The trip to Sabang left a lot of stories for me and my friends. We were excited from a few weeks before the trip to decide our itinerary in Sabang, although we have 4 days, but still I think it is not really enough to explore this pretty little island.
Sabang is a city located in Weh Island, the most western part of Indonesia. To reach the city, you have to fly to Banda Aceh city and take 3 hours ferry ride to Weh Island. Some of Indonesian Sabang abbreviation stands for Santai Banget in Indonesia Language which means really relax in English. But, I think it feels most likely true because the feeling after you arrive in this island is really relaxing. The Island is pretty, the beaches are beautiful, a lot of good food, the people are nice, such a perfect place for holiday, if there is another chance, I will definitely come again to Sabang.
While in Sabang, I was guided by a driver named Mr. Kana. This man owns a transportation service company in the island. He knows a lot of stories about the island as well as many good places and of course good food. I visited some interesting places in Sabang and I will write them into two posts in this blog, so make sure you read all of them if you are planning to put Sabang as one of your travel destination. 🙂
Sumur Tiga Beach.
After we had checked in at the hotel where we stayed while in Sabang, we were visiting Sumur Tiga Beach. This beach is called Sumur Tiga in Indonesian which means Three wells in English because literally, there are three wells on the beach. The beach is located in the east part of this island and is the most perfect place to enjoy the sunrise. This beach has white sand, blue and turquise water. Around afternoon, the wave is calm and slow so we can swim at the beach.
Some resorts and hotels are also located right beside this beach, including the famous Casa Nemo and The Fredies, I myself stayed at The Point Sabang resort.
Japanese Bunker and Anoi Itam Beach
This Japanese heritage bunker is located at the top of the hill, close to Anoi Itam beach. To reach it, we have to climb several steps until the top. The trip to the top is not as long as the stairs to the crater of Mount Bromo or Borobudur Temple, but it is quite challenging if you are not a fan of exercise or walking.
The strategic location of Sabang made the city become a very important port city at the time of Japan colonialism. This bunker was built as one of its military defenses.
When we got there, the alleys were closed, but there was still a cannon left behind the bunker. Apart from the old buildings, the atmosphere around the bunker is amazing. Because it is located on a hill, the atmosphere of a loose sea, the green grass that reminds me of Teletubies hills and also the spread of black sand on the lips of Anoi Itam Beach is a very cool collaboration. Oh yes, on top of this hill there is also a small coffee shop so we can order the famous Aceh coffee while enjoying the beautiful sea right in front of us.
Keuneukai Hot Springs
After visiting the Japanese Bunker, Mr. Kana took us to the Keuneukai Hot Spring. The source of water for this hot spring is Jaboi Volcano. The shape of the pool here is like an ordinary swimming pool but the water flowed from Jaboi Volcano. If you want to visit here, it is recommended to visit it in the morning or in the evening because at the noon, the weather is very hot. Keep in mind also that cleaning schedule for the pool is every Friday and the pool will be closed on that day.
White sand beach
As already illustrated by its name, White Sand Beach has a very fine white sand. We spent a long time on this beach on the first day. When we got there no one was on the beach but us, it seems like a private beach. Near the beach, there are several small stalls to order foods and drinks. I played water on the beach while my friends chose to sit on the beach while enjoying drinks and also playing swings.
There are still some places that I visited during my trip to Sabang, I will write it down in my next post. If you want to read this article in Indonesian langauge, you can check it here.
editor: Anneis Kusumaputri