Diving in Pulau Weh – Facts Sheet
Destination : Pulau Weh, Sumatra
Country : Indonesia
Temperature : 28 – 29°C (82 – 84°F)
Typical Visibility : 20 – 40m (65 – 130ft)
Diving Season : Year round
Pulau Weh offers a range of unmistakably world class diving sites located in a tropical island paradise.
Pulau Weh, whilst a laid back island paradise above the water is a completely different world once you don your fins and scuba gear. This remarkable place offers amazing diving, snorkeling and practically everything you could want.
Home to over 300 species of fish, the fantastic waters of Pulau Weh are well preserved and even today; this diving paradise remains well hidden and off the backpackers trails. This means that diving this beautifully protected location puts you amongst an elite few who have come face to face with unique and amazing environments that wait at Pulau Weh.
From submerged volcanoes to sunken wrecks, there’s so much to offer on Pulau Weh, it really is an unforgettable location. Located right in the center of the indo-pacific, Pulau Weh is home to plenty of challenging dives, as well as countless novice-friendly locations that even snorkelers can enjoy. With shallow reefs, fantastic currents and amazing marine life, this place a second home not only to divers, but an entire eco-system.
With a unique diving landscape, Pulau Weh is a volcanic island which is home to a landscape like no other. With swim throughs, submerged pinnacles and over 20 dive sites, it is home to all sorts of fish.
From diverse species of Moray eel to huge numbers of wrasse, parrotfish, trevally, wrasses as well as larger species such as reef sharks, mantas and other rays, the whale shark is also a common visitor.
Almost anyone can enjoy Pulau Weh and today there are a number of schools on the island that are all accredited by the leading institutions and work to an exceptionally high standard. There are so many fantastic dive sites dotted around this small island, it really is impossible to name them all.
Top Pulau Weh Dive Sites
- Batee Tokong is a truly unforgettable feeding ground that’s home to countless reef and pelagic fish, with reef sharks rays and even more.
- Bu Hila (Tug boat) – The tug boat is a fantastically preserved wreck sitting in around 15m of water. A sheltered and relaxing dive, it lets one enjoy some of the smaller fish on the reef as well as to experience the fantastic underwater ‘hot springs.’
- Pantee Peunateung (Rice field) is home to a massive coral garden with gorgonian sea fans, barracuda and larger pelagics.
- The Canyon is one of the premier dive sites and sits around 30 meters deep. This is no dive for novices, but a truly unforgettable experience for all with underwater swim-trough’s and submerged caves.
Diving Pulau Weh is almost as unforgettable as actually being there.
The island itself is a paradise of nature and when you go diving, you see a completely different world. Sitting on a relatively dormant volcano, the island is located right in the middle of one of the world’s largest marine playgrounds.
Combined with its laid back, relaxed atmosphere, Pulau Weh offers something that many destinations cannot – absolute tranquility.
Whether you’re here for the fish or the fabulous beaches, this is one of the few islands where you really can lose yourself in nature and the amazing surroundings.