Look out for our free bulletin; WEH with the latest information on
Pulau Weh and Pulo Aceh. We publish it four times a year. WEH has
updated information on transportation, accommodation, and other
practicalities, latest news and articles. The first edition ever was
distributed in April 2007. You can also
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DIVING AND CORALS
Reef Passion (Issue: 01-07)
Everyone knows Mr. Dodent! His passion and fight for the reefs
of Pulau Weh has made him well-know all over Indonesia, even
decorated by the Environmental Minister. His latest project is to
rebuild the coral reef along Pulau Rubiah that was destroyed by the
Ghost Pipefishes (Solenostomidae) (Issue: 02-07)
By: David White
One of the most impressive and beautiful fish to be found on the
reef are Ghost Pipefish. A close relation of the seahorse
(Hippocampinae), they come in various shapes, colors and forms and
their camouflage renders them almost unnoticeable so as many divers
swim by them oblivious to their existence! There are four forms
recognized by taxonomists although each of these has various subtle
A Diving Community (Issue: 02-07)
Indonesia is a maritime nation and the Acehnese a strictly coastal
people with a long history of international trade and domination,
all the way to Malaysia. No wonder people of Pulau Weh are excellent
fishermen and lousy farmers. Diving is an increasingly popular
activity in Indonesia; however villagers in remote places like Pulau
Weh rarely get a chance to enjoy real diving; at most, only
commercial diving with inadequate traditional equipment and at high
risk. Their economy does not allow them to dive like tourists, even
though it is their own island...
Traditional Law Saves Coral (Issue: 03-07)
Indonesia has many kinds of law; civil law, religious law,
traditional law (Hukum Adat), and the law of the jungle. Hukum Adat
was once the most important law that regulated the life in the
villages. After the fall of the Soeharto regime where the
administration and the armed forces stood above the law, a vacuum
emerged. In many places the Hukum Adat has made a come-back in this
vacuum. It is an effective tool to create justice locally...
Coral Transplantation & Reef Check (Issue: 04-08)
The Tsunami in the end of 2004 also caused damages below the
surface of the sea. Parts of the coral reefs were smashed as the
debris from land was sucked out to sea when the wave returned out.
Seeing this damage Mr. Dodent in Iboih tried to transplant new
corals into the damaged area. (Described in our article "Reef
Passion" in PULAU WEH 1-07. Can be read in our website
www.sumatraecotourism.com). Since 2006 until now Mr. Dodent and his
sons have already covered 240 square meters with their own funds.
The results are already visible...
Maxim Gorky Visits Sabang (Issue 01-07)
March 30 the Russian cruise ship Maxim Gorky entered Sabang Bay with
500 German around-the-World-travelers. The passengers spread out
over town and the nearby beaches...
Fishing (Issue 01-07)
has become increasingly popular amongst visitors from Jakarta and
Malaysia. Pulau Weh offers plenty of fishing possibilities and it
easy to arrange...
Enjoy a Solar Lunch (Issue: 01-07)
around Pulau Weh you will probably notice all the Solar Cookers
recently introduced by Klimaschutz eV from Germany. It is the first
CDM Solar Cooker Project in the world as defined by the Kyoto
Protocol, The project combines climate protection with poverty
A Wanted Man (Issue: 02-07)
In April this year Sabang got its first Mayor ever in direct
elections. Elections were held all over Aceh. In Sabang, like in
most of the regencies in Aceh, members of GAM (Gerakan Aceh Merdeka
or the Free Aceh Movement) were elected by the Acehnese. Before
tsunami they were actively fighting the Indonesian forces, in 2005 a
peace was signed and in 2007 the GAM leaders were chosen in most
elections in Aceh. Today they lead a peaceful Aceh in harmony with
the central government in Jakarta. It is amazing when one think
A Young Entrepreneur (Issue: 03-07)
entrepreneurs - that is really what Aceh needs after all the Tsunami
aid. Madi in Sabang is one example. Madi has always been interested
in gardening, fish and birds. He financed his own high school by
growing and selling bonsai trees. Since then he has tried to develop
his hobby into a business but has always been short of capital...
No Monkey Business in Siruit (Issue: 04-08)
Abdullah Malik makes a frisk business selling bananas (pisang) to
monkeys (monyet). Not directly, but to all those going over the
mountain towards Iboihs/Gapang and throw bananas to the monkeys. The
bananas are very delicious, but boring to eat for humans because of
Cabang (Issue: 04-08)
Acehnese "Cabang" before it is totally forgotten. It is easy to
learn and entertaining enough, but maybe difficult to find a set.
You can find one in the coffee shop on the beach in Paya Keunekai.
It is also common in the market during the fasting month when the
sales people stay overnight in their stands...
OTHER ARTICLES FROM ACI (Aku Cinta Indonesia or I Love Indonesia)
All articles below are in Bahasa Indonesia.
Penjelajahan Tim Petualang program Aku Cinta
Indonesia yang diinisiasi oleh Detikcom belum
selesai. Achmad dan Saiful, TimSumatera Utara 1
ACI, melanjutkan penjelajahan ke Kepulauan
Banyak, Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam yang kabarnya
memiliki keindahanpantai dan laut yang luar
biasa. Kepulauan Banyak berjarak 4 jam
penyebrangan menggunakan ferry dari Aceh
Kepulauan Banyak memiliki potensi kekayaan yang luar biasa. Apalagi
sebagai seorang yang terlahir dan besar di kawasan laut(Ambon,
Maluku), menemukan tempat seperti Kepulauan Banyak ini seperti
menemukan surga. Bahagia sekali. Namun tentu saja,tanah air kita ini
punya jutaan tempat yang seperti ini...
Miskin Volunteer Dalam Negeri
Salah satu yang menjadi daya tarik utama di
Kepulauan Banyak adalah konservasi Penyu di
Pulau Bangkaru. Program konservasi ini
dipelopori oleh Mahmud Bangkaru, pria asal
Swedia yang jatuh cinta kepada penyu sejak
kunjungan pertamanya ke Pulau Banyak di tahun
1994. Ini menjadikan program konservasi penyu di
Pulau Bangkaru ini adalah program konservasi
pertama di Pulau Sumatera. Menariknya, program
konservasi ini pun mengundang semua orang yang
memenuhi persyaratan untuk terlibat langsung
dalam melestarikan penyu di Pulau Bangkaru...