Our lunch at Padadita Beach Hotel is almost the same as other Indonesia Restaurant.
Today we woke up late. I woke up at 09:00 and then being lazy and enjoy our room. Don’t forget to packing, because today we are going back home.
At 11:00, we go down to eat lunch. Fortunately, we go down early because the hotel’s restaurants need about 45 minutes to cook our food.
Then at 12:00 our guide come and we go to the airport. Before arrive at airport, he took us to shopping place.
The airport is bigger than the one in Tambolaka.
We are fly using Nam Air from Waingapu to Yogyakarta and transit in Bali Denpasar for about 2 hours.
So our trip in Sumba is finished, but I still wants to go back when I have time. Sumba teach me how to appreciate our life and our surrounding more. We have to keep grateful for what happens in our life.
Sumba, a beautiful island in Nusa Tenggara Timur, Indonesia.
Not many people knows about Sumba Island. This island, is located at Nusa Tenggara Timur, Indonesia. It’s an island name Sumba. We can go there by flight or boat from Denpasar, Bali or Kupang (NTT).
The transportation in the city is very difficult. We have to rent motorcycle or car in there. Some of the big city in Sumba is Waikabubak (West Sumba) and Waingapu (East Sumba). The other is small village, which hard to access and still very calm. Sometimes, we have to crossed the forest to go to some attraction place.
Sumba, is a must visit place especially for those who love adventure. We need to be healthy to go here because the heat, the road and the location that sometimes we need to trekking and play with water (waterfall).
Mostly, the attraction place in Sumba is beach, waterfall, hills, and village.
VTrip Credit by Mr @duwialistme (our guide from @Sumbatraveler) ~~ Thank you
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.
Our dinner in Sumba day 3. This restaurant quiet famous, because there’s so many people in there.
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.
Because Sumba is an island, so it suround by ocean. And this means, some of local’s occupation is fisherman. So eating Seafood in its source is a must. So the guide take us to the famous seafood restaurant in Sumba, Enjoy Aja. And the seafood is really delicious.
When I’m travelling to Weekuri lake, the locals offer us an unique snack, Roasted Sea Urchin. Can you imagine it? Wow… I never knew that the sea urchin have meat wkwk… 1 sea urchin for IDR 10.000
And it taste not bad. Just like clam meat. And didn’t fishy at all.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
Because we are in Sumba, so they serve local snack for breakfast too.
This snack was made from Taro, tropical plant grown primarily for its edible corms.