Want secluded beaches and thatched huts perched above lapping turquoise waves on white sand beaches facing the Andaman Sea?
The island of Pulau Weh, locally known as Sabang, is about a 45-minute speed ferry ride from the Banda Aceh port. Jutting toward the Indian Ocean, it is the northwesternmost island of the entire Indonesian archipelago and offers snorkeling, scuba diving, and a laid-back, relaxing getaway. The waters at Iboih and Gapang beaches on the northwest peninsula are very calm and inviting. This area is more remote and accommodations are very basic.
The best place to stay is at Freddies on secluded Santai Sumurtiga facing the Adaman Sea. Sumurtiga beach is one of the only beaches where women can wear swimsuits and bikinis without drawing unwanted attention. A native South African, Freddie Rousseau is a personable and consummate host, cooking up meals himself and tailoring the music selection to his guests as they enjoy the breezy open-air dining room. Accommodations are in thatched huts with balconies perched over the beach where one can sit and daydream about legendary pirates of the south seas.