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bwana beach SumbaSumba is an island in East Nusa Tenggara, the eastern part of Indonesia. It is one of the Lesser Sunda Islands which is lying in Southwest Flores Island. The island has an area of 11,059.6 square kilometers.

Regarding the census in 2015, Sumba has a population of about 755,849. Sumba is a highly stratified society based on castes. This is especially true of East Sumba, whereas West Sumba is more ethnically and linguistically diverse.

The island is famous for hand waving or Ikat textiles. The process of dying and weaving ikat is labor-intensive. One piece can take months to prepare.

History also told that this island exported sandalwood. The island was known as Sandalwood Island or Sandel Island. It is the most popular wood on the island at that time.

Sandalwood is a class of woods from trees in the genus Santalum. The woods are heavy, yellow, and fine-grained. Unlike many other aromatic kinds of wood. They retain their fragrance for decades.

sumba hillGetting There

The best way to get to Sumba Island is to get on a flight. You can fly from Bali or Jakarta. It takes approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes, a direct flight from Denpasar.

Here bellows are the Airplane to Island:

  • NAM Air
  • Wings Air, Lion Group
  • Garuda Indonesia

You can also get on the ferry from Sape, Sumbawa Island. It takes about 10 hours.

Places to visit in Sumba

sumba island housesThe island is particularly rich in bird life. There are nearly 200 birds with seven endemic species. There are also others found on nearby islands.

Due to the distinctive flora and fauna, Sumba has been the World Wildlife Fund as the Sumba deciduous forests ecoregion.

Here are some places to visit:

  • Walakiri Beach is in East Sumba, it is a perfect sunset point.
  • Tanggedu Waterfall, 26 kilometers from the East Sumba Regency's capital city of Waingapu.
  • Puru Kambera Beach is 26 kilometers from Waingapu. Approximately 1 hour with a car.
  • Tarimbang Bay is 120 kilometers from Waingapu. A 3 hours drive is a surfer’s paradise. There you can find about 3 meters tall waves between June and September.
  • Lapopu Waterfall is one of the beautiful waterfalls located in Central Sumba.
  • Watu Mandorak Cove is a white sandy beach with cliffs. It is a 2 hours drive, about 42 kilometers from Tambolaka. The road is difficult in the rainy season, therefore we do not recommend visiting.

There are many more interesting places to visit, you can find them through our tour packages. The 4 days or 5 days tour is the best choice to explore the island.

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