Banyak Island Hopping Trip and How To Make The Best of Them #TheLightofAceh (3)

Banyak Island Hopping
Group of young tourist down of boat for tour Rangit Kecil island, Aceh Singkil
Island hopping is probably at the top of every Banyak visitor’s to-do list. This coastal district boasts more than 63 islands and beautiful island formations out at sea, which makes for a thrilling boat ride.

You’ll take in breathtaking colors and scenery before even reaching the white sand beaches and turquoise water!

Banyak Island Hopping Trip and How To Make The Best of Them

The Acehnese traditional boat is used to visit islands close to shore.

But you know all that already, right? What you want to know is, what’s the best way to visit the Banyak islands? Which Banyak islands are the best / which ones should I visit if I have only 1 or 2 days? How do I avoid the crowds?

The Itineraries

There are two groups of islands accessible from the mainland coast in Banyak, Balai Island that i visited: West: Tailana, Sikadang, Asok, Lambudung and South: Rangit Kecil, Palambak, Malelo, Panjang.

Each group can be covered in a one-day tour either with a private boat or as part of an organized tour. Tours combining 2 island groups aren’t available but, due to the distances involved, do cost more and see less of each place.

The tour itself was from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, though depending on where your accommodation was located, it’s likely you’re going to be picked up around 8:00 am.


Island Stop 1: Tailana Island

Banyak Island Hopping
Tailana paradise view
After a 2 hours traditional boat ride, we made it to our first stop at Tailana Beach.  This beach is located just a bit further west from the main island, Balai.

We spent a couple hours to explore the beach where there was coconut collector’s shack hiding in the palm thicket surrounding us, but there were also very basic but nevertheless nice bungalows with direct view on the sea. Very nice!

If you walk further down, you’ll pass by Nirvana Diving that serve kayaking, snorkeling, and diving package. At that time we prefer to sightseeing. The most interesting part of this island is the slow wave. So I can take a picture that seems like paradise.

Even though the journey to Tailana is very challenging, it's definitely worth to go there.

Island Stop 2: Sikandang Island 

Banyak Island Hopping
 Sikandang island has unlimited sea, beach, coral and sun
Next, up, we set sail towards Sikandang Island. It took 30 minutes to stand on this beach. This large island, with its pristine beaches, takes one of the hours to walk around. 

At the first sight, you’ll see a sign “Welcome The Coral Sikandang". Absolutely a great Coral Garden inside blue water. Snorkeling possible but there’s a steep dropoff near the shore of the main beach.

You can play a beach volley. But, you should apply your sunblock lotion because the really hot on this beach.

Island Stop 3: Asok Island 

Banyak Island Hopping
 Asok island where you gonna relax the whole day
Lunch time, my favorite time of the day. However, the island we stopped at was an ideal spot to eat. A crescent-shaped, uninhabited island with pristine beaches on either side as well as excellent snorkeling too.

Asok Island isn’t far too small to have every single traditional boat is doing the Island hopping in Banyak come and have lunch at. The superb scene during lunch on the island.

Everyone can find a spot to sit and eat without putting their blanket down right beside another person. Realy-really your own island exactly ideal or enjoyable.

After a lunch, life jackets that you rent before it's fine to take them onto the beach to make the snorkeling even more relaxing, just lie face down and float while all these fish swim around you. How much you will see really depends on the day, the tides and the weather.

The special one of this island is there is a fresh water well that can be used to clean up your body after a snorkeling.

Island Stop 4: Lambudung Island

Banyak Island Hopping
Lambudung island is one of the new stunningly beautiful islands on island hopping
This island smaller than Asok island. The island is suitable as a destination for snorkeling, kayaking, as do foreign tourists when we stopped here. This was our final stop for the day and, thankfully, they saved the best for last. As the beach is much wider on this island, it didn’t feel as a busy day like working in town.
At that time, we met an Australian family that doing sunbathing and swimming on this island. “Soft sand and clean beach to swim” said the younger brother. 


Island Stop 5: Rangit Kecil Island

Banyak Island Hopping
Superb view from the top of lighthouse
The water at the Islands just has to be seen to be believed, on a sunny day, there is a bright turquoise ring of water around the Islands, which suddenly changes to a really deep ocean blue as the seafloor drops away to deeper water.
"I felt cool when i drops away to deeper water (the dark blue on the pict)" said Makmur.
Once up the 50 stairs, you finally arrive at the top of the tower. The large towerlights caught everyone attention be the first sight.

From the top of the tower, Rangit Besar island clearly was seen. Some of the ships that crossed the sea are also seen.

Island Stop 6: Palambak Island

Banyak Island Hopping
Fachrizan (my friend) welcome you on "modern" cottage island
Rather out of the way, this medium-sized island is covered in coconut trees, has a couple of jungle paths you can walk and a gorgeous stretch of beach.

Pulau Palambak Besar is the fourth biggest island in Pulau Banyak. We took a few hours to walk around it. It has white sand beaches almost all around it. Palambak Besar is known for its perfect beaches.

There is Lyla’s Bungalow, the one and only resort which is the most modern resort among others in Pulau Banyak. It called. There are a fair number of birds on Palambak. So you can enjoy seeing some bird close to you.

Island Stop 7: Malelo Island

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A great place to to shoot advertisement video maybe, Malelo island
Malelo is charred islands, white sandy land protruding into the sea. Before the tsunami, Malelo is a couple island. Only small malelo left.

READ TOO: Banyak Island with Exotic Seabird

Some bird also fly around this island. I catch some Seagull Stanon Wood Piling on Malelo island.

Island Stop 8: Panjang Island

Banyak Island Hopping
Free sleep on beach like in Koh Phangan? Nop, this is Panjang Island, Singkil. Khairul and Makmur doing their hibernate
Rather out of the way, this long-sized island. Panjang Island was a really relaxed spot to lay down our beach towels and either soak up some last minute sun before we went back to Balai Island or take a short nap under the shade of the swaying coconut trees.

After a long and busy day, we were eager to head back to Balai. I’ve found while traveling and having been on many island hopping tours, that a large part of your enjoyment of the day is dependent on the other people in your boat.

Based on that, if you have enough people, I highly recommend getting a private traditional boat to take you on the 8 favorite Island Tour.
They were charging for one boat Rp. 800.000,- (Rupiah), but you can easily negotiate the price to around Rp. 600.000,- or less depending on how many people are going on the tour.


  1. The Islands do get quite busy, particularly on Indonesia Holidays and peak season (December to January) but there is normally plenty of beach space to go around. If you just walk away from the dropoff spot, you will quite likely be able to find a piece of completely quiet unoccupied beach.
  2. Please remember to keep this place as beautiful, you should take any wrappers or rubbish away with you or use the bins provided.
  3. Wear sunglasses, and apply sunblock and lip balm if you want island hopping.

The Banyak boat trips are impossible to beat. No holiday in Banyak would be complete without a spot of Island hopping.

Each time you visit, you will fall more and more in love with this place. This is what makes touring the Islands of Banyak such a pleasure every time you do it.
@zlvn - Take a boat trip to paradise, Snorkel, swim and just soak up the sun and the unbeatable beauty!
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This trip sponsored by Department of Culture and Tourism of the Province of Aceh. Realising Aceh as One Syariah Featured Travel Destinations in Southeast Asia in 2017 #TheLightofAceh #HalalTourism

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Banyak Island Hopping Boat Rental #TheLightofAceh (2)

Banyak Island Hopping
Traditional boat and traditional cruise anchoring on Ragit Kecil Island, Aceh Singkil
If you’ve ever dreamt of having a tropical island entirely to yourself, complete with palm trees, powdery white beaches, and crystal-clear waters. the Banyak (Many) Islands are situated about 30km west of Singkil.

Banyak Island Hopping Boat Rental

One of the most popular tours on offer is the Island Hopping around Banyak. As the name blatantly suggests, you’ll be heading on a full day tour to see -you guessed it- 5 islands that are only a short boat ride away from shore. I’m usually a huge fan of island tours since they’re a great way to explore a range of nearby islands.
Which vessel you choose to visit the Banyak islands is a crucial decision. Aside from your own personal preference sitting on a wooden bench in a traditional boat, banging up and down in a speed boat, or relaxing on the deck of a fishing or dive boat. 

The type of boat will also determine where you can go, how long you spend in each place and, in some cases, what you can see on the way.

Each has its advantages and disadvantages, as outlined below:

Traditional boat

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Traditional Boat Banyak Island Hopping
They were charging for one boat Rp. 800.000,- (Rupiah), but you can easily negotiate the price to around Rp. 600.000,- or less depending on how many people are going on the tour. Usually, it cost Rp 100.000,- for every passenger.

This is the local way to travel, noisy and a little bumpy but so atmospheric and of course a great photo opportunity. Lunch and snorkeling equipment aren't included in the price. All meals are suitable for Muslims and there is a vegetarian option on request, just ask when you book.
  • Usually a smaller group size on organized tours
  • Relatively cheap to charter privately
  • Can park up on all beaches

  • Noisy / splashy

Speed boat

Banyak Island Hopping
Speedboat Banyak Island Hopping
There is nothing like the thrill of a speedboat to add a little adrenaline and glamor to this tour. There are many different sizes of speedboats. The operators will use the boat that is large enough for their passengers without having too many empty seats. 

The boat sizes range from 12 to 15 seats. Please note, this isn’t suitable for pregnant ladies onto the speedboat trips as it is sometimes bumpy and, although it's unlikely, this could cause a problem.
  • Fast, can save travel time over long distances
  • Can park up on all beaches

  • Potentially bumpy ride. Not suitable for infants under 18 months, pregnant women or anyone with back problems
  • Expensive to charter

Traditional Cruise

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Traditional Cruise Banyak Island Hopping
  • Very smooth ride
  • Superior comfort on board (usually has a covered deck and a sun deck, kitchen, toilet)

  • Can’t park up on any beaches, only cruise around may be possible to go ashore by transferring to traditional boat boat
  • Relatively more expensive
  • Is usually more focused on activities (fishing, diving) than sightseeing

Join-in or private?

The final decision you need to make is whether to go with a group tour or with a privately chartered boat. It is very expensive to charter a speed boat for the day here unless you are a group of at least 6 people. 
Private traditional boats, however, are generally more affordable and are our recommended way to visit the local islands.
@zlvn - Please note that the order the Islands are visited in does depend on the sea conditions on the day. You'll get a roughly equal time at each place.
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This trip sponsored by Department of Culture and Tourism of the Province of Aceh. Realising Aceh as One Syariah Featured Travel Destinations in Southeast Asia in 2017 #TheLightofAceh #HalalTourism

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Banyak Island with Exotic Seabird #TheLightofAceh (1)

Banyak Island
Birder getting up close to seagulls
A bird watcher paradise. Thousands and thousands of Sea-Eagle flying over your head. Seagulls cliffs painted white by the sheer number of birds breeding there. The constant and powerful roar of thousands of Trinil Bedaran calling at the same time.

The power of an Egret as it drives and penetrates the water like a torpedo in the hunt for fish. These are all but a few of the things you can experience when watching the birds of the Banyak Island.

Birding Aceh: Banyak Island with Exotic Seabird

Banyak Island shore is one of the richest bird-watching regions in Aceh. On the shores and islands of the Banyak Seas live a real kingdom birds. This magnificent site, in combination with harsh nature, will leave you in awe of nature regardless if you are a birder or not.
Banyak Island
White-bellied Sea-Eagle in flight
The Singkil’s island was home to the most densely populated bird I’ve eve seen. Even non-birders like me were in awe of the sheer numbers. At times I felt like I had sailed into this vortex of another world where birds were in charge and humans were the low ones on the totem pole.

It was a strange feeling being so remote and so outnumbered. The longer you look at the wood pulled the more your eye hones in on the birds and the more you see. It’s like an optical illusion.

“What kind of birds are there?” 

I ask to Fachrizan and Khairul. There were more birds than you can ever imagine on the various island we visited throughout the trip. Flying overhead, on woods, everywhere. And amazingly I only got shit on once.
To the non-birder like me, I referred to them by their looks; the black and white ones, the ones that looked like a color mixed, the white-bellied ones always perched on top, the ones with the orange feet, the ones that has wide wings, and the ones with the long neck.

But to the birder name are important; they saw the Sea-Eagle, Eagle, Seagull, Crested terns, Regular terns, and the Trinil Banderan.

Balai Bay Bird

Our first stop at Banyak Island.  We battled some large swells but it was worth it to get a first glimpse of the Banyak Island birds. The edges of Balai Port is typical habitats for one of Tasmania's most spectacular birds the (Haliaeetus leucogaster) - White-bellied Sea-Eagle a bird of prey with a wingspan sometimes exceeding 2 m and a weight of up to 4.5 kg.

Malelo Shore Bird 

Malelo Island sits in the middle of the Ragit Island and is a stunning landscape.  I was mesmerized by the combination of the turquoise sea water, the white birds, and the dead coconut trees formations. Tern flew scattered when the traditional boat that landed on its shores. Here there are two types of terns, crested terns (Sterna bergii) and regular terns (Sterna hirundo).
Banyak Island
Seagull Stanon Wood Piling On Malelo Beach.
The birds swooped down around us to dive for fish, they floated in the water, and some even had territorial fights.  It was my best, and last, bird cliff!

What does it Take to be a Birder?

I suppose patience is involved and that’s the main reason I’ll never be a birder. Birders love details –they are left brainers. I’m not interested in details, I just want high-level information and then let me go back to thinking about the colors of the landscape, the shape of the clouds, the light dancing off a mountain peak, and the moody fog hanging over the horizon; classic right brainer.
Banyak Island
Eagle takes flight over
One piece of equipment a birder needs? Binoculars. And of course I didn’t have any, but I did have a Nikkor 105mm zoom lens! As the expedition traditional boat went on each day I got better at capturing the fast moving birds with my big lens.
@zlvn - A wide variety of seabirds in the friendly heart of Southeast Aceh. Birdwatching on Banyak island is a truly experience for nature lovers!
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This trip sponsored by Department of Culture and Tourism of the Province of Aceh. Realising Aceh as One Syariah Featured Travel Destinations in Southeast Asia in 2017 #TheLightofAceh #HalalTourism

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Kuta, My Home Away From Home

Kuta, My Home Away From Home
Beautiful atmosphere and amazing silhouettes!
Kuta, My Home Away From Home - Located about 15 mins from Ngurah Rai International Airport, on Bali’s west coast. Kuta arguably Bali’s most known destination. It definitely attracts the tourists because Kuta is party central and popular with backpackers.

Aceh Clothing Fest, Great Event For Creative Youth Movement

Aceh Clothing Fest
Aceh Clothing Fest, Great Event For Creative Youth Movement - For three days from May 27, Aceh Clothing Fest 2016 managed to lure thousands of visitors. Most teenagers took advantage of the event that was held on the Blang Padang’s main road, Banda Aceh to get high-quality clothes in the cheap price.

Aceh Clothing Fest, Great Event For Creative Youth Movement

Acehnese enthusiasm for Aceh Clothing Fest 2016 from various local brands is quite high. This happens because already become an annual event of the shopping holic from various backgrounds and ages to come to Aceh Clothing Fest.

According to the speech of MC, this event for youth especially in Aceh in order to contribute to the local creative industry so it can compete at the national level. This is in line with the theme of "Creative Youth Movement" Aceh Clothing Fest.
Aceh Clothing Fest
The owner of a local cloth brand in Aceh Clothing Fest is expected to show the various types of design in the frame of Acehnese through a touch from Aceh motives creations. Of course, this should be a good way to the acceleration of Aceh as cultural attractions or Aceh Halal Culture Tourism Destination 
Clothing products introduced in the Aceh Clothing Fest to change the trend of fashion/clothing brand outside Aceh and lead the trademarks products from the region itself. T-shirt with a local brand of Aceh is not only a part of the business but it could be one form of promotion to bring tourists to the province.

Payung Teduh

The band that has 4 personnel, Is on guitar, Comi (bass), Cito (drum), and Ivan (guitalele) are present as a guest star at the closing of Aceh Clothing Fest 2016.

While on stage, Is or Mohammad Istiqamah Djam immediately greeted fans with greetings ”Assalamualaikum Aceh”. Suddenly, Peneduh (the name of Payung Teduh’s fans) directly crowded shouted.
Payung Teduh
Some song also is sung by Payung Teduh like Berdua Saja, Di Ujung Malam, Kerinduan, Ku Cari Kamu, Resah, Angin Pujaan Hujan, and Mencari Surga. After playing for over an hour, a song entitled Menuju Senja to be closing group performance wing music fusion of Folk, Keroncong, and the Jazz.

Aceh Clothing Fest

Aceh Clothing Fest

Aceh Clothing Fest

Aceh Clothing Fest

Aceh Clothing Fest

Aceh Clothing Fest

Aceh Clothing Fest

Aceh Clothing Fest

Aceh Clothing Fest

Aceh Clothing Fest

Aceh Clothing Fest

Aceh Clothing Fest

Aceh Clothing Fest

Aceh Clothing Fest

Aceh Clothing Fest

Aceh Clothing Fest

Aceh Clothing Fest

@zlvn - Aceh clothing fest, great event for creative youth movement!
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