Weh island is located in the Indian Ocean, so shares the same diving season as other islands along the west coast of Malaysia and Thailand. Peak season runs from November to April, since winds tend to be calmer and there is less chance of rain, but diving is definitely possible all year-round. The types of diving are very diverse here and range from spectacular reef and wall formations that have humongous gorgonian sea fans (Gorgonia spp.) scattered around, relaxed and slow macro dives, to strong drift and decompression dives for the more experienced divers.
Interactive Location Map
1. Batee Tokong
2. The Canyon
3. Pantee Penauteung
Sophie Rickmers is a coral-covered wreck that is 134 metres long and has a bow that lies 55 metres deep in the Pria Laot bay. The ship was confiscated by the Dutch on the 10th of May 1940 at the onset of the Battle of the Netherlands, which is the name of the German military campaign for the invasion of the Low Countries and France during World War II. The crew of Sophie Rickmers made their way down to the vessel's water pumps and managed to reverse the pumps in time. The crew had decided that it was better to sink the ship than to allow the Dutch to take possession of it! Because the wreck lies so deep, the dive is a decompression dive by experienced divers only.