Top things to do in Sumba

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 Corner

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…
Waterfall in Waingapu

Air Terjun Tanggedu

Northwest of Waingapu is arguably Sumba's best waterfall. Expect to spend two hours or more making the 60-or-so-km journey along roads that leave a lot to be desired, followed by a 40-minute trek through savannah or…
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 Sumba's 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 west of 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 …
Waterfall in Praiyawang & Rende

Air Terjun Waimarang

It's a smooth road to get to this stunning, Sumbanese waterfall, followed by around 8km of bumps before arriving at the carpark. Pay a nominal fee for leaving your vehicle, before walking for around 20 minutes on ch…
Village in Waikabubak

Kampung Tarung

Tarung is home to five tribes, each with their own small, thatched shrine where only the local ratu (priest) is allowed to pray and commune with the marapu. Between October and November Tarung is the scene of an imp…
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…