Sabang, Aceh

Sabang is a city consisting of a main island (Weh Island) and several smaller islands off the northern tip of Sumatra. The islands form a city within Aceh Special Region, Indonesia. The administrative centre is located on Weh Island, 17 km north of Banda Aceh. The city covers an area of 153.0 square kilometres and according to the 2010 census had a population of 30,653 people;[2] the latest estimate (for July 2019) is 34,333.[3] Sabang is also known as the northernmost and westernmost city of Indonesia.

City of Sabang
Kota Sabang
Other transcription(s)
Rubiah Island, Sabang

Location within Aceh
Location in Sumatra, Indonesia and the Bay of Bengal
Sabang (Indonesia)
Sabang (Bay of Bengal)
Coordinates: 5°53′39″N 95°19′9″E
Country Indonesia
Province Aceh
  Vice MayorSuradji
  Total153.00 km2 (59.07 sq mi)
 (mid 2019 Estimate)[1]
  Density220/km2 (580/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+7 (Indonesia Western Time)
Area code(+62) 652

The Japanese occupied the island and installed numerous bunkers, fortifications and gun emplacements. Their remnants can still be seen, though most have been re-purposed or removed. On 6 May 1943, the Imperial Japanese Navy's submarine, the I-29, tasked with a Yanagi mission, landed the Indian leader and freedom fighter, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and his lieutenant, Abid Hasan at Sabang on Weh Island, instead of the Penang, to avoid detection by British spies.


  1. Klah Island (0.186 km²)
  2. Rondo Island (0.650 km²)
  3. Rubiah Island (0.357 km²)
  4. Seulako Island (0.055 km²)
  5. Weh Island (121 km²)

Administrative districts

The city is divided into two districts (kecamatan), listed below with their areas and populations at the 2010 Census:

Kecamatan Area in
at 2010
No. of
Sukajaya 72.3 15,542 10
Sukakarya 52.5 15,111 8


Sabang has 18 villages in two districts (Sukajaya and Sukakarya). Sukajaya contained 10 villages, and Sukakarya contained 8 villages. Listed below with the name of all villages in Sabang with 2016 data:

Villages Kecamatan
Paya Sukajaya
Keunekai Sukajaya
Beurawan Sukajaya
Jaboi Sukajaya
Balohan Sukajaya
Cot Abeuk Sukajaya
Cot Ba'u Sukajaya
Anoi Itam Sukajaya
Ujong Kareung Sukajaya
Ie Meule Sukajaya
Iboih Sukakarya
Batee Shok Sukakarya
Paya Seunara Sukakarya
Krueng Raya Sukakarya
Aneuk Laot Sukakarya
Kota Bawah Timur Sukakarya
Kota Bawah Barat Sukakarya
Kota Atas Sukakarya


Sabang is served by the Maimun Saleh Airport. The airport is located southeast of the central city on Weh Island.

International sail tourism event

The City hosted an international sail tourism event in September 2011. The sail race was participated in by around 50 ships with 15 crew members each. Besides sailing they visited interesting places packed in a 'tsunami' tourism, visit Gapang Beach and Iboih Beach with enchanting underwater scenery.[5]

Sail Sabang 2017 will held from Nov. 28 until Dec. 5 in Sabang. The event is the ninth installment of Sail Indonesia, an annual yacht rally that was first launched in 2009 on Bunaken Island, North Sulawesi.[6]

See also


  1. Badan Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2019.
  2. Seta,William J. Atlas Lengkap Indonesia dan Dunia (untuk SD, SMP, SMU, dan Umum). Pustaka Widyatama. p. 7. ISBN 979-610-232-3.
  3. Badan Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2019.
  4. Biro Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2011.
  5. RH, Priyambodo (28 May 2011). "Sabang to host sail tourism event in September". Retrieved 13 December 2013.
  6. "Sail Sabang 2017 aims to put Aceh on global tourism map". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
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