Maluk, West Sumbawa
Despite mining being the main industry, West Sumbawa is still a very traditional and unspoilt island paradise. It really is a place for those seeking adventure and new experiences – a place for travellers rather than tourists.
West Sumbawa is renowned for surfing and is home to Supersuck and Scar Reef two waves recognised world wide for their awesome barrels and treacherous reefs.
Initially, West Sumbawa’s major attraction was surfing, and while surfers are spoilt for choice surfing is not the only adventure activity the Island offers. Mountain biking, hiking, spearfishing and stand up paddle boarding are just some of the sports on offer here in West Sumbawa.
Newmont Mining opened it’s gold and copper mine, Batu Hijau, here in the mid-90’s and virtually everyone in West Sumbawa is somehow linked to the mine. In 2017 the mine was taken over by Indonesian Company, P.T AMNT. Batu Hijau remains the second largest open cut mine in Indonesia and as a result miners from around the globe call West Sumbawa home from time to time.
While the mine has seen the numbers of westerner’s increase the island is populated by around 1.25 million Muslims and for that reason it is still a very traditional place. We ask that you are mindful of some of the local customs, for example, please wear a shirt when you ride or walk through the villages, no alcohol on public streets and use your right hand or both hands to pass things onto others.
Observing these requests is a small ask and allows you and us to enjoy the beautiful beaches and jungle surrounds in harmony with the Locals.