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1. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 10y

Looks like I can squeeze 10 days in Indonesia in late October.
Looking at spending 4-5 days on the island of Sumba (flying there and back from Denpasar).
Any info on best things to see and do, cheap hotels and restaurants greatly appreciated.

El Legendado

2. Posted by danalasta (Travel Guru 519 posts) 10y

Hi El,

A bit about my Sumbanese experience... was there in March 2004...The island is famous for the ikat textile using natural (eastern side) materials..

But it is the annual horseback fighting festival (in March!) , and the animist tribe that Sumba is known for among the discerning visitors...don't miss the chance if you get invited to a funeral...well, the "dead man" gets a feel of how his funeral is celebrated before he dies!this is on the western side.And of course,learn to chew betel leaves!

Finer beaches are on the south side.But I didnt visit this area.

In Waingapu, I stayed at Hotel Sandalwood and in Waikabubak at Hotel Manandang. Price range of both about 50,000 rupiahs.

One thing though I must advise you...Flight cancellations are common...

Have fun!


3. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 10y

Hi Dana,
Thanks for the info.
I don't think too many people get to Sumba.
Would love to be there for the festival in March but I have Japan and South Korea pencilled in for April and May next year, and that is going to cost an arm and leg.

El Leg

P.S. I'll keep the flight cancellations in mind!!!!

4. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 10y

Hi Dana,
Another change of plan.
Japan/Korea now September this year, so Sumba is back on the list.
I'm looking at dates 26/02/2007 to 11/03/2007.
Do you think that the pasola festival would be on during this time?
Have e-mailed a few Sumba tour websites for date info but nothing yet.

Thanks a lot for the initial info, especially about hotels.

El Leg

5. Posted by danalasta (Travel Guru 519 posts) 10y

Hi El,

The ceremony is held four times between Feb & March...February in Lamboya and Kodi, and March in Gaura and Wanukaka.The date is set depending on the annual mass appearance of nyale (a kind of seaworm) along the coastlines. So you miss one, you have another, and while in Bali you will definitely come to know of the date so that you can fly into Sumba!.I saw the one at Wanukaka. Worth the time & sweat!



6. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 10y

Hi Dana,
Just got a reply back for website.
They reckon that the local government in Sumba will issue the dates for Pesola by Jan 20th.
If and when they do, I'm off to the travel agent to book the flights.
Hope I can post some good pics of it mid to late March.
Thanks a lot for the info.

El Leg

7. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 9y

Hi Dana,
Had a week in West Sumba late last month and it was fantastic.
Missed all the Pasola battles but the island and the people were beautiful. Saw the empty battlefields of Kodi and Wanokaka. Very flat, very green and not a decomposing body anywhere!!!
Have posted a blog 'West Sumba For Dummies' and a few extra pics.
My wife and I will certainly be going back there, both for the Pasola Festival and the sheer joy of the schoolchldren.
Better buy shitloads of pens, notepads, etc, etc on our next trip.
The kids made it so so special.
Your help is greatly appreciated.

El Leg