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Pulau Simeulue (“The Beautiful Island”) lies 120 km west of the northern quarter of Sumatra, a Regency of the Special Region of Aceh. It is only 100 km long and as narrow as 10 km. The island has a population of 85,000 that is familiar with regular earthquakes. Though the epicentre of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake was just off the north of the island, they fled to the hills (and not to the water’s edge) and loss of life from the tsunami was low. The western side of the island was raised two metres exposing reefs. The island lies 2 degrees north of the equator, and is covered with tropical growth. But forest is steadily being removed and replaced by palm oil plantations

Its largest settlement is Sinabang on the SE coast. Tourists by air arrive at the airport 12 km west of Sinabang, or by car ferry. The majority of the population is Muslim, very welcoming, with villages much as you’ll find elsewhere across the Indonesian Archipelago. Two local languages are spoken, apart from Bahasa Indonesia. Income depends on farming (clove spices), fishing (especially large lobsters for export), tourism, forestry (rattan and coconut copra) and livestock (raising water buffalo). Future hopes are held for developing hydrocarbon reserves in the sea to the NE.

Visitors can circle the island by minibus, or rent a motorbike. You may find along the coast Japanese military relics from WWII. The west coast, and other coasts of Sumatera facing the Indian Ocean, are renowned for their surfing waves, which attract itinerant surfers from all over the world. The wide sandy beaches and seascapes are beautiful. Coconut palms are abundant. As a result of the 2004 earthquake uplifting much of the sea bed, the Regency now has 27 new islands; and navigation has become more challenging for ships.