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Your Guide to Sumba Island

Monday, March 13, 2017
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SUMBA ISLAND

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BEFORE YOU FLY

There are two airlines that fly directly to Tambolaka Airport in Sumba Island. Garuda Indonesia and Wings Air.

We recommend flying with Garuda Indonesia. 

For international flights, you will need to travel via Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar. If you are flying into Bali and then directly to Sumba, you will likely need to spend one night in Bali, if so, then stay at Bali’s Novotel Airport. It is the most convenient way and you avoid traffic back and from the airport. The hotel is clean, convenient and affordable!

At Bali’s Ngurah Rai airport, you will fly from the domestic airport, if you are staying at the airport hotel it is extremely easy to go through. There will be a representative from Nihiwatu waiting for you at the airport there to guide you and make sure you are all set.

Flight Times:

Bali to Sumba: By Garuda, ETD Bali 1PM, ETA Tambolaka 1:50PM
Zumba to Bali: By Garuda, ETD Sumba 11:00MA, ETA Bali 12:10PM

Your journey to Nihiwatu from the airport is a 90 minute drive, transportation is included in your stay and you are also welcomed with wonderful home made snacks in the car that are delicious for the soul! Make sure you wear comfortable clothing and avoid drinking too much water on the way (There are no toilet stops!).

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Nihiwatu Resort is an award winning hotel, known for ‘The best hotel in the world’ by Luxury and Travel Magazine and the only upscale hotel in Sumba Island. Nihiwatu is one of these special places you visit that has magic that draws you back to it and you don’t try to understand it but you adapt to the pace of living.

It’s a place that you already feel it’s roots embedded inside the ground and it grows on you. It’s a place where you feel you are isolated from everything. The beach is solely yours as far as the eye can see. A surfer’s haven. One of the many advantages: it is an all inclusive hotel and thanks to very little competition close to none, Nihiwatu holds a special place. Itinerary is set right as you book and you will not need to worry about anything else, everything is taken care of.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served in the same restaurant and during your stay, you have an itinerary planned for you. You won’t find TV’s inside your room and you won’t find Snickers or Mars bars. Their home made chocolates and snacks are often what you crave for when you leave. You will practice Yoga every sunrise and sunset.

Kids are welcomed but in my opinion, a certain age is required, in order to be able to participate in activities and go beyond the edge of wilderness.

Recommended for: 

Honeymooners, solo travelers and adventure seekers are the main guests attracted to this beautiful place.

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THINGS TO DO

There are plenty of activities to do here at Sumba Island with Nihiwatu.

  1. Horse riding
  2. Visit Sumba Foundation
  3. Diving and snorkeling
  4. River SUP (Highly recommended)
  5. Chocolate Factory Visit
  6. Sunset and sunrise Yoga
  7. Spearfishing
  8. Surfing
  9. Stand Up Paddle
  10. Rock Pooling
  11. Private Boat Charters
  12. Visiting villages
  13. Trekking
  14. Waterfall visits
  15. Spa Safari (half day or full day)
  16. Market tour of Waikabubak
  17. Weekuri Lake
  18. Learn about the different tribes
  19. Cliff Jumping at Mandorak Beach
  20. Visit Tanjung Mareha
  21. Watch the rock formations of Watu Maladong Beach
  22. Swim in Weekuri Lagoon

BEFORE YOU GO

PHOTOGRAPHY – Make sure you pack your GoPro or underwater camera! Drones are also allowed!

VISA – For almost all, visa is on arrival

MONEY EXCHANGE – You should exchange your money into Indonesian Rupiah and better do it at your airport rather than in Bali or Indonesia so you do not lose a lot. Most currencies are accepted at Nihiwatu though.

LANGUAGE –  In Sumba, the population barely speaks english and each village speaks a different Indonesian dialect, at Nihiwatu Resort, english is very well spoken and you will have a guide with you at all times.

ESSENTIAL PRECAUTIONS – Malaria is known to be popular in deeper into the villages but is treated easily thanks to the Malaria Clinic founded by the Sumba Foundation, part of Nihiwatu Resort. Due to the resort being far away from those villages, the risk is very low and mosquito repellent is suffice.

Please do not bring your diamond earrings or your heals on this trip. This is a barefoot luxury experience and in the wilderness. Light clothes and bathing suits will be your daily wear!

Make sure you get good hiking shoes for your trekking experience and waterfall excursion.

There is a clinic available in Nihiwatu for any illnesses or injuries.

Nihiwatu will be planning your itinerary so you will be well organized before you travel on what to pack.

WAYS ON HELPING THE COMMUNITY

There are many ways in helping the community in Sumba. Shipping things in is quite difficult because you face high customs from international destinations to Indonesia and are heavily taxed. A suitcase filled with clothes is always a good idea, shoes, blankets and baby clothes can always help. Please make sure of your luggage allowance on Garuda Indonesia as they are quite strict with this.

Other ways is by working closely with the Sumba Foundation. It will be also part of your itinerary staying at Nihiwatu, to visit the foundation and learn more about their work. You can donate money at the resort as well.

Another great way to help is by supporting local community’s work by buying what they make. If you really want to help the local people you can buy some handicrafts when visiting the villages, or make a contribution to the many Sumba Foundation projects that benefit the local communities.

MAP FROM BALI TO SUMBA

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2 comments

  1. Dhalia Stans says:

    Congratulations on your latest section! LOVING it so far! Thank you for the Sumba Info too! It seems there is very little info on this and you nailed it! Totally booking here for summer!

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