Sabang City in Aceh has lots to offer in marine tourism

Published on : Thursday, November 23, 2017

Sabang CityWhen one thinks about beach destinations in Indonesia, Bali and Lombok usually tops their list. However, rarely does the Sabang City in Aceh make it into the list of favorite places for underwater activities, while in reality the city has plenty to offer in terms of marine tourism.

For example, the Sail Sabang 2017 event is one of the highly anticipated events by the Tourism Ministry and will be held from Nov. 28 until Dec. 5 in Sabang.

The event will have 24 activities, among which Sabang Underwater Contest, fishing competition and freediving competition are important.

The competition will run from Nov. 26 until Dec.1 and so far, it has attracted 40 international diving athletes to participate. To compete in this sport, the athletes need to spare some time ahead of the competition for preparing themselves.

One of the early-comers is world-record holder William Trubridge from New Zealand.
“I just finished my first training for Sail Sabang Freediving Competition, Sabang has a beautiful ocean,” said William. During his first training, he managed to descend 90 meters down amid the nice weather.

Through this freediving competition, Tourism Minister Arief Yahya is pushing for freediving to be developed by the locals in Sabang. He said that the seas in Sabang are beautiful and deep enough to encourage this type of sports activity.


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