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Incredible diving Sabang

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Kalau kamu suka kopi dan diving, Aceh cocok berarti. Terutama Sabang.

Di hari-hari pertama saya kembali mengunjungi Aceh, 3 warung kopi langsung saya lalap habis! Suasananya yang gaduh, obrolan ringan soal sekolah, politik hingga gosipin harga batu akik terdengar riuh di telinga.  Rasa dan  kekentalan kopi sareng yang menemani saya saat itu.. Ah.. semuanya saya suka.

Begitu pula dengan divingnya. Ujung terbarat Indonesia ini memang menawarkan keindahan bawah laut yang sudah nggak perlu diragukan lagi. Sabang.

If you love coffee and diving, Aceh is just perfect, espesially Sabang. 

On my fist day in Aceh, I visited 3 coffe shops! I love the atmosphere, chats among students, politics reviews or just talking bullshit about gems’ quality and price ( the gem stones are very hip now in Indonesia). I love them all.

So is the diving. The most west dive spot in Indonesia offering the beauty of underwater, no doubt about it.

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Kopi sareng, my fav!
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I tried to hold the ‘saring’ but… it was so heavy!! They have this unique way to make the coffee, the higher you hold the ‘saring’, the better is the result.

Sabang sendiri udah punya julukan beken : SAntai BANGet, yup suasana disini emang pas banget buat leyeh-leyeh. Malahan terdapat kampung bule di pantai Iboih yang beken diantara backpacker. Makanya nggak semua yang datang kemari adalah diver, karena tanpa diving pun kita bisa menikmati alamnya.

Nggak sendiri, saya menyambangi Sabang bareng Pinneng yang memang sudah lama bercita-cita melengkapi koleksi foto underwaternya dari ke-empat pejuru mata angin Indonesia. Karena keterbatasan waktu, kami harus memilih titik penyelaman. Pilihan pertama jatuh pada :

Sabang itself has a nickname from the abbreviation of its name: “SAntai BANGet”, in English it means : Very Relaxing.  There’s a village just for backpacker, and it’s favourit for all tourists who seek for a budget trip. Not all who came here are divers. The non-diver visitors can also enjoy the beauty of the beach in this place.

I didn’t came alone to Sabang. Pinneng, the professional underwater photographer also come along. He wanted to complete his circle, as he already took photographs from the very east, south and north of Indonesia. It’s the most west side turn. Because of the time limit, we needed to choose a limited dive spots to dive. The ones on the top of the list are :

Canyon.

Sesuai namanya, yang unik dari Canyon ini adalah retakan yang terjadi di bawah sana, membentuk dinding karang yang mengapit diver. Pastinya akan menarik untuk difoto. Pada kedalaman 30 meter-nya terdapat banyak sekali seafan besar, yang sayangnya tidak sempat kami kunjungi karena arus dan juga telah tertahan acara foto-foto di retakan.

The unique thing from Canyon is, there is  a crack of rocks, forming swim trough walls . For sure it’s looks good in photograph. In 30 m depth, we can find so many giant seafan, but too bad we can’t see them as we hold by the current and busy taking picture in the crack. Need to go back again someday.

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i just love to see the giant seafan

Pilihan kedua jatuh pada:

Seulako Cave

Terletak di kedalaman 18 meter, meskipun mungil, dan menurut saya lebih pas disebut sebagai ceruk, tapi uniknya terdapat banyak sekali ikan-ikan kecil yang sibuk hilir mudik di dalamnya. Nggak cuma ikan-ikan aja, terlihat juga blue moray eel yang bermoncong kuning terang, berusaha menggapai-gapai para ikan yang lalu lalang. Menggemaskan sekali.

The second choice goes to:

Seulako Cave

Located in 18 meters depth, the cave looks so small, and to me it looks more like a niche, but covered with small fish and they keep stay in there! Not just fishes, we find a blue moray eel with bright yellow snoot, trying to reach the fishes. So adorable.

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Tips

  • Musim yang pas untuk diving di Aceh ini adalah saat musim penghujan oktober hingga Mei.
  • Kapal cepat banda Aceh – Sabang dari dermaga Ulee Leuhe setiap hari pk. 09.30 WIB
  • Kapal cepat Sabang-Banda Aceh setiap hari di dermaga Balohan pk. 07.30 WIB
  • Sunbathing dengan bikini sangat mungkin untuk dilakukan, tapi hanya di tengah laut 😀
  • Bersiap dengan arus yang tak terduga.
  • The best season to dive Sabang is in wet season ( October – May )
  • Fast boat every day from Banda Aceh-Sabang from Ulee Leuhe harbor at 9.30 am
  • Fast boat everyday from Sabang – Banda Aceh from Balohan harbor at 7.30 am
  • Sunbathing with bikini is allowed.. only in the middle of the sea 😀
  • be prepared for unpredictable current.

All photograph by Pinneng

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