One of the popular stops for the Lombok to Flores boat trips, Satonda Island is an attractive blip of an island with a crater lake at its centre. It’s found just off the coast of northern Sumbawa and within easy boat-trip distance of the mainland.
The island is a flooded volcano — the lake is salt water, not fresh. The story goes that when Tambora erupted, a massive wave washed over the edge of Satonda’s crater rim, filling it with water. A second popular story is that the trees lining the edge of the lake have the power to grant wishes. What you do is tie a rock to one of the trees and make a wish. If the wish subsequently comes true it is your duty to return to the island and give thanks. We were tempted to make a wish for a more reasonably priced boat to the island, but as we didn’t really want to risk needing to come back, we gave it a mi