SUMBAWA, VOLCANIC ISLAND
Sumbawa is a large, mountainous island to the east of Bali and Lombok, with an area of 15,448 sq kilometers, about three times the size of Lombok. It lies within the Pacific Ring of Fire and is home to the volcano, Tambora. The island is famed for its great waves and white sandy beaches. However, its difficult access and lack of cheap tourist facilities render this beautiful island off the radar of most surfers.
The island is predominantly Muslim; the role of traditional culture is still very strong.
Sumbawa Besar is the principal town on the western half of the island and is usually used as a rest stop for travelers exploring the island. Bima and Raba together form the major town in the eastern half of Sumbawa. Bima is the islands chief port and Raba, a few kilometers east, is the administrative centre.
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PLACES TO GO, THINGS TO DO AROUND SUMBAWA
Mount Tambora, at a height of 2,820 metres, on the Sumbawa Peninsula is an inactive volcano. It erupted between 5 April to 15 July 1815 and its falling debris, hot gases and lava streams killed more than 12,000 people. Some 44,000 more perished of hunger in the aftermath of the explosion. The volcano’s top, now a vast caldera has two colored lakes. From the rim of the crater there is a breath-taking view of the island, the sea, Mount Rinjani and Lombok.
The sultanate palaces located in Sumbawa Besar and Bima, Sulawesi style textiles in Dompu and surfing in Dompu and West Sumbawa.