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Surfing and Lounging on Nihiwatu Beach

Nihiwatu Beach is located about 30 km from Waikabubak, a popular town in West Sumba that operates as its capital city. I’ve been many times, and rarely get enough of the place. The scenery is wonderful, mixing bright-beige sand, tropical flora, and sky-blue water set against a backdrop of breathtaking hills. The coastline extends over two and a half kilometers, enough for a good job on the wet sand.

Waves here are some of the fastest and most challenging for surfers, being the undisputed best in the whole of Indonesia (and, maybe, the world?). The beach is also great for other activities, like snorkeling, scuba-diving, fishing, bird-watching, horseback-riding. You name it. The area is also home to the Nihiwatu Resort, named best hotel in the world by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

The best time to visit Nihiwatu beach for surfing is from April to December. During the other months, the monsoon season sets in. By plane one can land at Tambolaka Airport, and hire a car to journey for about two to three hours to reach Nihiwatu beach.

 

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Nihiwatu beach, West Sumba – Indonesia