Where is Amanwana Moyo Island located?
Moyo Island is located east of Bali, facing Sumbawa Island, in the Flores Sea at the western fringes of the Nusa Tenggara archipelago. Amanwana is located in a secluded cove on the island’s west coast. It is an important area of conservation, as the island is home to a rich array of flora and fauna, and the surrounding sea houses an astounding 75 percent of all known corals in the world.
The island can be accessed directly from Bali’s Denpasar Airport by floatplane, which takes around 65 minutes. Alternatively, guests can also take a 50-minute scheduled flight from Bali to Sumbawa Besar followed by a 50-minute boat ride.
What sort of accommodation is available at Amanwana?
Amanwana features twelve identical standalone safari tents located on the island’s beachfront rainforest fringe. 58 square metres in size, the tents feature hardwood-flooring and high-ceiling with solid foundations, wooden walls, picture windows and wooden outdoor decks. The tents are well-appointed to offer all modern comforts such as air-conditioning, Wi-Fi internet and spacious en-suite facilities.
By booking 8 or more tents, you can make it your own private camp offering unmatched privacy and the ultimate private island adventure. The tents are divided into two categories: Ocean Tent and Jungle Tent.
No holiday is perfect without fabulous food and Amanwana will not disappoint you. The chefs specialise in Indonesian and Western cuisines and most of the ingredients are sourced from the resort’s organic garden and local fishermen.
Being an island paradise, the fishermen’s catch of the day is a definite highlight of the daily menu, which is masterfully tailored to suit individual tastes. The resort has a teak bar and beach-side restaurant, and alfresco beach and garden dinners, starlight dinner cruises, romantic sundowners as well as private barbecues can also be arranged to celebrate the island’s outstanding natural wealth. There aren’t many places in the world where you can sit atop a volcanic ridge and sip champagne while revelling in uninterrupted views of the Sun setting over the sea.
What activities are available at Amanwana?
Moyo Island and the surrounding Flores Sea offer fabulous opportunities for active explorations. It is about escapism – about indulging in utter remoteness and pristine wilderness without ever losing that comforting sense of security and luxury. Dive, snorkel, take long strolls on the blissful beach, explore jungle-clad trails in search of rare wildlife, bathe under waterfalls, relax in a spa, or sip wine gazing at a star-filled night sky – Moyo Island is one of the world’s most ethereal destinations.
- Amanwana has a fleet of vessels that can be used for fishing and cruising. Sunset cruises on a traditional outrigger as well as night cruises can also be arranged.
- Flores Sea surrounding Moyo Island offers extraordinary opportunities for snorkelling and scuba diving. There are many reefs around the island that can be easily reached by kayak or snorkelling, and guided night snorkelling excursions can also be arranged. Amanwana’s dive centre offers a wide range of sessions for beginners (age 10 upwards) as well as experts. PADI certification courses are also offered including Junior Open Water, Scuba Diver and PADI Advanced with options for specialised dives, night dives, peak performance buoyancy dives and refresher dives in a wide range of locations raging from shallow to deep and open-water locations where you can spot turtles, manta rays, trevally, reef sharks, batfish, tuna, moray eels, stonefish, and lionfish, as well as nudibranchs and vibrant corals.
- On the island, you can indulge in a waterfall excursion with a 4x4 safari through the jungle, nature treks and biking to spot a variety of wildlife including deer, monkeys, and sea eagles. Along Amanwana Bay beach, you might even be able to spot schools of reef sharks, and on the trek leading up to the Bat Cave, you may chance upon about seven species of bats, as well as monitor lizards and pythons! If you are interest in local life, a visit to a fishing and farming village can also be arranged.
- Amanwana can be combined with a 5 to 7-night private sailing expedition around the Komodo National Park. Aman’s 10-berth two-masted phinsi, Amandira, is ideal for a large family or a group of friends. For smaller groups, there are many other smaller yachts that can be considered.
Does Amanwana cater for families with young children?
Children of all ages are warmly welcomed at Amanwana and babysitting can be arranged with prior notice. Diving explorations are not offered to kids under 10 years of age. The resort has a fun adventure playground for children and a wide range of engaging and exciting experiences including fish feeding, coconut leaf bird making, beach activities and swimming and snorkelling in the sea.
When is the best time to visit Amanwana?
Being so close to the equator, Indonesia has fairly consistent temperatures throughout the year with an average high of 29 to 33 degrees Celsius. The archipelago predominantly experiences two seasons: the dry season that runs from May to September and the wet season that runs from October to April.
Even during the wet season, the rains come in intense and relatively short spells with sunny spells in between. However, for those wanting dry and sunny conditions with calm waters for snorkelling and diving, the best time to visit Moyo Island is during summer between the months of May and September.
How does Amanwana protect and nurture the local environment?
The resort is totally committed to protect and preserve its natural environment and the dive centre runs an excellent programme focusing on sea turtle and coral conservation. A special fund called the Moyo Conservation Fund was set up in 2008 to support various projects including rescuing and monitoring turtle eggs, restoring damaged coral reefs, land, and sea patrols to counter illegal poaching and fishing, setting up of a deer sanctuary and encouraging the subsequent breeding of deer within the sanctuary, educating the local people and visitors on conservation and community work, as well as building a school in the nearby village of Labuan Aji.