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12 Top Things to Do in Sumbawa Indonesia

by Yoga Adi

Sumbawa Island is an island  in the province of West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. The island is bordered by the Strait of Alas in the west (separating with Lombok Island), Sape Strait to the east (separating with Komodo Island), Indian Ocean to the south, and Flores Sea to the north. Its largest city is Bima, which is in the eastern part of the island.

However, The island has an area of ​​14,386 km2, and is the largest island in the province of West Nusa Tenggara. It also as well as one of the two main islands in the province. Its highest point is Mount Tambora (2,824 m), which is also an active volcano. The uniqueness of Sumbawa is Bungin Island which is included in alas district, Sumbawa regency. Bungin Island is the most populous island in the world which has a density of 15000 soul/ q km. This happens because the area of ​​Bungin Island is not up to 8 hectares and is occupied about 3000 inhabitants.

So, what else you can find in Sumbawa? What top things to do in Sumbawa Indonesia? Check these out!

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1. Poto Tano

Port of Poto Tano is the gateway of every visitor who wants to enter Sumbawa. In addition to playing an important role for the mobilization of citizens, Poto Tano is also a popular spot among tourists. Those who previously stopped in Lombok and wanted to go to Sumbawa will cross the ocean from the Port of Kayangan to Poto Tano. In addition to ships, access to Sumbawa from Mataram can also use the airplanes.

Besides its important position, Poto Tano Port is often referred to as the most beautiful port in Indonesia. Yes, it is because of the beautiful nature with clusters of hills and bluish green waters. During the dry season, these hills will be yellowish grass like dry corn feathers. Also during the rainy season, the hill is very green to match with the color of the waters.

However, for those who like photography, Poto Tano harbor views and nature around it is very stunning. Try to walk along some of the places on the shoreline of this harbor. The atmosphere is still very quiet and virgin. The clean white sand interspersed with vast meadows. Also if the weather is sunny, from a distance you can see Mount Rinjani covered by clouds. Indeed, its a beautiful place.

2. Kenawa Island

Once you arrived on the island of Kenawa, you will be greeted by a very beautiful scenery. With the accompaniment of the broad white sands on each side as well with tall grass in the middle. Kenawa Island itself is an uninhabited small island with an area of ​​about 15 hectares. In addition, the island also has no source of electricity and clean water. This condition makes the island does not have many supporting facilities. There is only a simple little place built to sit and roll out the mats.

Kenawa Island not only offers beautiful scenery, but also has a wealth of sea that is very abundant. Here you will easily find various kinds of marine animals such as starfish, sea horses, crabs, various types of fish, and many others. In Kenawa Island there are various kinds of tourist activities you can do such as sunbathing, relaxing, swimming, and also snorkeling. Oh yes, for the searchers who want snorkeling it advised to bring their own equipment, because in Kenawa Island there is no rental place.

If you want to stay,you can can set up a tent on the island. Because on this island there is no lodging. When you camping on Kenawa Island, do not forget  to always maintain the cleanliness and natural conservation by not disposing garbage everywhere and also not damaging the facilities in Kenawa Island. Sure, you will have many great experiences in here, so check it out.

3. Moyo Island

Moyo is an island located 2.5 km north of Sumbawa Island. The island has an area of ​​350 km2 and a coastline of 88 km. Administratively, this island belongs to the Regency of Sumbawa, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia.

However, the best time to visit is during the dry season from June to August. But its also fine to visit from June and July. Although the wave of sea water began to calm down from April. Moyo Island, located in Saleh Bay, has a nature reserve of Moyo Island National Park located a few kilometers from the north coast and the island is surrounded by beautiful coral reefs. Also, the park is the habitats of wild boars, lizards along with 21 types of bats. You must check it while you can.

4. The Old Palace of Dalam Loka

This palace stands firmly in the center of Sumbawa Besar, West Nusa Tenggara. The Palace of Dalam loka shows the glory of the Sultanate of Sumbawa in its day. Built in 1885, by Sultan Muhammad Jalaluddin Shah III who became the 16th Sultan of Dewa Dalam Bawa Dynasty.

With the shape of rumah panggung, it has a building area of ​​904 m2 which make it looks very grand. The palace which built with wood material has a philosophy of “adat berenti ko syara, syara barenti ko kitabullah”. That means all the rules of customs and values ​​in the joints of Tau Samawa’s (Sumbawa society) life should be encouraged in Islamic Shari’a.  It also becoming an iconic place of Sumbawa with its grand looks.

5. Sili Maci Beach

The famous surfing spot with its wave consistency is located on Maci Beach and Sili Beach. Both of these beaches can be reached by land. It will take approximately 6 hours from the city of Sumbawa Besar. Then with flights to the city of Bima plus 1 hour by motor vehicle.

These two beaches are well known as surfing spots and annually hold a World-class surfing competition.They are the most challenging beaches in Sumbawa. You date to try ?.

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6. Ai Manis Beach

This tourist attraction is located on the land of Moyo island, Sumbawa regency, West Nusa Tenggara province (NTB). This beach consists of white sand and underwater scenery with coral reefs and tropical fish. It is totally charming and also the surrounding tropical forest makes Ai Manis is perfect for camping, snorkeling, and so forth. From Ai Manis, you can witness the Sunset.

The streets in the tropical forest around Ai Manis will be naturally presented plus various types of flora and fauna such as deer, wild cattle, wild pigs, koos kao, elder siblings and protected birds. Also, not far from the Ai Manis there is a bat cave.

If you depart from Tanjung Pasir, it requires a normal time about 20 minutes by boat. While from Kencana or Labuhan Sumbawa beach will takes about 60 minutes. But if you want to save more, you can leave from Ai Bari North Moyo District about 2 km north of the city of Sumbawa Besar. So what re you waiting for? Get here immediately!.

7. Tropica Beach

Tropica Beach does meet all the requirements as a famous tropical beach, which is almost like a paradise. This beach is located in the village of Sekongkang Bawah, Sekongkang district, West Sumbawa. The beach is unique, on the edge the waves quite comfortable to playing water. But,  in the middle there are big waves that are used by foreign tourists to surf.

However, The best time to visit Tropica Beach is in the afternoon before sunset. Although the sun does not sink in the middle of the sea, but the orange panorama on this beach makes many photographers captivated. At that same afternoon, the coastal area will be filled by people. Either local residents who work as fishermen who want to go to sea and tourists who are on vacation. Its an absolutely unique experience to visit here, check it out.

8. Benete Beach

Visiting the West Sumbawa, which rich with its marine tourism destination is incomplete without tasting the delicious seafood culinary. One of the best places to sample seafood dishes is at Benete Beach. The beach located closest to Batu Hijau mine area of Newmont Nusa Tenggara Corporation is the right destination to fill your stomach.

Benete Beach is more interesting to be enjoyed visually. Because the beach doesn’t have white sand, but its a mix with black sand that is less interesting to play. Instead, around the beach there are many restaurants that offer a variety of processed seafood of West Sumbawa regency. This is one of the most sip ways to enjoy the natural beauty of the beach while dining. That’s make you and your tummy happy.

9. Maluk Beach

This beach has really good waves which make many tourists come here only for surfing. On the beach, the foreign traveler will be more dominate than domestic tourists. Oftenly, they challenging each other to play surf together.

To enjoy the beauty of Maluk Beach and the sight of the tourists surfing, you must drive to the village of Maluk, Jereweh subdistrict, West Sumbawa district. If by chance you has a hobby of surfing, you can just join the tourists to race to ride the beach waves that have an average height of 2 meters. It’ll be pretty fun. 

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10. Jereweh Waterfall

One of many waterfalls that you can enjoy here in Sumbawa is Jereweh. Jereweh located in the district of West Sumbawa. This waterfall has many names, so make sure you can remember the names of aliases from this waterfall like Semporon Tangkil Waterfall, Kalela Waterfall, Ai Koa Waterfall and Janup Waterfall. Do you remember?.

Jereweh Waterfall has different characteristics than most other waterfalls in Indonesia. The water falling irregularly and falling from rock cliffs that has step staircase and hole like a cave. Several large and tall trees grow in the surrounding of the waterfalls where the roots spread around the rock. This beautiful waterfall is located in Taliwang, the capital of West Sumbawa which is about 48 km from the port of Poto Tano. You must check it out.

11. Mata Jitu Waterfall

Hidden behind the Moyo Island Forest, Sumbawa Regency, West Nusa Tenggara, splash of faint water is heard in the silence of nature. Waterfall Mata Jitu, a waterfall that has the beauty that can amaze anyone who comes to this area. 

Beautiful scenery complete with natural green trees make Mata Mata Jitu Waterfall become the prima donna on Moyo Island. Waterfalls that have become part of the Indonesian nature reserve is said to have formed millions of years ago.

The combination of the waterfalls colors are dark green and young green as if you hypnotize to throw yourself and play water in this waterfall. Jitu Mata Waterfall has four steps and seven ponds. By the local people, “Mata Jitu” is defined as a spring that falls precisely about the pond beneath it. Don’t you dare to forget to visit this waterfall. 

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12. Liang Petang

For you who are afraid of the dark, this one might be a little scary for you. Liang Petang is a combination of the word “Liang” which means cave and “Petang” which means dark/evening. Liang Petang cave was very dark, so you are required to bring a flashlight if you want to see the beauty in the cave. Also you can see the beauty of stalactites and stalagmites.

You can also see the place devoted to meditation, which is shaped like a tomb stone, stone human form, halls and also loom. The location of this place is at Batu Tering Moyo Hulu district, about 29 km from Sumbawa Besar.

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How to Get There

Indeed, there are many things to do in Sumbawa Indonesia that is so beautiful. If you want to come here, check out these guide!

  • Location

For those who have never been to Sumbawa, the transportation and accommodation affairs will make your head spinning. However, there’s a problem. The problem is, all would want to get a tour with the least money as possible and efficient in terms of time. One calculation, it could be a lot of money floating without many attractions visited. There are various modes of transportation to Lombok and Sumbawa, there are land routes by bus and air line by plane.  Choose whatever that suites you, either in budget or comfort.

However, in Sumbawa, there are already some hotels around Maluk Beach. Choosing a hotel near the beach is most appropriate because tourism in Sumbawa not far from marine tourism. The cost of lodging in the area starts from Rp 100,000. For a better hotel, it costs around Rp 250,000 per night.

  • Entry Ticket

Because of the nature still well maintained, the entry ticket is also not too cheap, nor too expensive. The price is, understandable. With the cost only 10.000-25.000 rupiahs you can enjoy the beauty of the place. It’s not so expensive right?, with the facilities and the view you can get, that price is fairly cheap.

That’s it, several things to do in Sumbawa, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Actually, there’s more thing you can explore, and i want you to find it yourself, and make a great experience of it, careful not to get lost though. Also, don’t forget to make a very nice memory of it, and please keep the environment clean, to make the beauty of those places still maintained. Enjoy your holiday, have a great day!

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