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PULAU WEH > DIVING & SNORKELING


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You don't have to be a full-fledged diver to enjoy the underwater world of Pulau Weh. You don't even have to go far. Almost everywhere you find nice snorkeling and you don't need to compete with other snorkelers about the space. If you snorkel in Gapang, Iboih, and Sumur Tiga you will very likely see hawksbill turtles. Snorkels and fins are available for rent almost everywhere; normally Rp. 30.000 per day complete with mask and fins. To rent an underwater camera, try the dive shops.

DIVING
The visibility, the number of species, the big fish, the clear blue water, and both beach and boat diving, make Pulau Weh perfect for both experienced divers and beginners. All the big ones have been spotted around Weh: Mega Mouth Shark, Orcas, Whales, Whale Sharks, Manta Ray, and Sun Fish.

 

 
Pulau Weh is the place to get a diving certificate. The prices are still very attractive, especially if you also have to rent the equipment. Two guided fun dives from boat is app. 25 € including full equipment. A non-guided beach dive with full equipment it is app. 12 € and an Open Water certificate is about 280 €. (Prices are only indications.) There are several good diving schools in the Gapang – Iboih area. Diving is also arranged from Sumur Tiga. Check the websites of the operators.

DIVE OPERATORS

  1. Rubiah Tirta Divers
    Iboih Beach, Pulau Weh, NAD, Indonesia. Ph/fax: +62652 2234 555, Ph: +6281534020050, +628128436308. info@rubiahdivers.com www.rubiahdivers.com
     
  2. Lumba Lumba Diving Centre
    Gapang Beach, Pulau Weh, NAD, Indonesia. Tel/Fax: +62652 3324133, +62811682787. info@lumbalumba.com www.lumbalumba.com
     
  3. Pulau Weh Dive Resort
    Kincir (Long Beach), Pulau Weh. Tel: 0652 3332 4999, fax: 0652 2324 900, pulauwehresort@yahoo.com www.pulauwehresort.com
  1. The Pade Dive Resort
    Tel: 0652-3322 4500, 0652-332400, sabang@thepade.com

WRECKS IN THE DEPTHS

Pulau Weh also has a couple of wrecks to dive at. As the waters around Pulau Weh are very deep, the wrecks are only accessible for very advanced divers. One of the wrecks, Sopie Rickmers, was sunk by its German captain in order to avoid Dutch capture. While entertaining the Dutch with drinks onboard, his crew was busy making holes in the hull. The ship is therefore laying up-right just outside Pria Laot. Its upper part is 40m deep.

FREEDIVING
Freediving is the most natural and serene way to explore the depths of the oceans with minimal impact. It is also the ultimate way to free yourself and spend more time enjoying the beauty and silence of the sea. Anyone who has held their breath underwater has freedived. However, freediving is not simply about seeing how long you can hold your breath or how deep you can go on a single breath. You have to create the right attitude and pay attention to the limits of your body and mind. This and much more you can learn at Lumba-Lumba this summer of 2012.

A unique AIDA and their courses set the standard in international freediving education. Discover Freediving (half day) and two star course (2-3 days). For everyone, from absolute beginners to keen snorkelers. Take a look at AIDA's website www.aidainternational.org
 

 

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