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A Week of Adventure into the Best of Sumba (7D/6N)

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The best of the Sumba tour, which takes you to explore the island from the West all the way to the East! Along the way, you will discover the magnificent nature and wonderful culture Sumba Island is gifted with. Among these places, you will visit the traditional village of Ratenggaro, with its towering roofs that can reach 15 meters high. You can also find megalithic tombs dating back thousands of years scattered around the village. This tour will provide you with a glimpse of the island’s rich history and natural wonders. You will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local way of life and witness the island’s unique blend of modernity and tradition.

  • 6 Nights
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Pickup: Tambolaka, Sumba (TMC)
Itinerary: Best Sumba Tour

DAY 1: ARRIVALTAMBOLAKA AIRPORT – SUMBA CULTURAL HOUSE – SUMBA’S CASHEW & COFFEE PRODUCT JOURNEY – LENDONGARA HILL SUNSET       ▼

Welcome to Tambolaka! The starting point of our Best of Sumba tour.

Upon arrival at the airport of Tambolaka in Waitabula, meet and greet with your driver and guide, the Explore Sumba Team. Before starting our journey, you will go to the local restaurant for lunch first. After that, you will visit Rumah Budaya Sumba (Sumba’s cultural house). This is a good place to start, a place where you can learn about the island. It was built in the style of a traditional Sumbanese house, and the surrounding grounds are dotted with Marapu stone carvings. Among other artifacts, the collection includes ikat, stone and wood carvings, traditional jewelry, and a handful of everyday items you can find here. Next, you go to visit the Talasi Estate Factory. Here you can find the locals producing the Sumbanese Cashew and Coffee. They will also take you to explore their farm and connect with the Talasi community and farmers. You will also get a chance to taste the Cashew Milk or Weejewa Coffee, produced directly by the farmers here. Then check in at your hotel and take a bit of rest until the perfect time to catch the beautiful sunset on Lendongara Hill. In a quiet place where you can sit and relax by enjoying the stunning hill view, the ocean view from a distance, as well as the panorama of the villages. After the sunset, transfer to your hotel.

Note:

Please get your bag ready with towel and extra clothes as we might head to the beach directly from the airport.

Meals: Lunch

Accommodation:

A. Maringi Eco Resort – Bamboo Pavilion

B. Mario Beach Hotel – Superior Sea View

C. Ella Hotel – Deluxe Room

DAY 2:WEEKURI LAKE – MANDORAK BEACH – RATENGGARO VILLAGE – PERO BEACH SUNSET       ▼

Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will explore more the South West part of Sumba Island. You are going to the Kodi area, and you will make a visit to the Weekuri Lake, a crystal-clear lake that makes it a great place to swim and to relax. Spend some time in the lake for a short (or long) dip. Do not miss the opportunity to walk around the rocks and reefs, where you can also see the oceans from one side. Next to Weekuri Lake, you will find Mandorak Beach, guarded by two huge rock ridges pointing to the middle and crystal-clear water. Lunch boxes will be provided here because there are no restaurants in the area.

The next visit will be to Ratenggaro Village. Here you 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. During the harvesting season, however, most of the villagers will stay in their fields to work and only leave the elders and children in the village. This village is beautiful because it is built in front of the beach. After visiting the village, you will go to Pero Beach to enjoy the sunset view. Then back to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch Box – Dinner

Accommodation: Local House in Toda Village

DAY 3:LOCAL MARKET – WAIKACURA RICEFIELD – LAPOPU WATERFALL       ▼

After breakfast, you will check out the hotel today, and going to explore West Sumba. On the way, you will visit a local market where you can engage with the locals and see that they sell their local products directly. Try to connect with them with our guide assistance! Continuing to make a visit to the Waikacura area, to do a short trek in the rice field, where you can also enjoy the beautiful view of the small river located in the middle of the rice field. Then go to the local restaurant for lunch. Next on our adventure will be the Lapopu Waterfall. After a drive through the endless hilly and green landscape of Sumba, you will arrive near the waterfall. To visit the waterfall, you will need to do a small 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. After that, you will go to your resort.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch

Accommodation:

A. Rua Beach Resort – Deluxe Room

B. Rua Beach Resort – Standard Room

C. Morikka Inn – Deluxe Room

DAY 4:PRAIJING VILLAGE – ANAKALANG VILLAGE – WAIRINDING HILL SUNSET       ▼

You are halfway in this Best of Sumba Tour! Today, we will explore the West area of Sumba.

Having breakfast and checking out of the hotel. Today you will go to the east part of Sumba, and during the long drive you will make some visits on the way. Our first visit will be to the village of Praijing. Praijing village is a traditional village uphill, surrounded by lots of greenery. This is one of the few villages where you can actually have a beautiful overview of the entire village and get an idea of 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. Next, drive to East Sumba. On the way, you make a visit to the village of Anakalang, which is located in central Sumba. In this village, you will get a chance to visit the big megalithic tomb stone owned by the late king of Sumba in Pasunga Village. A lunch box will be provided. Next, you go to East Sumba, and make a stop in at Wairinding Hill to enjoy the sunset. When the sun has disappeared, we will go to the hotel, where you can take a rest.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch

Accommodation:

A. Morinda Villa – Deluxe Hill View Room

B. Kambaniru Beach Resort – Deluxe Garden Room

C. Padadita Beach Hotel – Superior Room

DAY 5:TANGGEDU WATERFALL – PURU KAMBERA BEACH AND SAVANNAH       ▼

Enjoying the breakfast at the hotel. When you have enough rest, you will start our adventure today to explore the beauty of the waterfall and savannah in East Sumba, where you can see the horses, the cows free to walk to find their own space and food. On the way to Tanggedu waterfall, you will have a view of Puru Kambera Savannah. You can make a stop here to enjoy the ambience. Tanggedu is a stunning waterfall in East Sumba. To get into this waterfall you need to do about 20 minutes of flat trekking and about 15 minutes of passing the stairs. The view that you will get along the way is really amazing. Your lunch box will be prepared. After the trekking, you will visit Puru Kambera Beach. Relax on the beach until the time you want to go back to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch

Accommodation:

A. Morinda Villa – Deluxe Hill View Room

B. Kambaniru Beach Resort – Deluxe Garden Room

C. Padadita Beach Hotel – Superior Room

DAY 6:WAIMARANG WATERFALL – RENDE VILLAGE – WALAKIRI BEACH SUNSET       ▼

After breakfast, you will continue the trip to visit another beautiful waterfall in East Sumba, Waimarang Waterfall. The tough trekking you will have to do to get down will be adventurous. Don’t forget to bring your swimming clothes here, because you’ll be tempted to jump into the water after the trek. A lunch box is provided. After that, you go to Rende Village, a traditional village in Sumba where you can find the big megalithic tombs of the Late King East Sumba – Rende Village. Get engaged with the locals. Then you go back to the hotel, and if you would like, you can make a stop at Walakiri Beach to enjoy the sunset. You can watch the sunset here while exploring the beach with its beautiful mangroves. Don’t hesitate, and walk towards the small and magical trees that are growing inside the water. When the sun has disappeared, you will go to the hotel, where you can take a rest.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch

Accommodation:

A. Morinda Villa – Deluxe Hill View Room

B. Kambaniru Beach Resort – Deluxe Garden Room

C. Padadita Beach Hotel – Superior Room

Day 7:IKAT TENUN VILLAGE – DEPARTURE WAINGAPU AIRPORT       ▼

After breakfast and check out of the hotel, you will continue our trip to do the last visit of our trip today, to the village that produces Ikat Tenun, the traditional Sumbanese fabrics and costumes. You may try to wear the Ikat Tenun and make a family picture by wearing a Sumbanese traditional costume here. Then go to the Waingapu airport for your flight back home or to your next destination. End of the trip.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

Photos: Best Sumba Tour

Price Includes

  • Transportation and visit according to the itinerary
  • Accommodation and meals according to the itinerary
  • English speaking guide during excursion
  • 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: Best Sumba Tour

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?

We have classified our tours in 3 different classes. Always check which one suitable for your condition. If you have any doubt, you may consult to our travel expert.

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.

Medium: A reasonable level of fitness or technique is required, as these trips can require sustained endurance levels as the trip may include longer days of approximately 5-6 hours of activity or/and in higher altitudes, or snorkelling in strong current.

Hard: These trips are physically demanding and best suited for people with a high endurance level, good level of fitness and exercise regularly. Days can be long around 7-8 hours of activity, often at high altitudes, in remote regions and sometimes without a support vehicle nearby. Travellers may be required to carry their backpack, trip with trekking overnights without access to normal toilets or accommodations.

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