Today we’ll set foot on the island of Satonda with its stunning crater-lake and beautiful coral gardens along the coast line. Located just a couple of miles off the north-west coast of Sumbawa, Satonda is what remained of an extinct volcano of which the caldera was filled with water when nearby Mount Tambora erupted in 1815. This was the biggest volcanic eruption in the collective memory of mankind, much larger than Krakatoa. With an estimated volume of 160 cubic kilometers of rocks and ash ejected from the volcano the following year became known as the “year without a summer” because of the effect on North American and European weather.
Hike over a tiny ridge hiding a beautiful crater lake. Feel the eerie atmosphere surrounding this giant pond, all silent except the sound of a lonely bird or the odd gecko. Head back to the beach for some snorkeling. Swimming over the beautiful local reef just off the island enlightened by a rainbow of aquarium fish you’ll enter a world entirely different in colors but similar in silence. Another highlight of your visit to Satonda is the sight of thousands of flying foxes that commute at dusk from the island to feed on the mainland, returning before first light the next day. As evening approaches, the Katharina sails due east.