Jewels of Sumba - Tourism Indonesia


Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Jewels of Sumba

Sumba is home to the country's vast savannah, as well as beautiful beaches, rolling hills and a rich cultural tradition. (JP/Liza Yosephine)
Located in Indonesia’s eastern region, the island of Sumba in East Nusa Tenggara is home to a preserved ancient culture and breathtaking nature.
As locations are spread far apart and require hours of driving to travel between them, it is recommended to set aside several days to explore the island, as well as hire a car for safety reasons. Some parts, such as major areas across Southwest Sumba regency, also lack electricity access, meaning the roads are pitch black after dusk.
Despite the long drives, the stunning views will most likely keep you charmed along the way.
Here are some of the best destinations to visit on the island.

Weekuri Lagoon
Weekuri Lagoon in Southwest Sumba. (JP/Liza Yosephine)

Weekuri Lagoon is located in North Kodi, Southwest Sumba. It is one of the most popular destinations as the turquoise waters lure both locals and visitors alike for a swim. There is a jumping board for thrill seekers. It is important, however, to check the tides before planning a swim.
As tourism increases in the area, Weekuri is slowly being developed. A path was recently built around the lagoon's perimeter to make it easier to traverse the surrounding rocky cliffs. However, please be aware that toilet facilities are still very basic.

Mandorak Beach
Mandorak Beach in Southwest Sumba. (JP/Liza Yosephine)

A short distance from Weekuri Lagoon is Mandorak Beach, a small white-sand beach framed by rocky cliffs.
The beach is actually located inside a private property but accessible for the public. Tourists are expected to pay locals a fee of Rp 50,000 to enter the beach.

Prai Ijing Customary Village
Prai Ijing customary village in West Sumba. (JP/Liza Yosephine)

After exploring Southwest Sumba, make your way to West Sumba regency and visit Prai Ijing customary village. Located in Waikabubak, the village follows the traditional layout of houses surrounding megalithic tombs that were built for the residents' ancestors.
The entrance to the village is perched atop a hill, offering sweeping views of the traditional housing cluster.
Residents are friendly and welcoming, creating a warm environment to learn about the village's history and people. Make sure to be respectful of local etiquette when entering the village. Visitors are also expected to leave a donation for the village. (JakartaPost)


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