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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…
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 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…
Indonesian in Waikabubak

Pondok Daun Ubi

A decent choice beside verdant rice fields, this modern restaurant serves ayam (chicken) in more than 20 ways, as well as beef and seafood Indonesian dishes. Sit on the ground in individual pavilions above murky gre…
Arts & Crafts in Waikabubak

A Hamid Algadi Art Shop

The owners of this art and souvenir shop appear from nowhere to open up as you arrive. There are wooden antiques, old stone grinders, bronze jewellery and an ikat collection including both brightly beaded and natura…
Indonesian in Tambolaka

Warungku

Set back from the main road in a walled compound, this open-air restaurant, complete with water feature and karaoke, has excellent versions of Indo classics. It's a pretty garden setting, and you can while away a fe…
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…