Top things to do in Sumbawa

Top Choice Bakery in Sumbawa Besar

Cipta Sari Bakery

Don't pass through town without a stop at this excellent bakery on a shady stretch of the main drag. Pause for coffee or a cold drink, and be sure to stock up for your journey: the various baked goods, pastries and …
Waterfall in Pulau Moyo

Mata Jitu Waterfall

Pulau Moyo's most famous attraction is this fairytale waterfall, whose cascading pools of turquoise water have entranced at least one princess (locals call it Lady Diana Waterfall because she visited in 1993). A sig…
International in Pantai Lakey


A beached Sumbawanese boat, its prow pointing to Lakey's famous breaks, has been turned into a breezy, open-sided restaurant that does surprisingly good 'Mexican' food, alongside Indonesian and Western standards. If…
Horse Racing in Bima

Pacuan Kuda

Horse racing is held at least four times a year, in April or May, July, August and December, at the Desa Panda horse stadium, 12km west of town on the Trans-Sumbawa Hwy. There’s a large grandstand, a gaggle of warun…
Palace in Sumbawa Besar

Dalam Loka

The Dalam Loka was built over 200 years ago for Sultan Mohammad Jalaluddin III and presently covers an entire city block. The remains of this once-imposing structure are in fair condition and are still used for poli…
International in Pantai Lakey


Once humble, Fatmah's has taken a slight turn upmarket in recent years. Tables sit in a raised bleached-wood house overlooking the beach where you can watch the sun set or the kitesurfers swoop, as you tuck into jui…
Seafood in Bima

Rumah Makan Sabar Sabur

Out by the airport, off the Trans-Sumbawa Hwy, the long wooden tables here are always crowded with locals who come to munch bandeng goreng (a flash-fried freshwater fish). Like herring, you can eat it whole, bones a…
Coffee in Pantai Lakey

Balumba Shop

This hole-in-the-wall shop on the beach walk in front of the Balumba Hotel offers the best coffees in East Sumbawa. All beans come from farms on the slopes of nearby Gunung Tambora and are manually pressed through a…
Chinese in Sumbawa Besar

Aneka Rasa Jaya

Clean and popular, this Chinese seafood house plates tender fish fillets, prawns, squid, crab and scallops in oyster, Szechuan or sweet-and-sour sauce. The soto kepiting (crab soup) is good, as is anything with nood…
International in Rantung Beach

Lisa's Garden

Those craving things like French-press coffee, avocado toast, salads, granola or burritos – all exceptionally rare on Sumbawa – will love this cheap open-air eatery, which has an upstairs deck overlooking the waves.