Surrounded by a marine reserve, Moyo Island is one of Indonesia’s key areas of conservation. Home to an extraordinary array of animal and plant life, it is an island for explorers, lovers of wildlife and those seeking the solace of untouched nature.
Protected as a wildlife reserve since 1976, Moyo lies east of Bali in the West Sumbawa Regency. In August 2022, it was named as part of Moyo Satonda National Park by the Indonesian government, ensuring that its stunning landscapes and diverse marine life will be protected for generations to come.
The spectacular island of Satonda is located about 40 kilometres to the northeast of Amanwana Bay. Covered in tropical forest, it is home to a host of local and migratory wildlife, including thousands of fruit bats. While its breathtaking fringing reefs attract snorkelers and divers, it is surely its unique salt-water lake – an unmatched ecosystem of global significance formed by the eruption of Mount Tambora in 1815 – that is its most striking feature.
Spend a day jungle trekking, snorkelling, kayaking on the lake and picnicking – even deep sea fishing – after a 75-minute cruise to this otherworldly destination.
Tambora National Park
Dubbed the Africa of Sumbawa due to its exceptional biodiversity and landscapes ranging from dense jungle to open savannah, Tambora National Park is a magnet for wildlife enthusiasts with well-marked trails and little traffic. A constant serenade of birdsong will soundtrack your trek, a sure sign of a vibrant ecosystem, and your chances of spotting crested white-eye, hill mynas, rainbow lorikeets, flying foxes, deer, horses and wild boar are high.
Mount Tambora’s giant caldera of around 7 kilometres in diameter clearly demonstrates the force of its eruption back in 1815 – the largest volcanic eruption in recorded history.