Sabang International Freediving Competition

Pulah Weh, otherwise known as Sabang after the largest city, is a small active volcanic island to the northwest of Sumatra, 45 minutes by fast regular ship or 2 hours by ferry from mainland, Banda Aceh. Sabang is a luscious, green tropical paradise. With crystal clear blue waters, friendly locals, and yummy Indonesian local meals, this island is a travelers paradise.

A total of 40 diving athletes from 23 countries from all over the world competed in the Sabang International Freediving Competition 2018 (SIFC2018) held from 3 to 8 November 2018. The Competition was organised by the Indonesian Freediving Association headed by Stanley Sradaputta.

We chose to stay at Casa Nemo, the rooms were great, on a hill, ocean facing with a wonderful breeze flowing through as we lay on our porch hammock and enjoyed the view of the beautiful blue ocean. It gently caressed the shore at night and we had the harmonious sound lull us to sleep.

The food was good too with quite a few vegetarian options. I got hooked on pasta during this trip, the owner of Casa Nemo is Italian and his wife is Indonesian. They had a fare selection of both foods.

The competition and training site was located about 20 minutes away by scooter. We drove along the coast line, rustic village style, with jagged rock out crops to the sea.

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