Cruising Sumbawa and Moyo Island is a popular choice to combine with other destinations. Located between the islands of Komodo to the east and Lombok to the west. Sumbawa Island is in the heart of the Lesser Sunda Islands. Sumbawa’s diverse topography features towering active volcanoes, lush forests, mountain ranges, and dry savanna lowlands. All surrounded by an abundant underwater world. The remote islands along the western end of Sumbawa provide picturesque settings of white sandy beaches and the turquoise ocean. It is the perfect location for a sunset beach BBQ or a snorkelling expedition.
Remote, authentic, and raw are the best 3 words to describe Moyo Island. It is a hidden paradise, still unknown to the majority of tourists. A trip to Moyo Island is guaranteed to take the traveler on an adventure of a lifetime. Its spectacular flora and fauna will provide you with an escape from reality. Humans and nature still blend in harmony in that faraway land. The island on the north coast of Sumbawa is only inhabited by around 1,000 people in six villages. The people live off the land and sea. The outer reefs of Labuan Haij are packed with sponges and corals and a multitude of colorful reef fish inhabits these reefs. The visibility is usually very high, so watch out in the blue for hunting pelagic and reef sharks.
Diving at Moyo Island is commonly underrated. It is mistakenly considered as just a convenient port of call during dive liveaboards that set sail for the better dive sites further to the east. But Sumbawa offers excellent dive sites as well. It has its own large schools of reef fish and pelagics. Dive sites include Car Park, the Tractor Wreck, muck diving sites in the Bima inlet, and of course – the atoll reefs around Sumbawa’s hidden gem – Moyo Island.
Water wonderland around Satonda Island
Satonda Island, with its volcanic crater lake, is a charming beauty and a must-see on your yacht charter throughout Sumbawa. By hanging a stone or piece of coral in the trees, the lake grants visitors a wish. Feel free to make your own wish! Satonda offers relaxed diving or snorkeling options in the surrounding reefs after a visit to the lake. The island is also home to a rich diversity of flora and fauna. The surrounding waters are home to a variety of marine life, including colorful coral reefs, tropical fish, and sea turtles. The island’s forests are home to a variety of bird species, as well as macaques and flying foxes.
Gunung Sangeang is a huge island volcano that is thrusting out of the ocean. It lies in the north-east of Sumbawa and is one of the most active volcanoes in the Lesser Sunda Islands. The volcano has erupted frequently in the past, and the last eruption happened in 2014. On Sangeang island, you can go visit a traditional phinisi boat building village or beautiful freshwater rivers.
Sangeang’s dive sites offer excellent muck and wall diving. The sites are Deep Purple, Black Magic and Bubble Reef. They feature black volcanic sands, ancient lava flows, and underwater volcanic hot springs that distinguish the area. The volcano is also within reach of the famous Komodo National Park.
Discover the beauty of Sumbawa and Moyo Island on a yacht charter. Embark on a wonderful journey and explore some of the lesser-known areas of Indonesia. Sumbawa and Moyo Island are fantastic destinations for diving expeditions or family charters. Cruising Indonesia with your children and loved ones is an unforgettable holiday experience and makes a great family adventure. The area offers plenty of land and sea highlights for all ages, and the customized cruise itineraries such as Komodo on Aboya can be adjusted to your wishes and needs. Contact us for your private yacht charter to one of the most remarkable destinations in the world.