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Things to see and places to go on Sumba


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Weekuri Lake

This unique natural phenomenon is situated just a 45 minute drive away from the Tamolaka Airport, near the Mandorak district of Southwest Sumba, and is an absolute “must visit”. In fact, this salt water lake is a lagoon enclosed by rocks, located just near the ocean and filled with ocean water flowing in from under the rocks. The emerald tone of water will be a delight to see for even the most experienced traveller, and the gentle warmth of the water will definitely make this paradisal location even more enjoyable. By the way, the Weekuri lake is quite shallow, so one could actually walk across it. There are corals on the bottom, so tourists are kindly requested to treat this blessing of nature with care.
The real property offered for sale is located in the immediate vicinity of the lake, adjacent thereto on one side and facing the ocean on the other side. The 200 x 200 m lot of land is ideal for the construction of an eco-hotel or a community of villas that would offer the daily pleasure of enjoying a tremendous view of the sunset.

Mandorak Beach

This amazing little lagoon is located 400 metres away from the Weekuri lake. Turquoise water and crisp white sand merge into a divine landscape that seems like it could catch one’s eye for eternity. The tiny beach is absolutely pristine. Occasionally, one can see the local fishermen setting sails for the ocean from the shores of the lagoon. The water is perfectly calm during low tide.

Air terjun Lapopu.

The secret Lapopu waterfall is sometimes termed as the Niagara of Indonesia. Its magnitude, size and power is an absolutely tremendous sight for everyone to see. This wonder of nature is located in the Wanokaka district in West Sumba, which is about a 2 hour drive away from the airport. The water falls from the altitude of 90 metres into the river that flows towards Southwest Sumba, ending in the Kodi region. It is worth mentioning that the waterfall is already used to produce electric power. The power station was built and commissioned in 2014.
Real properties for sale near this spectacular waterfall: this area boasts two luxurious beaches at once – the Lahieha Beach and the Lamaloku Beach.

Sumba Cultural Conservation and Learning Institute

In order to get to know and embrace the culture of the island of Sumba, we recommend visiting one of the principal museums in Sumba Barat Daya. The museum’s historical reserves feature a very interesting collection of local artefacts from different tribal groups. Visitors can also learn about the process of building the traditional “adat” houses and gigantic tombstones weighing up to 30 tons. The museum also offers trips to megalithic villages. The museum is located in the southwest part of the island, in a quiet coconut grove just a 20 minute drive away from Tambolaka, the island’s main airport. There is no formal admission fee, so visitors are kindly asked to provide donations. Those willing to spend a night in this location can make use of the small bungalows located just near the museum.


Nihiwatu – is the first hotel of the island, having already become a legendary one as well. It’s founder, an Australian surfer in pursuit of his dream of an ideal wave, has found the perfect match in Sumba, a two hour drive away from the airport, towards the south. This story alone could inspire one to visit the famous Nihiwatu Beach, home to the ideal wave. If you are not a guest of the hotel, you could have lunch or dinner there in order to get to the beach.

Laiwangi Wanggameti National Park

A definite must-visit. Laiwangi Wanggameti National Park offers the sight of all kinds of trees, forests growing on the island. The flora includes some endemic protected species of plants, such as Syzygium, Alstonia scholaris, certain rare species of figs, Canarium oleosum, Cinnamomum zeylanicum, Myristica littoralis. The National Park is also home to a number of extremely rare animals: the crab-eating macaque, Sus species, water monitor, Python timoriensis, red junglefowl, red-naped fruit-dove, Sumba green pigeon, Sumba buttonquail, citron-crested cockatoo, purple-naped lory, Sumba flycatcher, Sumba cicadabird and apricot-breasted sunbird. And the main landmark of the National Park is, definitely, the huge astonishing Waingapu Waterfall.

Kampung Tarung

The traditional Sumba village of Kampung Tarung is located in the central Waikabubak region and always welcomes its guests with open arms. Villagers are glad to welcome tourists, reveal their cultural and everyday life, native traditions and peculiar features of life in Sumba. At the end of the excursion, you will have a chance to buy hand-crafted souvenirs made of bull horns and traditional musical instruments.

Ratengaro Autentic village

Another traditional Sumba village that will let you delve deep into the ancient culture of the island is located in the Kodi Province. The locals will be most eager to tell you the story of their heritage. They will show and tell you the historical way of building houses with no nails whatsoever, ingeniously replaced with mere bamboo, provide an insight into the historical and modern everyday life of the village, describe their occupations, hobbies and ways of living. And, of course, you will not go home empty-handed – the abundance of wooden tribal crafts, traditional musical instruments and jewellery boxes to keep as a token of your visit to this unique island will be most tempting. At the edge of the village, there is a cliff near the ocean, with prominent monolithic burial sites. Apart from the villagers’ graves, you can even see the tombs of the descendants of royal dynasties.

Pero village home stay and surf spot

Apart from being the most popular one, the Pero home stay and surf spot is the closest one to the airport. The place has long been sought after by surfers, backpackers, budget-oriented tourists. Here, an amount of 15-20$ will be enough to provide you with lodging, national Indonesian food and even a scooter you can rent to criss-cross the vicinity.

Watu Malado Beach

A picturesque cliff and an astonishingly beautiful beach offering the sight of those small coral islands projecting above the water. This place is where the province of Kodi Balagar begins. The beach is unique thanks to its extraordinary terrain, with huge boulders scattered artistically over the entire territory, offering a great location for a walk and shelter from the burning sun.  The luxurious beach also offers a dramatic view of the sun diving into the ocean every evening. Enjoy the sight of the celestial body leaving the skies of Sumba through a naturally artistic arc in the rock that protrudes athwart into the ocean. People seem tiny when standing next to this arc. The beach itself is long and sandy. Great for swimming and for those long walks at sunset. Do not deprive yourself of the pleasure and make sure you schedule a day for a trip to this beautiful coast with a marvellous rock.

Marosi beach

This is one of the most beautiful beaches in West Sumba, and one of the island’s best surf spots. White sand, turquoise water and lush green vegetation on the shore make this beach an ideal picture. Just like the Bounty. The only difference is that the water is not still, but rolling, offering great waves for surfers.
The cosy Sumba Nautil Hotel is located a little bit uphill. This is a homelike boutique hotel consisting of a number of detached houses with mazing views and tasty home-made food. The owner of the hotel, Monsieur Ali, takes care of everything personally.

Fifteen hectares of beautiful land are available for sale in the vicinity of Marosi beach.

Pasola Festival (February – March).

An event of great importance to everyone on the island, a most spectacular and flamboyant one, taking place each spring to celebrate the beginning of the sowing season. An interesting fact is that the first rice is sown simultaneously with the appearance of Nyale sea worms, which also signify the beginning of the new Pasola game season. This is a very ancient and spectacular military game, where two teams of riders battle using the long and sharp Pasola spears and try to escape the blows of their opponents.
Gigantic Megalits in Central Sumba.

At the moment, Sumba is the only location in the world that retains not just the megalithic burial sites in sheer numbers, but the ancient tradition associated therewith, dating back to the Bronze Age, as well. The natives of Sumba do not burn or bury their dead in the ground; they bury the deceased in megaliths – huge stones with hollows carved therein.  These are scattered throughout the island and tower above every village, in the very centre. Natives have lots of beliefs and traditions associated therewith. For instance, they believe they retain an immaterial bond with their late ancestors, who help them with their power. While megaliths in the East, West and Southwest Sumba are mostly made of concrete, the central part, the heart of the island is home to the traditional stone megaliths. Hewn from monolithic blocks of stone, these are an amazing sight for travellers and can definitely pretend to be one of the world’s wonders.

Marlin fishing experience in East Sumba

Few people know that the eastern region of Sumba is one of the richest marlin fishing regions.
If you are a true sea hunter – fishing for marlin is definitely nothing but pure hunt – this is the place to go for you. Fishing has not yet developed to a mass scale here, so you will have to bring most of the equipment with you, but if you are a true connoisseur who knows what marlin fishing is about, you will definitely appreciate this place.

Sumba Manupeu Tanah Daru National Park.

This unique park consists of monsoon forests on picturesque and rather steep hills, rising up to 600 m above seal level. The flora and fauna include: 118 kinds of rare plant species, 87 species of birds protected globally, 7 of which are endemic – i.e. Sumba is the only habitat thereof. These are the Subma yellow-crested cockatoo, Sumba green pigeon, Sumba flycatcher, Sumba cicadabird,  apricot-crested sunbird and even the Sumba hornbill; 57 species of butterflies.
Manupeu Tanah Daru has been declared a national park rather recently.

Interesting locations / sights:
– Matayangu waterfall. 40 metres. Located in the Waimanu Village.
– The village of Waikabubak. Situated near the park, offers many ancient hewn graves.
– Ancient game of Pasola.

Konda and Maloba Beaches

Snow-white sand and crystal-clear water with occasional sights of huge tropical turtles make these beaches truly unforgettable. Flowers like the ones growing on the Konda and Maloba beaches could catch your eye forever. These heavenly lands are a 2.5 hour drive away from the airport to the South, located in the Central Sumba. These places are great for surfing, diving and snorkeling.

 Tarimbang Beach

This beach could be ranked one of the best in Asia and even around the world. It is located in Waingapu (East Sumba), in a 3-hour drive southwards. Tarimbang is an ideal combination of white sandy beach with light blue or sometimes even purely blue water. The beach is surrounded by magnificent hills and picturesque rocks. There are two hotels nearby. One is situated on the very shore and is great for surfers, while the other one, named Peter’s Magic Paradise, is in the hills.



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