The rugged land mass of Sumbawa looms large between Lombok and Flores, separated from each by a narrow strait. Larger than Bali and Lombok combined, Sumbawa is a sprawling island of twisted and jutting peninsulas, with a coast fringed by precipitous hills and angular bights, and a mountain line of weathered volcanic stumps stretching along its length.
Though Sumbawa is an extremely scenic island, it’s a poor one, and health and education is very much at the development stage in most parts. Few Western travellers venture here other than wave-seekers – there are surf camps at Sekongkang and Hu’u. Transport connections off the well-served cross-island road are infrequent and uncomfortable, so to explore the countryside it’s best to charter transport or rent a motorcycle.
Last updated: Mar 2, 2009
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