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The Tambora guesthouse is located in a coffee plantation where you can observe the harvesting and processing of coffee. Also, this is the nearest accommodation to the start of the trail leading to the summit of the Tambora volcano. A lush and peaceful environment for families, groups and individual hikers.
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Tambora Coffee Plantation, Bima, Sumbawa 84191 Indonesia
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Manolo T wrote a review Jan 2020
9 contributions8 helpful votes
Horror house Tambora Guesthouse lies next to the water in Calabai. It seems at first a nice place as of the location even if it clearly has seen better days. The only room i got (even though thete is another one) was infested with bed bugs and fleas which have been jumping on the bed. There was no mosquito net or even ventilator which made the night a horror. I stronly advise nobody to stay here.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from visittambora, Owner at Tambora Guesthouse
Responded Feb 5, 2020
We told your guide that we were closed and away for three months. Our caretaker showed you our nice rooms but we did not want any guests in our house while we were not there. They showed you the caretakers place and you insisted on staying. We did not take any part in this. Your review is pointless.
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vagabondnyan wrote a review Dec 2019
Bali, Indonesia56 contributions4 helpful votes
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My parents and I stayed in Tambora Guesthouse for 4 days 5 night. My parents booked and hike up to Mt Tambora and I stayed for the snorkeling and chill - because it's better than netflix and chill. And boy did we chill. We booked for the room and transport from the airport in Bima to Calabai - where the guesthouse is. The journey takes 4 hours by car from The airport to the guesthouse, and all is arranged smoothly by Pak rik. The drive was a scenic ride with views of savannah and wild horses, rolling hills and beautiful beaches. We made a lunch stop in a local warung serving cheap and good local delicacies. I loved their Palumara (sour fish soup), the place is basic but the food is clean fresh. Along the way, Pak Rik also shared a lot of stories about Mt Tambora, the environmental problems they're currently facing from deforestation and corn plantations, and a lot about the local culture as well. Between the views and local insight, it doesn't feel like a long ride. Before long, we arrived in the guesthouse, a simple yet impressive long wooden house with terrace above the water. Premium beach front view of pulau moyo and the bay of the surrounding area, there's even a jetty to chill and a hammock in the terrace! The room is simple but clean and well furnished. There is no aircon and it can get a bit warm at night, but it's nice to just leave the door/window open and turn on the fan and fall asleep with the sound of the waves. The bathroom is also basic, but it's clean and nice. There is shower and seating toilet. No hot water, but with the weather in Calabai, you don't really need it anyway. The water came from nearby springs, when it's really hot during the day, it's nice to take a cold shower to cool down. The food, oh the food. If Pak Rik is the one who expertly arrange all the itenary and transport behind the scene, then his wife, Mbak Nurul, is the heart of Tambora Guesthouse. Staying in Tambora Guesthouse includes full board meals. Mbak Nurul and her assistant cooks for us breakfast, lunch, dinner, and the occasional snacks of local delicacies in between. The breakfast is simple and good, usually consist of jaffles with eggs or fresh fruit. Lunch is also great, we had Indonesian food, chili crab, & seafood hotpot. Dinner is a good mix between Indonesian style vegetarian meals and occasional western dish with pasta and salad. Needless to say all is good and is actually already quite lavish considering our remote location in the small fishing village of Calabai. The vegetables are all organic and locally grown, and the seafood is fresh. Mbak Nurul works hard to make sure we had great food every single time. If you like Indonesian food and you like spicy, Mbak Nurul can make some very good sambal to go with the meal. I have no complaints and only compliments about the foods. As for the itenary, my parents booked the hiking up Mt Tambora, the transport to and from the starting point, Ojek from the village to the portal, porters and food supply, registration with the Ranger, also entrance fee to the national park, is all included in the price, and all is arranged by Pak Rik, all my parents have to do is be there and be ready to hike. All the guides and porters and highly experienced and reliable locals. My parents had especially good experience with the guide. Do ask for Pak Samsudin for guide if you want to hike up Tambora. When we drop them off to the village, the kind villagers gave us some fresh Coconut and Jambu, it's this kind of little things that sticks with you. The people here is very chill and generous. While my parents is off hiking, Pak Rik took me out on a snorkeling trip in the nearby coral reef that is now protected area. We rent a boat and snorkeling mask, and it's only 5 minutes boat ride from the guesthouse. The boat master Oom Kris pick us up and drop us right in the guesthouse. It was very nice and convenient. We went to 2 different spot. The Taman Laut area boast a huge area of thriving colorful coral reefs, and it was especially nice because of the low tide, I can see the reefs and the fishes super close. Best snorkeling experience to date. The reef is pristine and the water is crystal clear. While there is a bit current is some area, it's overall calm and nice. Perfect for snorkeling. You can see the the corals and small fishes: angel fish, clown fish, huge sea star, humongous sponge, neon colored corals, trigger fish, etc. it's totally worth it! The second spot is sand bed about 5 mtr deep, but the water is crystal clear so the visibility is great. The sand bed is warm and the turtles like hang out there. In less than half an hour we spot 4 turtles swimming majestically all over. It was unforgettable experience seeing the majestic creatures up close. The area around the guesthouse is also great for snorkeling. There is a school of fish that lives under the Jetty of the guesthouse, and it's nice to just go for swim there. I do have to note that there's quite a lot of sea urchin around the area, they're usually in the deeper end, so it's slim chance to accidentally step on them, but still, beware of the creatures and respect them-by keeping a healthy distance away from the stabby critters, and admire them from a distance. After my parents returned from the hike, we still have one day left, so Pak Rik arranged for us to go to the Setonda Island. A nature reserve area with blue ass waters and salt water lake. To get there, pak Rik drove us to a beach right in front of the island and charter a speedboat. It's not even 10 mnt, super close. Setonda is a beautiful uninhabited island, so the nature is pristine. There is a project to built a resort there in the past, but it has been long abandoned. However some infrastructure remains which made things really nice and convenient. There's a short trek to see the salt water lake from below and above, with stairs built in the beginning of the trek, which is really helpful for a couch potato like me. The trek is relatively flat with only a few steep area, ascend and descent is not too difficult. You can see Mt Tambora from the top, also if you are lucky you can see the colony of flying foxes about 50,000 strong. We didn't see the flying foxes because it's not in season, but it is sure worth it to go back here and see them. After trekking we snorkel in the pristine coral reefs. It is as pretty if not better than the Taman Laut area. It's better to go down from the pier as entry from the beach means you have to wade through the rocks to get to the main reef area. The corals, fishes, shallow depth and crystal clear water made for a great snorkeling. Even just walking around you can already see the colorful fishes and corals from above the water. We spend about half a day there trekking and snorkeling. There's area with canopy and tables to lounge around and have meals. There's only us in the whole island, and overall it was an amazing experience. 10/10 would do again! Especially with Pak Rik and Mbak Nurul because they know everything about the island! Overall, staying in Tambora Guesthouse for us was great experience. Pak Rik and Mbak Nurul is truly special people that made you feel not only welcomed, but they made you feel at home and at ease. Our generous host have special quality, their chill is infectious. Coming from Bali where it's busy and hectic, I was hoping to chill and unwind, and Tambora Guesthouse is the home away from home for that. Great host, good food, great view. You don't need much else. I have nothing more to say, just that either you Hike Mt Tambora or just chilling, make sure you are staying with Pak Rik & Mbak Nurul. They will take a very good care of you as they did to us and many other guests that can testify for the great experience we all have with Tambora Guesthouse, our home away from home in West Nusa Tenggara. Thank you for everything Pak Rik and Mbak Nur, and thank you for letting me play with the Cats every day, it was truly the highlight of my trip! Until next time!
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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Betty wrote a review Aug 2019
10 contributions3 helpful votes
Hello to all, who want to climb Tambora and stay at Tambora guesthouse! First, Tambora is beautiful, very remote, few people. I would recommend going there! Second, be careful with Tambora guesthouse! Emailing with them was straightforward and very nice. But at the arrival day they wrote me that the guesthouse is not open (maybe because I would have been the only guest) and I would have to move to one of the two homestays in Pancasila. So instead of a guesthouse with food and shower in the mountains I got a shabby noisy cold hut without food and shower in a noisy village (like sleeping on the motor bike freeway) with one small warung (foodstall). Of course I had to pay less, but the homestay was far to expensive (150.000 /night). For the guide/porter I paid 600.000rupis (2days), but he got only 400.000, same with the money for the food... Also the choice of the guide was not good. He was a really nice guy and tried hard, but was  seriously sick, could barely carry the luggage to position 3, not to talk about position 5. (Nicer and shorter hike in the night next morning.) At the climb to the top I always had to wait for him.  When he cooked for me he was coughing at my food all the time, never washed his hands or used handkerchief. So he infected me with his cold... I was seriously ill for a few days afterwards. I can not recommend Tambora guesthouse....especially if you know other excellent ones like Pak Tasrip homestay for climbing Semeru....
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from visittambora, Owner at Tambora Guesthouse
Responded Aug 29, 2019
Betty, the night before you arrived we received news that my mother is in hospital in Bima. She was critically ill. Instead of instantly going to Bima we waited for your arrival the following day to assist in finding an alternative for you - free of charge. We told you about our situation but you showed no sympathy at all. By the time we got to Bima, after 4 hours driving, my mother had already gone into a coma. We are glad that a person like you was not staying with us in our house. You strike me as a person that has a problem for every sollution. The porter's wages included the two motorbike taxis for you and him to go up and down to the hiking portal (standard procedure) and afterwards refusing to pay a gave cause to animosity towards you. The ranger wanted to kick you out from his homestay for your behavior but when he called me I just told him to take a deep breath and wait for you to dissapear on the horizon back to where you came from. Very dissapointing to read your review especially since you knew about our emergency.
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Ekaterina K wrote a review Jul 2019
10 contributions1 helpful vote
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If you’re looking for real adventure, away from crowded popular spots that have long lost their charm for Instagram invasion, you should trek Tambora mountain, and the best way to do it is arranging it through Tambora Guesthouse. My partner had prepared to climb Rinjani before we figured out it was still closed, so quite spontaneously we decided to do Tambora instead. We were very naive thinking that it’s easy to do by ourselves and that it’s not necessary to do 3D2N. The more relaxed pace you take the better, and please consider transportation with these guys from the nearby cities. Message them and see if they can send a car, because buses are cheap but absolutely exhausting and ruining your experience. At Tambora Guesthouse we had an amazing time! Words won’t do it justice to tell you how happy we were to stay in a very cozy and clean room, with lovely hot shower and comfortable warm bed after everything we went through in Sumbawa... The location is on the slope of Tambora, in the middle of a small Bali Hindu village. People there are very friendly and it was nice to feel safe again after Dompu. Take a walk to the woods and find a beautiful Hindu temple surrounded by massive trees. By the way, it’s also a perfect spot for digital detox as GSM is a rare guest there. As I myself didn’t intend to hike, I stayed at the guesthouse waiting for the boys. Rik took a very good care of me and took me to an absolutely miraculous island of Satonda, only 10 min away from Calabai. We shared a boat there and it was spectacular! Basically this island is a volcano’s crater raising from the ocean. I haven’t seen anything as beautiful, and the wildlife... just like on Discovery Channel. It’s definitely a must if you intend to explore other places nearby or stay in, like me. Thank you for this, Rik! The boys returned exhausted and happy, and that’s was the best and most rewarding ending of our trip to Sumbawa. So, based on our experience, I definitely recommend Tambora Guesthouse to everyone who is interested in hiking Tambora. Rik and his family will take a perfect care of you as guests, give plenty helpful tips on the area and culture and they are just overall lovely people with a cool background. P.S. You should try some nice cold rice wine as well!
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Tommie O wrote a review Jul 2019
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia19 contributions3 helpful votes
Had an exceptional stay in Tambora guesthouse. Hands down the best place to stay whether you are craving some remote time away or planning on climbing tambora itself. I decided to stay here with my partner, I was going to climb the mountain while she was planning on relaxing and catching up on some sleep. Rick the owner was fantastic from the get go, answering the 100s of questions I had whether than be on transportation to tambora, climbing the mountain itself or on the activities available to my girlfriend while I was away. Not only did Rick ensure the trek to the summit was a massive success, he went out if his way to show my partner around the islands surround tambora while eating and drinking some local cuisines. Throughout our stay we experienced an incredible state of restfulness and were constantly looked after regardless of the request. Easily the best host I have come across in South East Asia. Whether you're looking to trek Mt Tambora or looking for a few days of relaxation, look no further. Rick and the team are all experts and pride themselves on ensuring their guests have amazing stay. Thanks once again to all the staff at Tambora guesthouse.
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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valerie b wrote a review Jul 2019
San Francisco, California43 contributions17 helpful votes
Best place to stay and from where to climb & hike Tambora. The highest village, kampung, on the mountain. Rik, Narul & their older son Rama, are the best hosts and guides. Their younger, 2 year old son, Jess, is not yet guiding. Best accommodations in Tambora. Cozy clean guesthouse with hot western style showers. When Rama is there he will guide you personally, with porters for all the gear, and freshly cooked hot meals on the mountain. Fresh vegetables, rice and chicken and many more delicious meals. All freshly cooked and hot, a welcome luxury on the mountain. At home, Narul’s cooking is delicious. Beautiful surroundings and exploration possible everywhere. Quiet and Amazing skies at night. Not to be missed is the Hindu Balinese temple in the Jungle, a short walk away. I came as a guest and left as a friend from their wonderful hospitality.
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Traveled solo
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H and D wrote a review Jan 2019
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We spent two nights in Tambora guesthouse, lucky to share a car from Dompu to Pancasila. Afterwards it is twenty minutes on motorbike but the drivers are quite good and manage it well with our suitcases . The little village of Oi Burak is Balinese so is surprising.The guesthouse has two rooms with each a big bathroom, a dining room but you often eat outside on a terrace under a nice wooden shelter. If you are a group no problem Rik has solution...Of course the meal prepare by Nurul are quite good and you will not lose weight. We did not climb up Tambora because of my knees problem but learn so much about it, that to be at the foot was already great . Rik is really a super story teller and he participated in the excavation nearby, they found 6 houses and skeletons. We visited instead an Hindu temple , a view unexpected surrounded by big trees, we walked through the coffee plantation so even if you don't climb you can relax one or two days.After we went with Rik to Satonda island, with the visit and intended to go by boat to west Motorbike but it takes 3 hours and end of December is not a good season for that , the sea was too rough and ok the captain didn't go. So best too avoid January February, otherwise it must be great. Rik and Nurul are very helpful and we really don't regret this " detour". Pour les Français, faites le détour , envoyer un WhatsApp à Rik vous pourrez peut être partager comme nous une voiture avec chauffeur prenant un trekker à l'aéroport de Bima ( nous étions à Dompu à Anissa guesthouse ) ou si vous êtes plusieurs Rik vous enverra une voiture, sinon il y a des bus depuis Dompu mais pas très confortable pour les grandes jambes. Bien sûr si vous montez au Tambora c'est mieux mais Rik à lui seul vaut le déplacement et le paysage pour aller à Pancasila est spécial.Pour les jeunes il y a possibilité d'aller à Moyo côté est en bateau collectif et de se taper 1 à 2 heures d'ojek pour traverser Moyo et arriver à Labuan aji donc à prix économique. Tout ça c'est mieux hors saison des pluies qui pour nous a commencé vraiment vers le 20 décembre. Bref le Tambora c'est certainement le must de Sumbawa, le cratère le plus profond du monde ( y descendre c'est une autre affaire) et la guesthouse de Rik un lieu à part.
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Date of stay: December 2018Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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rromerotx wrote a review May 2018
Ubud, Indonesia7 contributions5 helpful votes
My wife and I are avid hikers and backpackers who love raw nature and not crowds of tourists. This is why we chose to climb Mt Tambora vs Mt Rinjani. 120 people climbed Tambora last year to the 100,000 of Rinjani. Having a guide and porters was a new experience for us but also well received and done right. It helps the locals and builds for the future. The tangle of unmarked trails also insured that we needed the guide. We chose to stay the first night at Rik and Nurul’s guest house. Accommodations were simple but thoughtful including a great meal, rice wine, clean comfortable bed and full shower. We spent 2 nights, 3 days on the mountain and it was about perfect for us breaking up the trek nicely. We arrived at the rim of the caldera at sunrise time to find the volcano socked in with clouds and zero visibility. Rik’s advice was to wait it out if that happened so we did. 4 chilly hours later, the clouds lifted to a pretty magical and unspoiled view. Our hearty food was always prepared well by the team and we always had plenty of water and coffee. The porters really did a great job and Rik supplies nice tents, air mattresses, sleeping bags and gear. The road getting in and out to his place via the little town was a logistical challenge. It is steep, muddy in the rainy season and really can only be traveled on the back of off trail motorcycles to get you taxied up and down the hill. Hold on tight. It’s fantastic but raw. Give your self a recovery day at the beach afterwards. 🙂🌴
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Date of stay: May 2018Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from visittambora, Owner at Tambora Guesthouse
Responded Jun 19, 2018
Thank you for your great review. We enjoyed your company :) This page is about the goverment owned guesthouse, which is a heritage building from before WW2, we use it only when we have more than four guests on the same day. Still rare for Mount Tambora :) The pictures on this page are not of our guesthouse; you can see those and read many more reviews on the page called 'Tambora Hiking'. Either one will result in a great experience, though our own place offers much more comfort for up to four people (for now). We are always working towards perfection but not always easy when located miles away from a paved road :) Hope to see you again one day. Thank you again.
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Chylli wrote a review Nov 2017
Poland95 contributions7 helpful votes
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Rik's house is first of all his private residence. Do not exepect super comfort and five star hotel. It's a guesthouse. For me 400 km driving through Sumbawa ended in Rik's house who welcome me with friendship and great hospitality. I felt there like in the place where everlasting peace rules the every moment of life. Rik provides everything that is necessary for common existence. You can rely on him when you need a beer, laundry, food, peace, coffee :-). His wife serves the best Indonesian cuisine I have ever tried! If I have a chance to be on Sumbawa in the future I will not hesitate to go there again.
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Date of stay: October 2017
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Bryanna P wrote a review Mar 2017
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I stayed at Tambora Guesthouse November 2016 before and after hiking up Mt. Tambora. It was a highlight of my month-long Indonesia travels and I highly recommend both the guesthouse and (if you don’t mind a little adventure), the hike. I stayed at the small guesthouse directly with owners Rik (long-time Indonesian resident born in the Netherlands) and Nural (Indonesian) since the larger one in the coffee plantains was closed for renovations. Both spoke great English and were hospitable to a fault and it was more like a homestay than a hotel. Nural’s cooking (both traditional Indonesian foods and more innovative dishes) was simply fantastic and the best I had in Indonesia. Rik is up for any question about the area and also arranged the guides, food, and everything else needed for my hike. The room was simple but clean and you have your own large and clean bathroom complete with running hot water. Prices were slightly higher than I was paying elsewhere but this is mostly reflective that this area is a remote one and supplies have to be brought into the island of Sumbawa mostly from Lombok and Bali before sold in Sumbawa’s larger towns. I flew into Bima and went to Tambora via road—the road was in very good condition in 2016 (until the last few miles to the Guesthouse, which is rutted with mud but there are some good options for traveling the last bit). Rik’s website was a great planning tool and has everything (facilities, prices) laid out with no surprises on arrival. I also found Rik very responsive over email as I planned the trip. I am a travel writer writing about volcanoes and knew I wanted to go to Tambora (site of the largest eruption in recorded human history), but it’s pretty off the beaten track and wasn’t sure how it would work out. The hike and view of Tambora’s crater were simply spectacular and spending time with Rik and Nural at the guesthouse not only were relaxing, but Rik knew a lot about the volcano as he has lived in the area and shown around volcanologists visiting as well. If you want off the beaten track travels to an amazing part of Indonesia (and the site of a world-affecting volcanic eruption) and stay at a welcoming, clean homestay, I highly recommend visiting Tambora and staying at Tambora Guesthouse, by far the best option in the area.
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Date of stay: November 2016
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Frequently Asked Questions about Tambora Guesthouse
What are some of the property amenities at Tambora Guesthouse?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, airport transportation, and laundry service.
Which room amenities are available at Tambora Guesthouse?
Top room amenities include a dining area, a separate living room, and a sofa.
What food & drink options are available at Tambora Guesthouse?
Guests can enjoy breakfast, complimentary tea, and free instant coffee during their stay.
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Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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Yes, Tambora Guesthouse offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
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