Enjoy Sumba D2 # NTT – Indonesia

Today we will go to East Sumba. It took about 5-6 hours by car. But before we go there, we will pass by some attraction place.

Mandorak Beach

From Sinar Tambolaka Hotel, we go to Mandorak Beach. Located at Southwest Sumba, It took about 1 hour to go to this place. This beach located at private place, and you can call this private beach. It is in a private land, and when we almost there, we will pass the rough route in the forest. It only us in there and some locals that stay in there, and we can enjoy the beach by ourselves. Unfortunately, when we to there the wind is strong so we can’t play in the water because the current is so strong.

The unique things about this beach is it’s surounded by beautiful coral reefs. And it has soft-textured and cream colored beach sand which easily sticky to your body. When the waves come, you can see the beautiful waves crash to coral reefs from the beach side.

Weekuri Lagoon

From Mandorak Beach, we go to Weekuri Lagoon. It only took 30 minutes to go there.

Weekuri Lagooon is a salt-water lake and it’s very beautiful. The lagoon getting the water from the nearby sea. The water enters the lake from rock crevices of coral reefs that surround the lake, actually. The next amazing feature of the lake is definitely its green bluish Tosca color. It looks unspoiled and crystal clear as well, in fact. The nuance feels comfy due to the presence of green plants and shady trees that surround the lake. Plus, the water features both warm and cold sensation, depending on the location where tourists may get in (credit).

The water is cold and really fresh. We get in the lagoon at noon so feels very refreshing. There’s a jumpboard in the cross land, the depth of the water when it is low tide is 3m and 5m when it is high tide. Some of us including me, try to jump from there. At first it feels scary but, it’s fun. Just trust yourself, conquer your fear and you can do it.

After tired to play in the lagoon, we go to clean ourself. You need to pay for clean water, IDR 10.000/bucket. Don’t expect the clean water is really clean. The local help us took the water from the well, and because it’s near the ocean, so the well’s water is a little salty. But it’s enough to clean our body. And don’t complain, because with this simple action, we can help the local to live. We have to be grateful to have enough water in where we live.

After take a bath and change to clean clothes, we go to eat lunch. This time, the guide bring us ricebox because there’s no restaurant nearby. So we eat lunch near the lagoon. After lunch, we continue our journey.

Praijing Traditional Village

2 hours from Weekuri Lagoon, we all arrive at a traditional Village. The people in this village a little different from Ratenggaro Traditional Village. Seems like they already more modern.

Praijing Megalithic Village has become the pride of the Indonesian locals for decades. Once arriving at the site, tourists may see 38 traditional villages directly. The fact is that there were 42 of them, but some of the houses got burnt several years ago. Here is the information. The locals call these houses either Uma Mbatangu or Uma Bokulu, which means “the big house”. These structures, indeed, become the main attraction that tourists can find in the village! Also, the site is surrounded by shady trees and lush bushes which make the location feel shady and comfortable. (credit)

Wairinding Hill

Located in the eastern part of Sumba 25 Km from the center of Waingapu City. This hill looks amazing with its vast and double-faced grassland vegetation. Called double-faced because the appearance is very different when visited in the rainy and dry seasons. When it’s raining it looks very green like the first picture that seems to take you to New Zealand. While when dry can be very brown as if in Africa. Exotic. there is no official entrance ticket at Wairinding, but every guest who comes is quarantined to fill in the guest book and give money as much as possible for the welfare of the surrounding community. In addition to the exotic hills, the beauty of the Wairinding hill feels complete with the presence of local children who play around the hilly area almost every day. They will always accompany every visitor who comes to this hill. (credit)

The sunset here is very beautiful and this place suitable for those who need relax and far away from the city. Sumba is famous for its sunset and the after sunset sky. So, you have to spare enough time to enjoy all of this.

After Sunset Sky

The wind is strong and it’s getting cold. So we go back to the city to rest. The Waingapu city is bigger than Tambolaka and more crowded. We stay at Padadita Beach Hotel, one of the best hotel at Waingapu.

Padadita Beach Hotel Website

There’s no escalator in the hotel, so if you got 2nd floor / 3rd floor room, you have to climb the stairs. But the hotel will help you with your luggage. They have free airport shuttle too.

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.