...Highlights: great macro life/ marine diversity...
...Sumbawa's diving environment: wall dives, drift diving, beginner and advanced divers...
The rugged, sprawling land mass of Sumbawa, with its many jutting and twisted peninsulas, forms plenty of protected bays for its islands dotted along the north coast such as Moyo, Sangeang and Satonda. These sheltered and varied havens offer crystal-clear waters, deep and vibrant walls, steaming underwater volcanic vents, fertile breeding grounds and conditions that are perfect for some fantastic muck diving opportunities.
Lying between the islands of Lombok to the west and Komodo to the east, Sumbawa Island is consequently visited as part of the itineraries of the Indonesia liveaboard diving cruises that run between Bali and Komodo Island. Show more
Angel Reef - Located just south of Panjang Reef, Angel Reef boasts healthy hard corals in its protected, shoreward shallows, and an abrupt vertical wall, plunging to well over 40 metres in depth. Scuba divers make their way down the steep bank to the top of the wall where they'll encounter large and impressive schools of redtooth triggerfish, long-fin bannerfish and rounded batfish. Show more
As there are no dive resorts on the island, you're only options are a liveaboard safari running from Bali to Komodo, or one that departs from Bima in Sumbawa, or Lombok to Komodo. The dive sites are handily placed along the northern coastline of Sumbawa for these trips to visit them all.
And any cruise that includes Komodo in its itinerary is going to be a memorable experience. The diversity there is incredible, with the national park holding reefs that are full of life, from giant-sized manta rays, tuna and dolphins, to tiny seahorses, frogfish and blue-ringed octopus.
For more information on the tour routes and durations, and all the other travel information you might need to visit Indonesia, check out our Sumbawa liveaboard section.
The season for scuba diving in Sumbawa runs all year round but overall the best conditions are from April to December.
Liveaboards run all year round from Bali so Sumbawa is very much a year round destination. It is not really a destination for pelagic creatures so there is little variation from month to month in terms of underwater encounters.
With water temperatures ranging between 24 and 28°C, it is often a little warmer in Sangeang than in Komodo National Park, where you will also likely be diving. The visibility is normally very good here and also superior to many of Komodo's dive sites.
Review our maps below of Komodo, showing the location of Sumbawa, and its host country Indonesia. Here, you will find information on how to get to the various ports of departure in Indonesia, from where you will cruise to Sumbawa.
Depth: 5 - >40m
Visibility: 10 - 35m
Currents: Can be strong
Surface conditions: Calm
Water temperature: 24 - 28°C
Experience level: Beginner - intermediate
Number of dive sites: 8
Distance: ~150 km east of Bali (8 hours) and 30 km west of Komodo (2 hours)
Recommended length of stay: 2 - 3 days