The rugged island of Sumbawa lies in the Nusa Tenggara between Lombok and Komodo. It has many jutting and twisted peninsulas which form a number of protected bays for its islands dotted along the north coast. These include Moyo, Sangeang and Satonda. These sheltered and varied havens offer crystal clear waters, deep and vibrant walls, and fertile volcanic breeding grounds for some great macro diving opportunities. Often overlooked as a dive destination Sumbawa can yield an abundance of marine life and pristine coral reefs.
The rarely visited island of Sumba to the south of Komodo can offer some wild diving off its southern coast. Big pelagics are attracted to the open ocean dive sites of Magic Mountain and Marlin Rock.
Sumbawa at a glance
Accommodation : Bungalow or Liveaboard
Highlights : Marine diversity, big pelagics, frontier dive sites.
Average cost of a dive : $30
Dive Sites : 10+
Dive Operators : 2+
Getting there : Liveaboard from Bali.
Off Season : None.
Sumbawa is an Indonesian island, located in the middle of the Lesser Sunda Islands chain, with Lombok to the west, Flores to the east, and Sumba further to the southeast. It is in the province of West Nusa Tenggara.
Sumbawa Island offer some wonderful natural forest, archeological site, agriculture scenery, and a coastline of numerous pristine beach, waters surfing adventure fishing, sailing and under sea wonder explore.
There are a wide range of accommodation in Sumbawa Island, with most popular 5 stars rated hotel on Moyo Island – Aman Wana, Tropical Beach Club at Sekongkang West Sumbawa. Others comfortable one can be found at Sumbawa Besar such as Kencana Beach Hotel, Laguna Biru. The surfing adventure trip can be done at Hu’u Beach or the most famous waves in Indonesia.
Bima city at the eastern part of Sumbawa Island, a connection point to Komodo Island through out Sape Harbor. There are some boat stand by here for charter to Komodo and Rinca for the Dragon exploration and wild animal.
It is mostly a surfing place, but offers good diving as well.