The Famous Wallace’s Lines

These Islands in the Eastern of Bali is scientifically known as The Lesser Sunda Plateau. Nusa Tenggara is the Indonesian name, literally means the North-Eastern Islands. It divides into two provinces, the West North-Eastern Islands, and the East North-Eastern Islands. Both provinces have similar geographic character, but share different cultural roots. it is also divided by the famous Wallace’s Lines. The world’s famous Komodo Dragon inhabit the island in the Eastern part of the North-Eastern Islands.

LOMBOK is often compared to Bali. In reality however the island is very different from its weserly sister in culture, religion, language and landscape. If Bali is famous with the 1,000 temples, Lombok island is well known with the 1,000 mosques. This island is part of the Nusa Tenggara Barat (NTB) with Mataram as the capital city. Sasak is the majority ethnic group besides the Buginese, Javanese, Balinese and Arabs.

EAST NUSA TENGGARA is in many ways different from the rest of Indonesia. It is geographically , ethnically and culturally a border area where transition from Asia to Australia and Micronesia takes place. The territory of East Nusa Tenggara comprises 566 islands. The three main islands are flores , Sumba and Timor from which comes the term ’’ Flobamor ” which has been familiar as one of the names of east Nusa Tenggara.

FLORES, a long island located between Sumbawa and Timor , is strewn with volcanoes in a mountain chain dividing it into several regions with distinctive languages and traditions , scenic beauty , good beaches and natural wonders. KOMODO island one among the wonders , a small island of 280 sq km is located between Sumbawa and Flores and is famous for its giant lizards which are considered the last of their kind remaining in the world today, this unique species is called the Komodo Dragon.

SUMBA, formerly known at the Sandalwood island , is known for its horses and Sumba cloth. The island is famous for it’s arts and handicrafts , particularly the textile ikat weaving . The island is roughly oval in shape. The greatest concentration of those who worship spirits ( ancestral and those of the land ) is found in west Sumba where two-thirds of the population hold on to their traditional belief. It is here where incredible rituals take place.

Although some exist in East Sumba , it is in West Sumba that one can find a greater number of huge megalithic tombs and traditional thatched and peaked huts raised on stilts. Many traditional activities , all with a part paying homage to the spirits. These include the building of adat houses and burial ceremonies.

Marine Experiences

Offer a unique and beautiful diversity of marine habitats, with a markable variety of marine life for marine tourism. The myriad colour full life forms of the reef ecosystem and long stretches of white, sandy beach major selling points in marine tourism in Nusa Tenggara.

Lombok, which is only one stop away from Bali, offers diving in three islands; Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno. The Komodo islands, and around Timor Island, all offer good diving. Moyo Island in north Sumbawa exhibits unique coral formations, and other coral reefs within the region are still highly recommended as dive spots.

Besides the large numbers of fish and other marine organism is the coral rees, other diving higlights on Nusa Tenggara include huge shoal of large barracuda, sharks, shoals of pelagic fish, manta rays and enermous fishes which are normally much smaller in size in other parts of Indonesia.

Nusa Tenggara Wild Life

Lesser Sunda eco-region which included in Coral Triangle is the highest biological diversity in the world and habitat for 76% coral reef species and 2,631 reef fish species. Lesser Sunda is also a migration path of the Cetacean and six sea turtle species from Indian Ocean to Pacific Ocean.

Komodo dragon. The Komodo dragon, which lives in Rinca and Flores as well as Komodo islands, is the largest lizard in the world. Tours of are available where dragons can be seen in the wild. Tourists must be accompanied by park rangers who use forked wooden sticks to fend off any approaching dragons, and provide information about the islands and wildlife. The practice of feeding dragons stopped in 1992.

Cultural Heritage

These volcanic islands are inhabited by a population of around 5,700 giant lizards, whose appearance and aggressive behaviour have led to them being called ‘Komodo dragons’. They exist nowhere else in the world and are of great interest to scientists studying the theory of evolution. The rugged hillsides of dry savannah and pockets of thorny green vegetation contrast starkly with the brilliant white sandy beaches and the blue waters surging over coral.