HomeBlogs Moyo Island Moyo Island, at the mouth of Saleh Bay, has a nature reserve with
wild oxen, deer, wild boars and a great variety bird species. Visits
are best made during the dry season from June through August. A few
kilometers of the north coast of Sumbawa, the national park island of
Moyo Island is probably the most rewarding destination in Sumbawa,
surrounded by beautiful coral reefs and home to wild pig, monitor
lizards, 21 species of bat, huge herds of native deer and hordes of
crab-eating macaques. The best time to visit is in June and July,
though the seas are clear and quiet from April. There are basic private
rooms at the PHPA post at Tanjung Pasir on the south coast, where most
boats from the mainland arrive. Renting a fishing boat from Tanjung
Pasir and going fifteen minutes east to Stama reeft is very rewarding,
with lots of sharks and turtles. There’s nowhere on Moyo to rent masks
and snorkels so bring our own; fins are advisable due to the strong
To get to Moyo, take a bemo from beside Seketang Market in Sumbawa
Besar to Air Bari , a small port settlement to the northeast. From Air
Bari, we can charter a boat to Moyo.
National Parks of Indonesia: Moyo Island Reserve
Further along Nusa Tenggara to the east of Lombok lies Moyo Island
and its Reserve. A fantastic place to visit and is a place of adventure.
Moyo Island is an attractive island three kilometres off the north
coast of Sumbawa, lying to the east of Lombok. Two thirds of Pulau Moyo
is actually a game reserve. The central plateau with its grassy
savannah land and intermittent forested areas is ideal for Deer as well
as the feral cattle released there.
The coastline has some beautiful beaches of fine coral sand and not
the black volcanic sand like we find on a lot of islands in the
archipelago. There are beautiful coral reefs, which make it excellent
for scuba diving or just snorkeling. The reef at the southern end of
the island is probably the best of all.
There are a few inhabitants on the island and this consists of
around 21 villages concentrated in the northern end. From Moyo there
are splendid views of Mount Tambora (2,821m) to the east, the highest
mountain in Sumbawa, which erupted quite violently in 1815 but now has
amazingly beautiful forests on its western slopes.
Tambora can be climbed from the side in three days and is well worth
a visit. It has an enormous crater and within, a two-colored lake. From
the crater there are also spectacular views over Saleh Bay and the rest
of Sumbawa to the east, and to the west, Moyo Island to Lombok and
The wildlife on the reserve has adapted to the fairly dry habitat
and these include Deer, feral cattle, and numerous birds such as
Orioles, Sunbirds, Coequals, Koels and Drongos. Of course there are
several species of shore birds along the coastline.