Sumbawa is Called The New Bali, Is It Worthy of Such a Title?

pantai batu, Sumbawa Barat Regency, West Nusa Tenggara (photo: Koes nadi - Unsplash)

In recent years, Bali has become the main destination for foreign tourists when visiting Indonesia. However, some tourists have referred to a destination known as “The New Bali”, namely the island of Sumbawa in West Nusa Tenggara. Is this place worthy of such a title? Let’s delve into the news!

As the number of tourists visiting the Island of the Gods has increased, so have the related issues surrounding tourism. Therefore, the question arises whether there are other places in Indonesia that can replace Bali as an attractive tourist destination.

Several tourists and tourism observers have pointed to Sumbawa Island as a promising alternative to Bali. Located in eastern Indonesia, Sumbawa is an island that has not yet been fully developed for tourism but has great potential with its stunning beaches, clear waters, and rich culture.

According to, an Australian media outlet, here are some reasons why Sumbawa Island deserves to be called “The New Bali:”

Firstly, Sumbawa is not as crowded as Bali, and although its waves may not be as picturesque as Bali’s, it offers plenty of waves that can make you forget about Padang Padang and Uluwatu. With locations like Lakey Peak and Scar Reef, Periscopes, Supercuck, and Yoyos, there are plenty of surfing opportunities for adrenaline junkies.

Secondly, there are beautiful waterfalls hidden inside the forests of Sumbawa. If you think Bali is the only place in Indonesia where you can make your friends envious when you jump into a river at a waterfall, think again. Sumbawa also has beautiful waterfalls located deep in the forests.

Thirdly, Sumbawa offers extraordinary natural phenomena that cannot be found anywhere else. While it may not have luxury designer stores or Instagrammable cafes, Sumbawa offers natural beauty that is unparalleled.

For instance, Pulau Satonda is a breathtaking island located off the northern coast of Sumbawa. Formed by volcanic eruptions that occurred millions of years ago, the island is located about 1000 meters below sea level. Many people climb Mount Tambora to witness the incredible view of Pulau Satonda.

Finally, Sumbawa attracts more adventurous travelers who want to escape the crowds and have a unique travel experience. If that’s what you’re looking for, Sumbawa may be the perfect fit for you.