MOYO ISLAND: PULAU MOYO Moyo (older spelling Mojo) is an island in Indonesia's West Nusa Tenggara province. It is off the north coast Sumbawa Island, and has an area of 349 km2. Moyo Island is located in the Nusa Tenggara province, just north of Sumbawa. A little more than an hour from Bali, it has an area of 32,044 hectares, about 8° south of the equator. MANY DIFFERENT ASPECTS MAKE MOYO ISLAND SPECIAL: The island is mostly uninhabited and unknown to the majority of tourists; the population is about 1000 inhabitants distributed in 6 villages, all of them living on fishing and farming. In 1986 a National park was established in order to conserve and protect the extraordinary vegetation, its uniqueness and the many animal species (birds, bats, monkeys, wild pigs, deer…) and a Marine Reserve with the goal of preserving the unspoiled reefs surrounding the island. A visit to Moyo Island takes the traveller on a discovery adventure of immense marine and land life and provides an escape from reality in a world where man and nature blend together offering unforgettable emotions.
Most of Moyo is a nature reserve called Moyo Island Hunting Park covering 22,537.90 ha (Decree of Minister of Forestry Number: 308/Kpts-II/1986 dated 29 September 1986), and is inhabited by macaques, wild cattle, wild pigs, barking deer, deer (Cervus timorensis) and several varieties of birds. The island rises 648m, and its centre is composed mainly of savannah and some strands of forest. The Marine Park of Moyo Island occupies the southern island. The National Park is home to long tail macaques (Macaca fascicularis), wild bovines, wild pigs, deer (Cervus timorensis) and 21 bat species, including flying foxes. Bird watching enthusiasts can observe 86 species of birds, 2 of them endangered: the yellow headed parrot and the Tanimbar Megapode bird (Megapodium tenimberensis) which is endemic to Indonesia. It nests in large sandy heaps, litter and other debris, where the heat generated by the decomposition of the organic material serves to incubate the eggs. Inside the Park there are also a few waterfalls, the biggest one is about 2 hours from Labuan Aji village, the others are in easy reach, within 15 minutes walking distance, in the forest where you will find a multitude of colorful butterflies. Most of the east and west coasts and the entire south coast of Moyo Island have been declared Marine Park. Pristine coral reefs and all their inhabitants are now protected from fishing and pollution. Divers and snorkelers have the chance to visit a truly untouched paradise, in fact, the Marine park was established long before tourism reached this area.
These two natural reserves are managed by an Office of Natural Conservation of West Nusa Tenggara, as a Technical Operation Unit of Directorate General of Forest Protection and Nature Conservation-Ministry of Forestry.
Moyo Dive Resort ( www.moyodiveresort.com) offers accommodations in 11 bungalows, 1 restaurant and boats to discover Moyo Island
Moyo Dive Resort and Dive center is the first dedicated dive operator on Moyo Island and Sumbawa. In this part of Indonesia, especially on Moyo Island and Sumbawa, the dive spots are numerous and varied. On the west coast of Moyo Island and in many spots on Sumbawa you will find simple slopes with coral bottoms where the depth decreases gradually and are accessible to all levels of divers. The east side of Moyo Island and the north side of Sumbawa offer adrenalin rushing vertical walls ending up in the deep blue, with currents and pelagic fish. Just off the west coast of Moyo Island and off the coast of Sumbawa is where some shoals are located, including ‘Labuan Aji Reef” which was the first dive site discovered in Moyo that brought about the development of scuba diving around the island. Beyond these interesting dives, you will have the chance to visit a Japanese ship wreck and some ‘Muck Diving’, dive spots where you encounter a huge amount of ‘critters’ such as small crabs, shrimps, nudibranch, octopuses, cuttlefish, etc.. including some of the rarest species in the world. Muck diving is possible both on Moyo Island and Sumbawa.
- Monk,, K.A.; Fretes, Y., Reksodiharjo-Lilley, G. (1996). The Ecology of Nusa Tenggara and Maluku. Hong Kong: Periplus Editions Ltd. p. page 8. ISBN 962-593-076-0.
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