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Nusa Tenggara

  • Komodo, Nusa Tenggara
Komodo, Nusa Tenggara
© photo: Giuseppe Tescione    
also known as:
Lesser Sunda Islands, Southeast Islands
Priority: Midd
Location Type: Region
Archipelago located to the east of Java and Bali. Most travellers visit Lombok, the Gili Islands, and the world famous Komodo national marine park. Travellers venturing further off the beaten track are rewarded with a mix of cultures, dramatic volcanic landscapes, and spectacular snorkelling and diving.
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Wikipedia - Lesser Sunda Islands

Satellite picture of the Lesser Sunda Islands, Nusa Tenggara
Satellite picture of the Lesser Sunda Islands

The Nusa Tenggara (lit. Southeast Islands), or Lesser Sunda Islands, are a group of islands in the southern Malay archipelago, north of Australia. Together with the Greater Sunda Islands to the west they make up the Sunda Islands. The islands are part of a volcanic arc, the Sunda Arc, formed by subduction along the Java Trench in the Java Sea. The Lesser Sunda's consist of many islands, mostly the territory of Indonesia. Some of the islands, notably part of Timor, are the territory of the state of East Timor since its independence in 1999. The Indonesian islands now make up the provinces of Bali, West Nusa Tenggara (Nusa Tenggara Barat) and East Nusa Tenggara (Nusa Tenggara Timur). ... read more

Wikitravel - Nusa Tenggara

Nusa Tenggara map

Nusa Tenggara ("Southeast Islands"), also known as the Lesser Sunda Islands, is a major region of Indonesia. Nusa Tenggara is one of the least developed and least visited parts of Indonesia. While the islands of Lombok and Sumbawa are solidly Muslim, the vast majority (90%) of the rest is Christian, with a smattering of animist belief. Partly thanks to this clean division, Nusa Tenggara has been largely spared the religious conflicts of nearby Sulawesi and Maluku. ... read more

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