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Hidden Beauty of Moyo Island, Sumbawa – Indonesia

Posted on | January 16, 2012 | No Comments

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Moyo Island is a quiet and small island but has incredible natural wealth of this small biasa.Pulau managed to attract some “big” the caliber of Lady Diana and Mick Jagger for a vacation. Moyo Island, a small island located in the northern island of Sumbawa, West Nusa Tenggara Province. Seeing the beauty of the beach, sea and nature, it offers tranquility for lovers of the outdoors and the beauty beneath the sea.

“I remember when Princess Diana visited the English Lady Moyo Island. So is the world rock musician Mick Jagger is also a holiday in this island. However, unfortunately the people of Indonesia who do not know the beauty of the island of Moyo, “said Maman, one of the guides on the island of Moyo. To reach the island of Moyo is very easy. Travel by car can be taken from Sumbawa Besar to Ai Bari, a coastal village located about 20 kilometers north of Sumbawa Besar. Or if you do not want to bother, Hotel and Golden Beach Hotel Tambora in Sumbawa Besar, can arrange trips to the island.Ai Bari in Samawa means salty water, is a poor fishing village facilities, but from the people of Sumbawa, Bajo and Bugis who inhabit this area

, very friendly.

The journey of Ai Bari to Moyo Island can be reached for about 15 minutes by speedboat, or use the ship ketinting. One fisherman who always provide this transportation is Mr. Lahi who are used to receiving foreign visitors, often written in a variety of travel guidebooks!

Moyo Island has a height variation from 0-648 m above sea level. As a marker still lestarinya island of approximately 30,000 hectares of this, hundreds of butterflies will be seen from behind bushes, trees or in the middle of savanna. The island is also home to 21 species of bats, birds, macaque, wild pig, deer and snakes. With the natural conditions are still very natural, not advisable to enter the island without a guide. Because there may be lost. ”But strangely, every time there’s a stray, would still find a way out of its own. Either “escorted” by a bird or a butterfly, “added Maman.

According to him again, “residents” (creature halus_red) forest on the island of Moyo did not like disturbing. When visiting this island, we could see the beauty of unspoiled nature. Forests are beautiful and almost untouched, waterfalls and natural rivers, as well as the beauty beneath the endless sea. In addition to hiking in the woods, along rivers and waterfalls, caves which can be reached by foot, could be an alternative activity.

One of them is the Cave Ai Manis to be achieved with a little rock climbing. This cave where hundreds of breeding bats. In addition, other activities you can do is trekking for two hours that can be started from Labuan Haji, towards Waterfall Brang Rea (Great River) located in the center of the island.

Moyo Island is also a “paradise” for bird lovers. Of the 124 species of birds found in Sumbawa, 86 species of which are located on this island. Rare bird species can also be found here. Among them is the yellow-headed Parrot and megapode birds. The last bird, is unique because it relies on plants and branches to produce heat during the incubation period the eggs.

If you want to snorkel or dive, the area around the island offer a variety of underwater beauty that is equally interesting. Marine parks that make up the soft and hard coral formations are beautiful, can also be found sponge (sponge) and crustaceans. A Dutch tourist who happened to have just finished snorkeling, shared her experience. ”Last time I saw small sharks snorkeling swim around the coast Ai Manis. And around the place, scenery was beautiful reefs. I also saw an eel, “said Febri, one of the tourists visiting the island of Moyo.

Moyo Island also offers a natural beauty under the sea. Almost the entire island surrounded by reefs that are still in good condition and not damaged. Sharks with a length of approximately two meters, anemones, pelagic, eels, groupers and even mantas, all there. If you like diving, you can do around the island Medang, located in the West Sea island of Moyo.

Yacht from Bali, Lombok or even abroad often do a stopover on the island. The trip usually stop in the island of Moyo and Satonda Island, a tiny island in the northeast of the island of Moyo who has a salt water lake in the middle of the island.

In addition to far from the reach of domestic tourists, promotion of Moyo island is still very little. To vacation here, it takes time and the availability of sufficient funds fairly. However, if there is a desire to see a small beauty of this country, Moyo Island is one place worth visiting. ”If it happened to be lucky, you can see a bunch of flying fish,” said Mr. Lahi, pointing at a group of flying fish are jumping out of the water onto the surface.

Moyo Island is not as popular as the islands are a paradise travel, such as Bali or Lombok. But who would have thought, that this small island has become one of the world-class tourist destination that is often ogled by celebrities. Call it, the late Princess Diana or Mick Jagger (rock musicians of the world) they’ve made the island of Moyo as a vacation spot.

Starting from the rain forest, mangrove forest (mangrove), to the grasslands (savanna). In addition, by visiting the island, visitors can see hundreds of butterflies flying, trees of various sizes, and various birds. Various types of fish and coral reefs were also found on the island which has a coastline of 88 km as far as this. Privilege of traveling to the island of Moyo, visitors can do some activities. Such as, hiking in the woods with unspoiled beauty, explore the beauty beneath the sea, or just relax on the beach. Entering the forest area on the island of Moyo, visitors can enjoy the unspoiled beauty that is rarely touched. Visitors can navigate the rivers are found in the forests. In addition, visitors can also play the water while enjoying the beauty of Niagara Brang Rea is situated in the middle of the island of Moyo.

If you want to enjoy more challenging adventures, exploring caves can be a fun alternative tourism. In the forest area on the island of Moyo, there are several caves which can be reached by foot. Among other things, which is quite interesting to explore the Cave of Ai Manis which became the breeding of hundreds of bats.

Satisfied to enjoy the beauty of the mainland island of Moyo, visitors can do other adventures, which explore the beauty beneath the sea. Various types of coral reefs can be enjoyed by visitors, either by snorkeling or diving. Formerly, the diversity of coral reefs in Pulau Moyo had suffered damage, which caused the bombing by fishermen from outside Indonesia. However, along with the increasing awareness of the local community about the preservation of nature, coral reef on the island began to recover. Exploring the underwater enchantment on the island of Moyo, but enjoy the coral reefs, visitors can also see various kinds of fish, like a shark with a length of approximately two meters, anemones, pelagic, eel, gropuers, and manta.

After enjoying a variety of exciting adventures on the island of Moyo, visitors can take a break to enjoy the panoramic sunset on the coast of Moyo Island. Stretch of white sand beach on the island of Moyo made look very beautiful, the waves are running around chasing the shoreline, and accompanied by dusk that makes the atmosphere becomes more romantic, potent eliminate all exhausted after the adventure.

Until now, the management of Moyo Island is not handled by the tourism department or other government agencies, but are handled by private parties. So no wonder, if to access and enjoy all the beauty and adventure on the island of Moyo, required sizable donations. For visitors who want to vacation on the island, the manager requires a deposit (security deposit) amounting to $ 5,000.Actually, the amount of money that will be used to enjoy the entire package being offered is not that big. However, the necessity of this deposit is intended to ensure that tourists who come, pick the enough money to pay for the tour packages offered.

Enjoying the paradise island of Moyo overall, certainly not enough in a day. If you want to stay, the visitors need not worry. Because, on Moyo Island there is a resort that provides the facility to stay with using the tent. Visitors need not worry, despite using the tent, the facilities provided by the resort is quite assured.

In addition, because of Moyo Island visitors come from overseas, would not be surprised if in this small island also has internet facilities and doctors available.

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