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Sabang: Boosting tourism through conservation

  • Syafrizaldi

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Sabang, Aceh   /   Tue, August 30 2016   /  09:41 am

Island beauty: A boy gazes out into the sea from Teupin Layeu Beach on the idyllic Rubiah Island in Sabang, Aceh.A concerted conservation effort from locals and government in Sabang, Aceh, has finally paid off with the area turning into a newly popular tourist attraction.Agroup of tourists were going to cross, where service providers were ready with a motorboat, diving fins and snorkeling equipment on Weh Island off the northern tip of Aceh. Rubiah Island in the northwest of Weh is a famous snorkeling location in Sabang, now teeming with eager admirers of its gorgeous coral reefs and sand beach.

Muslim, a local service provider that has been operating for years, offers diving packages to several spots at different rates according to the destination and arrangements chosen by the tourists. Teupin Layeu Beach, said Muslim, had been well-known since the 1980s, when visitors to Rubiah...