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Sape Strait

Coordinates: 8°39′00″S 119°18′00″E / 8.65000°S 119.30000°E / -8.65000; 119.30000
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Sape Strait
Selat Sape (Indonesian)
Northeast passage to the Sape Strait at northern tip of Komodo Island.
Sape Strait is located in Sumbawa
Sape Strait
Sape Strait
Sumbawa island and Sape Strait
Coordinates8°39′00″S 119°18′00″E / 8.65000°S 119.30000°E / -8.65000; 119.30000
Basin countriesIndonesia
ReferencesSelat Sape: Indonesia National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Bethesda, MD, USA

The Sape Strait (Indonesian: Selat Sape) or Sapie Strait[1] is a strait connecting the Flores Sea to the Sumba Strait. It separates the islands of Sumbawa and Komodo. It joins the Indonesian provinces of West Nusa Tenggara and East Nusa Tenggara.

The Sape Strait is known for rough seas, shoals[2] and strong currents, as well as spectacular marine life. The waters of the strait are enjoying growing popularity among diving enthusiasts. [3]

Part of the Sape water area is included in the Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Map of the Sape Strait with the designation of the administrative boundary between the provinces of Western Small Sunda Islands and the Eastern Lesser Sunda Islands

The volcanic islands in the Strait include:


  1. ^ Goodall, George (Editor)(1943) Philips' International Atlas London, George Philip and Son map 'East Indies' pp.91-92 for the pre Independence spelling
  2. ^ See USS Boise (CL-47)
  3. ^ Dive sites in Komodo and Rinca