Sumbawa is an Indonesian island in the middle of the Lesser Sunda Islands chain, with Lombok to the west, Flores to the east, and Sumba further to the southeast. It is part of the province of West Nusa Tenggara, but there are presently steps being taken by the Indonesian government to make it a separate province.
Sumbawa has an area (including minor offshore islands) of 15,448 km2 or 5,965 sq mi (three times the size of Lombok) with a current population (January 2014) of around 1.39 million. It marks the boundary between the islands to the west, which were influenced by religion and culture spreading from India, and the region to the east, where the influence was much less. This applies to both Hinduism and Islam in particular.
Key Area Statistics
|Geography||Located in the middle of the Lesser Island’s chain with Lombok to the west, Flores to the east and Sumba further southeast. Sumbawa is 15,448 km² (three times the size of Lombok)|
|Population||1,391,340 (as of 2014)|
|Economy||Mining, Agriculture and Tourism|
|Transport||50 minutes by air from Bali to Sumbawa Besar Airport, or 2 hours by ferry from Lombok|
|Tourism||Yet to be officially recorded, limited at this stage predominantly to surfers. Estimated at circa 700,000 in 2011|