With its rugged undulating savannahs and low limestone hills knitted together with fields of maize and cassava instead of rice, the island of Sumba in East Nusa Tenggara Province offers its own distinct splendours in the eastern part of the Indonesian Archipelago. Sprinkled throughout its countryside are hilltop villages with thatched traditional clan houses clustered around unique megalithic tombs where villagers still pay homage to their ancestors in the ancient belief of Marapu and have retained most of the indigenous culture and traditions for generations. The island is also known for the precious art of Tenun Ikat handwoven fabric, and the origin of the strong and agile Sumba Ponies or Sandalwood Horses.
In general, there is no best time to visit Sumba. The climatic condition is generally either hot or wet. It really depends on the weather when you are there.
Sumba is a very safe place. Here and there there can be petty crimes such as pick pocketing, so beware of your belongings. Single woman travelers have consistently rated Sumba as one of the safest cities to travel in, with very low crime rate against tourists.
It really depends on how much time you have got. The minimum recommended duration is 3 days while you can stay as long as 3 weeks to fully enjoy the city. Although Sumba does not seem to have a lot of things to do at first sight, one will have to dig deeper to know the must-dos. From nightly street food scenes to the hidden shopping alleys, and occasional visit to craft village. If you need some suggestion, contact us.
Sumba is famous for it’s precious art of Tenun Ikat handwoven fabric. You can also buy some Sumbanese style handcraft souvenirs back home.
Sumba weather often reaches a record low of 14 Celsius degree in late December or early January. Generally, it is about 15-25 degrees celsius. If you plan to stay in the hill side or the mountain side, it will be colder. Most of our accommodation in our tour is in the city so that will be about 15-25 degrees. A jacket would suffice for this trip.