Welcome to Sail Sabang 2017
About Sail Sabang
This is the 9th series of Sail Indonesia event, first launched in Bunaken Manado in 2009. Sabang is the kilometer zero of the western tip of Indonesia. The archipelago spans over 5000 km equal distance from Sweden to Vladivostok. According to Mr. Reza Pahlevi, Head of Culture and Tourism for Aceh the local government has already made some early preparations for the event, namely building a new hotel with media Group and collaborate with Inna Group to manage seveeral tourists spots as well as promoting Sail Sabang 2017 through foreign media.
Other than Sail Sabang, there will be Sabang Wonderful Expo and Marine Expo which will be held in conjuction with Sabang Expo. This event will feature Aceh arts and cultural festival, parachute championship, international aerobatic show and diving competition amongst others.
There are two main routes in order to participate in Sail Sabang 2017. Each route is handled by professional sailing event coordinator who has full experience in managing each participant's needs from start to finish, including settlement for all necessary paperwork when entering Indonesian waters and custom regulations.
Passage to Sail Sabang
Currently there are three weekly flights from Medan to Sabang Airport or you can go to Sabang by boat. The fast ferry leaves Banda Aceh at 09.30 and 16.00, from Sabang (Pulau Weh) at 08.30 and 14.30. Each trip costs around IDR 80.000-95.000/person and it takes one hour to reach your destination. The slow ferry costs a lot cheaper (IDR 25.000/person) and goes by 2,5 hours in travelling time. It leaves Banda Aceh and Pulau Weh at 08.00 and 14.00. Be advised that departure and arrival time may change from the of writing so please reconfirm the schedule with local authorities in Banda Aceh or Pulau Weh.
Join The Excitement
The main reason to go to Pulau Weh is for the beaches : relaxing, swimming, snorkeling and diving. Go straight to Iboih or Gapang beaches. Single dive starts at US$27, cheaper the more you do and there are 20 dive sites which are way less populated than else where in Indonesia. Please note that Iboih Beach are closed to diving on Friday mornings.
The house reef at Gapang beach boasts a wide range of macro life including rare critters like Frog Fish, Star Gazers and Gurnards. Large pelagics like Mantas. Whale Sharks and Mola Mola also come to feed when the season is right. Gapang Beach also have a sandy mangrove beach. When it is high tide, the water gets very clear and during low tide you can discover hidden sea lifes such as baby octopus, baby lobsters on the shallow water.
Snorkeling at Rubiah Island offers spectacular view of Indonesia's protected marine life as you swim with million tropical fish and colorful reefs for a mere IDR 40.000/day to rent the snorkeling equipment. You can reach Rubiah from Sabang in 30 minutes by boat.