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Top Choice Lagoon in West Sumba

Weekuri Lagoon

Almost as far west as you can get on Sumba is one of the island's most magical spots, Weekuri Lagoon. On one side, locals and tourists rent black rubber rings for 10,000Rp and float in the cool, crystal water; on th…
Top Choice Indonesian in Waingapu

PC Cafe

Pause for a photo in front of the bohemian "dream big, work hard, stay focus" mural before continuing up stairs to this open-air cafe with vintage furniture and dreamcatchers. Eat veg dishes like papaya flower with …
Top Choice Indonesian in Waingapu

Pasar Malam

The best dinner options turn up at dusk: a couple of warungs and half a dozen gas-lit carts at the old wharf grill and fry seafood on the cheap. In the centre of town at the southern fork of Jl Ahmad Yani are more s…
Textiles in Waingapu

Praikundu Ikat Centre

This small weaver's centre is 2.5km off the main road, sticking to the left fork. Run by Kornelis Ndapakamang, it's hung with some of Flores' most prized ikat, all naturally dyed with detailed motifs. Kornelis will …
Textiles in Waingapu

Ama Tukang

A series of rooms and houses championing ikat and jewellery, where guests can see everything from motif design to colouring and weaving. The collection features marapu, animals and village scenes – all hung on displ…
Museum in Tambolaka

Lembaga Studi & Pelestarian Budaya Sumba

Just 3km outside town, this Catholic-run NGO is in a working coconut plantation and has an excellent cultural museum. It was developed by Fr Robert Ramone, who noticed how, once baptised, Sumbanese frequently break …
International in Waikabubak

D'Sumba Ate

This cool, bamboo restaurant cooks up wood-fired pizzas, pasta and burgers alongside the usual Indo suspects. If you know what's good for you, you'll eat ayam betutu kampung dan urap, a Balinese-spiced village chick…
International in Tambolaka

Warung Gula Garam

Run by expat Frenchman Louis, this open-air cafe near the airport plays funky-fresh R & B tunes and serves surprisingly good wood-fired pizza, plus other Western dishes like chicken cordon bleu and sausages with…
Cafe in Wanokaka

Cosy Beach Club

Owned by the people behind luxurious glamping resort, Watukaka, this casual club is the only place to eat, grab a beer and even dance for miles around. The succinct menu is a tour of Indonesia, from south Sulawesi's…
Indonesian in Waingapu

Mr Cafe

Join workers on comfy plastic chairs and order from a large selection of Indonesian dishes. Although locals recommend fried tofu and tempe, the rawon (a fragrant beef soup with a complex broth) is an experience wort…