To the west lie the other islands in the archipelago, most notably Solor and Adonara, and then the larger island of Flores. To the east is the Alor Strait, which separates this archipelago from the Alor Archipelago. To the south across the Savu Sea lies the island of Timor, while to the north the western branch of the Banda Sea separates it from Buton and the other islands of Southeast Sulawesi.
The capital city Lewoleba (also known as Labala) is found on the western part of the island alongside a huge bay facing the Ilê Ape volcano in the north. Ships frequently connect the coastal towns and surrounding islands, but the only bigger harbour exists at Lewoleba in the north of the island. From Lewoleba there are daily connections to Larantuka, Flores, and Waiwerang on the neighbouring island of Adonara.
Like the other Lesser Sunda Islands, and indeed much of Indonesia, Lembata is volcanically active. It has three volcanoes, Ililabalekan, Iliwerung, and Lewotolo.
The people of Lembata are, like many other inhabitants of Eastern Indonesia, famous for their handmade ikat weavings. The national language, Indonesian, is known by many people of all ages, but like on other islands the national language coexists with many local languages. The most widespread of these is probably Lamaholot (another lingua franca inside the Solor archipelago). Lamaholot is spoken as a native language on Eastern Flores and Western Solor, and is itself divided into ten or more sublanguages (and many more dialects). It is spoken by 150.000 or more people in the region.
On the South coast of Lembata, the village of Lamalera (pop. 2.500) is known for its whale hunting. Lamalera and Lamakera (on the neighbouring island of Solor) are the last two remaining Indonesian whaling communities.
Lamalera’s rich oral history stretches back even earlier than 1410-–the year the people arrived on Lembata and began whaling in the Sawu Sea, a deep migratory channel for sperm whales and rich in other marine life. Here traditional whaling is carried out with a huge dose of bravery from small boats powered by oars and rattan sails. The most dangerous job is performed by the “Lamafa” who leaps off the boat with the grace of a ballet dancer and the strength of an Olympic diver, using his body to embed the harpoon in the whale.
The village of Lamalera is located on Lembata Island in Eastern Indonesia along a coastline formed from jagged volcanic rock. The village was first settled in the year 1410 when refugees from a tsunami disaster on nearby Lapan Batan Island arrived after their community was destroyed by the huge waves. Whaling was already a tradition on Lepan Batan Island, and the new community of Lamalera also adopted it as their primary livelihood. Today more than 1,700 people live in the village and whales are still the most important source of meat for their diets. Whale meat is also used at the local market to barter for fruits, vegetables and other commodities.
Day 01: KUPANG ARRIVAL
Check in at hotel, getting lunch and making city tour, proceed to Lasiana for beautiful sunset, back to hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 02: KUPANG-LEMBATA ISLAND
After breakfast, transfer to airport, arrival at Lewoleba, direct to restaurant lunch. After lunch continue to Lamalera. Direct check in at home stay, dinner and overnight.
Day 03: LAMALERA FULL DAY TOUR
After breakfast, visit Mingar beach and following fisherman for hunting. Lunch and back to home stay, dinner overnight.
Day 04: LAMALERA-LEWOLEBA-KUPANG
Breakfast, transfer to airport to next destination. Arrival at Kupang, lunch sightseeing Kupang city, back to hotel overnight dinner.
Day 05: KUPANG-NEXT DESTINATION
Breakfast, transfer to airport to next destination.
Rate : USD 600/person/twin share, minimum 2 person
• Transfer and tours as per the itinerary.
• Full board meals
• Private charter boat trip
• Entrance fees
• Ranger fee
• Mineral water, morning and afternoon tea-coffee plus snack
• English speaking guide
• Boat anchorage
• Refreshment and Porter
• Snorkeling gear
• Return airfare ticket from/to Denpasar
• Camera fee, travel insurance
• Any personal expenses, such as: laundry services, phone call, tipping, soft and alcohol drink
What to bring:
• Sun screen
• Tracking shoes
• Towel and swimming suite
• Fly spray
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