South-West Sumba

Travel Guide Lesser Sunda Islands Sumba South-West Sumba

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Introduction

In 2007 the greater part of West Sumba regency was separated under the name of South-West Sumba. But the name is a misnomer, considering that remaining West Sumba stretches farther south than South-West Sumba. And the new regency contains all of Sumba’s West Coast. Sumba Barat Day is the most densely populated regency of Sumba, with over 300,000 inhabitants on 1,500 square kilometres. As a consequence most attractions are more easily accessible than in East Sumba. The capital Tambolaka is the only town, the majority of the people living in villages. A suburb of Tambolaka, Weetabula, is the seat of Sumba’s bishop. 22 percent of Sumba’s population are catholics.

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Towns

Tambolaka, the capital.

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Sights and Activities

  • Rumah Budaya Sumba - Before seeking out any traditional village pay a visit to this cultural centre annex museum. Its official name is Lembaga Studi dan Pelestarian Budaya Sumba (Sumba Cultural Research and Conservation Institute) and it was founded by Father Robert Ramone, CssR, the same who authored the picture book "Sumba, the forgotten island". A restaurant serving traditional food is available, as well as accommodation for the more serious student of Sumba culture.

Lakes

Weekuri Lake

Weekuri Lake

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  • Danau Weekuri - A unusual lake surrounded by cliffs; at only two spots stairs make it possible to reach the water’s edge. On the west side the surf washes in through holes in the cliffs, so the water is salty. But it is clear and a joy to swim in. Your guide may not tell you, but if you walk 300 metres north along the cliffs you’ll encounter another lake, with fresh water, home to a colony of monkeys. Weekuri Lake is the most popular attraction on Sumba’s west coast, at just an hour’s drive from Tambolaka town, partly by gravel roads; but they are working on sealing these.

Traditional villages

  • Manola
Entrance to Ratenggaro village

Entrance to Ratenggaro village

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  • Ratenggaro - The name Ratenggaro is composed of the words Rate (cemetery) and Gaura or Garo, the name of the tribe that lived here before they were conquered by the present tribe. There are 304 tombs of the Gaura people. The traditional houses have the highest pointed roofs of all Sumba. The village lies at a river mouth and can be reached from Tambolaka in an hour by sealed roads. Across the river are the sandy Wainyapu beach and Wainyapu pasola field.
  • Tossi

Beaches

Geysers at Pero Beach

Geysers at Pero Beach

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  • Pantai Waikelo, a beach on the north coast, adjacent to the harbour of Tambolaka town, where ships used to anchor off-shore before the harbour was built.
  • Pantai Newa, also on the north coast not far from Tambolaka, exclusive for guests of Newa Hotel and Resort.
  • Pantai Oro, free sandy beach at about eight kilometres east of Newa Beach. Accommodation at Mario Hotel and Cafe.
  • Pantai Mandorak, a sandy beach in a deep bay bordered by rocky cliffs. Located about two kilometres south of Weekuri lake.
  • Pantai Tanjung Karoso, the several kilometres long sandy beach along Sumba’s westernmost cape. Fishermen land there catch here.
  • Pantai Pero - Pero Beach is located only three kilometres as the crow flies from Ratenggaro village, though by road one has to make a detour. It is famous for its so-called geysers, blow-holes in the rocky coast through which the surf creates fountains. At a short distance there is also a sandy beach where the waves are favoured by surfers.

Waterfalls

Pabeti Lakera Waterfall

Pabeti Lakera Waterfall

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  • Air Terjun Pabeti Lakera - At the foot of this fall cascading down from the rocks the water falls down in a curtain behind which one can walk (after swimming across the pool). Its distance from Tambolaka town is 45 kilometres by sealed roads. From the parking one has to walk a quarter of an hour.

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Events and Festivals

  • The Pasola festival in Wainyapu village usually takes place on the tenth day after the first full moon of February or March.

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Getting There

By Plane

Tambolaka airport has daily flights from and to Denpasar and Kupang.

By Boat

Pelni ships and ASDP ferries travel between Sumba and neighbouring islands, among these Bali, Flores and Timor. Inquire about the schedule if you would try this option.

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Getting Around

By Car or Motorbike

The most practical way is to hire a car with driver/guide. Renting a motorbike is an option, but consider that off the main roads assistance may be hard to get in case of a breakdown.

By Bus

There is public transport by mini bus between Tambolaka and Wainyapu village (near Ratenggaro).

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Sleep

In Tambolaka Town

  • Hotel Sinar Tambolaka is a hotel preferred by domestic guests both for business and for leisure. To cater for more affluent guests they have added a row of bungalows and a swimming pool on a hill that is connected with the hotel by a footpath through a deep valley.
  • Hotel Ella, located adjacent to Hotel Sinar Tambolaka, has recently been opened. Its prices are competitive with those of its neighbour.

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