Pulau Moyo

Pulau Moyo

Fit for royalty.

Almost, but not quite blocking the western mouth of the Saleh Sea, forest-covered and largely undeveloped Moyo Island promises some great beaches, a terrific waterfall and some spectacular snorkelling — and can deliver it to those with the money, or time, to visit.

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While the island is home to a number of villages, and much of the lowland coastal strip is cultivated (cashew nuts are popular), getting to Moyo Island remains a bit of a hassle — or at least expensive. This is also despite its relative proximity to two access points from Sumbawa’s mainland.

The waterfall is just gorgeous. : Stuart McDonald.
The waterfall is just gorgeous. Photo: Stuart McDonald

The island, long and thin, is best known for two features: a gorgeous, multi-terrace limestone waterfall called Mata Jitu and some tremendous snorkelling. The waterfall leapt to international fame in 1993 when Princess Diana, apparently trying to escape the attention of papparazzi, spent two nights at the uber-luxurious Amanwana tent resort. During her stay, she took a boat and jeep tour to the falls — today, we commoners just walk or take an ojek. And if there was ever a waterfall fit for a princess, Mata Jitu is it.

Off the island and under the surrounding waters, you’ll find some truly beautiful snorkelling. Perhaps we just saw it on a good day, but we had absolutely crystal-clear visibility, plenty of live coral and tonnes of reef fish, making for a pretty enjoyable hour of ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 600 words.)

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