Sumba island covers an area of 11,150 square km which is now populated by about 350,000 people. Generally the climate similar to other part of Indonesia where a dry season (May to November), and a rainy season (December to April). The island of Sumba is well known of its sandlewood, horses, impressive megalithic tombs, typical hand woven textile ("ikat"), and still untouched beautiful beaches. There are two entering point in to Sumba island from anywhere in the Lesser Waingapu & Waikabubak (Tambolaka). These are the people could enter Sumba for either by flight or boat.
Sumba island has a great and unique position respect to the Sunda Banda archipelagoes, it is one of the biggest island on the East Nusa Tenggara region beside Flores and Timor. It represents an isolated sliver of probable continental crust to the south of active volcanic islands (Sumbawa, Flores ) within the forearc basin (Fig.1). It is situated to the north of passage from the Java Trench (subduction front) to the Timor Through (collision front).
It does not show still the effects of strong compression in contrast to islands of the outer arc system (Savu, Roti, Timor), while the magmatic units make up a substantial part of the Late Cretaceous to Paleogene stratigraphy.
Most Sumbanese are Christian (Catholic and Protestant), however, and part of them are still strongly keep their native and original religion called Marapu. Most cultural objects are related to the Marapu religion such as the shape of traditional houses, ceremonies, or kings' graves and tombs.
The Customary houses designed in high-peaked roof to store the heirlooms and store. It is divided into male and female section, and generally surrounded by impressive megalithic tombs. Their famous ceremony are the wedding and funerals. where they usually sacrificed animals pigs, buffaloes, cattle, and horses.
The Megalithic tombs are made from the hard stone forming the megalithic shape. This covered by rectangle flat stone supported by four pillars about 1,5 meters high. The Megalithic tombs are actually located in the front of their houses.
A primitive Sumbanese art objects strongly related with a social functions of Merapu belief. The carved stones and wood statues are representing the death, Merapu, and as medium for their contact. Metal ornaments and jewelry are usually for wedding ceremonies, and are related to the social status.
Day 0l : ARRIVAL (LD)
On arrival at Mauhau Waingapu airport, meeting service then transfer to Merlin hotel for lunch. After lunch visit to Prainatang village is located on the hill. Here you can see the traditional houses style in East Sumba, old grave stone yard and surounding with the valley panoramas.
Day 02 : WAINGAPU – PAU – RENDE (BLD)
After breakfast visit to Prainatang Village located up on a hill top where you can see the traditional houses of East Sumba, old traditional grave stones, and a stunning valley panorama. After walking 1km we arrive at a traditional village, proceeding to Purukambera Beach for swimming. Back to the Hotel for lunch with an afternoon trip to Pau and Rende Village for seeing the best of Sumba “Ikat“.
Day 03 : WAINGAPU - WAIKABUBAK (BLD)
After breakfast to visit Prailiu Village the famous for its “ Ikat “ Weaving then by coach to Waikabubak – West Sumba, enroute stop to Anakalang the nice carved megalithic tombs in Sumba island, proceed to Waikabubak and check in at Manandang/Artha hotel for lunch. After lunch trip to Waikelosawah to see a natural spring waterfall with surrounding rice field terraces. Visit to Tarung and Waitabar village to see traditional Sumbanese houses, grave stones and collections of buffalo horn. Transfer back to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 04 : WAIKABUBAK – KODI (BLD)
After breakfast transfer to Kodi for visiting the village of Ratenggaro and Paronabororo seeing the highest peaked roofs of traditional houses, and megalithic tombs. A lunch box will be provided from the Hotel. Transfer back to Waikabubak to your Hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 05 : WAIKABUBAK – WANOKAKA – WAINGAPU (BLD)
After breakfast explore the southern part of Waikabubak with beautiful sceneries and traditional village, proceeding to Marosi beach. Back to hotel for lunch. After lunch return to Waingapu and check at Merlin Hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 06 : TRANSFER OUT (BL)
After breakfast free time for leisure until your transfer to the airport for departure to next destination.
Rate : US$ 700/person min 02 person
Pick up services from Tambolaka or Waingapu Airport, accommodation based in Monalisa Cottages, English Speaking Guide, AC vehicle, Tours as per itineraries, All Meals, Refreshment ( Tea/Coffee/Mineral Water ), Entrance Fees
Return Air Tickets, Alcoholic and Non Alcoholic Drinks,Additional Tips, Laundry, Phone Calls and Any Personal Expenses
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