Banda Aceh from the sky.
Banda Aceh from the sky.

Indonesia again

  Indonesia: Pulau Weh [Sumatra] - May 2014

Dear English-speaking readers, this page is an automatic translation made from a post originally written in French. My apologies for any strange sentences and funny mistakes that may have been generated during the process. If you are reading French, click on the French flag below to access the original and correct text: 

Ten days off. Ten days of freedom. From May 10 to May 20, 2014, I left. In Pulau Weh, Indonesia.

Take off again

"Tell me it's not true!!!"
I burst out laughing when I discovered the little indignant-amused words of colleagues and friends on my Facebook page.

Yes, Indonesia again. The journey has its reasons that reason does not know.

My destination: Pulau Weh, a small island off the coast of Banda Aceh, in the west of Sumatra.

It was short but intense. I don't regret at all this escapade, decided almost at the last minute. Pulau Weh regenerated me. The trip itself has exhilarated me. Rennes - Paris - Abu Dhabi - Kuala Lumpur - Banda Aceh - Pulau Weh. Too long, too complicated, too tiring? Carried by the joy of this new trip, I plunged back into the atmosphere of the airports with delight, and went through the successive immigration controls with bliss.

Departures give me wings. I feel each time like a kid who was offered an extra ride.

Air Asia flies between Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia. This is the tarmac at Banda Aceh airport, May 2014.
Air Asia flies between Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) and Banda Aceh (Sumatra, Indonesia). Here the tarmac of Banda Aceh airport, May 2014.

Pulau Weh

Pulau Weh is the most western and northern inhabited island of the archipelago. On the western tip of Sumatra, in the province of Banda Aceh, it is the "kilometer zero" of Indonesia.

There is a beach there, Gapang, that I liked a lot during a previous trip, four years ago, and that I wanted to see again. A quiet and authentic place. As in 2010, I settled in one of the bungalows of the excellent Lumba Lumba diving center.

Lumba Lumba Diving Center. Pulau Weh, May 2014.

If you want to have a look, all my articles about the 2010 trip are at the end of this link :
Pulau Weh - Sumatra - Indonesia - March 2010

In May 2014, the beach has hardly changed. Atmosphere always as peaceful, at high tide, at low tide...

Gapang Beach, Pulau Weh. Banda Aceh, Indonesia, May 2014.

Gapang Beach, Pulau Weh. Banda Aceh, Indonesia, May 2014.

Gapang Beach. Pulau Weh, May 2014.

The people of Gapang are always so friendly and welcoming. The tourists who choose to come here are almost all divers.

Batee Tolong, Pulau Weh. May 2014.

On land and underwater, Indonesia is irresistible...


  Indonesia: Pulau Weh [Sumatra] - May 2014

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  1. Well I say you were right! 🙂
    When we love, we do not count! Let's enjoy it!
    And the place looks so charming! 🙄

  2. It's true that this Indonesian obsession is starting to look a bit suspicious. Aren't you a double agent 😉 I imagine you'll categorically deny it, but hey ...

  3. Addicted to Indonesia, I know what it means !!!
    Over there, so far away is this will find what you need to live magical moments on holiday. Wild islands, welcoming population, exceptional seabed.... 🙄
    You discovered the Maldives just before the new law rehabilitating the death penalty for all, now you can boycott this desti because there's just as good, if not better, diving and contact with the locals elsewhere!
    For my part, I still galley the choice being so vast from KL! ❓
    Show us some more beautiful photos of Pulau Weh, we tend to forget that the tsunami passed through there and did a lot of damage...

  4. "The starts give me wings. Each time I feel like a kid who's been offered an extra ride on the merry-go-round."

    I totally and completely agree with you! One more week and I'll get my free ride, and my very own thrill!
    May be less exotic but departure anyway.
    Talking about travel or reading your travel stories allows you to breathe a little! 😉

    keep on going


  5. But why deprive yourself when you can treat yourself 😉 You're becoming a real ambassador!
    Otherwise, I'll make a note of it! Now that I'm a certified diver (thanks in part to you, Corinne), I'm looking at Indonesia with even more interest than before.

  6. Beautiful pictures! I hadn't been there on my trip to Indonesia but I'd heard about it!

    It's funny because I already knew a bit about your blog (as a diver, one has to know 😉 ), and I just saw that you met one of my best friends while you were there (Rimen)!

    That's what I love most about traveling: meeting people 🙂

    Look forward to following your next aquatic adventures!


  7. Beautiful articles, beautiful photos, Indonesia is a beautiful and very hospitable people .. I just returned from Flores and even n being a diver, I could appreciate the beauty of this island and its surroundings. A lot of divers also give Rv .. The giant manta rays, coral reefs, sea turtles, .. Are in range even snorkeling .. By cons small flat about cleanliness in the streets but I think it is general in Asia .. Good trip to all ..

  8. Well, even though I'm not a diver (just an occasional one), I have to say that I understand your desire to return to Indonesia. The scenery, both on land and underground, is fantastic!

  9. Hey,

    We will have to go back to dive Shark Plateau and Sophie Rickmers (a bit of deco but worth it so much) ...

    Congratulations for your site.