Diving Pulau Weh, Sumatra Indonesia

Dive Pulao Weh, School of Horse Eye Jacks. Batee tokon
Dive Pulao Weh, School of Horse Eye Jacks. Batee tokon

Diving Pulau Weh. Our plan for the next couple of months is to explore some the best dive sites in Indonesia. We are currently in Pulau Weh is a small tropical island at the northern tip of Sumatra. The beaches are small and since bikinis and board shorts are not allowed this is not really the best island for swimming and sunbathing. We came here for the same thing as pretty much all other tourists on the island, diving! On-shore activities are limited and alcohol is not readily available on this conservative Muslim island, but the diving is awesome!

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Diving Pulau Weh, clouds of a variety of fish all over the reef diving at The Canyon.Diving Pulau Weh, clouds of a variety of fish all over the reef diving at The Canyon.

THE MARINE LIFE AROUND PULAU WEH

Doing research for this trip, we were really excited by mantas, whale sharks, dog tooth tunas and other big pelagics. Unfortunately big animals are rarely seen these days,  the amount of marine life covering the reefs where however spectacular. There were many blue fin trevallies hunting in packs on all the reefs that we dived. The jungles of huge gorgonian fans covered by massive clouds of Indian trigger fish everywhere were spectacular. There were some massive Giant Trevallies patrolling in the deep. We saw more pelagic creatures; White tip reef sharks, schooling Barracudas and Horse eye Jacks. Closer to the reef some highlights were octopus, Leafy Scorpionfish, Mantis Shrimp and a variety of Nudis.

DIVING PULAU WEH

We dived in current on all our dives, varying from very mild to strong. The water temperature was a very comfortable 29C and depth ranging between 8m and 41m. Most of the dive sights start shallow and slope deeper. There are a variety of sites suitable for all levels.

Diving Pulao Weh. Blue fin Trevally hunting at Bastard Current.
Diving Pulao Weh. Blue fin Trevally hunting at Bastard Current.

We did the following dives:

Pante Peunateung

Our first dive was disappointing. We completely missed the reef and had to abort the dive, finding it on our second attempt. Nice normal reef fish and nudis, not what we were hoping for. Giant clams, magnificent slug, powder blue surgeon fish, moorish idols etc

dive pulau weh stonefish
We saw many stonefish on the reef, so stay clear!

Dive log Pante Peunateung:

Viz: 15m, Temp: 29C, Max depth 31m, Avg depth 15m, Dive time 61min

The Canyon

Good dive! This was much better diving! The reef is spectacular with massive Gorgonian fans and a variety of beautiful corals. Thousands of Indian triggerfish covered the reef.

Packs of medium sized Giant trevally and Blue fin trevally hunting. Honeycomb Morey, White eye Morey Eel. Scorpion fish, Octopus, Titan triggerfish and all the normal small reef fish.

Diving Pulao Weh
Honeycomb Morey Eel, The Canyon, Diving Pulao Weh

Dive Log, The Canyon

Viz: 10-15m, Temp: 29C, Max depth 31m, Avg depth 15m, Dive time 62min

Arus Balee (Bastard Current)

Great Dive, most beautiful reef we saw around Pulau Weh. Gorgonian Fans, Staghorn coral, Table coral amazing. Big Giant Trevallies. So many fish it looked like it was getting dark sometimes! Similar marine life to The Canyon, just more dense.

Diving Pulao Weh, a Blue spotted stingray with a friend at Arus Balee.
Diving Pulao Weh, a Blue spotted stingray with a friend at Arus Balee.

Dive Log, Arus Balee

Viz: 15m, Temp: 29c, Max depth 31m, Avg depth 15m, Dive time 61min

Diving Pulao Weh, Blue Ribbon Eel, Arus Balee
Diving Pulao Weh, Blue Ribbon Eel, Arus Balee

Batee Tokong

Finally a dive with some big fish! Three massive Giant Trevallies, a school of 20 to 30 Barracudas, school of about 100 Horse eye jacks. Plenty of Blue fin trevally and smaller Giant trevally hunting. Two Blacktip reef sharks. Nice macro, Leafy scorpion fish, Mantis shrimp, Boxer banded shrimp.

Diving Pulao Weh, Barracudas at Batee Tokong
Diving Pulao Weh, Barracudas at Batee Tokong

Dive Log Batee Tokong:

Viz: 15m, Temp: 28C, Max depth 40m, Avg depth 15.8m, Dive time 61min

Diving Pulao Weh, Horse eye Jacks at Batee Tokong.
Diving Pulao Weh, Horse eye Jacks at Batee Tokong.

 

Powder Blue Surgeons swimming over the colorful reef at Batee Tokong.
Powder Blue Surgeons swimming over the colorful reef at Batee Tokong.

PULAU WEH DIVE CENTERS

There are 4 dive centers on Pulau Weh; Iboih Dive Center, Lumba Lumba Diving Centre, Monster Divers and Rubiah Tirta Dive Center.

We dived with Iboih dive center, dives were cheap at $20 per dive including gear, the equipment was well maintained and the staff where friendly and professional.

Diving Pulau Weh, prices for Iboih Divers, August 2016
Diving Pulau Weh, prices for Iboih Divers, August 2016

The German instructor working there is experienced and professional. I heard that decompression problems are common on the island (about once a month). Some of the popular dive sites are deep with current. I would recommend that you dive with your own computer and always closely monitor your depth, do not only rely on the dive master. We had an incident. We were diving in two groups. Our group aborted the dive when we could not see the reef at 20m. The other group consisted out of the DM, two experienced divers and on Open Water diver with a couple of  logged dives. They also missed the reef, but the DM kept descending past 45m!

ACCOMMODATION, FOOD AND OTHER ACTIVITIES

This probably the cheapest quality diving that I have ever done. Other then diving our budget for food and accommodation was less than $10 per day each. For more info on Pulau Weh, things to do, eat, sleep and snorkeling CLICK HERE.

For more top diving we did around Indonesia CLICK HERE

 

Diving Pulao Weh, Batee Tokong
Diving Pulao Weh, Batee Tokong

 

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