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Pulau Weh (N Sumatra)

Pulau Weh (N Sumatra)



Pulau Weh ((by the local population commonly referred to only as "Sabang", the name of the largest city), the largest of the islands off the N coast of Sumatra, is separated fromthe coast os Sumatra by Sempitan Malacca (Malacca passage), about 9 NM wide.

Kulam, the highest point of the island, is 657m high and is located 2 miles N of the SW point of the island.
Except in a few places the coast is rocky, with the exception of Karang Berduri located off the S extremity of the island. Vessels can approach the island fairly close at any point. The E and W coasts are fairly straight, with deep water generally close to the N coast is indented by Lhok Perialakot and Teluk Sabang, and the S coast by Teluk Balohan.

Safe anchorage can only be obtained in the innermost portion of the large bays near the shore.

The W coast is bold, except for a sandy bay near its center. There is an explosive dumping ground centered 7 miles WNW of Ujung Bau.

The island is known for its ecosystem; the Indonesian government has declared 60 square kilometres (23 sq mi) of inland and sea around the island as a wildlife protection area.
Coral reef areas around the island are known for their large variety of fish species.

There are four islets surrounding Weh Island: Klah, Rubiah, Seulako, and Rondo. Among those, Rubiah is well known for diving tourism, because of its coral reefs.

Pulau Weh (N Sumatra)
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Pulau Peunasoe (Nasi) (SE Breueh)

Pulau Nasi (Peunasoe or Aceh island), nearly joins the SE point of Pulau Breueh, being separated by Aroih Lam Puyang.
The coast line is rocky in places with sandy beaches chiefly on the W side.
11 Jan 12

Lhok Prialaut (N Weh)

Lhok Prialaut is the bay lying between Ug Bau and Ug Seukundo. 6,5 NM appart, between wich points the bay extends S for about 4 NM, with Teluk Sabang on its E shore.
Lhok Prialaut is about 2 miles in length and breadth, with good anchorage near its head, in 16.5 to 21.9m.
Tides—Currents.—The ...
15 Jan 12

Lhok Kruengraya (NW Weh)

To the S of Pulau Klah near the head of Teluk Sabang, is Lho Krueng Raja, a small bay about 0.5 mile long and 0.25 mile wide.
It is approached by a channel less than 183m in width to the E of Pulau Klah, with depths of about 5 to 6.9m, but inside it deepens to 18.3m over mud.
13 Jan 12

Pulau Klah (Teluk Sabang)

Island located in Sabang bay, with an average elevation of 56 m above the sea level and can only be travelled by boat or small boat.
In this island there is a beacon to guide shipping traffic at night.

13 Jan 12

Ujung Batumeurunrung (N Weh)

Ug Batumeurunrung, the E extremity of the bight in wich Pulau Rubiah is located, has above-water rocks on the reef which extends about 0.1 mile NNE.
15 Jan 12

Teluk Balohan (SE Weh)

Teluk Balohan, on the SE side of Pulau We, is nearly 2 miles in length, and 1.5 miles in breadth across the entrance, with depths of from 54.9 to 128m in the outer part.
A reef fringesthe E and W shores of the bay for a distance of 91m. A narrow coral bank fringes the shores of ...
13 Jan 12

Pulau Rubiah (N Weh)

Pulau Rubiah is a small island, nearly 0,9 mile in lengt, in a NW and SSE  direction, consist of small wooded hillocks, the highest being 40 m in height.
15 Jan 12

Teluk Sabang (NE Weh)

Teluk Sabang is nearly 1 mile in length, the entrance being about 0.4 mile wide and the depths from 20 to 40m, with a bottom of sand, coral, and gravel.
A light is shown from the N side of the entrance of Teluk Sabang.
The E side of Teluk Sabang is fronted by a bank with depths ...
13 Jan 12

Ujung Tapagajah (NE Weh)

Ujung Tapagajah, the NE point of the island, is marked by a light, from which a radiobeacon transmits.
The lighthouse is high enough to have escaped damage from the tsunami of 26 December 2004, but might have been damaged by the earthquake. Located on a small island in the ...
19 Jan 12

Karang Berduri rock (SW Weh)

Karang Berduri, a rock small and awash, lies about 0.3 mile S of the S extremity of the island.
A rock with a depth of 5.5m lies about 0.2 mile SE of the same point.
There are usually strong tide rips or overfalls near these rocks and frequently they have been observed as breakers.
13 Jan 12

Ujung Bau (NW Weh)

Ujung Bau, the NW extremity of Pulau We descends from the mountain to the sea. A rock, over which there is very little water, is reported to lie about 0.3 mile off the W coast in the vicinity of Ujung Bau.
13 Jan 12

Pulau Buro (Aceh - N Sumatra)

Pulau Buro, a rocky cone-shaped island, lies in Sempitan Malaka (Malacca Passage), about 4 miles WNW of Ujung Baka (Pedropunt).
Caution is necessary when approaching the island during light winds, as the tidal currents set strongly over the surrounding reef. A light is shown from the island.
19 Jan 12
Local Area

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17 Jan 12

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6 Apr 12

Pulau Peunasoe (Nasi) (SE Breueh)

Pulau Nasi (Peunasoe or Aceh island), nearly joins the SE point of Pulau Breueh, being separated by Aroih Lam Puyang.
The coast line is rocky in places with sandy beaches chiefly on the W side.
11 Jan 12

Pulau Breueh (Aceh - N Sumatra)

Pulau Breueh (pulau Brouch), about 20 NM S of pulau Rondo, is the largest of the westernmost island off Ujung Masam Muka.
It attains a height of 685m at Ceumo (Tjeumo), a summit in the middle of the island.
This is a rugged island, with several bays affording anchorage according ...
19 Jan 12

Lhokseumawe (N Sumatra)

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21 Jan 12
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