Sumatra West, Cubadak Island, Cubadak Paradiso Village

Sumatra West, Cubadak Island, Cubadak Paradiso Village


Situation : Cubadak island is located on the Indian ocean in the straight separating the western coast of Sumatra and the Mentawai islands. The constant 29˚ C sea temperature as far as down to 30 metres guarantees a water loaded in nutriments that enable the development of a very rich biodiversity and eco-system. The mild climate throughout the year allows us to go diving just any time in the year. Mild currents, and the great diversity of the dive sites fit in well into our relaxation policy, making diving enjoyable for advance divers and very easy for beginners. Fauna and flora : A large number of coral and sponge species may be observed during the dives. Sea fans, pipe coral, bubble coral, barrel sponges … The abundance of nutriments in the sea as well as the large variety of corals contribute to a significant biodiversity in terms of fish species, turtles, crustaceans or invertebrates. Most species of tropical reef fishes are to be seen here, from groupers to trigger fishes and clown fishes, oriental sweet lips, trevallies, barracudas to only name a few. Very colourful nudibranches are commonly seen as well as a variety of star fishes or sea cucumbers, and the more rare pleurobranches. With respect to our location within the Mentawai straight, our zone is protected from oceanic currents and for this reason large pelagic species are not prevalent here. The Dive Center : Our team is composed of Marco (PADI dive instructor), Nanni (SSI dive master) and 2 boat men and is at your disposal to arrange for all your dive trips. We also propose PADI dive courses, from the first level Open Water Diver to the first professional level Dive Master. Courses may be given in English, French or Italian. The dive trips are arranged with one of our two 10m boats, each equipped with 2 Yamaha 4 stroke 100 horse power engines. 10 full sets of equipments are available for rent, which are regularly maintained. The dive centre is equipped with three Coltri Sub compressors regularly maintained for an impeccable air quality. We can arrange for up to 4 dives a day, 2 dives in the morning, one in the afternoon and one at night before dinner. All our dive sites are located within a maximum one hour radius by boat from the island.

Aceh, Weh Island, Steffen Seasports

Aceh, Weh Island, Steffen Seasports


ADVENTURE DIVER program is the perfect opportunity to gain additional experience and skills under the guidance of a PADI professional. To become a PADI Adventure Diver you need your PADI Open Water Certification (or equivalent) and the desire to experience thrilling adventures. In-water performance based program includes a total of three dives from the list below:

*Night Diver
*Peak Performance Buoyancy
*Multi-Level/Computer Diver Deep Diver
*Search and Recover Diver
*Underwater Naturalist Diver
*Underwater Navigation Underwater Photography

PADI Open Water Diver

The PADI Open Water Diver course is your passport to the world of scuba diving. PADI certification is accepted worldwide. This is first certification level and can serve as a step-up to many types of exciting and adventurous types of diving!

Throughout the course, you’ll learn fundamentals of scuba diving, including dive equipment and techniques. You will also earn a PADI Open Water Diver certification that is recognized worldwide. You earn this rating by completing five confined water dives and knowledge development sessions and by making four open water dives.

Virtually anyone who is in good health, reasonably fit, and comfortable in the water can earn a PADI Open Water Diver certification. During your course, your PADI Instructor will ask you to demonstrate the ability to swim 200 meters/yards without swim aids or 300 meters/yards with mask, fins and snorkel and complete paperwork, to get you on your way to Scuba. If you are between 10 and 14 or have a child between these ages, there’s a PADI Junior Open Water Diver program available.


PADI Scuba Diver is a part certification providing the basic knowledge needed to enter the exciting world of diving. The duration of the course is 2-3 days and ensures good mix of fun and learning. Time is spending practicing scuba skills and exploring the excitement of diving in open water. As a certified PADI Scuba Diver you can then dive, accompanied by a diving professional, to a depth of 12 meters in over 180 countries around the world. If you are already a PADI Scuba Diver then you are able to continue your education by taking the final parts of Open Water Scuba Diver Course

Discover Scuba Diving

Discover Scuba Diving let you experience the trill of diving under the supervision of Andrew Lee your scuba instructor in a pool like conditions. During your scuba adventure, you will be introduced some basic concepts and scuba skills and might even head off with an open water dive adventure!

Why Discover Scuba Diving? As soon as you complete Discover Scuba Diving, you are on your way to an internationally recognized certification. That’s because you may learned skills from PADI Open Water Diver course during your DSD adventure. If you and your Instructor elect to practice these skills, they may be credited to PADI Scuba Diver or Open Water Diver certifications. What do I need to start?

Aceh, Weh Island, Rubiahtirta divers

Aceh, Weh Island, Rubiahtirta divers


Back in 1970, Dodent, the founder of Rubiah Tirta Divers, was living and working on Rubiah Island with an English company trying to promote Pulau Weh and Aceh as a tourist location in order to protect the stunning marine environments in the area.

Since then, Dodent has been campaigning tirelessly and ceaselessly to protect these coral reef systems, helping to establish the Marine Park Status around Iboih and fighting destructive fishing practices such as dynamite, cyanide and shark fin fishing!

Now, having a string of qualifications and certificates in environmental awareness and protection (from over 6 different Indonesian Agencies and International NGOs), Dodent has also been awarded a special prize (in 1997) by the Indonesian Government in recognition of his efforts.

Working and diving from a live aboard yacht and sailing around the East Coast of Thailand, the Maldives, Malaysia and Singapore was the start of Dodent’s diving career. His work-mates had no trouble in convincing him of Pulau Weh’s obvious potential as an Asian diving Mecca and the necessity of caring for the reef.

He set about saving up and acquiring official diving qualifications, a compressor and 3 sets of second hand equipment, Mr. Dodent was ready for the Grand opening of RTD four years later in 1989. Starting initially as a diving club for Indonesian commercial divers, Mr. D also continued promoting Pulau Weh as a tourist location and the first adventurous travelers started trickling in.

Slowly but surely the development of tourism on Pulau Weh can be largely attributed to the condition of the reef and the desire of one man to make his ‘dreams’ come true!

The photo on the top is a replica of the original sailing vessel that was used by the famous Arab traveler “Sinbad the Sailor”. The replica retraced the route that Sinbad had traveled from Arabia to China. The special re-enactment journey was sponsored by the Sultan of Oman (Qabois bin Said) and the crew set sail on 19 April, 1981. According to arab traders in the 10th Century, Pulau Weh was an important shiping and trading post and was known as the “Island of Gold”. Following the tradition of his predecesors, Sinbad had also visited Pulau Weh on his way through the Malacca Strait.

Mr Dodent is shown holding up a special medallion that he received from the replica voyage during their stay on Pulau Weh. Mr Dodent also handled all local logistics for the crew of the Sinbad Voyage.

Aceh, Weh Island, Lumba Lumba diving centre

Aceh, Weh Island, Lumba Lumba diving centre


Dive in crowds of fish, not in crowds of divers: Still being an insiders’ secret, and off the beaten track, Pulau Weh offers unspoiled and uncrowded dive sites. Add our team’s dedication, experience and love for the ocean and you’ll get unforgettable dives, from spectacular full-adrenaline dives to long slow relaxed macro spotting dives. homebase in paradiseCrew 10 year anniversaryTime to go diving Homebase in paradise: We are a professional Dutch-Indonesian dive operation in a great dive shop. Open since 1998, Lumba Lumba Diving Centre has become a meeting point on Gapang Beach, a hub of activity from where the diving starts, a friendly n welcoming place where you can feel at home. Taste some of the Wonders of Weh: dive into the dive site descriptions n some more photos. How to come up to Weh: Take a night bus from Medan to Banda Aceh, then the morning fast ferry and reach Gapang Beach before noon. Fly from Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Jakarta or Medan and be here late afternoon the same day! Stay & relax here: Gapang offers a wide choice in accommodation, from cheap basic wooden huts to comfortable bungalows. Sure you will find something to fit your taste n budget!