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Short Adventure from East to West of Sumba

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Tour Code: ES-4NEXPS

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Embark on an adventure from East to West of Sumba in this 5-day tour! Enjoy the authentic experience of Sumba where you can’t do anywhere else. Dancing with the mangrove trees at Walakiri Beach, gaze over the endless hills from Bukit Wairinding, indulge yourself with the warmth welcome of children and elders at traditional village of Praijing while you learn the ancient culture of Sumbanese preserved since megalithic era, and release your inner thoughts out loud over the Indian Ocean at Bwanna Beach. All of this with only 1-hour flight from the island of the gods, Bali.

  • 4 Nights
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Pickup: Waingapu, Sumba (WGP)
Itinerary: East to West Sumba Tour

DAY 1: ARRIVAL - WAIMARANG WATERFALL - SUNSET AT WALAKIRI BEACH       ▼

Welcome to Waingapu! The starting point of our East to West Sumba tour.

Upon arrival at the airport, meet and greet with our guide and we will begin the journey. We will drive directly to 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. The next and last stop today will be at Walakiri beach. We will be watching the sunset here while exploring the beach with its beautiful mangroves. Don’t hesitate and walk towards the small and magical trees which are growing inside the water.

Meals: Lunch

Accommodation:

A. Morinda Villa – Deluxe Room

B. Padadita Hotel – Superior Room

C. Padadita Hotel – Superior Room

DAY 2:KALLU VILLAGE - WAIRINDING HILLS - PRAIJING VILLAGE - LAPOPU WATERFALL       ▼

After breakfast and check out from hotel, we will drive to the South West Sumba. On the way you will make some visits to know more about the island.

Endless hills…

First stop will be at Kallu village, where we can see the villagers are making their traditional fabric named Ikat. You will see a lot of Ikat pattern here, which has its own meaning. Second stop will be the Hills of Wairinding. There is a nice spot where the view into these hills is amazing. You will be looking at green and endless hills. Sit down for a while in the grass and enjoy the moment.

Bamboo bridge and waterfall…

After that we drive to West Sumba, to visit Praijing Village and Lapopu Waterfall. Praijing village is 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 it draws an idea of how the village is built upon. Take some time to walk around the village; the elders occupy most of the houses and kids are always around to share their smiles. They are also happy to talk with visitors and try to communication in English, as they learn it there.

Next on our adventure will be the Lapopu Waterfall. After a drive through the endless hilly and green landscapes of Sumba, you will arrive nearby 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.

This is our last visit today, and we will drive to your hotel in South West Sumba.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch Box

Accommodation

A. Sumba Hospitality Foundation – Bamboo Pavilion Room

B. Mario Hotel – Standard Room

C. Ella Hotel – Deluxe Room

DAY 3:HAVE FUN WITH THE LOCALS       ▼

You are halfway in this East to West Sumba tour!

After breakfast, we will visit a market and school in South West Sumba. Arriving at the school, the students will welcome you with Sumbanese traditional dance. After that you can have direct interaction with them. Next we go to Toda Village to experience the daily activities of the Sumba’s local people. Join them to the garden to cut wild grass and feed the livestocks (horses, cows, and pigs) or enjoy horse riding together. They can also show you how the Sumba boxing looks like. When the time is perfect for sunset, the villagers will take us to Toda beach to watch the sunset together. After that back to hotel and rest.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch Box

Accommodation:

A. Sumba Hospitality Foundation – Bamboo Pavilion Room

B. Mario Hotel – Standard Room

C. Ella Hotel – Deluxe Room

DAY 4:LAKE WEEKURI - MANDORAK BEACH - RATENGGARO VILLAGE - BWANNA BEACH       ▼

Our trip continues after breakfast.

The salt water lake…

The first stop will be Lake Weekuri. It is a crystal-clear salt water 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. Next to the Weekuri Lake, we will find Mandorak Beach. It is guarded with 2 huge rock ridges pointing to the middle and crystal clear water.

The highest rooftop…

Our trip continuing to Ratenggaro village 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. During harvesting season, however, most of the villagers will stay in their field to work and only leave the elders and child in the village. There is also a beach near this village that you can explore.

Sunset time…

Next we go to Bwanna Beach. You will need to do a bit of trekking downhill then you can enjoy the amazing cliff-side beach. There is a huge rock arc, like a giant door. We will stay here until sunset.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch Box

Accommodation:

A. Sumba Hospitality Foundation – Bamboo Pavilion Room

B. Mario Hotel – Standard Room

C. Ella Hotel – Deluxe Room

Day 5:END OF TRIP       ▼

Enjoy your breakfast. Then, depend on your flight schedule, the driver will pick you up and escort you to Tambolaka Airport. Thank you for enjoying this East to West Sumba tour with Come2Indonesia! We look forward to see you again. Sampai jumpa!

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

Photos: East to West 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: East to West 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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