- See amazing megalithic burials, used as a “living tradition” to inter prominent individuals when they die.
- Take a swim at the Lapopu waterfall or Marosi Beach, one of the best surf spots in Sumba.
- Enjoy spectacular views from a sacred field where Sumbanese men hold a Pasola war game tournament.
|Anakalang, Lamboya, Mamboro, Sumba, Waikabubak, Wanokaka
|Adventure, Beaches & Islands, Nature & Wildlife, Walking
Day 1: Arrival Sumba – Waikabubak
Upon your arrival at Tambolaka Airport, drive to Waikabubak – the capital city of West Sumba. One of the Lesser Sunda Islands in the province of East Nusa Tenggara, Sumba is one of the few places in the world in which megalithic burials are used as a “living tradition” to inter prominent individuals when they die. This practice has survied to this day in Sumba and has raised significant interest from scholars and foreign guests.
Explore traditional villages in Sumba such as Prai Ijing and Tarung. In these villages you will see stone graves and the traditional houses of Sumbanese. Visit one of the houses and see the architecture and room-arrangement, which is the same from one house to another. The guide will explain the village structure and the holy sites within the village.
From the villages, join a walk to a traditional afternoon market. Meet the locals and sample local food.
Drive to your hotel for overnight.
Day 2: Waikabubak – Anakalang – Mamboro Countryside
After breakfast, start the tour to Anakalang to visit Pasunga (megalithic tombs), Lai Tarung (the house of Marapu ancestors), and Galu Bakul (the royal tomb of King of Anakalang). Continue to the Mamboro countryside and enjoy fantastic views along the way of ricefields, green hills and savannah with the Flores ocean as a backdrop. Stops for photos can be made any time. There’s chance to stop at Manuakalada or Wawarongu village, where you can meet villagers and experience their daily life.
Return to hotel in the afternoon, and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.
Day 3: Waikabubak – Wanokaka – Lamboya
Today drive to the southern part of Sumba, passing local villages en route. Arrive at Lapopu and take a walk along a natural pathway and forest to the Lapopu waterfall. The water is clear and the view around is spectacular. You could also take a dip in the water here.
Visit Marosi Beach, one of the best surf spots in Sumba. The beach stretches several kilometers and the sand is white. The view from the hill before you arrive at this beach is amazing. Take a swim and enjoy your time at this beach.
From Marosi, drive to Lamboya, and visit the Pasola field. Pasola is the name of war game tournament played by two groups of selected Sumbanese men. They ride their decorated horses and hurl wooden spears at each other. It is a traditional ceremony held every year around February/March and is part of the sacred homage to the Marapu beliefs.Lamboya is the field where the Pasola takes place. It looks like a normal field when there’s no activity, but the view from this place is great. It is also considered as sacred place to the local people.
Day 4: Departure
Day free at leisure until your departure transfer to Airport.