Welcome to Waingapu

Waingapu also has some ikat stores and workshops, but traders lugging bundles of textiles and carvings hang around hotels touting for rupiah. It's a mostly walkable place, and you'll spot grazing buffalo and horses as you explore. Since becoming an administrative centre after the Dutch military ‘pacified’ the island in 1906, Waingapu remains Sumba’s main trading post for textiles, prized Sumbanese horses, dyewoods and lumber.

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$368 Cultural & Theme Tours

Sumba Ikat in 4 Days

ARRIVAL WAINGAPU transfer to local restaurant for lunch. Afternoon visit Kanatang area to the northwest of Waingapu. Kanatang is known for the indigo coloured ikat. Spend the whole afternoon here to comprehend indigo Ikat of Kanatang. There is chance to visit the indigo mixing place just behind the village. The women with menstruation is prohibited to enter the indigo mixing compound. Afternoon drive back to Waingapu and check in at Padadita Hotel or similar dinner at the hotel. (Lunch and Dinner)EXPLORE VILLAGES for Sumba Ikat. Today drive eastward of Waingapu to visit three prominent Sumba Ikat villages. Maubara in Pau area, the village is known for its combination of ikat and Pahikung. Pahikung is a technic of producing pattern from the way the different coloured threads are woven. The next place to visit is Praiyawang also known as Rende. It is the village of one of the prominent Sumba Noble families. The last village to be visited today is Kaliuda, the village is known for its horse design Ikat. The drive distance today is about 230 km in total. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)Spend the time in Waingapu area. Your morning will be spent in Prailiu, a village within the town of Waingapu where most of people in the village involve actively in producing Ikat of Kambera design. There are several Ikat workshops in town. visit some of them to complete your comprehension on Sumba Ikat. Or visit Mauliru village at the outskirt of Waingapu for the Sumba Ikat weaving process.  (breakfast, lunch and dinner)Waingapu - next destination. If time permits, visit Waingapu market (breakfast)

$384 Cultural & Theme Tours

Sumba in 5 Days

Arrival WAINGAPU enjoy the savannah scene of Sumba with roaming horses, cows and buffaloes. Visit some villages for the indigo coloured Sumba Ikat and the life in Savannah. Accommodation at Padadita Hotel or similarDrive eastwards to visit villages with typical Sumba Ikat. First, visit Waingapu Market for the daily economic life of the island. The visit to Pau, Rende and Kaliuda is included on today's program. Stay at Wera beach cottage or Padadita Hotel in WaingapuToday drive westward to reach Waikabubak - a small town at the interior of the island. Start early to visit and enjoy Tarimbang beach at the south coast of Sumba. Spend your time until mid day and then drive to Pahunga in Anakalang where the talent carved stone tomb of Sumba standing. Proceed to Praiijing - the beautiful traditional Sumba village. Stay at Hotel Manandang or similarExplore traditional villages in the west end of the island where the tallest Sumba traditional houses are located. The villages of Waingapu and Ratengaro are two places to be included in the visit today. Stay at hotels near Tambolaka airport. The options to stay at Oro beach or Mario Hotel by the beachFree program and fly back to Bali or next destination

$452.02 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4D3N Tour: Best of Sumba Island

Day 1: Tambolaka • Pick up at Tambolaka Airport at 13:00. • Proceed to Kampung Adat Ratenggaro. This is an Indonesian tradition style village, you can experience and see how people make cloth from the scratch. • Transfer to Mbawana Beach. This is a beautiful beach with cliffs, holed and ‘whole’. Besides that, locals from nearby villages passed by carrying their catch of the day; fishes, octopus, and turtles, all for daily consumption. Some you can see fishing on the rocks. • Head to Tanjung Mareha, a great place to enjoy the beauty of sunset. • Return to hotel at Tambolaka and rest.Day 2: Waingapu  • Enjoy breakfast and start the trip at 6:30. • Head to Pantai Mandorak. You can see deep blue ocean to the horizon beyond the coral reef. • Transfer to Danau Weekuri, a crystal clear salt water lake and a must-go place to swim. • Proceed to Kampung Adat Praijing. Here is another local village, you can experience the culture here. • Then we go to Lapopu Waterfall, a must see when visiting Sumba. Don’t forget to take nice photos and share with friends. • Continue to enjoy the sunset at Wairinding. • Return to hotel at Waingapu and rest.Day 3: Waingapu  • Enjoy breakfast and start the trip at 8:00. • Proceed to Puru Kambera with beach, ocean, savana and the empty road. Great place to take nice photos. • Tanggedu Waterfall. The location is hidden in the middle of the barren hills and savanna in East Sumba. You can take trekking here. • Walakiri Beach. The sunset here is truly a gem for photographers or Instagramers. • Stay at Hotel at Waingapu and rest.Day 4: Waingapu Airport • Enjoy breakfast and start the trip at 5:00. • Head to Waimarang Waterfall/Tanarara Hill(optional) • Drop off at Waingapu Airport.Our tour ends here. *Exact timings and sequence are subject to change depending on the conditions of the day.In this package, you will explore all famous attractions in Sumba Island along our experienced guides.