Pulau Savu Island (Indonesia)

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-10.50961 S, 121.87903 E

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Pulau Savu Island, or simply Savu (also famous as Sabu, Sawu, Sawoe, Hawu, Hawoe, Havu) is the largest of a group of 3 islands, located midway between Rote and Sumba, west of Timor, in the eastern province of Indonesia, East Nusa Tenggara. The island covers a total area of approx 379,9 km2 (146,7 ml2) and has a population of around 30,000 people.

  • Savu Islands (Kepulauan Sawu in Indonesian) include Savu (Rai Hawu), Rai Dana and Rai Jua. The three isles are fringed by sandy beaches and coral reefs. The principal island is Rai Hawu. Rai Jua is smaller and lies west of Rai Hawu, while Rai Dana is an uninhabited, small island, located 30 km (18,6 ml) south-west of Rai Jua.
  • For the most part the land is covered by palms and grassland. For much of the year the climate is dry due to the hot winds blowing from Australia. The main rains in the region fall between November-March. 
  • Savu Islands lie in tectonic subduction zone and Indo-Australian Plate moves northwards, sliding under Eurasian Plate. The islands are situated on a ridge that was created by volcanic eruptions generated by the plate movement.
  • Ferries connect Savu islands to Kupang, West Timor and Waingapu, Sumba. It's also possible to fly to Pulau Savu Island from Kupang.
  • In 1770, Captain James Cook (1728-1779) visited Savu, staying 3 days before going on to Batavia. It was the first ever European voyage to feature scientists onboard. During the 3-year expedition, botanists Joseph Banks (1743-1820) and Daniel Solander (1733-1782) collected more than 3,500 plant species together with specimens of animals, ethnographic materials and minerals that on their return charmed Europeans. 
  • An interesting fact is that Savunese have their own traditional greeting, done by pressing one's nose to another person at encounter (at the same time). It's used in all meetings among locals and on major ceremonies. The greeting serves a similar purpose to a handshake in modern western culture, and is often used in conjunction with one. 

Highlights: Local crafts, beach, snorkeling

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6 September, 2018
Silversea Cruises cruise lineSilver Discoverer13:0019:00 Pulau Flores Island, Larantuka, Indonesia

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