The large swathe of the Savu Sea in the province of East Nusa Tenggara was designated a National Marine Park by the Indonesian Government since early 2014. Covering 3.35 million hectares, the Savu sea lies at the heart of the Coral Triangle and is an important corridor for huge sea mammals like whales, dolphins, turtles and dugongs migrating between the Indian and the Pacific Oceans. It is, moreover, habitat for a large number of species of colorful coral fish as well as food fish.
Stretching south of the island of Flores, the Savu Sea National Marine Park borders on the Komodo National Park to its west, and reaches from the Sumba Sea all the way to the island of Timor to its east, with the islands of Rote, Sabu and Batek to its south. Altogether its shores fringe 10 districts.
This wonderful National Marine Park is earmarked for science, research, education, recreation, to support sustainable fishery, and is an unbelievably amazing park for marine tourism, said Minister for Marine and Fishery, Sharif C. Soetardjo at its officiating ceremony in January 2014.
This is the largest conservation marine park in the Coral Triangle, that stretches between Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, East Timor and the Solomon Islands.