Sutami Dam represents an interesting part of Nagekeo’s history. It is named after the dam’s chief engineer, Sutami, who initiated the construction project. The impressive dam was completed in 1972. Statistics record that it is capable of discharging up to 7,500 liters of water per second. Despite a decline in recent years, there is still enough water flowing to irrigate about 3000 rice fields around Mbay.
This town, formerly known Danga, and its surroundings, are therefore among the most intensive rice-producing areas of the East Nusa Tenggara province. Well known as one of the main rice barns in Flores, Sutami Dam plays an important role in supplying water for rice fields in Mbay.
In Mbay, you have a limited choice of accommodation but a sufficient selection of warung and small restaurants.
How to get there
Mbay is located along the northern coastal main road. From Bajawa, just turn left and take the road to Riung, which takes about two hours (around 80km). When you arrive at the intersection, turn right to continue to Translok Road in Mbay, which takes about one more hour (around 17km). If you come from Ende to visit Mbay, then just take the road to Boawae until you arrive in Mbay. It takes about three hours (around 114km).
From Maumere, you can go along the north coast until you arrive in Mbay, which takes about six hours (around 262km). There is a lot of public transportation from Maumere to Mbay (usually via the north coast), between Mbay and Riung or between Mbay and Bajawa.