Famous around the world
for the Komodo Dragon and excellent diving, Komodo lies just to the
East of Sumbawa. The legendary reputations of Komodo Dragons, coupled
with dangerous currents and deep waters around the island, have kept
the population and visitors to a minimum. This has helped preserve the
island natural flora, fauna and coral formations.
On the strangely foreboding island of Komodo between Flores and
Sumbawa is the Jurassic Park of Indonesia, a small island of 280
square km, home to the famous Komodo dragon, a giant monitor lizard
over two meters long, the world's biggest reptile which can reach more
than 3m in length and 136 kg, perhaps the only living cousin of the
dinosaur. Potential man-eaters, the dragons are extremely dangerous
and visitors must be accompanied by a park ranger to the 59,000
hectare park. A special "bite zone", a fenced enclosure like a
terrestrial shark cage allows visitors to safely take pictures of the
dragons as they fight, mate and eat in the surrounding forest.
WHERE TO EAT
Nearest to Komodo Island
Jl. Bung Karno
Phone: (0364) 26013
Jl. Pejanggik Pusat
Phone: (0364) 22233
]l. Raya Senggigi,
Phone: (0364) 24613
Jl. Raya Senggigi
Phone: (0364) 93057
Jl Pantai Senggigi
Phone: (0364) 23961
Jl. Pantai Senggigi
Phone: (0364) 22876
Jl. Pantai Senggigi,
Phone (0364) 24598
The island of Komodo can now be reached by ferry from Sape on Sumbawa
Island, and from Labuanbajo, in Manggarai. Komodo Island is 20 miles
away from Labuanbajo. By motorboat, the trip takes three hours, the
alternative is to go by ferry from Sape in Sumbawa or take one of the
several luxury cruise ships that ply the area or over the Flores
mainland via Manggarai Regency by public transport means or by twin
Otter aircraft from the little airport of Mutiara.
Nusa Tenggara Barat consists of two main islands: Lombok and Sumbawa.
On the island of Lombok we find Selaparang Airport, in Mataram City,
just 2 kms from the city of Sumbawa Besar, located in the Western
region of the island. Also on Sumbawa, but on the eastern side of this
long, elongated island, is Salahudin Airport about 10 kms from the
city of Bima. Fokker-27 planes can reach Sumbawa Island. It is easy to
reach Nusa Tenggara Barat with domestic flights.
Nusa Tenggara Barat (NTB) has good internal transportation system,
having good public transport within its cities and larger bus services
connecting cities. To reach tourism areas and tourist attractions on
NTB a variety of public and private transport is available. "Angkutan
Kota" and taxis can be used within a city, and even "Cidomo"-
traditional horse-drawn carts-and motor boats, in seaside areas,
exist. The city of Mataram in Lombok, the provincial capital, holds
the main transport terminal, which serves all cities, towns and large
villages throughout the entire NTB region. Cidomo horse carts operate
wherever you arrange for them to take you - a bit like a taxi.
A regular ferry service exist from Bali to Lombok with 12 crossing
a day, every 2 hours, starting at 6.00 am. The journey takes approx.
3.5 - 4 hours and the price varies depending on the quality of the
ferry. For those wishing to continue on to Sumbawa, there are 6
departures a day from Khayangan Harbor in Easter Lombok, to Poto Tano
Harbor in West Sumbawa. The journey takes about 1.5 hours. Also a
ferry runs once a day from Sape Harbor, in far Eastern Sumbawa, to
Nusa Tenggara Timur once a day. Ships call at Lembe Harbor in Lombok
once fortnightly. Using the following route :
Every Monday leaves Lembar for
Bima-Waingapu-Ende-Kupang-Kalabahi-Maumere-Ujung Pandang, and return.
The KM Sirimau
Leaves Lembar (Lombok) every Friday and Sunday.
Lembar-Makasar (Ujung Pandang)
The Kelimutu also departs Bima (East Sumbawa) once every 2 weeks on a
There are 2 routes :
Bima-Waingapu-Ende-Kupang-Kalabahi-Maumere-Ujung Pandang and return.
Bima-Lembaar-Benoa-Banyuwangi. Remarks: Quoted information as above
may change without prior notice
The Palace of Dalam Loka
Constructed during the reign of Sultan Muhammad Jalaludin lil, the
Sultan of Sumbawa kingdom (1883 -1931), in Seketeng village, is an
exquisite example of the local traditional architectural style. Mainly
using wood for its construction, it is supported by 99 wooden poles,
which coincides with the 99 names of God Almighty, according to the
A village of coral construction architecture.
This extensive lake covered with waterlilies, men fishing
incanoes, waterfowls and hawks, is only 3 km from Taliwang which is
renowned for its restaurants serving delicious chicken dishes.
Marvelous boating and fishing.
Aik lenung - Bate
The massive sarcophagi with human and crocodile figures carved
in love found in this area are believed to be 2000 years old.
The remains of The Dompu palace which was covered with volcanic
dust during Mount Tamboras explosion in 181S. The area is now the
government's archeological site.
The traditional Dompu horse race with small boys as the jockeys,
originated from this village.
The capital town of Bima Regency and also the connecting port of
Eastern, Central, and Western Indonesia. A restored former Sultan's
palace containing historical items such as the royal crown.
The houses of this village are the finest examples of
traditional Bima architecture.
The sacred graveyard of the kings of Bima. Interesting ornaments
on the tombstones.
Located on a high plateau, this village is the home of the
swidden-farmers called the Dou Donggo which literally means mountain
people. Many historical remains were found here, including the
original East Sumbawa house.
One hour by boat from Labuhan Badas arid Sumbevva. A game
National conservation area, patronage by the British Royal contains
many wild and endangered species of birds and other animals. White
sandy beaches and not less than 6000 hectares of magical underwater
world, filled with abundant and colorful marine life, make this a
Taman Ria Tirta Sari
A sea resort with a recreational park. Bungalows, restaurants,
and a fresh water swimming pool are available.
The former port of Sumbawa regency. A sleepy old port, now it is
only used by the ferries departing for Moyo island.
Nisa Pudu Island
A nature conservation and recreational area providing a
magnificent spot for experiencing the enchanting sunrise of Sumbawa.
Accomodation is not available.
Its long uncompromising curling waves give this area its
reputation as one of the best spots for surfing in Indonesia.
Sarae Me'e Beach
Wind surfing and pleasant swimming.
Marvelous sea panorama and Watersports venues.
The highest mountain in Sumbawa. Its eruption in 1815 caused mass
destruction throughout the island with the explosion heard as far as
Ternate (1400 km), and tremors felt in Surabaya (800 km). The
volcanic dust, ejected into the stratosphere creating spectacular
orange sunsets around the world.
Magnificent view of the adjacent Moyo island and Tanjung Menangis
(The Crying Cape), where homestays in Sumbawa architectural style