Weh Island, a great diving spot in Indonesia

  • Asia & Oceania
  • Friday, 05 Jul 2019

The writer had a great time diving at Weh Island in Indonesia. Photos: Nagarajan T. Vellasamy

Weh Island is in Bandar Aceh, Indonesia and is well known for its beautiful dive sites. The island is surrounded by vibrant and friendly people.

We arrived Aceh in the morning but our ferry to Weh Island was only at 4pm, so we went to look for something to eat. We also visited the tsunami museum and village where the disaster happened.

Once we reached the island, we settled in our small but comfortable hut. If you’re planning a holiday here, you only need a weekend to explore the whole place. Of course, dive enthusiasts may want to extend a few more days as there is so much to discover underwater.

The next morning, we woke up early for our dive. My friend and I were the only ones diving that day so it was quite special for us. Together with our dive master Ben, we went to our dive site which was about 20 minutes away by boat.

The water was crystal clear and the visibility was more than 15m. We saw so many types of fish in various colours, sizes and shapes. The underwater current was strong but still manageable. The dive lasted for 35 minutes and I reached the maximum depth of 25m.

Our second dive was at another site. The underwater current was still strong, but visibility was great. We saw a few moray eels, lion fish and nudibranch molluscs, as well as huge rocks that seemed to form a cave. There was a lot of big fish taking shelter in that cave.

A grey Moray eel.
A beautiful lion fish.
A leopard Moray eel.

I followed a large moray eel to take videos of it swimming within the corals. Wonderful!

After about half an hour, we went back to the boat and sped off to a nearby eatery for lunch.

Later that day, we went out for our third dive, but swimming against the strong undercurrent made us exhausted, so we decided to call it quits for the day after just a few minutes.

Back on the island, we rented a scooter to explore the place. By 6pm, most of the shops were closed and buildings used generators for electricity. We returned to the restaurant where we had our lunch and had a sumptuous dinner of barbecued fish and fried rice.

The next day, we experienced drift diving, where the diver is “transported” by the current instead of having to swim against it.

We drifted about 100m away with the current in just a few minutes. Ben also taught us a different technique of diving into the water.

The second dive was a reef dive. It was a pleasant experience seeing so many moray eels and lion fish, along with a few bandit shrimps.

Feather Fern Coral.
A clown fish chilling on a hard basin coral.
A sting ray.

For our final dive, we went to the middle of the sea. The site was famous for octopus and I got to see one medium-sized octopus at close range. Here, the dive was done by following the rope attached to the boat’s anchor. As we were ascending, I got a close up of a large stone fish which had camouflaged itself so well against a rock. So cool!

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