will be dethroned). In upholding that role, Tamiang leaders hold onto a vow that states “kasih papa setia mati” (a father’s love is faithful to death). Traditional law was effectively carried out with the philosophy “adat dipangku, syarat dijunjung, resam dijalin, kanun diatur” (traditional law is administered but religious law is respected customary ways are formed but canon law is organized).
Tamiang people are followers of Islam, which has penetrated various aspects of their lives. However, many still carry out the ceremonies of their old beliefs. They hold certain ceremonies connected with their everyday lives, such as ceremonies held for blessing the planting of the rice (kenduri blang), the harvesting of the rice, and ceremonies to protect them for disasters (tula bala).

Proposed World Heritage


Gunongan Historical Park Sumatra Aceh


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Date of Submission: 19/10/1995
Category: Cultural
Submission prepared by:
Directorate General for Culture
Aceh Special Region
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Aceh Pulau Weh Marine Park and Iboih Recreation Park

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Pulau Weh Marine Park and Iboih Recreation Park

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Gapang Beach, Pulau Weh

The island Pulau Weh lies north of the coast of Aceh at the western end of Indonesia. On and around the island are two protected areas: Pulau Weh Marine Park (2,600 ha) and Iboih Recreation Park (1,300 ha).The Marine Park has the coral gardens, surrounding the little island Pulau Rubiah. The Iboih Recreation Park is located on the west coast of Pulau Weh and consists of beach forest and tropical lowland forest. Both the Marine Park and Pulau Rubiah are most easily accessible from Iboih.
In Ukong Murong, adjacent to Iboih, a little volcano, a waterfall and a cave complex inhabited by birds, bats and snakes can be visited. This complex can only be reached by boat, during the dry season.
Take a mini-bus (labi-labi) from the terminal in Banda Aceh to the town centre and from there another labi-labi to the ferry harbor in Krueng Raya. The ferry leaves at 2.30 p.m. on Tuesday to Friday and at 10.00 a.m. and 3.30 p.m. on Saturday to Monday. It takes about 2,5 hours to reach Pulau Weh. From the ferry harbour on Pulau Weh, take a mini-bus to lboih.
You can reach Pulau Weh by ferry from Malahati harbour in Krueng Raya. Visit the PMTOH Tourism Information at the bus-terminal for details and the latest ferry schedules. For Malahati take a minibus with destination Krueng Raya from Jalan Diponegoro bus station in Banda Aceh.
The ferry will take you to Balohan harbour on Pulau Weh in 2,5 hours. From Balohan, take a minibus or taxi to Sabang, (13 km) or Iboih (39 km).
Sabang is the main town and has a charm of it’s own. Besides this it has a lot of shops, losmens and money changing facilities are available. But most travellers only pass through, as the main attractions of Pulau Weh are Gapang-, Windlong- and lboih Beach.
Iboih beach has the highest capacity for tourists. About 50 bungalows are scattered around four restaurants. It’s warm and relaxed atmosphere has made not a few travellers to stay longer than planned. This is also the place where all the diving starts. Snorkelling and diving are very good at our home reef and become excellent when going with our boat.
* Sabang
o Losmen Holiday
o Losmen Irma
o Losmen Pulau Jaya
o Losmen Sabang Merauke
* Iboih
o Various bungalows
* Rubiah Tirta Divers, PO Box 42, Sabang
Tel. 0062 652 21265 / Fax 0062 652 21333
* Rubiah Tirta Divers, Iboih
* Lumba lumba Diving Centre
Gapang Beach, Pulau Weh
PO box 65, Sabang, Aceh, Indonesia
Tel/SMS (shop): + 62 811 682 787
Fax: + 62 652 22121
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* Climbing the volcano in Ukong Murong
* Snorkelling, off the beach at Iboih
* Large flying fox – Pteropus vampyrus
* Wild boar – Sus scrofa

* Nicobar Pigeon – Caloenas nicobarica



Aceh Alur Melidi Nature Reserve

Sumatra Aceh

Alur Melidi Nature Reserve

Longitude (DD) 97.78318705
Latitude (DD) 4.25476080
Designation Nature Reserve
Status Proposed
Current Status Not Known
IUCN Category Not Known
Documented Total Area (ha) 250.00
GIS Total Area (ha) 441.43


Aceh Pulau Banyak Nature Park

Sumatra Aceh

Pulau Banyak Nature Park

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The archipelago Pulau Banyak is located off the west coast of Sumatra, in between the island of Simeulue in the northwest and Nias in the south. The land area covers ca. 15,000 ha. while the sea that belongs to the kecematan (district) Pulau Banyak covers 212,000 ha. The site, formerly listed as a Marine Park on a provincial level, with the Wildife Reserve status for Pulau Bangkaru, was designated a Nature Park under direct KSDA management in 1996.
Yayasan Pulau Banyak has requested to assign Pulau Bangkaru the status of Wildlife Reserve on a central level to improve its protection status.
Major habitats on the archipelago’s islands, identified thus far are lowland, freshwater swamp and mangrove forests. On the hills of Pulau Tuangku and Bangkaru the forest has characteristics of hill forest which is situated quite low, presumably below 300m.
The park’s main attraction are the beautiful coral reefs surrounding the islands. Three species of sea turtle are known to nest in the area. The turtle nesting site on Pulau Bangkaru can be visited with the supply ship of Yayasan Pulau Banyak once per week.
Pulau Banyak Nature Park can only be reached by boat. Inquiries about departures from Tapaktuan can be made by phone: ++ 61 656 21 352.
Note that even in cases of fixed schedules, passenger boats, freighters and fishing ships tend to sail on demand, rather than on schedules. Weather conditions during the west monsoon (Aug-Nov) often cause changes in schedules.
Accommodation on the islands is fairly simple. Tourism is just taking off in Pulau Banyak. Visitors should therefore not expect luxurious bungalows and elaborate food. Accommodation is sufficient and caters for the basic needs. It is excellent to enjoy the natural surroundings of these islands. Bungalows can be found on the islands Palambak Besar and Ujung Batu.
Turtle trips
A highlight of staying in Pulau Banyak is a trip to the sea turtles. They are organised by the Yayasan Pulau Banyak. Three-day turtle trips leave every Saturday from Pulau Balai. Other points of interest are – not exhaustive – given in the map above and cover nice rivers, mangroves, mountain treks and various caves.
Wildlife in Pulau Banyak
Pulau Banyak is the home of several rare animals. Pantai Amandangan on Pulau Bangkaru is probably the most important nesting site for Green turtles in all of Western Indonesia. Approximately 3.000 turtles lay their eggs in this beach. The Hawksbill turtle is also common in Pulau Banyak, but the numbers of Leatherback turtle are relatively low.
The Dugong is present in Pulau Banyak and sightings are relatively often reported. Yayasan Pulau Banyak is seeking funds to protect these animals and their feeding and breeding ground. The Dugong is not hunted in Aceh, but occasionally they get caught in nets.
The sea gardens of Pulau Banyak were until only five years ago extremely rich with a very large variety of corals and fish. There is very little data about the present variety of species.
The two larger islands, Pulau Tuangku and Pulau Bangkaru, are covered by virgin forests. The flora and fauna of these two islands is only known to a small extent. Larger animals that are present are Crocodiles (reportedly) and other reptiles, Monkeys, Wild Boars, Mousedeer (reportedly), and Squirrels. The bird life is relatively rich considering the size of the islands and the distance to the mainland. For example the Hill Myna ( in Indonesian the local name is Beo Nias) is present in Pulau Banyak.
Pulo Aceh
Pulo Aceh is another group of islands off the north-westernmost tip of Aceh. An advisor to Yayasan Pulau Banyak has recently started to slowly build up an activity this area. The goal is to save the forests, the reefs, and wildlife of these beautiful islands. The way of achieving this will be through awareness raising and development of community based eco-tourism. This program has not yet found any funding except for the private money of the Indonesian couple that has devoted themselves to rescue these islands.
For further inquiries about Pulo Aceh please send an e-mail to: and it will be forwarded.
* Storkbilled Kingfisher – Pelargopsis capensis
* Edible-nest Swiftlet – Aerodramus maximus or
Black-nest Swiftlet – Aerodramus fuciphagus
* Pink-necked Green-Pigeon – Treron vernans
* Pied Imperial-Pigeon – Ducula bicolor
* Whimbrel – Numenius phaeopus
* Common Sandpiper – Tringa hypoleucos
* Beach Thick-knee – Esacus neglectus
* Little Ringed Plover – Charadrius dubius
* Brahminy Kite – Haliastur indus
* White-Bellied Fish-Eagle – Haliaeetus leucogaster
* Pacific Reef-Egret – Egretta sacra
* Great-billed Heron – Ardea sumatrana
* Asian Glossy Starling – Aplonis panayensis
* Hill Myna – Gracula religiosa
* Plain-throated Sunbird – Anthreptes malacensis
* Green Turtle – Chelonia mydas
* Hawksbill Turtle – Eretmochelys imbricata
* Leatherback Turtle – Dermochelys coriacea

* Anemonefish – Amphipirion spp.
* Batfish – Platax spp.
* Blue-Ringed Angelfish – Pomacanthus annularis
* Groupers – Serranidae
* Napoleon Wrasse – Cheilinus undulatus
* Oriental Sweetlips – Plectorincus orientalis
* Stingrays – Dasyatididae
* Various Rockcod species.


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Aceh Hutan Pinus-Janthoi

Hutan Pinus-Janthoi Nature Reserve 

Longitude (DD) 95.72387522
Latitude (DD) 5.14363053
Designation Nature Reserve
Status Designated
Current Status Not Known
Establishment Year 1984
IUCN Category Ia
Documented Total Area (ha) 8.000
GIS Total Area (ha) 16.822


Aceh Kuala Jambu Aye

Kuala Jambu Aye Nature Reserve 

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Latitude : 5 22 30 N Logitude : 97 26 38 E
Altitude : 0 to 0 metres
Area : 10000 ha Wetlands: 0 ha
Tenure : Government of Indonesia


Aceh Kuala Langsa

Kuala Langsa Nature Reserve 

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Latitude : 4 38 13 N Logitude : 97 58 5 E
Altitude : 0 to 0 metres
Area : 7000 ha Wetlands: 0 ha
Tenure : Government of Indonesia
Site Description
Part of the remaining mangrove forests on the north-east coast of Sumatra. The site may include some coastal freshwater swamp.
Site Location
This site is located in north eastern Sumatra. Langsa, the provincial city, is south of Kuala Langsa and the Trans-Sumatra Highway passes to the west of the site.