Sumba is a place of breathtaking landscapes in breathtaking diversity. So while right now long-distance travel is reserved for our dreams, the future holds the promise of unique sights just waiting to be discovered… And we’re pretty sure you’ll think they’re worth the flight!
Here are our top four landscapes you’ll only see in Sumba.
DANCING MANGROVES ON WALAKIRI BEACH
On a calm, white sand beach enveloped by coconut trees, you’ll find one of Sumba’s most iconic landscapes, the dancing mangroves of Walakiri. The mangroves are at their most spectacular at low tide when they are revealed in all their glory, and again at sunset as the trees start to dance in the light.
SAVANNAH OF WAIRINDING HILL
Sumba lays claim to one of Asia’s most beautiful savannah landscapes, Wairinding Hill, where undulating hills replace the rugged mountainous and volcanic terrain that is so typical of the rest of Indonesia. The hills glow a faded yellow in the dry season and a lush green come rainy season. We suggest taking in the view from the saddle of a Sandalwood pony or watching the sun set over the uninterrupted landscape.
There are many perfectly preserved traditional villages in Sumba, but Ratenggaro is one of the most impressive thanks to its quite extraordinary seafront position. Lying on an estuary where the river meets the sea, soaring thatched roofs and hundreds of megalithic tombs meet tranquil turquoise waters.
BATHING HORSES in Sumba
Sumba is home to an equestrian landscape unique in the world: herds of native Sandalwood ponies galloping free on the wild, white sand beaches and swimming in the empty, azure seas. It’s a sight most often seen when the water is calm or the high-tide is descending.