The Beach at Iboih – Pulau Weh's Hidden Paradise

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All is silent as the wooden boat appears to be floating through the air, but in fact is slowly moving along the shallow waters of the Iboih Beach:  the waters are so calm and crystal clear that it feels as if it is floating in the air. The beautiful and natural beaches at Iboih will surely change your perception of a boat coming in to dock at the pier.

Pantai Iboih, also known as Teupin Layeu, is located opposite the west bank of the legendary Pulau Weh, or Weh island, in northern Aceh, Sumatra’s most northern province.   When compared to a U-shaped horseshoe, Iboih lies left of the arch. Its geographical location facing the wide Indian Ocean signals openness for anyone to come or leave at any time, but the memories and experiences received here will not be forgotten soon.

The town of Iboih, located on Pulau Weh is the most westerly point of Indonesia.  Pantai Iboih (Iboih Beach) will bring your expectations of 'natural beauty' to a whole new level. This small, hidden paradise has remained largely untouched by much of the tourist traffic, giving it a more relaxed and laid back atmosphere. Its forests are well protected by Iboih's charming coastline of golden sands that is strewn with giant boulders. The shallow ocean water which is so clear that you can see the ocean bed, has a bluish-green hue which exudes a feeling of peace and relaxation. The coast which appears to be curved, resembles lips, smiling and welcoming passersby to come and partake in its warmth and see the exotic flora and fauna of the tropical rainforests that are part of Indonesia’s natural wealth.

Near the town of Iboih is a large protected forest reserve. It is no exaggeration when this protected forest is described as a paradise, as noted by many visiting tourists. You can explore the forests which has a lovely beach nearby that is available for when you want to cool off and swim among the small fish and colorful coral. The tropical forest trees also give shade to many parts of the sandy beaches.


To Stay, To Do

Accommodation in Iboih village is bungalow style - either on the beach, in the center of the village or just behind near the jungle.Bungalows in Iboih have greatly improved their standard over the last few years. Inexpensive bungalows are still there, but there are also now more bungalows with private bathrooms, even with air-conditioning and hot water. The majority of the bungalows at Iboih are in a row along the coast. Below is a list of several coastal bungalow accommodations along with their contact numbers.Yulia’s Bungalow & RestaurantPh: +6285270706003, +6285260850400Iboih Inn & RestaurantPh: +62811841570, +628126991659


O'Ong Restaurant & BungalowsPh: +6281360700150 Iboih Hill BungalowPh: +6285260904101 Erick's Green HousePh: +6282167899876 Fina BungalowPh: +6285262111366

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Getting There and Around

Get There

Banda Aceh Airport is the gateway to Iboih, lying 40 km. to the south on the tip of Aceh Province. Flight time from Jakarta to Banda Aceh Airport is approximately 2 hours, 40 minutes. There are daily flights to Banda Aceh from Jakarta and Medan with Garuda Indonesia , Sriwijaya Air , and Lion Air.

From Banda Aceh, make your way to the Ulue-lue port where you have the  options of either a ferry or speedboat to Sabang, on Pulau Weh. The speedboat costs Rp. 50,000 and takes about 45 minutes to get to Sabang Port with departures twice daily. The ferry ride will take around 2 hours and costs Rp. 18,000. When you get to Pulau Weh, you can catch a bemo (minibus) to Iboih which is about 40 minutes away via a picturesque, hilly drive through a number of rustic villages.