DOMPU - CENTRAL SUMBAWA
Dompu Regency is a
division (Indonesian: Kabupaten) of the Indonesian Province of West
Nusa Tenggara. It is located on the island of Sumbawa and the
capital is Dompu.
Dompu is one of the seven regencies in West Nusa Tenggara,
located in the middle of Sumbawa Island, between longitude 17.40 -
18.30 East and between latitude 09.10 - 08.55 South.
Dompu covers an area of 2.324 sq. km., most of which is mountainous
and hilly. Like other regions in West Nusa Tenggara, Dompu has a
tropical climate and it has two seasons: the rainy season between
October and March, and the dry season between April and September.
Dompu originates from the Kingdom of Dompu contained in the
empire of Majapahit under the prominent viceroy Gajah Mada. In the
Islamic period of Indonesian national history, it was converted into
a Sultanate called Dompo Sultanate.
Tourism Objects in
* Mada Prama
It is located about 4 km from Dompu. Natural spring water for
swimming and bathing set in lush tropical forest surrounding.
* Dermaga Kempo Beach
It is located in Saleh Bay. It is a port that connects Dompu to
Nisa Pudu and Nisa Rate Islands.
* Nisa Pudu and Nisa Rate Islands
Nisa Pudu and Nisa Rate Islands have beautiful panorama. People
can enjoy the sun from either island. They are located 45 km from
Dompu and they can be reached by public transportation.
* Hodo Beach
Hodo Beach is about 45 km from Dompu. Located on Salch beach,
the beach is an excellent stop over before ascending Mount Rinjani.
Fresh water is available.
It is about 100 km from Dompu. It has a port called "Tiga Bangun",
a port through which timber are exported.
* Lakey Beach
Lakey Coast is a tourist
resort with the longest white sand beach and virgin nature in West
Nusa Tenggara. This coast, with waves varying from 8 to 15 feet, is
one of the best locations for surfers looking for challenging
breaks: nangas, periscopes, Lakey Pipe, and Lakey Peak. Its
reputation has long been a widely held secret among surfers, earning
itself the name "Sumbawa Surf." Its natural beauty appeals to both
surfers as well as non-surfers looking for holiday destinations.
* Cempi Bay
The Coast of Cempi Gulf
with its white sandy beach and virgin forest, boasting natural
beauty and fascination.
Nanga Tompu Coast
* Nanga Tompu Coast with isles at the Saleh Gulf can be enjoyed on
the way from Sumbawa to Dompu by land transportation.
* South Tambora
South Tambora and
its surroundings provide a breathtaking panoramic view of the Buru
resort. South Tambora, with a fascinating Savanna with the
background of Mount Tambora, is densely inhabited by wild pigs.
* Satonda Island
Satonda Isle You can
find the dazzling combination of coasts and cool mountains
presenting an amazing panorama of the South and Southwest Slopes of
Mount Tambora on the island side, and directly facing Moyo and
* Dompu Plantation
Coffee Plantation Dompu
has gradully been develop to be an agrotourism regency with
outstanding commodities like coffee, cashew nut plantations, stock
breeding, and production forests extending along the Southern slope
of Maount Tambora. Culturally, one of the most prominent rituals in
Dompu is the Lu'u Daha, usually held in the Moslem Month of Rajab.
It begins with the Jara Sara'u procession, an equestrian attraction
performed by the riders to the traditional misic rhythm.
* Mount Tambora
Mount Tambora is about 100 km from Dompu. It is the highest
mountain in Sumbawa.
Its eruption in 1815 was one of the most destructive and powerful
volcanic explosions in human history, caused a huge catastrophic all
over the island. The explosion could be heard as far as Ternate
(1400 km), and tremors were felt in Surabaya (800 km). The volcanic
dust, ejected into stratosphere acted as a giant filter, creating a
spectacular orange sunsets around the world, the eject which circled
the world caused temperature to drop almost 2 F degrees below normal
for the whole year, resulting in the famous 'year without summer' of
1816._Nowadays, the vicinity of this mountain has become a game and
conversation area. Mount Tambora has a dense forest and various
kinds of wood. There is a vast meadow, which extends on the slope of
the mountain. The hunting area that faces the sea makes the panorama
more beautiful. The port here connects to Kempo district.