Sumba

About Sumba

Sumba is an island in eastern Indonesia. It is one of the Lesser Sunda Islands and belongs to the province of East Nusa Tenggara. The area is about 11,000 square kilometres (4,306 square miles). The largest town on the island is the main port of Waingapu. To the northwest of Sumba is Sumbawa island, please never mistake the two similar islands.

According to tradition, the name of Sumba was derived from the word “Humba”. It’s the name of one of the chiefs among the first tribes who lived in Sumba. He wanted to commemorate the name of his beloved wife by naming the island so. The name Humba was applied up do the colonial era but the Dutch named it in their language; Soemba.
Despite its contact with western cultures, Sumba is one of the few places in the world where megalithic burials are still used as a 'living tradition’. Such tradition was used
in many parts of the world during the Neolithic and Bronze Ages, but it has survived until today in Sumba. In fact, several very old cultures were still well-practiced in Sumba.

The terrain of Sumba is rather hilly. Geologically, it is a continental fragment broke off from Africa or Australia and floated to the edge of the line of volcanic islands of Indonesia. It consists mainly of coral limestone and a dry landscape similar to savannah. Only about 7% of Sumba is covered with original humid forest.

Sumba has a semi-arid climate. Especially the east of the island is characterized by the hot north-Australian climate. There is a dry season from May to October. From November to April it might rain. The night temperatures are significantly lower than in Bali. The highest temperatures occur before the first rains in October or November.

 

 
  1. Visit the Villages to see the Megalithic burial tradition
  2. Buy a few beautiful Sumba hand-woven fabrics 
  3. Enjoy the pristine beaches!
1. We'ekuri Lake

Weekuri or Waikuri Lake is an incredible salted water lake located near Mandorak, south-west Sumba. The water is constantly flowing in and out of the lake with waves coming from the ocean through holes underneath the rocks that separate the lake from the ocean. Because of that, there is no stagnating water in the lake.

Since its intersection to the ocean, Waikuri is also rich with sea life under its water. Some corals, crustaceans and fish can be found on 2 until 3 meters depth. The ecosystem is however very fragile and tourists are asked to be extremely cautious not to litter or walk on corals. Every morning, swarms of dolphins can be seen jumping around in the ocean. It’s a really fantastic and rare view to see.

To go here, you need to have about 1 hour drive from Tambolaka Airport in West Sumba.

2. Tarimbang Beach

Tarimbang beach is a white sandy beach located in the southern part of Waingapu city in Tarimbang village, East Sumba regency. The shape of the beach is like a half circle with high cliffs on the right and left. The bluish crystal clear sea water will not fail to amaze you once you come to this beach.

This beach is a favorite spot for foreign tourists for sunbathing, swimming and surfing. To reach this beach, you take about 2.5 to 3 hours drive from Waingapu city.

About 5 kilometers from Tarimbang beach you can see a unique view of some cows and wild horses in the savanna. Do not be surprised if occasionally seen passing wild boar. If you want to enjoy the atmosphere you can try to walk.

3. Tarung traditional village

Tarung is a megalithic site situated in Waikabubak, West Sumba. It is one among many traditional villages in Sumba. The village is home for the ritual of Wula Podhu, a several-week period of austere rites and rituals in November that ends with a day of offerings, song and dance.

Here, you can take a look closely to the Marapu belief. This ancestral religion has a strong magical authority across Sumba, especially in traditional village like Tarung. Near Tarung, you can actually visit other traditional village. It is Waitabar village that is similar to Tarung. The sites is only 30 minutes from Waikabubak or about 1 hour from Tambolaka Airport.

4. Lapopu waterfall

Lapopu Waterfall is a natural phenomenon formed by the fault movement in the river flow so that the river flow forming steep cliffs. Lapopu Waterfall is situated on the Manupeu Tanah Daru National Park area. Many aspects can be enjoyed at the waterfall site such as falling water, pond formed underneath, swift flowing rivers and unspoiled forest shade. The location is about 2 hours land trip from Tambolaka or about 40 minutes from Waikabubak.

You can start your journey to Sumba with those routes:

  1. From Jakarta

There is no direct flight to Sumba from Jakarta. From Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, you can take domestic flight to Denpasar, Kupang, Labuan Bajo or Maumere. But we would recommend you to go via Ngurah Rai Airport in Denpasar or Eltari Airport in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara. From the two cities, you can go straightly to Tambolaka Airport in West Sumba or Umbu Mehang Kunda Airport in East Sumba.

From Tambolaka Airport, it takes 1 hour road trip to Waikabubak city. While from Umbu mehang Kunda, it takes about 3 hour’s road trip to Waikabubak.

  1. From Bali

From Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, you can take domestic flight to Umbu Mehang Kunda Airport in Waingapu or Tambolaka Airport in Tambolaka. The flight takes about 1,5 to 2 hours duration.

From Tambolaka Airport, it takes 1 hour road trip to Waikabubak city. While from Umbu mehang Kunda, it takes about 3 hour’s road trip to Waikabubak.

  1. From Kupang

From Eltari Airport in Kupang, , you can take domestic flight to Umbu Mehang Kunda Airport in Waingapu or Tambolaka Airport in Tambolaka. The flight takes about 30 minutes to 1 hour duration.

From Tambolaka Airport, it takes 1 hour road trip to Waikabubak city. While from Umbu mehang Kunda, it takes about 3 hour’s road trip to Waikabubak.

No Open Trip scheduled at the moment.