Waikabubak is the second-largest city on Sumba, after Waingapu in the East. It’s a popular destination with wonderful sights, including the Rua, Nihiwatu, Marosi, Mandorak and Watu Maladangu beaches, as well as the Wekelo rice field and the Lapopu waterfall. Nearby there are traditional villages, including Tarung and Pero, offering a good opportunity to visit the tribal Sumbanese people.
Lapopu Waterfall (Air Terjun Lapopu)
Lapopu Waterfall is located in Tanah Daru National Park, about 24 km from Wakabubak. Unlike most others waterfalls, the water here streams off a sloping cliff starting 92 meters above the river. Visitors are advised to bring their own food as there are no purveyors on site.
Bijalungu Hiupaana in Wanokaka
Bijalungu Hiupaana is a unique traditional ritual performed by the people of the Wanokaka region, performed at the end of every January. The exact date changes from year to year, being determined by the Rato, or spiritual leaders, who base their decision on signs in nature and the position of the moon. On the eve before, sacred statues are worshipped, and tribespeople line up to be blessed by the Rato and then take turns dancing. The event is followed by the so-called Tueng ritual, whereby a buffalo is slaughtered and is then interpreted to indicate conditions for the year ahead. Witnessing all this is an experience like no other.
Marosi beach is located in Lamboya about 32 km from Waikabubak. Endowed with smooth sand, crystal clear water and the beautiful flora of Sumba, this beach is among the best that the island offers. A large rock in the middle that raises interest among visitors cuts the beach in two equal halves.
Pasola Lamboya Festival
The annual Pasola festival is a harvest rite where tribesmen, mounted on horses and armed with wooden spears, fight a bloody game to fertilize the soil. It is usually held in February or March.