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Dive Review of Iboih Dive Centre/Finabungalow in
Indonesia/North Sumatra

Iboih Dive Centre/Finabungalow: "Iboih Dive Centre/Pulau Weh", Sep, 2016,

by Patrick Weill, Courdemanche, FR ( 1 report). Report 9262.

No photos available at this time

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was our third trip to Pulau Weh. The island is still fairly unknown to a lot of divers and is more a backpacker paradise than a place where you will find luxary resorts.

Our first trip tp Pulau Weh was in March but we found early September a much better season for diving as this seems to be pelagic season.

The diving is great with the occasional Manta sighting, Devil Rays, Mobulas, Cuttlefish and Reef Sharks. Not much macro though.
Pulau Weh is great for beginners and advanced alike. Some dive spots the current can be strong which makes for a great drift dive.

Iboih Dive Centre is well equipped and well organised. Their equipment is in excellent condition and prices are more than reasonable, fantastic value for money.
All their dive guides are trained to Dive Master and groups tend to be no bigger than 2 per dive guide.

Most of the accommodation on Pulau Weh is very basic. The majority of accommodation on the island have en suite but no hot shower and breakfast is not included and generally not offered. However, there are a few places within a short distance to have a great breakfast and a nice cup of Aceh coffee.
We tend to stay at Fina Bungalow, directly above the dive shop.
The rooms are basic but clean and they have a choice of air con or fan rooms, as well choice of shower or Indonesian dip mandy.

Pulau Weh in September can have some rainy times as rainy season starts in October. The rain however does not last very long.
Websites Iboih Dive Centre   Finabungalow

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Sabang or Banda Aceh Getting There Flights from Jakarta via Medan 3x a week or daily flights to Banda Aceh from Kuala Lumpur

Dive Conditions

Weather dry Seas calm, choppy, currents, no currents
Water Temp 28-30°C / 82-86°F Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 10-20 M / 33-66 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive guides are verys saftey conscious and ensure you dive according to your dive computer.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]
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