Satonda Island

January 1st, 2017 | by TheJourneyMagz
Satonda Island

We are approaching this tiny island at 06.00 in the morning. I can see a beautiful sunrise at the edge of the island. Waiting for a while then a small boat took us ashore to the island. A wooden gate with sign “Welcome to Satonda” greets us. There are two small neglected building in the side of the gate. Entering the gate, a small path leads us to the center of Satonda Island. After less than 5 minutes walking, we can see a huge lake with green color water. It’s so beautiful.


Satonda island is an uninhabited island offshore of Sumbawa, a tiny island with width 4.8km and located at Nangamiru village. It is a famous island among the international scientists for its salty lake in the middle of the island. It is a beautiful natural wonder. The lake is 0.8 km in width and the water inside the lake has tide which naturally following the high and low tide of the sea on its surrounding.

Basically, Satonda is a volcano which rising out of the sea from the 2.000 BC. And the lake inside is the caldera of the mount Satonda. In 1815 when the Mt.Tambora which located in Dompu erupted, as the largest and most devastating eruption in human history, the eruption delivers huge waves which finally fill up the lake with salt water.




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