Welcome to Tambolaka
Located 42km northwest of Waikabubak, this once sleepy market town has become West Sumba's main transport hub – it's booming and it's going by a whole new name, Tambolaka, at least in tourism brochures and other government literature. We've followed suit, even if many locals of a certain age still refer to it as Waitabula. While still in the early stages of growth, Tambolaka is easily accessible from Bali, and is the gateway to the island's sensational western half.
Future visitor growth seems inevitable; beachfront 'for sale' signs are common and a new school to train locals in tourism is opening east of the airport.