Top things to do in West 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…
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 …
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…
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…
Village in Wanokaka

Kampung Waigalli

Downhill from the riverside settlement of Taramanu, just after the sports field, you'll meet a good road that leads to a huddle of about 30 thatched, peak-roof houses around a stone grave site on a promontory above …
Village in Wanokaka

Kampung Praigoli

Best known for its nearly 200-year-old Watu Kajiwa, the deeply traditional, sprawling village of Praigoli is notched in the dusty, leafy hills above Sumba's southwest coast. About 5km onwards from Praigoli is the tr…
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…
Indonesian in Waikabubak

Rumah Makan Fanny

A pint-sized Waikabubak staple, favoured for flavourful but crazy-spicy ikan kuah assam (tamarind fish soup) – one is enough to feed two. It also has assorted Chinese-Indo seafood dishes and a house special fried ch…
Beach in Wanokaka

Pantai Watubela

You'll need your own wheels or a driver to access this slice of paradise, which is part of Patiala Bawa village, but the privacy and serenity is worth it. The small, white-sand crescent is flanked by rocks covered w…