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The Best of West Sumba

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Tour Code: ES-3NWESTS

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In just 4 days, you can visit the best places Sumba has to offer. Among others, you will discover large arch-shaped reef beautifully situated on the Bwanna beach with charming stone cliffs and swim into exotic salt-water Weekuri lake surrounded with lavish greenery.

Make sure you stock up your energy for the climb down to Bwanna as it might be physically challenging. Also, better prepare spare clothes even if you don’t plan to swim, cuz your friends might pull you in!

Beside admiring the nature of Sumba, you can learn a bit of culture of the island at the traditional village of Ratenggaro. You will wonder about its towering roofs that can reach 15-meter high and also the megalithic tombs dating back thousands of years scattered around the village!

  • 3 Nights
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Pickup: Tambolaka, Sumba (TMC)
Itinerary: The Best of West Sumba

DAY 1: WEEKURI LAKE – MANDORAK BEACH – LENDONGARA HILL SUNSET    ▼

Upon arrival at the airport of Tambolaka in Waitabula, meet and greet with our guide and we will begin the journey. We will head to Weekuri Lake after lunch, a crystal clear lake that makes it a great place to swim and to relax.

Spend some time in the lake for taking a short (or long) dip. Do not miss to walk around the rocks and reef where you can also see the Oceans from one side. Next to the Weekuri Lake we will find Mandorak Beach, guarded with 2 huge rock ridges pointing to the middle and crystal clear water. We will go back to the hotel área and visit Lendongara Hill for a sunset.

(Please get your bag ready with towel and extra clothes as we might head here directly from the airport).

Meals: Lunch

Accommodation:

A. Sumba Hospitality Foundation (Bamboo Pavilion Room)

B. Mario Hotel (Standard Room)

C. Ella Hotel (Deluxe Room)

DAY 2:RUMAH BUDAYA SUMBA – VILLAGE of RATENGGARO – WATUMALANDONG – TANJUNG MAREHA – BWANNA BEACH       ▼

Breakfast at hotel. The first visit will be museum of Rumah Budaya Sumba (Sumba’s cultural centre).  It is built in the style of a traditional Sumbanese house and surrounding grounds are dotted with Marapu stone carvings.

Among other artefacts, the collection includes ikat, stone and wood carvings, traditional jewellery, and a handful of everyday items you can find here. After that to village Ratenggaro in Kodi area.

Here we will see the traditional high rooftops houses (actually the highest rooftops in whole Sumba) made all by hand and traditionally. This village is the only one of a few traditional villages left in the area, and while the village is just a compound of some houses, each house can accommodate up to 50 family members.

On the harvesting season, however, most of the villagers will stay in their field to work and only leave the elders and child in the village. Next we will drive to visit the Watulandong and Bwanna Beach where you can see the beautiful view of both beaches from one point.

Going down on both of the beaches and can enjoy the beauty from a different point of view. The beach of Bwanna is a long clear colorful. Enjoy the day at a quiet beach till the sunset and transfer back to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch Box

Accommodation

A. Sumba Hospitality Foundation (Bamboo Pavilion Room)

B. Mario Hotel (Standard Room)

C. Ella Hotel (Deluxe Room)

Day 3:WAIKELO SAWAH – PRAIJING VILLAGE – LAPOPU WATERFALL – WAIGALI & PRAIGOLI VILLAGE       ▼

After breakfast, we will go to West Sumba area. On the way we will make a stop in Waikelo Sawah, where you can enjoy the beautiful view of ricefield and wáter cave. Our trip continues to the village Praijing, a traditional village uphill surrounded by lots of greenery.

This is one of the few villages where we can actually have a beautiful overview of the entire village and draw an idea how the village is conducted. Take some time to walk around the village; the elders occupy most of the houses and kids are always around to share their smiles.

Don’t forget to share candies! Next on our adventure will be the Lapopu Waterfall. After a drive through the endless hilly and green landscape of Sumba, you will arrive nearby the waterfall. To visit the waterfall, you will need to do a little hike of approximately 15 minutes and cross a bamboo bridge to get there.

There is a nice spot to sit down where you can watch the water find its way down the hill. Then we will visit another village in West Sumba after lunch, to Praigoli Village, to see the Kajiwa Stone and Pasola Field. And not far from Praigoli village, we will visit Waigali village where located on top of a hill where we can see a spectacular view. Here we can see the Andung ( Scull Tree ), then check in to your hotel in West Sumba.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch Box

Accommodation:

A. Rua Beach Resort (Deluxe Room)

B. Rua Beach Resort (Standard Room)

C. Morika Inn and Cafe (Standard Room)

Day 4:OUT TAMBOLAKA AIRPORT       ▼

After breakfast, depend on your flight schedule, the driver will pick you up and escort you to Tambolaka airport.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

Photos: The Best of West Sumba

Price Includes

  • 2 Nights accommodation at South West Sumba
  • 1 Night accommodation at West Sumba
  • AC Land transportation
  • Visits with English speaking guide
  • Accommodation and meals according to the itinerary
  • English speaking guide during day trip
  • Mineral Water with free tumbler

Price Excludes

  • Flights, visas, airport taxes
  • Personal expenses: Laundry, soft drinks, alcohol, tips, etc.
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Extra expenses occurred due to problems greater than our control such as flight cancellations, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the "INCLUDES"
Map: The Best of West Sumba
FAQ

When is the best time of the year to do this tour?

Our favourite time for travel in Indonesia is between April to October. Although Indonesia is a great year-round destination, offering memorable experiences for all kinds of adventures. July to August are the peak summer months.

If you wish to have a relaxing journey in Indonesia with less crowds, the shoulder months of April to June and September to October are ideal and slightly more economic. If you must travel in ‘high season’ but want to avoid the crowd, worry not. There are numbered of unbeaten track in Indonesia ready to be explored.

How do I get to Sumba?

There are two airports on the island of Sumba, one in East Sumba and the other in Southwest Sumba. The airport is East Sumba is Umbu Mehang Kunda. It was previously known as Mau Hau and is located in the town of Waingapu. The airport in Southwest Sumba is called Tambolaka.

Direct flight to Sumba is only available from two cities, Denpasar (Bali) and Kupang (Timor). If you want to visit Sumba from anywhere else in Indonesia you will have to transit through one of these two cities first.

A number of airlines fly to Sumba, including Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air, and Sriwijaya Air. If you want to fly with Garuda Indonesia then you will need to fly to Tambolaka Airport like on this specific trip.

What should I bring?

Tropical areas are usually warm and often sweaty places, especially if you have Borneo or Sulawesi included in your travel. Check out our suggestions on What to Wear:

  • Comfortable and light shirt and at least a pair of long sleeves
  • Comfortable walking shoes or trekking shoes if your trip include some trekking
  • Shorts and long pants
  • Couple of pairs of socks
  • Waterproof Jacket/Raincoat

Depends on the type of travel, you may also need these in your What to Bring list:

Underwater trips:

  • Dive Insurance
  • Dive certificate
  • Certificate of Nitrox (for those who are using Nitrox)
  • Dive equipment except Tanks and Weights. Please consult your travel expert to find out if the equipment is inclusive or not in your booking.
  • Swimsuit/Dive suit
  • Adapter DIN or INT
  • Flashlight
  • Sunscreen SPF +40
  • Waterproof bags

Land tours and trekking:

  • Small backpack for daily important item
  • Travel Insurance, which covers trekking and sport risk
  • Trekking shoes (check with your travel expert if you need a Goretex or simply a walking shoes)
  • Pullover (as in some areas with high altitude like Mt. Bromo, the temperature can get as low as 0 degree)
  • Small flashlight or head flashlight
  • Valid passport with valid visa (or check if you are eligible for Visa Free Entry)
  • Waterproof bag to put all important documents
  • All documents for your trip: vouchers, tickets, contact numbers ((keep the soft copies in your mobile)
  • Credit card (in some major cities, credit card is widely accepted in restaurants and shops. Small charge might be applied)
  • Cash in Euro or USD (you may change into local currency Rupiah when you arrive here)
  • Camera, Battery and Charger
  • Adapter (220V is used in Indonesia)
  • International driving license (if you plan to drive on your own)
  • Mosquito Repellent with DEET
  • Hygienic travel kits (mask, disinfectant or anti-virus spray, etc.)

How hard is this tour?

Easy: Suitable for most people in good health. These trips can include short walk for days with around 2–3 hours in good paths and at low altitudes.

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