Tourism is just beginning in Sumbawa, an Indonesian island, located in the middle of the Lesser Sunda Islands, with Lombok to the west, Flores to the east. It is part of the province of West Nusa Tenggara, however negotiations continue by the Indonesian government to look into turning the island into a separate province. The island is a great source of sappanwood, sandalwood and honey. Its savanna-like climate and vast grasslands are used to breed horses and cattle, as well as to hunt deer. The majority of the population works in agriculture.
Airport: Bima Airport
Local Language: Sumbawarese or Bima
Fun Fact: On 10 April 1815, Tambora produced the largest eruption in the world for the past 10,000 years.
Sumbawa has an excellent selection of lush white beaches and beautiful waters full of vibrant fish and corals. The landscape stretches for miles of mountains, coastline and savanna filled with wild horses. There are some beautiful islands to visit for those that enjoy island hopping as well as excellent trekking opportunities. The coals are welcoming and cultural experiences are excellent.
Moyo Festival- September
Moyo festival is held on Moyo island. You can enjoy parades, music, dancing and theater shows. This festival is definitely worth visiting and photography is welcomed.
Mount Tambora Festival -April
Every year on the anniversary of the volcanic eruption which took place on 10th April 1815. The festivities take place at the base of Tambora Volcano include, dancing, parades and horse racing.
The weather generally stays warm all year round. The least amount of rain is June to August, with the highest rainfall December to February. The temperatures are at their lowest in July and August and highest towards the end of the year November/December.