It is such an amazing experience for me to finally go Sumba Island, located in Nusa Tenggara. Lying south of Flores across the Sawu Sea, it is only a short distance from Bali yet the journey represents a great leap back into the past that can be both exhilarating and relaxing. Sumba has two major towns: Waingapu in the east, which is the larger and more developed with both an air and sea port, and Waikabubak in the west has the largest concentration of easily accessible traditional villages. Couldn’t feel happier, I went there on Indonesian National Independence day last year. Just to feel the vibe, I use national tee’s to celebrate
Well, I started my trip from Waikabubak ended up in Waingapu. On my first day, i stayed at Rumah Budaya Sumba at Sumba Barat Daya, a three kilometres west of Waitabula and run by the Catholic Redemptorist Order, Lembaga Studi and Pelestarian Budaya Sumba (Sumba Cultural Research and Conservation Institute) provide a handful of cute bungalows. By staying here, you’ll get cultural insight form the very knowledgeable priests, Romo Mateus and Romo Robert, at no extra charge. He is the one who is also writing and publish a book about Sumba, titled “Sumba: the forgotten Island”.
On day 1, we visited Kampung Ratenggaro (Cultural Village). Ratenggaro village has the craziest, most exaggerated Brobdingnagian rooftops in the whole of Sumba — the locals told me they reach up to 25 meters tall. Be prepared when you visit this village, because villagers will invade you to buy handicrafts, mostly small wooden carvings. Kids are often asked you for buying those wooden carving to pay school fees. If you want, you may also bring books for them. On the afternoon, Sumba offer you the beautiful sunset at bwana beach, located at Lamboya Village, West Sumba. If you are lucky enough you may strolling around the beach. In my case, I couldn’t due it’s too tidy and wavy.
When you need a break from beaches and villages, La Popu (Laipopu) Waterfall has you covered. Easily reached from Waikabubak, after a short walk through the jungle you are rewarded with a curtain of magnificent cascades, certainly one of the prettiest in Sumba. Approximately 13 kilometres along the road south from Waikabubak, a fork east continues for another four kilometres, arriving at the entrance to Manupeu Tanah Daru National Park. Entry fee is 150,000 rupiah per person for foreign tourists (5,000 rupiah for Indonesians). Make sure you swim in there and taste on of the finest waterfall in Indonesia.
Moving on to East Sumba, we stopped by on the famous Bukit Wairinding. If you remember windows XP wallpaper, this one almost looks like one, except… THIS IS WAY WAY BETTER!
When you heard about Sumba, let’s not forget about their famous Wild Horse. You may see them roaming around the savanna on the afternoon waiting for sunset at Puru Kambera. Please don’t make unnecessary noise because it will make them feel uncomfortable and run away from you.
East Sumba provide you many beautiful beaches, one of them is Tarimbang. It’s so relaxing just to hear the waves, and you will not see many people visiting this beach. You may also see sunset at Walakiri Beach, and you may also spot the dancing trees while enjoying the sunset. (pic source: my Instagram)
Sumba isn’t that it is beautiful – although it is – it’s just that it is still sooooo beautiful. That while it is ‘discovered’, it is also undiscovered; its pleasures are those of a revealing natural beauty, a graphic raw nature in which Sumba’s inhabitants live close to the influences of sun, rain and wind, of sea and mountain and forest. Please spare your time to visit this island and experience it yourself.
By my beautiful sister; Dhea Aditya – Traveller 🙂