Sumbawa: Under The Radar

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.


I’m sure we are already familiar with the many popular diving sites in Indonesia, so what’s so special about Sumbawa? The rugged, sprawling land mass of Sumbawa, with its many jutting and twisted peninsulas, forms plenty of protected bays for its islands dotted along the north coast such as Moyo, Sangeang and Satonda. These sheltered and varied havens offer crystal-clear waters, deep and vibrant walls, steaming underwater volcanic vents, fertile breeding grounds and conditions that are perfect for some fantastic muck diving opportunities.


Often mistakenly overlooked as just a convenient port of call onto the better dive destinations that are further on to the east, Sumbawa waters have its own vast schools of countless triggerfish and butterflyfish, macro sightings of blue-ringed octopus, clown frogfish and nudibranchs, numerous reef sharks and tunas in the deep walled sections. 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.


Allied to this are the topside visual attractions of volcanoes and bat colonies, and you’ll soon have enough reasons to plunge deep and explore the underwater tapestry that surounds the island of Sumbawa.




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