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Sumbawa

Sumbawa

Mangroves at high tide, west side of Bunaken Island, Indonesia

Sumbawa – is an Indonesian island, in the middle of the Lesser Sunda Islands chain, located between Lombok to the west, Flores to the east, and Sumba further to the southeast. It is part of the province of West Nusa Tenggara, but there are presently steps being taken by the Indonesian government to turn the island into a separate province. Traditionally the island is known as the source of sappanwood used to make red dye, as well as honey and sandalwood. Its savanna-like climate and vast grassland are used to breed horses and cattle and to hunt deer. Sumbawa has an area three times the size of Lombok with a population of over million inhabitants. Sumbawa marks the boundary between the islands to the west, which were influenced by religion and culture spreading from India, and the region to the east that was less influenced. In particular, this applies to both Hinduism and Islam

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Wyspa Satonda

Satonda Island

Satonda Island

Satonda Island – is one of the popular stops for the Lombok to Flores boat trips, Satonda Island is an attractive blip of an island with a crater lake at its centre. It is located just off the coast of northern Sumbawa and within easy boat-trip distance of the mainland. The island is a flooded volcano — the lake is salt water, not fresh. The story goes that when Tambora volcano erupted, a massive wave washed over the edge of Satonda’s crater rim, filling it with water. A second popular story is that the trees lining the edge of the lake have the power to grant wishes. What you do is tie a rock to one of the trees and make a wish. If the wish subsequently comes true it is your duty to return to the island and give thanks.