Sumba (Pulau Sumba) is an island in Indonesia, located in the archipelago of the Lesser Sunda Islands.
This volcanic island is part of the Lesser Sunda Islands archipelago , the island is rich in natural attractions; on its territory there are hidden waterfalls, a lava plateau and the highest point – the dormant stratovolcano Wangameti. The island’s protected areas have been turned into National Parks. There are two of them in Sumba – Manupeu Tarah Daru and Laivangi Wangameti. They are home to rare species of animals – the Timor python, hornbill, crabeater macaque and Sumbian pigeon. Once known as the Wood Island, Sumba is known worldwide for its small horses and its excellent double Ikat cloth. The west of the island (capital Waikabubak) has tombs made of large stones (megaliths) and huts with thatched roofs. Even today, megalithic tombs are still being built for some rich people.
Tofay this haven for surfers, turned into a resort with some infrastructure. For example, here is the best hotel on the planet according to the annual World’s Best Awards!
Access : Coordinates: / Sumba located 400 km from Bali in Indonesia.
- Highlights :
- The hallmark of Sumba are houses with roofs of a specific elongated shape. You won’t find these anywhere else. Even the airport building is topped by a typical island roof.
- Sumba is world famous for its small horses and its excellent Ikat cloth.
- Nihi Sumba : Surfing – this beach has been famous among surfers for decades! No more than 10 people are allowed per da.
- Top sights in Sumba : Tanggedu Waterfall / Tambolaka and Waimangura villages / Traditional villages of Puu Naga, Tambeler,Tarung / Wanokaka, where the Pasola ritual takes place, a sort of tournament where opponents throw wooden poles at each other as spears / Kawangu and Prailiu villages: traditional weaving and monuments of the traditional Merapu religion. / Puru Kambera Beach / Tarimbang Bay, a surfers paradise / Tarimbang Beach / Kallala beach , a surfer’s paradise / Laiwangi Wanggameti National Park – Manupeu Tanah Daru National Park.
Go next : Komodo island / Banta Island of Lesser Sunda Islands / Rinca island.