Why Visit Sumba?


Like every Indonesian island, Sumba has its own unique culture. The indigenous people practise Marapu, an animistic faith where they believe their ancestors live in the trees and their houses often have a third floor reserved just for them. The culture is based on rituals that are long, elaborate and shamanic in nature.




Much of the tourism on Sumba directly contributes to improving the lives of the indigenous people. Hoteliers have been directly involved in improving water supplies, education, healthcare, economic initiatives and employment opportunities.





Sumba’s pristine and lush interior is a haven for nature lovers. The deciduous forests and grassy hills and plains are teeming with endemic bird species, whilst the surrounding waters are replete with marine life. Wild horses and buffalo roam the beaches.





Thanks to an extraordinary, almost mythical wave at Nihi Sumba, the island is a mecca for surfers. Only ten surfers are allowed here each day, but fear not, as the entire island is full of incredible beaches with exceptional waves.





The islanders are famous for their colourful ikat – much of which is exported to other islands in the archipelago. You’ll see it being woven in the villages and worn in rituals and ceremonies. The best comes from the east of Sumba.





With only a small number of visitors to the island, it’s not difficult to find a remote and quiet beach. Wild and rugged, often surrounded by forests and cliffs, with pristine white sand, many offer calm waters, perfect for swimming and snorkelling.