One of the most crazy-beautiful parts of the world, West Nusa Tenggara is probably everything you dream of for an island holiday: white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, pristine bays, phenomenal diving... and very often, not another soul in sight.
At the center of West Nusa Tenggara province, Sumbawa is one of Indonesia's forgotten islands. While a handful of desperado surfers chase legendary waves on the south coast, few visitors ever explore the north coast. It’s around here, stopping off at secret bays, that Dunia Baru sails and as you voyage on the Flores Sea, you will often feel that you have the ocean entirely to yourself.
Here you can paddle standup paddleboards and kayaks into the brooding immensity of a crater lake or explore a dive-spot where the volcanic forces in the earth's belly bubble gases out of the rocks to rise through the dark water like diamonds.
Although the weather in this part of Indonesia is good all year round, the best time to be here is between April to November. The itineraries that we have for West Nusa Tenggara starting at five days, but these can be purely a guide and we can perfectly tailor an itinerary around your wishes if you’d prefer something unique.
The island reserve of Moyo is a magical place. Two-thirds of the island is a nature reserve over which great-billed herons, spotted brahminy kites and white-bellied sea eagles soar, making it a real treat for bird-lovers and those seeking solitude. The waters around the island is what Moyo is best known for, though. The coral reefs off Moyo are beautiful – white-tipped reef sharks, blue spotted sting rays and scores of brightly colored tropical fish are usually seen – and it’s a great place for the family to snorkel.
Off the north coast of Sumbawa and in the Flores Sea, there is an island called Satonda. When you look at it on a map, it’s not very big (it measures just three by two kilometers), yet it rises more than 1000 meters from the sea bed and, just off, center, it holds a crater lake that is so much fun to explore. Dunia Baru’s crew will carry kayaks and stand-up paddleboards to the lake so that guests can make the most of these secluded waters.
Sangeang Api is one of the most active volcanoes in the Lesser Sunda islands making this one exciting place to dive. Here, you can snorkel and dive through gases that rise from the belly of the earth like delicate Champagne bubbles. And if you put your hand close to the rock and corals, or into the dark sand, you can feel heat emanating from the corals. Take a swim to the shore and you might see the tracks of wild pigs, monkeys and monitor lizards, and even water buffalo.
Wera is a small village on the island of Sumbawa, and it’s known for the bright ikat cloth that the women here produce. Ikat is a form of weaving that is practiced in some South East Asian communities, and it evolves from a very complicated process where the design of the cloth is dyed onto the warp threads before weaving begins. All of the girls in the Wera community are taught the craft of weaving, but it takes years for them to become as accomplished as the older women, The cloths produced here are exquisite, making fantastic souvenirs, that are all the more special because you have met the women who produced them.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Komodo National Park was established in 1983 to conserve Komodo dragons, but it’s evolved into something so much more than that. The park is now a refuge for a variety of animals including the endangered Timor deer, and its rich marine ecosystems boast more than 14 species of whales, 1000 species of fish, 260 species of coral and 70 species of sponges ... you can only begin to imagine what a spectacular destination this is to explore both above and below the surface of the ocean.