Banda Aceh, Banda Aceh City, Aceh, Indonesia
Pulau Weh and Banda AcehAfter crossing into Indonesia and making the most of time at sea with expert lectures, chef-prepared delights, and relaxation on the ship decks, you’ll reach the port of Sabang on Pulau Weh (or Weh Island). With knowledgeable local guides by your side, you’ll stroll through the main town, lined with historic Dutch Colonial buildings and trees imported from Suriname. Up next is a visit to the breathtaking (and blissfully quiet) geothermal-volcanic Valley of Jaboi.
Following a repositioning of the Silver Discoverer, you’ll disembark in Banda Aceh, the capital of the Banda Province and one of the places hit hardest by the 2004 tsunami. Pay tribute to that tragedy with visits to the Tsunami Museum, Blang Padang Park (a memorial to all the nations that helped Aceh with its recovery), and the PLTD Apung, a former floating power plant that was moved miles inland by the tsunami—despite its weight of 780 tons—and now serves as a testament to the power of nature. Ornate mosques, vibrant traditional dances, and a laid-back vibe also make Banda Aceh a can’t-miss stop.