Location

 

Santai Sumur Tiga is situated on the eastern side of Weh (Sabang) Island just off the north coast of Sumatra Indonesia. The island is rich in beauty and culture and is the perfect setting for this amazing piece of paradise we call Santai Sumur Tiga. See the map below.

 

Getting to Sabang

To get to Santai Sumur Tiga, one alternative will be to first travel to Banda Aceh on the Main Land of Sumatra in the Aceh Province of Indonesia. There are several flights in to Banda Aceh daily from Medan and the Capital Jakarta with various local airlines including Lion Air and the national carrier Garuda.

Garuda has also introduced a new route direct from Medan to Sabang airport. This service is at the moment only available on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. 

There are also flights directly from Kuala Lumpur to Banda Aceh 7 days a week with Air Asia and from Penang on certain days of the week with Fire Flyz Budget Airlines.

Click Here to go to the Air Asia Website.

Susi Air also does flights between Kutacane and Banda Aceh on certain days of the week.

Visas

 

International travellers please note that visas on arrival are issued at Banda Aceh, Jakarta and Medan airports as well as some other international airport throughout Indonesia. The cost for a visa on arrival is USD35. You can renew your Tourist visa at the Immigration offices in Sabang City.

Getting to the Ferry Port and sightseeing in Banda Aceh

 

The ferries to Sabang depart from Banda Aceh's Ulee Lheue ferry port. From the Banda Aceh Airport, you will need to take a taxi to the Ferry Port. Please note that the taxi fair from the airport to the Ferry Port, is approx Rp130,000. Please tell them to go to Ulee Lheue Ferry Port. The trip takes approx 30 mins from the airport.

We also have an English speaking driver available for sightseeing, transport to hotels and shuttle between the airport and ferry port and return. Direct trip between airport and ferry port Rp130,000 (up to 3 guests) and Rp150,000 (maximum 5 adults). Sightseeing Rp70,000 per hour. 

If you travel by bus from Medan or any other part of Aceh, it is easy to reach the Ulee Lheue ferry port from the bus terminus by either taxi or beyak. A taxi for this trip will cost in the region of Rp50,000 and a beyak between Rp20,000 and 30,000.

We will gladly assist you to pre-arrange a taxi for you from the airport to the ferry port in Banda Aceh or from the Sabang ferry port to Sumurtiga. Please advise your needs when you make a booking with us for accommodation.

Ferries

 

To get to Santai Sumur Tiga from Banda Aceh, you will have to take a ferry from Banda Aceh's ferry port Ulee Lheue to Sabang's Balowan ferry port. The ferry costs to and from Sabang vary depending on which Ferry is available and the class you choose to travel. See below for details:

Ferries

Dep Banda Aceh

Dep Sabang

Duration

Price

Bahari Express

16:00

08:00

0:45

Rp 85,000 to 95,000

Bahari Express

09:30

14:30

0:45

Rp 85,000 to 95,000

Slow Ferry Monday Tuesday Thursday Friday

14:00

08:00

1:30

Rp 35,000 to 55,000

Slow Ferry Wednesday Saturday Sunday

10:30 and 16:00

08:00 and 13:30

1:30

Rp 35,000 to 55,000

 

The ferry times are approximate and depend entirely on the weather and the sea conditions. Prices for each ferry is different and various classes are available. The higher the class, the higher the price. Please be at the port 45 minutes before departure. Advance bookings not required.

From Sabang Ferry Port to the Resort

 

To get to Santai Sumur Tiga from Sabang Ferry Port (Balohan), you will need to take a taxi or bechak. Just ask for Freddies and they will bring you straight to us. Please do not give the Driver any money since they may over-charge you. We only pay the agreed-to Taxi Association rate to the taxis and we will add it to your bill. On the ferries and taxis small children are charged a reduced rate and sometimes even travel for free.

From Balowan to Sumurtiga

Rp 30,000 per person

From Sumurtiga to Balowan

Rp 25,000 per person

 

You are welcome to try and negotiate a better rate with the drivers.

 

General information

 

The Syariah Law and International tourists in Banda Aceh.

 

There is a lot of conflicting information in the international media on this topic. The facts are that the Local Government in Banda Aceh Municipality introduced a number of by-laws in the lead-up to the previous elections. Should these by-laws be approved by the Provincial Government as well as the Muslim Leadership at Provincial level, it may be required of international tourists to dress in terms of the Muslim dress code, for example that females should cover their hair, shoulders, arms and legs. BUT these by-laws have not been approved at provincial leadership level (and according to local newspapers is not likely to be approved). As a result, at this stage, there is no dress rule applicable to internationals in Banda Aceh. We do recommend that international tourists, as a show of respect to the local religion and culture, cover their shoulders up to above the elbow with a normal t-shirt and their legs up to above the knee with shorts / a skirt. This is just a suggestion and not a rule. It is up to you to wear what you fell comfortable with when in public. The same recommendation is also applicable on Sabang whenever you venture out in public. On the resort property international dress welcome. 

Access to alcohol.

 

Within the whole Province of Aceh, you will not find any alcohol for sale to the general public in any shops. Only in selected restaurants / hotels will you be able to find a cold beer, a glass of wine or other drinks. In Banda Aceh even these places are regularly raided by the Police. As a result, in my restaurant in Banda Aceh, beer and wine is served in non-transparent cups and mugs to avoid "locals" from noticing that we are selling beer and wine. But no action will ever be taken again a tourists for having a drink in these places. Only the proprietor can get into trouble. On Sabang a different situation. We have informal "approval" to serve alcohol to non-Muslims. So you will find it listed in the English language menu and you are welcome to enjoy a drink any time and anywhere on our property served in proper glasses and beer mugs.