Welcome to Pulau Simeulue
The isolated island of Simeulue, about 150km west of Tapaktuan, is a rocky volcanic outcrop blanketed in rainforest and fringed with clove and coconut plantations. An increasing number of surfers make it out here (although wave quality is generally not considered to be as high as on some other offshore Sumatran islands – particularly since the 2004 tsunami), but non-surfing travellers are a rare breed indeed. This is a pity because the island holds decent potential for genuine, off-the-beaten-track adventure, and is relatively easy to get around, with the ring road around the island mostly accessible by local minibuses. It's a fairly conservative Muslim society, so tourists need to dress moderately, ie wearing a shirt in villages, and swimwear other than bikinis if swimming on beaches outside the resorts.
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