Enjoy Sumba D4 # NTT – Indonesia

This is our last day to go touring in Sumba, tomorrow we will go back home.

Our first destination is Puru Kambera Savanna near Puru Kambera Beach. On the way there, we see this tree.

This tree is one of Sakura flower kind which called Konji. And it’s a wild tree, you can found it anywhere in the village. And we are lucky to see one.

Actually, this savanna should be has so many grass but because it’s dry season in Indonesia, so there’s not much of grass in there. The weather is very hot, don’t forget to drink much water.

We only take photo for a while in here because it’s too hot. Then we continue our journey to the next destination. The road to Tanggedu Waterfal Car Park is a little bad and the driver said, it’s fortunately a dry season so the car can smoothly go to the car park. If it’s rainy season, then the driver said it will be hard to use car to go there, we have to use motorcycle.

The Tanggedu Waterfall Car park located inside a housing complex. There’s some bathroom in there so we can change and take a bath after play in the waterfall.

We have to trekking around 1 hours to go to the waterfall, and it’s very very hot. And from the housing complex, we have to passed a big gap which full of limestone sand and it’s very slippery. Some of elders ask the local help to guide them.

Don’t forget to bring face mask and scarf or hat to cover your head from the heat.

There’s a rest area near the entrance of waterfall. You can buy some coconut if you want.

This is the beautiful waterfall that I have ever seen. The water is blue tosca and very clear. And the source is very calm, which is like your own pond. Becareful when you stand at the stone because it’s slippery. You can enjoy snack or coconut in some area.

We play in the water and take some photos for about 5 hours. The guide bring our lunch box in there too.

Before we back to the hotel, we passed by Tenau Hills to enjoy last sunset in Sumba.

Then we go back to hotel for rest. Today is the last day for touring. Tomorrow, we decided to rest in the morning so we can wake up late.

Enjoy Sumba D3 # NTT – Indonesia

Our main destinations today is Waimarang Waterfall. On the way there, we will stop by Tanarara Hills.

Tanarara means red land. The land here is rather reddish. Tanarara is a hill covered with savanna grass which is an authentic view of Sumba Island. At one point on the hilltop in Tanarara, there is a stone tomb that has typical Sumba carvings.

Note: Beware of the sun’s heat, it could be very hot. Don’t forget to bring your hat and scarf.

I think this hills is like Cappadocia Turkey, just there’s no air baloon.

Because of the heat, we didn’t stay long. We go to the next destination, our main destination, Waimarang Waterfall.

On the way to Waterfall, there’s only a desert and it’s too hot outside. And when you see the car park, you won’t know that those are attraction place XD. It didn’t seems like it. And you won’t know if there’s a beautiful waterfall hidden in there if you didn’t ask locals. There’s only locals that sell coconut and provide bathroom (but you better not to use it).

After prepare the swim outfit, then we go trekking. To go to Waterfall, we need to walk around 30-45 minutes. Reminder, do not bring too much stuff, only bring your cameras and handphone. Put it inside waterproof bag. And use a comfortable and anti-slip shoes / sandals.

This is where I have an accident. Because we go downhill and there’s too many falling off leaves, the road is very slippery. I slip and hurt my knees. And didn’t bring any medicine, fortunately there’s someone who bring powder medicine so I use it to stop the bleeding.

It hurts, but I try to not think about it to much. Even when I arrive at the waterfall, my knee is numb and I can’t bend it. But because this is a rare event, I have to go inside the waterfall. And I didn’t regret it. It’s really beautifull.

This is where we arrive at the waterfall. This is called the 1st floor of the waterfall. There’s 2nd floor and 3rd floor in the upstair. You can go there from where the water fall. Too bad, I forgot to record when our guide went there. He is vining from the side to the falling water just like monkey. If I didn’t hurt my knee, maybe I will try to go there to see the beautiful 2nd and 3rd floor. The pond is depth, very depth, maybe around 5 metres. But the one where we go down is very swallow.

After play in the water, we go back to the car parking. It’s better if you walk using your wet clothes because there’s no place to change clothes in there. And when you arrive at the car, your clothes is dry already XD.

And we change clothes inside the car (not in the bathroom). After eat some coconut, we go to the next destination, Walakiri Beach.

This is a special beach because there’s mangrove forest in there. And the sunset is beautiful. Actually, there’s many mangrove tree in there before but knowadays, it just a little. This is the best place to enjoy sunset.

Thanks to our guide, he take a very beautiful picture of our siluet.

Then we go back to hotel to rest.

Enjoy Sumba D1 # NTT – Indonesia

We go to the airport at 08:30 using hotel shuttle bus. Then we go to check-in counter Wings Air. Our destination is Tambolaka (TMC) which located at West Sumba. Our flight is at 11:00 and will arrive at Tambolaka at 12:20.

The airport is very small and only several airplane will arrive in here.

Tambolaka Airport TMC

I make this open trip because I want to go to Sumba too. I join Ivacanza Tour.

Our Guide, Mr Duwi has already in arrival area with hiace to take us touring for today. We go to hotel first to put our luggage and lunch.

We will stay at Hotel Sinar Tambolaka for 1 night. Address: Hotel Sinar, Kalena Wano, Kota Tambolaka, Kabupaten Sumba Barat Daya, Nusa Tenggara Timur 87255. Website: http://www.sinartambolaka.com/.

I heard that this is one of the best hotel in Southwest Sumba. We keep our luggage at the receptionist first and will check-in at night.

Today’s destination is:

  1. Ratenggaro Traditional Village
  2. Bwanna Beach

It took about 1 hour to go to Ratenggaro Traditional Village (wikipedia). The village located near the Ratenggaro beach and above the hills. We can see how’s the local live in here, and what are they doing in daily life. The village is very beautiful and still original.

Ratenggaro this name, is from Rate, which means the grave and Nggaro / Gaura, which is the first person name who live in this village. The distance from Tambolaka, the capital of Southwest Sumba Regency is 56km.

The unique things that you can found in here is, you seems like back to 4500 years ago, at Megaliths era which you can find old stone grave in the village.

The other unique things from this village is, located near the Ratenggaro Beach and we can see the ocean.

The locals will inform us about their part of thehouse and you can ride horse in here. You can rent it and take picture with it.

Sumba is famous with its embroidery. The people here will stitch it by themselves and sometimes it took a long time to finish. So that’s why, some of embroidery cloths is very expensive but the material is very highclass.

We bring some stationary and snack for the local children and they really like it. But you have to be careful when you share the things, because they could be very eager.

Then we go to Bwanna Beach. Some people or website call it Mbawana Beach, or Bawana Beach. (another website)

This time, our guide bring us to go down to the beach. And it tooks some efforts. They ask the local to help us because we have to go downhill which very steep. The local is familiar with the hills so they can help us. (Tips suggestion: IDR 50.000-100.000/person, please negotiate first)

It took 10 minutes to go down, but seems like 30 minutes. We have to be really carefull. For those who has heart disease or afraid of height, I suggest you can wait in the car.

There’s no clean toilet in here.

The beach is very beautiful and no people at all. It’s only us so it looks like private beach. There’s a big coral which looks like tunnels and the scene is very beautiful. Too bad, the sun is covered so there’s no sunset in here.

After take some picture, we go back to the car parking. When we go down, we just need to be careful so we don’t slip. But when we go up, you have to use your muscle to lift your body. Seems like we go up at an angle of almost 90 degress. On the first day, we have already work out haha..

Just a reminder, when you go on trip to Sumba, you need to prepare your stamina because all the trip need trekking and swimming.

On the way back to hotel, we all are sleeping, haha.. The sun has already set and it’s really dark on the way back to hotel. Still there’s not enough light in the road.

Arriving at hotel, we go to check-in. I got a room on the 2nd floor T__T and we have to climb stairs while bringing our luggage. But the room is unique, there’s a living room once we enter our room and there’s a small stair to go up again to our bedroom.

Don’t forget to relax your foot and give some ointment So tomorrow it won’t be too stiff.