Of all of Indonesia, Pulau Weh (Weh Island) has to be one of its hidden gems, and most travelers who make it up here seem to agree. Off the coast of Aceh, Pulau Weh is a tropical paradise that no one seems to know about, and yet it exists, right there in front of you.
Stepping onto Pulau Weh can feel like you have arrived on a picture perfect tropical island, with white sand, clear waters, and teeming aquatic life. You’ll also find some of the best diving and snorkeling in Indonesia and one of Pulau Weh’s great charms is the fact that it is far less crowded than other beach locations, while at the same time still having just enough visitors to ensure that tourists will be well provided for, so you can expect guesthouses, places to eat, and dive shops.
It really isn’t hard to get to Pulau Weh (although it may look far away on a map) and if Sumatra is your first stop in Indonesia then you can consider flying into Banda Aceh instead of the central hub of Medan and starting your trip that way. You won’t be disappointed and many visitors here can’t believe that this island paradise has been kept a secret for so long. With that in mind, go there now before everyone finds out about it.