Aceh Freediving Championship to return in November

An international freediving competition is slated to be held in Sabang, Weh Island, Aceh, on Nov. 2 to 9.

Initiated by the province’s tourism and culture agency for the second time, the 2018 Aceh Freediving Championship seeks to attract more tourists to the island, especially foreign divers.

“Last year’s success serves as our motivation to hold this year’s Freediving Championship,” said the agency’s head, Rahmadhani, on Saturday as quoted by

The event, which will be centered in Balohan Bay, expects to attract more participants than last year, which was attended by 40 divers from 20 countries.

“The prizes provided will be bigger compared to last year. The Tourism Ministry has allocated up to Rp 90 million [US$6,436], while another Rp 150 million is being provided by the Sabang Free Trade Zone and Port Management Body,” added Rahmadhani.

Sabang, the biggest city on Weh Island, is known among foreign tourists as a marine tourist destination and paradise for cruise ship visitors.

“This competition also aims to introduce Sabang to international divers with its breathtakingly rich underwater scene,” said Rahmadhani.