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- Batee Dua Gapang
- Batee Meuroron
- Rubiah Seagarden
- Rubiah Utara
- Arus Balee
- Seulako’s Drift
- Batee Tokong
- Shark Plateau
- Pantee Ideu
- Batee Gla
- Pantee Aneuk Seuke or ‘The Canyon’.
- Pantee Peunateung
- Lhong Angen & Pantee Gua
- Limbo Gapang
- WW II Wreck "Sophie Rickmers"
- Wreck Tugboat & UW Hotspring
- Sumur Tiga
- Anoi Hitam
- Batee Meuduro
1. Batee Dua Gapang: Gapang's house reef
Just snorkel out to Batee Dua (Two Rocks) and start the deep part
of your dive at 30 m and head back to the shallower reef closer
to the beach. Look out for the reef sharks, the manta or eagle rays
in the blue and the loads of blue-spotted ribbontail rays and blue
spotted stingrays. Or make a long shallow beach dive and stay in
the bay part of our house reef. Till 14 m you’ll see different
hard corals and big waving leather corals. Our 4 local residential
hawksbill turtles are found here. The house reef is densely populated
by scorpion and lion fishes. Special are the brown and yellow coloured
leaf scorpion fishes and the small size bi and
even tri-occelated lionfish. Look for frog fishes, see razor fishes,
an abundance of butterfly fishes, schools of red tooth triggerfishes
and more. The banded sea snake and the look alike snake eel can
be studied from close by. Whale sharks have been seen in the months
September, October, November while snorkeling and even once during
a special night dive (!) just 30 m of the beach in front of our
2. Batee Meuroron
Is just 5 minutes from Gapang, but a less frequented dive site.
It’s a rocky outcrop, where strong currents can sweep through.
It is a place to see clown fishes in their anemones,
giant reef rays and other stingrays, turtles, different kinds of
moray eels and big schools of black snappers hanging out in the
shallow water at safety stop level between the rocks.
3. Rubiah Seagarden
Famous for its shallow colourful coral gardens. From 10 m down follow
the rocky slope with big branching hard corals till over 30 m before
hitting sandy bottom. See colourful nudibranches and flatworms.
And a couple of amazingly red fluorescent bubble anemones at 13
m. You are almost sure to find the beautiful honeycomb morays
here, of which some of them are often on the move, so you can see
them free swimming in full length! Check out the difference if you
spot a black spotted or black blotched moray, both quite similar
to the honeycomb moray as well.
4 Rubiah Utara (Rubiah North)
A dive here starts on the north point of Rubiah Island by following
the rocky outline to the north. The deep part till over 30m offers
beautiful scenery with huge boulders and gigantic seafans forming
a dense cover of orange, pink & red colours. Coming back up
to the 18 m level you’ll reach a remarkable field full with
white whip gorgonians like an underwater savannah.
Sharks, giant reefrays, schools of fusiliers, trevallies, snappers,
butterfly fishes. This dive site is only diveable in no current
or mild current conditions.
5. Arus Balee (Widow's current)
Arus Balee is the name for the water passage around a rocky pinnacle
situated between the islands of Seulako and Rubiah. Appropriately
nicknamed by the Acehnese Arus Palee, which means bastard current
;-), this narrow passage often sees lots of current as well as sharks
and other current loving sea creatures, making it a very popular
dive site. Best site for a kaleidoscopic moving palette of colours
displayed by underwater “rivers” of hundreds and hundreds
of neon bright fusiliers… enjoy the show! Also our best site
for spotting Blue ribbon eels; here you can easily manage to find
both the black juvenile as well as the blue male adult, and sometimes
even the yellow female adult. The dive site that became best described
with the words of one of our former Divemaster Trainees (Thierry,
a French chef cook, 1998): “It’s like diving in the
fish soup Bouillabaisse…!!!”
6. Seulako’s Drift
For specifically “flying WHILE diving”, we only schedule
this site with its long steep slope for when we expect currents
to be strongest. We enter south of Seulako Island and drift along
the island to the north, sometimes making it all the way till past
nr. 8, Batee Tokong, with maybe a safety stop in the blue. During
the dive soar over the rocks, hard corals and gorgonians in the
deep and the fields of soft leather corals in the
shallow. Put your hands down on some bare rock, and let the current
push you over into making a somersault. Big fun!
7. Batee Tokong & 8. Shark Plateau (often dived separately)
With its spectacular scenery and it’s abundance of marine
life, Batee Tokong tends to be a favourite site for most short
and long term divers in Pulau Weh. It takes approximately 20 minutes
“It’s the Nr. 1 Moray place in the world”,
as all visitors so far have agreed on: giant, fimbriated, white
eye, snowflake, whitemouth, yellowhead, zebra and yellow margined.
Blue ribbon eels reaching out for orange anthiases, honey comb
morays living together with their giant cousins and our local
unique variety of the masked moray outnumbering all these other
morays together by far. Hover above a few square metres of rocks
and count at least a dozen of these morays sticking their heads
out of their hiding places.
Batee Tokong, which translates as ‘Central Rock’,
is a round plateau with one of the rocks sticking out of the water
forming a vertical wall till 20 m. A steep slope densely covered
with fan gorgonions continues downwards till well over 40 m, where
a second wall starts. On the north side you’ll find a 24-28
m deep plateau, ‘Shark Plateau’, where black and white
tip reef sharks, gray sharks and the occasional silvertip are
met. Marbled & giant groupers play hide and seek along the
slopes, black snappers, giant and big eye trevallies, big blacktongue
unicorn fish and barracuda’s try to induce vertigo to all
divers swimming in their midst, while big needle fish circle high
above all this, just under the surface. Deeper down bluefin trevallies
hunt together with yellow goat fish and 2 or 3 long face emperors.
See octopuses, lionfish, scorpion fish, frog fish, nudibranchs
close to the bottom. Butterfly fish, triggerfish and the beautiful
bignose unicornfish fish. And nice to watch the last one upside
down to see their funny behaviour of having an upward “shower”
in your bubbles of “air”. And don’t forget to
look up once in a while anyway, as an eagle ray or a formation
of devil rays might be passing over your head…
9. Pantee Ideu
Deep submerged reef around 100 m from the island’s shoreline.
Because of it’s usual exceptionally good viz you can look
“for miles” and have a splendid panoramic view of this
reef with it’s spectacular underwater landscape of big boulders
covered with huge gorgonians, sponges and big branching hard corals.
Making your way back to the shore, end the dive between the beautiful
coral boulders and table corals in the 10 m depth range. Good place
for Napoleon wrasse in the deep, and (non aggressive)
nesting yellow margined triggerfish in the shallows (the species
one size down from it’s notorious “Titan” nephew,
which by the way is usually a much more peaceful bloke in Pulau
Weh as compared to it’s reputation in many other places).
10. Batee Gla (Slippery Rock)
The rocks at this location form a ridge from the surface sloping
down to more than 40 m deep. The massive rock formation with its
pinnacles and swim throughs offers a spectacular view, and combined
with the usual current that sweeps past, it’s as if flying
over a mountain ridge in a hangglider or a small plane. At 18 m
you’ll find an underwater beach with a whole bunch of garden
eels poking their heads into the current. Good location for seeing
bumphead parrotfish in the shallower areas. Usually
great viz for fully enjoying the view.
11. Pantee Aneuk Seuke
or ‘The Canyon’
Another favorite divesite.
Click here for more detailed map
(by Peter, Divemaster Trainee)
When the current is heading north, a typical dive starts with
a descent in the south to the cave (1) at around 29m. In the shelter
of the gorgonian-covered wall (2) it is usually very busy with
all kind of small fishes. Often you’ll see big schools of
barracudas. Going down to the end of the wall at around 40-45m
watch out for sharks and eagle- or manta rays passing by.
During the ascent towards the canyon (3) you can hover over the
beautiful gorgonian garden. The canyon measures at its narrowest
space only 1.80m and is “home” of some napoleon-wrasses.
Further north it’s like a ‘ceremony’ to swim
through the arch (4) before ending up the dive on top of the reef.
But if there is a lot of plankton in the water, the end of the
dive will end above the rocks in the shallow water, looking out
for the manta rays that cruise around the coastal line in their
search for food.
12. Pantee Peunateung
(Written by Ben, Divemaster Trainee)
Meaning Rice field terrace, this is a deep dive site with the
bottom well beyond the regular limits of recreational diving.
The reef runs North to South and be seen clearly in the water
when deep ocean waves hit it and rise up as the reef causes a
sudden change in depth.
The direction the site is dived is determined by the currents,
if the tide is going to high, the current usually flows from South
to North. I usually prefer best to start the dive at the North
and head south. Once in the water we descend over the shallow
part of the reef and make our way to the drop off which starts
at around 30 m and drops to 70 m +. When swimming to the drop
off look out for schools of barracuda both chevron
and yellow tailed, large schools of trevallies can also been seen.
Moray eels are often seen amongst the rocks, but it’s best
not to spend too much time here as it’s best deep!
The drop off starts at about 30 m and is pretty much vertical,
the wall is covered in large gorgonian sea fans which thrive in
the current and nutrient rich water. If conditions are favorable
a dive to about 45 m is good, but often a down current, caused
by water falling down the drop off, calls for caution, it’s
easy to go too deep here! While deep, keep a look out for sharks
– black tips, white tips and gray reef sharks. Only once
have I not seen a shark here! Every so often look up to the surface
for eagle rays, often seen here and maybe a manta ray. On a clear
sunny day looking up at the sun with the wall and gorgonians in
sight can be quite special.
We ascend slowly up the wall to the shallows again looking for
barracuda and big fish, swim at 20 m for a while looking in the
rocks for octopi, morays, nudibranch and lobster. If we reach
one of the small sand filled canyons you could head up it. This
is nice looking for more lobsters. At around 10-12 m you can start
to feel the surge caused by the waves passing overhead. The surge
is often good fun to play in as you fly past rocks and fish; the
shallows sometimes have bump head parrot fish, which are always
good fun to watch. Turtles are commonly seen here in the shallows.
At 50 bars do a safety stop and if things are nice, stay down
till 30 bars looking for more sharks.
Pantee Peunateung is a big stuff dive, which is why I like it!
13. Lhong Angen and Pantee Gua
A shore dive location and a nearby underwater pinnacle on the west
side of Pulau Weh. Both less frequented dive sites, but occasionally
chosen when conditions elsewhere are less favourable.
14. Limbo Gapang
Also a less frequented dive site, even though it’s just one
or two minutes by boat straight out from Gapang Beach. You’ll
find an abundance of nudibranchs, flatworms and mushroom corals
on this underwater hill with it’s top at 7m. The turtles from
Gapang Beach sometimes visit this area, which in fact is still an
extension of the Batee Dua Rocks on the house reef.
15. WW II Wreck "Sophie Rickmers"
The 134 m long “Sophie Rickmers” is an impressive
wreck, covered with corals, situated in the sheltered bay of Pria
Laot. The cargo steam ship was built in1920 in Germany. During
WW II, the “Sopie Rickmers” was one of the 5 ships
which were confiscated by the Dutch on May 10, 1940 in the waters
around Pulau Weh. However, the crew of "Sophie Rickmers"
sunk their own ship at that same day.
The wreck is home to a giant grouper, giant morays and giant trevallies.
A school of unicorn file fishes often swims past to add some confusion
of “whatizat?” to your nitrogen narcosis, and schools
of batfishes accompany you down and up along the mooring line.
Most special fish to try and remember to notice, is probably the
black-spot angelfish (Genicanthus melanospilos). Usually rare
to find because of it’s preference for deeper waters, it’s
fairly abundant on this wreck, if you just don’t forget
to look for it. With the wheelhouse at 37 m, the decks at around
45 m and the straight bow resting on the bottom at over 55 m deep,
we organize the wreck dive as a special decompression dive for
experienced deep divers only.
16. Wreck Tugboat
In the harbour of Sabang the tugboat wreck lies in 14 m of water.
A very relaxed macro dive and ideal for shallow afternoon dives,
or night dives. Spot the banded and ghost pipefish, crocodile fish,
spiny lobsters, nudibranchs, cleanershrimps, bi-occelated and common
On the way back we often stop for a 10 minute shallow (5 - 10 m)
dive in the streams of hot spring bubbles of the underwater volcano
in the bay of Pria Loat. A unique experience.
17. Sumur Tiga
For a relaxed drift over the shallow unspoiled and beautifully coloured
coral gardens along the Sumur Tiga beach. On the way there, or while
going back, often dolphins come and play in front of our boat, a
big extra treat for going that way.
18. Anoi Hitam
A new dive site which we’ve started to combine regularly with
the Batee Meuduro daytrip. Get surrounded by the many sweetlips
and numerous other schools of fish here, and enjoy the incredible
density of all kinds of Acropora hard corals in the shallows.
19. Batee Meuduro
Situated 70 minutes away on the south side of Pulau Weh. This is
surely one of Pulau Weh’s top dive sites, but due to it’s
distance is mostly operated as a 2 tank daytrip. Visibility is usually
very good here and the often fierce currents around this pinnacle
attract lots of pelagics; tuna, mackerel, huge schools of barracuda’s,
napoleon wrasse, manta and eagle rays, lots of different sharks,
amongst which even the amazing thresher sharks! The shallow plateau
is covered with huge table corals, a perfect hiding place for lobsters,
stone fish, sleeping baby sharks and more.