Fishing is great in Pulau Banyak. There are lots of fish and
a vast area where to fish. The local fishermen has formed two
community groups, one on Pulau Balai and one in Haloban in order to
make it easy for you. One recommended alternative is to go with a
local fishermen in a traditional canoe. It is exactly the way most
local fishermen work every day. Note that the fishermen in
Balai/Baguk work in a different manner than the Haloban/Asantola
fishermen. Try them both if you like fishing. Other kinds of fishing
excursions can also be arranged.
If your hobby is fishing, bring your own fishing gear. In Pulau
Banyak there is only traditional gear. You can buy good equipment in
Medan or Banda Aceh. Only one person can come along in each canoe. A
child can come along with a parent. Life vests are available for
free. You can keep all the fish that you catch.
Usually local tourist from Medan, who is love to fishing, they come
to Balai in a group. They bring their own equipment and rent/charter
a boat then the fisherman will bring to many fishing spot. Even they
have a special boat that usually use by fishing community. Once,
there was a television program which made a shoot in Pulau Banyak.
In Balai/Baguk: The community group "Nelayan Bahari" offers
either morning or afternoon fishing trip: morning from 05.00 to
10.00, or afternoon from 15.00 to 20.00. They charge Rp. 200.000 per
person and trip, one passenger per canoe. Contact on phone
+6281362554935 (Kabok), or ask in your Losmen.
Haloban: The community group "Pasir Putih" in Haloban offers
full day fishing trips from 08.00 to 16.00. They charge Rp. 250.000
per day and guest, one passenger per canoe. The price also includes
morning snack, lunch and a bottle of water. Traditional fishing gear
and bait is available also if you don’t bring your own. Contact the
fishermen’s group Pasir Putih on phone: +6285277711108 Mr.Anhar
in Haloban, or ask in the accommodation.
If you want to fish in your own way, a boat and boat driver can be
arranged. Canoe, big boat or speed boat. Don’t forget to bring
sunglasses, a hat and sun lotion.
So, what are you waiting for? Go get your own fish to BBQ. Nothing
tastes better than that.
The fishermen of Balai and Teluk Nibung have developed a Fish
Aggregation Device (FAD). Out at open sea, at a depth of around
200-250 meters a long line is at one end secured to the bottom of
the sea and in the other end at big buoy. At approximately 50 meters
depth a big bunch palm leaves are attached to the line. These leaves
attract plankton, small fish and bigger fish. The fishermen catch
fish by pulling a line behind the canoe. Yayasan Pulau Banyak has
helped the fishermen with a part of the investment. Due to its
efficiency more and more FADs are coming into use. The positive
effects are that the fishermen move their activity away from the
reefs to the open sea. Fish species in the open sea reproduce much
faster then reef fish. The use of poison has decreased considerably
and the fishermen have become more concerned about the environment.
A part of the fishing trip fees are used to the cooperative to
develop more environmentally friendly fishing methods.
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