Indonesia consists of more than 17,000 islands and thousands of kilometers of coastline – and dive sites! At Two Fish Divers, we are constantly exploring this phenomenal archipelago and seeking out new diving destinations and travel possibilities. We are delighted to announce that we have now teamed up with Kalimaya Dive Resort located in East Sumbawa! Why? To give you even more incredible diving opportunities in Indonesia. Read on to find out more….
Located to the east of well known Lombok Island, Sumbawa was just waiting for us to discover it. East Sumbawa offers a diverse landscape characterised by mountains and rich volcanic river valleys. It may take longer to reach than our other locations, but once you arrive in Sumbawa you’ll be rewarded with pristine beaches, clear waters and world-class scuba diving.
With spectacular coral reefs and a range of dive sites and topographies on offer, East Sumbawa has something for everyone – especially those who like to explore off the beaten track. In parts of Sumbawa, traditional ways of living continue today. Many of the ritual events of old ways are still performed such as water buffalo racing and berempuk – a ritual boxing match. Visit here if you have a thirst for adventure, want to get a truly authentic experience of local culture and enjoy some of the best dive sites in Indonesia!
Diving in East Sumbawa
We have chosen to team up with Kalimaya Dive Resort because, like us, they have sensational dive sites on their doorstep and deliver high standards of safety and service. At Kalimaya Dive Resort you can enjoy three distinct types of diving all year round: macro and muck diving, current diving, and coral diving.
Kalimaya’s muck diving offers a host of rare and unusual critters to find – even on their House Reef which is home to some of Indonesia’s most iconic macro life.
Laying within close proximity of the Komodo Marine Park, East Sumbawa has some phenomenal current diving and the old adage “no current, no fish” is certainly proven as larger pelagics are drawn in by the plankton-rich waters.
For those who prefer more relaxing dives, the coral reefs around East Sumbawa are bursting with colour and teeming with fish. The reefs are a healthy mix of vibrant hard and soft corals which are among the most pristine in Indonesia.
Kalimaya Dive Resort
Kalimaya offers 10 rooms which are all located on the beachfront with stunning views over the ocean. Accommodation is on a full board basis and you’ll enjoy three homecooked meals a day. Produce is locally sourced and fish is caught using traditional fishing methods. The accommodation has been built with a sympathetic eye to the local environment and the resort aims to be as sustainable as possible in all operations.
How to get there
East Sumbawa is located to the east of Bali and Lombok, and to the immediate west of the Komodo National Park and Flores Island – getting to Kalimaya Dive Resort is surprisingly easy.
Kalimaya Dive Resort is located only 20km North of the Sape ferry terminal for guests arriving by PELNI ferry from Labuan Bajo. Bima Airport (Airport Code: BMU) also caters to passengers flying from Bali Denpasar (DPS) within 45 – 60 minutes, Lombok (LOP) within 50 minutes and Makassar (UPG).
The resort offers pick-up and transfer services from Bima Airport and Sape Ferry Terminal.
Two Fish Divers and Kalimaya Combo’s
East Sumbawa is an easy location to combine with any of our Two Fish Divers’ resorts, allowing you to experience even more of this amazing archipelago.
Bali / Nusa Lembongan
Direct flights from Bali to Bima make staying at Two Fish Divers resorts in Amed, Nusa Lembongan or from your hotel on Bali, easy options to combine with East Sumbawa. Explore Bali’s famous shipwreck, the USAT Liberty, and dive with manta rays and mola before heading to East Sumbawa for a remote Indonesian experience.
Lombok / Gili Air
Direct flights from Lombok to Bima (or boat to Bali and flights from Bali) mean that Belongas Bay and Sekotong in South Lombok or Gili Air can also be combined with diving in Sumbawa. If you like remote wilderness then South Lombok and Sumbawa are a perfect combination.
North Sulawesi (Bunaken and Lembeh)
Flights from Manado to Bima via Makassar make this a far easier combination than you might think. Dive with Two Fish Divers in Bunaken or Lembeh, leave Manado in the morning and arrive in Kalimaya by afternoon! The difference in cultures and the combinations of muck and reef or walls and drifts are hard to beat. This is an epic adventure!
If you would like to explore diving in Sumbawa and want some more information about diving and staying at Kalimaya Dive Resort or combining Kalimaya with the Two Fish Divers location of your choice, fill in the contact form below and we will get right back to you.
We look forward to exploring Indonesia with you soon!