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A True Backpacker’s Guide to Sumba’s Best Experiences

Sumba, an Indonesian gem, stands as a testament to the unspoiled beauty that nature can bestow upon an island. Renowned for its lush landscapes, pristine beaches, and rich cultural heritage, Sumba offers an experience that transcends the ordinary.

The island’s rugged terrain, adorned with rolling hills, mesmerizing waterfalls, and stretches of untouched coastline, provides an idyllic playground for nature enthusiasts and adventurers alike.

However, it’s not just the landscapes that make Sumba exceptional; it’s the seamless blend of awe-inspiring nature and a vibrant, authentic culture that truly sets it apart. Sumba’s local communities preserve traditions with unwavering dedication, and visitors have the unique opportunity to witness and engage with rituals, ceremonies, and crafts that have been passed down through generations. In a world that often feels overrun by modernization, Sumba’s untouched beauty and rich cultural tapestry offer a sanctuary for those seeking a genuine and transformative travel experience.

That being said, Sumba makes for the ideal destination for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Embark on a journey with us as we unveil a curated itinerary, guiding you through the remarkable gems of both West and East Sumba!

Planning Your Sumba Adventure

If you’re arriving by air, Tambolaka Airport in Waikabubak serves as the ideal starting point for your West Sumba journey. For those preferring a ferry ride, Waingapu Harbor in East Sumba is your gateway to the wonders of the island. You can learn more about how to get to Sumba here.

No matter your preference, consider utilizing the car rental service provided by Bobocabin to traverse these enchanting landscapes with ease. This ensures a seamless and flexible journey, allowing you to spend more time savoring every moment and less time worrying about how to get around conveniently.

West Sumba: Embracing Nature and Culture

1. Lendongara Hills

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Kickstart your adventure with a sunrise hike to Lendongara Hills. As the first rays of sunlight kiss the horizon, the panoramic view of West Sumba unfolds before your eyes, painting a picturesque canvas of rolling hills and vibrant landscapes. Just the lush green itself is enough reason to get out of bed!

2. Ro’o Luwa Restaurant

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Indulge your taste buds at Ro’o Luwa Restaurant, where local flavors come alive in a symphony of delectable dishes. Relish a culinary journey that tantalizes both your palate and senses! It doesn’t matter if you dine all by yourself or with friends or family, this place caters to dinner packages for up to four people.

3. Waikuri Lagoon

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Cool off at the serene Waikuri Lagoon, a tranquil oasis amidst nature’s embrace, where crystal-clear water awaits you. It’s the perfect spot to unwind if you’re not a fan of the beach’s salty air. Take a refreshing dip or simply unwind by the waters, allowing the tranquility to wash over you.

Read Also: Unlocking the Path to Paradise: How to Get to Sumba Island from Jakarta

4. Ratenggaro Cultural Village

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Immerse yourself in Sumbanese heritage at the Ratenggaro Cultural Village. Engage with the locals, marvel at intricately designed traditional houses, and gain insight into the island’s rich cultural legacy. Here, you can also taste what the locals eat, just ask about ayam bumbu kodi, which is a chicken prepared in a very traditional way.

5. Mbawana Beach

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Close the day with a visit to Mbawana Beach, where pristine shores meet crystal-clear waters. Watch the sunset cast a golden glow over the horizon, painting the perfect end to your West Sumba escapade.

East Sumba: Nature’s Extravaganza

1. Tanggedu Waterfall

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Dubbed “the Grand Canyon of East Sumba,” Tanggedu Waterfall is a hidden gem cascading through lush greenery. The symphony of falling water amidst serene surroundings creates a tranquil retreat for your senses.

2. Savana Puru Kambera

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Venture into the vast expanse of Savana Puru Kambera, a savannah that stretches as far as the eye can see. Capture the essence of untamed beauty and witness the harmonious coexistence of nature’s wonders. What’s fun is that if you visit during the dry season, you have a greater chance of spotting wild horses living their best lives (read: running and grazing). Just be sure to give them a wide berth and admire the majestic equine from a safe distance!

3. Wairinding Hills

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Hike up the Wairinding Hills for a mesmerizing sunrise spectacle. The undulating hills and ethereal beauty will leave an indelible mark on your memory. Similar to Lendongara Hills, what you’ll find here is majestic greenery like no other. It’s always a good idea to sit back and relax, truly reconnect with nature.

Read Also: Unveiling the Hidden Treasures: 10 Unforgettable Things to Do in Sumba Island

4. Walakiri Beach

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Stroll along the ethereal shoreline of Walakiri Beach during low tide and witness the captivating dance of shadows as mangrove silhouettes paint the sands. Please note that you cannot swim or take a dip since the waters are very shallow. However, it does make up for it in a gorgeous sunset that’s just like a painting that springs to life. This experience is nothing short of magical! 

Pro tip: You can crack a cold one on this beach since there are warungs that sell beer, coconuts, and even instant noodles.

5. Taman Kota Waingapu

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Conclude your East Sumba exploration at Taman Kota Waingapu, a vibrant park where you can unwind amidst lush gardens and reflective ponds. Reflect on your journey and the wonders you’ve encountered thus far. You can enjoy iced young coconut or other snacks for cheap, too.

A Well-Deserved Rest in Sumba Awaits

As your activity in Sumba draws close, we encourage you to reflect on the boundless beauty and cherished memories you’ve gathered. Sumba beckons all explorers, inviting them to uncover its hidden treasures without burning a hole in your pocket.

Amidst this captivating backdrop, Bobocabin Umarato Sumba stands as the perfect haven to rest and rejuvenate during your adventure. With comfort and convenience at its core, it complements your journey in Sumba in the most harmonious way.

Bob’s Budget Check

As a budget-conscious backpacker, managing expenses is essential. Here’s a rough estimate for transportation and expenses including attractions and meals:

  • Airfare: IDR 1,800,000 – 2,800,000 from Jakarta to Waikabubak.
  • Ferry: around IDR 400,000 from Surabaya to Waingapu Harbor in East Sumba.
  • Car Rental: Bobocabin’s rates start at IDR 700,000/day.
  • Lendongara Hills – IDR 15,000 entrance fee.
  • Ro’o Luwa Restaurant – IDR 10,000 – 25,000/item or IDR 200,000/pax of four.
  • Waikuri Lagoon – IDR 50,000 entrance fee/car.
  • Ratenggaro Cultural Village – No entrance fee
  • Mbawana Beach – IDR 10,000 entrance fee plus IDR 10,000 parking fee.
  • Tanggedu Waterfall – IDR 50,000 entrance fee/group plus IDR 5,000 parking fee.
  • Savana Puru Kambera – IDR 15,000 entrance fee.
  • Wairinding Hills – No entrance fee. However, donations are welcome.
  • Walakiri Beach – No entrance fee. IDR 10,000 parking fee for a car / IDR 5,000 parking fee for a motorcycle.
  • Taman Kota Waingapu – No entrance fee. Various drinks and snacks start at IDR 5,000.

So… what are you waiting for? Pack your bags, set your sights on Sumba, and let the island’s allure embrace you. Discover a world of wonder that doesn’t demand a heavy price tag – just an open heart and a longing for adventure!



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