Photo: Tambora caldera is rather large.

Sumbawa is so big, we’ve split it up into areas, select one of the below for detailed accommodation and food listings in that area. Sights and general overviews for Sumbawa as a whole can be found via the icons above. Don’t know where to start? Read an overview of Sumbawa’s different areas.

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How to get to and from Tambora

Use the quicklinks below to jump to the desired section regarding transport in and around Tambora.


Buses run from Dompu to Kadindi roughly on the hour from 07:00 to 14:00, taking around four hours and costing 40,000 rupiah. From Kadindi you then need to get an ojek (50,000 rupiah) to Pancasila, as the bus generally doesn't go all the way. The exception is the last bus of the day from Dompu, which does go all the way to Pancasila.

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If you want to visit Satonda Island you need to get an ojek from Pancasila to Nganamiro, which takes about 20 minutes one way, and costs 50,000 rupiah per bike. From Nganamiro, boatmen demand a very unreasonable 500,00 rupiah for the return trip.

There are no regular boats from Calabri to Sumbawa Besar, but there is sometimes a boat Sunday afternoon to Pulau Moyo (you'll need to wait till the following Sunday morning to return though!

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Tambora? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Indonesia.

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