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Published on August 12, 2014

Apart from Lombok and its stunning Gili islands chain, the natural splendor of West Nusa Tenggara Province also lies in the exclusive paradise of Moyo Island. From 27 September to 6 October 2014, the stunning marvels of Moyo Island will be unveiled at the Moyo Festival 2014, which will be centered at the Pahlawan Field in Sumbawa Besar, Moyo Island, in the Sumbawa Regency.

Forming an inseparable part of the “Go Sumbawa” Campaign to promote tourism to the Sumbawa Regency, the festival will feature a number of exciting programs.

Among major highlights of the festival are: the Samawa Cultural Week, Sarembang Ratib, Expo, Maen Jaran (Horse Racing), Mountain Biking, Motorcycle Expedition, diving, Samawa Basarune, and Barapan Kebo (Bull Races similar to East Java’s Karapan Sapi and West Sumatra’s Pacu Jawi). There will also be a number of competitions such as the 10K Run and an ocean Fishing Competition.

Situated some three kilometers off the North coast of Sumbawa, Moyo Island is an exotic pristine island surrounded by indulging white sandy beaches and unspoilt coral reefs, while offshore are green savannas inhabited by all kinds of unique wildlife.

Its sheer beauty and secluded location has made it a favorite exclusive retreat for some of the world’s renowned personalities, the likes of legendary Rolling Stones’ lead vocalist Mick Jagger, and the late Lady Diana, Princess of Wales, former wife of Prince Charles, British heir to the throne, who stayed at the unique and luxurious boutique hotel here.

The main island of Sumbawa itself is famed for its top class surfing spots and is home to one of the most infamous natural disaster monuments in the world: the active Mount Tambora volcano. This is also an island blessed with the beauty of nature in its rugged terrain and picturesque coastline. The best example of a surfers’ paradise and beautiful coastline can be found at the fascinating Lakey Beach on Sumbawa’s east coast.

Garuda Indonesia now has regular flights to Sumbawa from Jakarta and Bali.

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