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Best Tourist Destinations in West Sumba

There are many tourist destinations in West Sumba (Sumba Barat)

Waikabubak

Waikabubak is located in West Sumba, which is the second largest city in Sumba Island after Waingapu (East Sumba).

In Waikabubak, there are wonderful see sights like Rua beach, Nihiwatu beach, Marosi beach, Wekelo rice fields, Lapopu waterfall , Mandorak beach and Watu Maladangu beach.

Lapopu Waterfall (Air Terjun Lapopu)

Lapopu WaterfallLapopu Waterfall is located in Tanah Daru National Park, West Sumba. It’s about 24 km from Waikabubak, the capital city of West Sumba.

Unlike most of the waterfall, the Lapopu Waterfall is falling off from sloping cliff like terraced with a total height up to 92 meters above the river.

Travelers are suggested to bring their own food, because no restaurant on site. Also no accommodation facilities so visitors should stay in Waikabubak city.

Bijalungu Hiupaana in Wanokaka

bijalungu_hiupaana_at_wanokakaBijalungu Hiupaana a unique traditional ritual performed by Wanokaka people every the end of January. The exact date determined by Rato (spiritual leaders) to see the signs of nature and based on the moon.

On the night before the day, many sacred statues issued for sanctified. The residents were lining up to get the blessing of the Rato then took turns dancing the night.

The event continued with Tueng ritual (cut the buffalo). The buffalo was slaughtered and fall position indicate the condition of that year. If it falls to the right means a good year, if tumbling to the left means less good year.

Marosi Beach

Marosi beachMarosi Beach is located in Lamboya about 32 km from Waikabubak – the capital city of West Sumba.
The main attraction of this beach is a large rock that divides the beach into two equal parts. The water is crystal clear.

Travellers are suggested to bring their own food, because no restaurant on site. Also no accommodation facilities so visitors should stay in Waikabubak city.

Pasola Lamboya Festival

Pasola FestivalPasola Festival is war game tournament and usually held in February and March every year. They are riding  Sumba horses (Sandalwood pony).

 

Antonio Casella