Sumba Enchanted – Private Departures Only

Highlights

  • Embrace village life
  • Explore Sumba’s Ancient Funeral Traditions
  • Discover the unique Marapu religion
  • Witness the thrilling Pasola Ritual in Kodi
  • Experience the Artistry of Ikat Weavings

Explore the enchanting island of Sumba – one of the most diverse islands within Indonesia.

With its rugged, undulating savannah and low limestone hills growing maize and rice, it’s nothing like Indonesia’s northern volcanic islands. Scattered throughout the countryside are hilltop villages with tall, symbolic grass roofs clustered around megalithic tombs, where nominally Protestant villagers still respect indigenous marapu (spiritual forces) with bloody sacrificial rites.

Stroll along on foot or horseback on Sumba’s white-sand beaches. Search for the island’s secret swimming spots and waterfalls further inland. Engage with the locals who expertly craft Indonesia’s most prized ikat (patterned textiles).

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Tambolaka

Welcome to the island of Sumba! Upon arrival at Tambolaka Airport, you’ll be greeted by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Along the way, take in the sights of traditional Sumba-style houses, offering a unique glimpse into the local culture.

The remainder of the day is yours at leisure.

Meals 

N/A 

Accommodations 

Sumba Nautil Resort or similar 

Services 

Airport Transfer 

Distances and journey time: 2hr drive 55km 

Day 2 – Waikabubak – Anakalang – Lamboya

After breakfast, drive to Waikabubak, the small capital of West Sumba. 

Twin villages of Tarung and Waitabar 

Just above the city centre, you’ll visit the twin villages of Tarung and Waitabar, and explore the unique architecture of Sumba, characterised by charming high thatched roofs with a distinctly exotic appearance. Afterwards, enjoy an early lunch at the local restaurant.  

Royal Tombs in Pasunga & Gogali Villages 

From here, head towards Anakalang, renowned for its distinctive funeral traditions. Sumba culture offers a glimpse into ancient practices, with burial methods using stone megaliths that have been preserved over centuries. Explore these unique traditions up close with visits to the Royal Tombs in Pasunga & Gogali Villages. 

Village of Praiijing 

Next, drive to the remote village of Praiijing, which is considered one of the most beautiful villages in the Waikabubak area. The village consists of three parts spread out over a large area and, to see them, take a short and soft trek from the upper to the lower parts of the village. Gain insights about the unique Marapu religion practised by the locals. 

Lamboya  

Continue to the Lamboya area in the Southern part of West Sumba.  The drive between villages offers stunning panoramas of valleys and the Indian Ocean, providing glimpses into local life that has remained largely unchanged over centuries. 

Afterwards, return to the resort and spend the rest of the evening at leisure. 

Meals 

Breakfast, Lunch 

Accommodations 

Sumba Nautil Resort or similar 

Services 

Private vehicle with English-speaking guide 

Distances and journey time: Waikabubak to Anakalang – 30 min drive 25 km, Anakalang to Lamboya – 1h15 min drive 45km. 

Day 3 – Lamboya – Waikabubak – Kodi Area – Pantai Kita in Tambolaka

Local market in Waikabubak 

After breakfast, check out from the hotel and set off to explore the local market in Waikabubak. Here, check out the fascinating array of exotic fruits and other interesting goods on sale. Afterwards, visit a local art shop to see how locals create famous ikat weavings. 

Kodi  

Next, drive to Kodi, a region rich in tradition with its abundance of traditional villages, sacred funeral sites, and breathtaking pristine beaches, some renowned for their legendary waves. As you traverse the narrow road, you’ll pass through fields of maize and cassava, amidst the verdant landscape of cashew nut and teak plantations, immersing yourself in the natural beauty of Sumba’s agricultural heartland.  

Kodi is also a stronghold of Merapu culture, famous for its Pasolas. A “Pasola” is a unique and impressive ritual joust performed by Western Sumbanese where two groups of men from two clans usually between 50 to 100 men per group ride local horses and demonstrate their strength and warrior skills by throwing wooden spears to their opponents. Pasolas typically take place in February or March, marking the rice planting season, though the exact dates are only confirmed shortly before the event. 

Picnic lunch at the Mandorak House 

Afterwards, enjoy the picnic lunch at the Mandorak House, a project initiated by European travellers to support the Kodi tribe in preserving their culture. With its stunning view of a pristine beach, you can unwind and take a refreshing swim, basking in the tranquil atmosphere. 

Village of Wainyapu 

After lunch, visit the nearby village of Wainyapu, renowned as the most impressive traditional village in the Kodi region. Perched atop a cliff with commanding views of the Indian Ocean, Wainyapu captivates with its towering, thatched roofs crafted from bamboo. Engage with the welcoming locals and respectfully request permission to explore one of their homes, where they eagerly showcase their unique and charming Homes. 

Finally, head back to Tambolaka and settle into your hotel along Pantai Kita. With its 5-kilometre stretch of untouched white sands, this idyllic beach is the perfect place to unwind and recharge in a serene setting. 

Meals 

Breakfast, Lunch 

Accommodations 

Overnight at the hotel in Pantai Kita near Tambolaka 

Services 

Private vehicle with English-speaking guide 

Distances and journey time

Lamboya to Waikabubak:  approx. 1hr drive 43km
Waikabubak to Tambolaka: approx. 1hr drive 41km
Tambaloka to Kori to Mandorak Beach: 1hr30mins 45km
Wainyapu to Kori to the hotel in Tambolaka: 2hr 60km

Day 4 – Departure

Today is yours at leisure until it is time to transfer to the airport for your onward flight. 

Meals 

Breakfast 

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What’s included

  • Return Airport Transfer
  • 3 nights’ accommodation
  • All transportation by air-conditioned private vehicle for all included sightseeing
  • All entrance fees during touring
  • Services of local English-speaking guides
  • Meals as per itinerary
Exclusions
  • International flights
  • Domestic flights unless otherwise mentioned                                           
  • Visas                                                  
  • Travel and medical insurance                                                  
  • All services, and meals other than those indicated above                                                  
  • Any changes to the proposed and confirmed program                                  
  • All items of a personal nature e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips

**Please note that this tour can be organised on request for private departures.

* Pricing is subject to change at anytime until full payment has been received.

* A minimum of 4 adults is required to guarantee this departure.

A non-refundable deposit of $1000 AUD per person is required to secure your place. Final payment is due no later than 60 days prior to departure. Travel insurance is mandatory for travelling with Crooked Compass. For full terms and conditions, please click here.

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