Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Private

Discovering Mysterious Sumba, Indonesia (10 days)

Remote Lands, Inc

Waingapu, Indonesia To Nihiwatu , Indonesia

Valid for Departures Now Through: 18 Mar 2019


Day 1
Waingapu, Indonesia
Elvin Hotel Dinner

Arrive in Waingapu, Sumba’s largest town, and check into the hotel of your choice. We recommend the Elvin Hotel, the top-rated hotel in town. That afternoon, you’ll get to know your exotic surroundings as you are driven to the picturesque Prainatang Valley. Take a short 15-minute climb to Prailang. Wander through an old hilltop village composed of ten small huts and imagine ancient lifestyles in simpler times. Finish the day with an evening stroll in the quaint harbor area before retiring for the day.

Day 2
Rende, Indonesia
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel to East Sumba and see the intricate ikat cloth designs, considered to be the most beautiful in Sumbanese weaving. Visit a small village and learn how locals make the stunning cloth. This is a highly-skilled process involving preparing the cotton, spinning it into thread, tying the design into thread, dyeing, and finishing the final weaving on backstrap looms. Later that day, follow the coast from the Savu Sea to Rende. Rende is an ancient village with grand traditional houses and massive megalithic tombstones. Along the way, stop for lunch and take a stroll on the beach at either Kamber or Londalima’s beachfront.

Day 3
Nihiwatu , Indonesia
Anakalang, Indonesia
Nihiwatu Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Begin the day bright and early to travel to the uncharted, wild west of Sumba. Stop by the Waingapu morning market and stock up on authentic Sumbanese bites and souvenirs before setting off. Next, marvel at the iconic tombs dating all the way back to the Stone Age in Anakalang. This is one of the few locations in the world where you can see the megaliths still being built and used to honor the deceased today as it has been for centuries. Visit the small village of Kampung Pasanga and see the impressive vertical tombstone containing the remains of a past Chief and his wife. Finally, you will reach the island getaway of Nihiwatu Resort. With just seven bungalows and three villas on one of the three best beaches on earth (according to Condé Nast Traveler magazine), Nihiwatu is Sumba’s best hotel and it boasts privacy and comfort as well as world-class diving, snorkeling, fishing and surfing.

Day 4
Nihiwatu , Indonesia
Nihiwatu Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, consider going for a drive around the island, stopping at points of interest. Pay a visit to a local village and market and talk with the residents to get an idea of how life works in this remote region. For the remainder of the day, relax on the beach or treat yourself to the spa.

Day 5
Nihiwatu , Indonesia
Nihiwatu Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The trip concludes here by journeying to Denpasar and returning home. Alternatively, you may also choose to extend your stay on Sumba at the 5-star Nihiwatu Resort, and continue exploring the island’s ancient way of life and natural beauty.

Day 6
Nihiwatu , Indonesia
Nihiwatu Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend your day today relaxing in paradise. Lounge on the beach, swim in the sea, and lounge by the pool all day. Work on a golden tan to take back home as a token of your retreat to paradise.

Day 7
Nihiwatu , Indonesia
Nihiwatu Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Rise early this morning for a full day of outdoor adventure. After breakfast, set out to the sea for a day in the water. Go diving or snorkeling on some of the island's reefs. This part of the world is renowned for it's underwater biodiversity. Afterwards, relax a bit more on the beach and then enjoy a sunset dinner.

Day 8
Nihiwatu , Indonesia
Nihiwatu Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend the morning at your own leisure at the resort. After lunch, set out for a horseback riding and trekking excursion. Explore the lush area on the island around the resort and seek out secluded beaches. Afterwards, go for a sunset stroll along the shore before dinner.

Day 9
Nihiwatu , Indonesia
Nihiwatu Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Depending on the conditions and time of year, go with a guide to see turtle hatchlings crawl from their nests on the beach and return to the sea. Consider going for a boat trip to see the island from a different perspective. Enjoy a final sunset dinner on the island this evening.

Day 10
Nihiwatu , Indonesia
None Breakfast

Spend the morning at your own leisure, but be sure to get some final beach time in before checking out of the resort. You will be transferred to the airport for your departing flight this afternoon.

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Spend ten days reveling in the simple pleasures of life as you explore and learn about the beautiful traditions and cultures of the mysterious Indonesian island of Sumba, with our fun and adventure-filled Discovering Mysterious Sumba itinerary. There’s plenty of beach and nature time on this lush untrodden island. See rare traditions as you meander through small villages and chat with the locals. Of course, there will be ample time to spend relaxing on some of the best beaches this part of the world has to offer


  • See the exotic form of burial in ancient, megalithic tombs

  • Learn how the colorful and intricate ikat cloth is created

  • Visit traditional Sumbanese villages and learn about their well-preserved way of life first-hand from locals

  • Relax at the exclusive Nihiwatu Resort

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