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

Still Indonesia

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  Indonesia: Pulau Weh [Sumatra] - May 2014

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


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

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

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

It was short but intense. I absolutely do not regret this escapade, decided almost at the last minute. Pulau Weh regenerated me. The trip itself made me dizzy. 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 into the atmosphere of airports with delight, investigating successive immigration controls with bliss.

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

Air Asia is the link between Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) and Banda Aceh (Sumatra, Indonesia). Here the tarmac of Banda Aceh Airport, May 2014.
Air Asia is the link 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 westerly and most northern of the inhabited islands of the archipelago. On the western tip of Sumatra, in Banda Aceh province, is the "Kilometer zero" from Indonesia.

There is a beach there, Gapang, that I loved a lot during a previous trip, four years ago, and that I wanted to see again. A quiet and authentic corner. 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 it tells you to go take a look, all my articles on the 2010 trip are at the end of this link:
Pulau Weh - Sumatra - Indonesia - March 2010

In May 2014, the beach has not changed much. Atmosphere always so 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 under water, Indonesia is irresistible ...


  Indonesia: Pulau Weh [Sumatra] - May 2014

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  1. It's true that it's starting to get a little suspicious of this Indonesian obsession. Would not you be a double agent 😉 I guess you'll deny categorically, but ...

  2. Addicted to Indonesia, I know what it means !!!
    There so far is this archipelago ... we find something to live magical moments on vacation. Wild islands, welcoming population, exceptional underwater .... 🙄
    You have discovered the Maldives just before the new law rehabilitating the death penalty for all, now we can boycott this desti because it's just as good to see elsewhere for diving and contacts with locals!
    For my part, I still galley the choice being so vast from KL! ❓
    Unveil us other beautiful pictures of Pulau Weh, we tend to forget that the tsunami went through there and did great damage ...

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

    Totally and fully agree with you! Another week and I'm going to have my ride of free ride, and my thrill to me!
    May be less exotic but departure anyway.
    Talking about travel or reading your travel stories allows you to breathe a little! 😉

    keep on going


  4. But why deprive yourself when we can have fun? 😉 You become a true ambassador!
    Otherwise, I take note! Now that I have my diving certificate (thanks to you, Corinne), I look at Indonesia with even more interest than before.

  5. Very nice pictures! I had not climbed up there during my trip to Indonesia but I had heard about it!

    It's funny because I already knew a little your blog (as a diver, we must know 😉), and I just saw that you met one of my best friends during your stay (Rimen)!

    That's what I like most about traveling: dating 🙂

    Look forward to following your next aquatic adventures!


  6. 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 ..

  7. Well even if I'm not a diver (nothing but an occasional diver) I must say that I understand your desire to return to Indonesia, landscapes, whether on land or underground are fantastic!

  8. 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.