The rugged island of Sumbawa lies in the Nusa Tenggara between Lombok and Komodo.
It has many jutting and twisted peninsulas which form a number of protected bays for its islands dotted along the north coast. These include Moyo, Sangeang and Satonda. These sheltered and varied havens offer crystal clear waters, deep and vibrant walls, and fertile volcanic breeding grounds for some great macro diving opportunities.
Often overlooked as a dive destination Sumbawa can yield an abundance of marine life and pristine coral reefs.
The rarely visited island of Sumba to the south of Komodo can offer some wild diving off its southern coast. Big pelagics are attracted to the open ocean dive sites of Magic Mountain and Marlin Rock.
Sumbawa at a glance
Accommodation : Bungalow or Liveaboard
Highlights : Marine diversity, big pelagics, frontier dive sites.
Average cost of a dive : $30
Dive Sites : 10+
Dive Operators : 2+
Getting there : Liveaboard from Bali.
Off Season : None.
The map below is interactive so click on the dive site to get more details.