“When there are no waves in Sumba, there are no waves in all Indonesia.” A common phrase used by worldwide surfers, Sumba is known for its world-class breaks and uncrowded waters. However, most surf spots are isolated and only accessible by boat. Their shores feature pristine, white-sanded beaches ideal for discerning travellers looking for adventures away from the crowds.
On the east and west coasts of the island, beaches have spiritual importance for local people who maintain strong animist ancestral beliefs and perform complex rituals and ceremonies. In the east, don’t miss Nihiwatu, home to a high-class resort located on a virgin beach with exceptional views out to the waves. The number of tourists is kept low to preserve the site, which is naturally rich and close to the traditional villages. Also, in the east, Tarimbang Bay features many white-sanded beaches and rugged coastlines with steep cliffs. Here, surfers and non-surfers meet on the beach, where the waters are ideal for both surfing and swimming with the fish. The white-sanded Kuta beach at Londalina is a local tourists’ weekend picnic spot.
After a ride along a winding road lined with cashew trees, you’ll reach Kaliuda and Mengili. Head to the south of the island to discover villages with rich textile traditions and an area is known for its amazing biodiversity. Discover Kalala beach with easier waves, which is ideal if you are visiting Indonesia with children. Swim with colourful tropical fish, and if you are lucky, you may spot dolphins, whales and even dugongs! In the west, head to Karewee beach for an easy swim in a beautiful setting, but be careful in Marosi and Marapu beach, where currents tend to be stronger.
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