A Brief Introduction to West Sumbawa: Kenawa Island and Mantar Village

Submitted by viravira on 15 July 2017   •  Destination   •  Lesser Sunda

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“After Lombok, we’ll be going to West Sumbawa.”

Hooray!! I had never been to any part of Sumbawa Island, so the news from the producer felt like I just won a lottery.

Wait. Producer? What producer?

Well, Vindhya and I signed with this production house as talents for a travel video, as a campaign for an online marketplace. Our task was only to travel with the video crew, got made up by the make-up artist slash fashion stylist, and semi acting as instructed by the director. No shit! That would be the best job in the world!

Except for one thing: We didn’t have spare time to explore the destinations ourselves, as we would like it.

 

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Our attempt to look cool and unbothered failed immeasurably. Location: Mantar Village.

 

The shoot took 6 days and we had to move between at least 12 shooting locations, in all of which we had to stand by for shooting. Only 3 of the locations were in Sumbawa: Kenawa Island, Mantar Village and Whales & Waves Resort, all located in West Sumbawa. Kenawa is an island only 20 minute boat ride from Poto Tano port, known for the unique landscape. Mantar Village is known as the ‘land above the clouds’. While Whales & Waves Resort is a tranquil setting located in Taliwang district, a high-end resort mostly visited by surfers.

So if you asked if I was satisfied with my visit to Sumbawa, obviously I wasn’t. There is still so much of it I’ve hat to see. Nevertheless, I’m always excited with my first time in a beautiful destination, in a fun job situation with fun people, that I can’t just keep the photos to myself.

Here is the final video, and here are some pictures from the trip, taken by me and others in the group.

What do you think of West Sumbawa?

 

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Me, Mishella and Vindhya, on the top deck of the ferry between Lombok and Sumbawa. A few minutes later a voice from the loudspeaker told us to come down because nobody was supposed to be up there. Oops.

 

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At the Poto Tano port, West Sumbawa.

 

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Kenawa Island seen from the ferry.

 

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Candid shooting in almost every phase of the trip.

 

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Arriving at Kenawa Island after 20 minutes boat ride from Poto Tano.

 

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Welcomed by the wind of Kenawa Island. I mean, look at that tree!

 

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It was so windy, I couldn’t handle my own beach cloth.

 

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Hiking the hill on Kenawa Island, followed by the video crew.

 

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The iconic hill of Kenawa Island. Smacked in the middle of it.

 

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Almost sunset.

 

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Looking for sunrise on Mantar hill, but the morning was too foggy.

 

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View from Mantar hill.

 

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The tree became an icon in an Indonesian movie called ‘Serdadu Kumbang’. I haven’t seen it but I heard it’s a good movie about children and their life goals.

 

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Have you seen cows? Lots of them at Mantar hill.

 

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People of Mantar Village prefer their houses colorful. The goat probably agreed.

 

 

 

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Vindhya checking out the village. Oh I miss traveling with her.

 

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Lately, the saying “I’m busy enjoying life” is so popular on my social media timeline. This might be a picture that suits the caption well. But the reality is, I was just posing for a photo and video, though I did enjoy the swing very much.

 

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Vindhya at the Whales & Waves Resort, ready for another take.

 

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Reza and Mishella (trying to) enjoy the hammocks at the resort, until someone fell down.

 

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The view behind our hotel in Taliwang. It was a beautiful morning and sadly we had to leave the island. ‘Till we meet again, Sumbawa!

 


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Ranselusang
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10 days 8 hours ago

Ah belum kesampaian main ke mantar, pengen bisa nikmatin sunrise disana

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