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Beyond Sumba

Sumba Island is one of the few non-volcanic islands in the Ring of Fire archipelago of Indonesia.   It is unique in a multitude of ways.  The north coast is the leeward side of the island; it is dotted with coral reefs, mangroves, sheltered bays, and protected beaches.  The south coast features live coral barrier reefs, world class surf waves and unapparelled sports fishing.

The Island of Sumba is part of the Lesser Sunda Islands; it is about twice the area of Bali.  It is full of limestone hills, maize, cassava and rippling savannah; it is very different from the rest of Indonesia.  Therefore, it is becoming increasingly an important destination for visitors who want to experience a different kind of Indonesia atmosphere.

Sumba island is dotted by thatched roof homes surrounded by ancestral tombs; the people of Sumba honor their ancestors with festivals and various rites, such as the annual Pasola festival.

horse-of-sumbaDuring Pasola the people of Sumba Island act out conflicts with other tribes by fighting mock battles with spears on horseback. 
Horses are also still a main transportation mode, as well as a sign of wealth.  Sumba is also one of the country’s head horse breeding places.  Horses and cattle breeding form an integral part of the Merapu religion that helps the people of Sumba to worship their gods  

Tourist Travel to Sumba:

If you love tropical islands, stunning beaches, world class surfing and sports fishing you are invited to visit Sumba anytime.  If you long for peaceful quite Sumba Island is also a good choice for your next vacation.

Getting to Sumba

Visitors can fly to Waingapu or Tambolaka airport to get to Sumba from close by Kupang, West Timor or from Bali,  Or if you choose, you can take a boat from Flores to Waingapu or to one of the other islands. Waingapu is a small town in the eastern section of Sumba Island and is where the country’s governmental offices, education center, and business and trading centers are located.

www.ruabeachresort.com is our fifteen bungalow resort on the south coast in Rua Bay.  Come visit with us anytime; we are waiting to guide your tour of Sumba Island.

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