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Palau We (Sabang)

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270 miles from Langkawi

PULAU WE (SABANG). 5°53.146N, 95°19.374E

Sabang Harbour on Pulau We is the northernmost point of the Indonesian archipelago and, as such, offers full check-in facilities for visiting yachts.

Anchor in 22-25 metres just north of the commercial dock near the old harbour buildings. If it blows in, better shelter is behind the small island Pulau Klah on the 6-metre patch, just south of the private jetty at 5°52.426N, 95°18.519E. Don’t go out to the west without local knowledge as the bank shallows to under one metre.

Only 210 miles from Phuket and 270 from Langkawi, Sabang is close enough to be an attractive entry point, especially for surfing enthusiasts heading for Nias and beyond. The town has all the usual supplies, with fuel available at the concrete jetty to the right of the anchorage. The airport on the island takes domestic flights and the international connections are made from Bandah Aceh on the mainland.

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