Need a unique holiday destination idea for your next excursion? Explore the stunning and untouched Sumbawa, Indonesia. Lesser known than Bali and Lombok, Sumbawa boasts an untouched nature some might even say more beautiful than its more famous counterpart. Part of West Nusa Tenggara province, (yes, that’s the same province as Lombok), Sumbawa is situated right next to Lombok and can be reached overland and water (car and ferry) or by a 35-minute flight on Wings Air’s ATR 72. If you have a little avgeek in the family they will enjoy this ride a lot! Follow Little Step’s guide to these amazing things you can do in Sumbawa!
What better way is there to have an adventure in Sumbawa than swimming with giant sharks? Whale sharks, despite their size, are actually very gentle and safe to swim with. If you go and visit the sharks, we recommend going during the right season so you can see them up close. These times are usually from May to August. Check with the tour provider for the best dates. You're going to have to leave the shore in the middle of the night to meet them, but it's all worth the effort! Get your cameras ready for some starry night photos on the boat. Be sure to wake up early, you don’t want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime experience!
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Boasting lush green grass and a beautiful view of the island and the sea, Kenawa Island is one of the best places to go trekking in Sumbawa! Depending on when you go, the plants and grass could change between brown and green, both of which look stunning in photos. The view from below is stunning and it gets better as you go up. Make sure to choose the right time to visit so you can get the most out of your visit. We also recommend preparing proper footwear because the trail and rocks can get slippery (we love these aqua shoes from Decathlon!)
With pristine clear water and a large variety of vibrant reef fish swimming about, the calm sea near Paserang Island is one of the best places for family-friendly snorkeling. You can see diverse marine life, from the colorful parrot fish to the small damsels. The area is very near Kenawa Island too, so you can do both activities on the same day! We recommend checking with your tour guide or boat provider for the best times of the day to visit.
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Hidden behind Moyo Island's luscious forest is the beautiful Mata Jitu Waterfall. Surrounded by greenery and the sounds of nature, this waterfall is a popular photo spot for visiting tourists. Not only visitors can enjoy the beautiful scenery, but they also can splish and splash in the cascading pool of water or brave the water pressure and feel the falling water on the head. Moyo Island can be accessed by boat from the Sumbawa coastline. A small fishing boat can take you there in about 2.5 hours, but a speed boat ride will only take 40 minutes. After reaching the island, you can hire someone on a motorbike to take you there and back (20 minutes) or walk to the waterfall (1.5 hours). Mata Jitu Waterfall boasts thousand-year-old rocks and gorgeous stalactites and stalagmites. Make sure to bring your cameras, swimsuits, and trekking shoes!
Amanwana Resort is a paradise with untouched nature and a marine reserve and is the only luxury resort you can find on the beautiful Moyo Island. With stunning views overlooking the pristine turquoise waters of Amanwana Bay, it brings you to the Eden of Flores Sea. It accommodates individual bookings or your own private island. You can enjoy the best scuba diving and snorkeling spots in Indonesia, kayaking expeditions, as well as jungle treks, waterfall visits, and many more. Make Amanwana your own holiday island escape with friends and family.