Just an hour’s flight from bustling Bali, and twice the size of its popular neighbour, Sumba’s virtually untouched island is impressive. Soaring thatched bamboo houses are set on an island rich with pristine rainforest and rice paddies, fringed with white sand beaches and lofty palms.

The 6,000 inhabitants, predominately villagers, have so far resisted modern developments and continue ancient rituals, following the traditions of their ancestors. We can arrange cultural trips with the islanders, where you can spend time learning about their age-old beliefs and trades, from ikat weavings to traditional knife carving, and take the opportunity to buy directly from them.

Adventure and activity is certainly well catered for here in Sumba with an abundance of outdoor excursions available. Visitors can acquaint themselves with this fascinating island on jungle treks, swimming in cool waterfall pools or whilst paddle-boating on the Wanukaka River. You can also try your luck at surfing on Nihiwatu beach, take a speedboat out for deep sea fishing, dive into vibrant reefs and explore the idyllic coastlines and private coves.

A wild, tribal and incredibly striking island. For those with an adventurous spirit, looking for a different kind of luxury and island experience – Sumba is the perfect island to explore.

Rachel O'Leary
Travel Designer

What to do

  • Visit the local market at Waikabubak
  • Surf at Nihiwatu beach
  • Take a dip in the cool waterfall pools at Wanukaka

When to go

April to November is perfect for travelling to Sumba. Although tropical thunderstorms are always a possibility, it is usually very sunny and humid year round. The 'green', rainy season, is between December to March, however it is still possible to visit.


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