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Discovering Mysterious Sumba

10 days / 9 nights
Price Per Person
Beaches, Tribal, Island Retreats

Spend ten days reveling in the simple pleasures of life as you explore and learn about the beautiful traditions and cultures of the mysterious Indonesian island of Sumba, with our fun and adventure-filled Discovering Mysterious Sumba itinerary. There’s plenty of beach and nature time on this lush untrodden island. See rare traditions as you meander through small villages and chat with the locals. Of course, there will be ample time to spend relaxing on some of the best beaches this part of the world has to offer

This itinerary is an example. It’s designed to inspire you and provide you with thoughtfully curated ideas. You can choose to do this exact itinerary or completely personalize it. All trips are 100% bespoke.


  • Sumba Villages: Visit traditional Sumbanese villages and learn about their well-preserved way of life first-hand from locals.
  • Ikat Weaving: A decorated Indonesian art known worldwide, Ikat weaving is intricate and a highly-skilled process. Visit a small village where artisans have honed this craft.
  • Nihi Sumba: This exclusive hideaway in a remote part of Sumba island offers guests world-class fishing, surfing, and diving. It is an idyllic getaway in pristine surrounds.


Day 1


Arrive in Waingapu, Sumba’s largest town, and check into the hotel of your choice. That afternoon, you’ll get to know your exotic surroundings as you are driven to the picturesque Prainatang Valley. Take a short 15-minute climb to Prailang. Wander through an old hilltop village composed of ten small huts and imagine ancient lifestyles in simpler times. Finish the day with an evening stroll in the quaint harbor area before retiring for the day.

Hotel Options

A small and standard hotel, Villa Amidala offers a clean and comfortable stay in Waingapu. Rooms come with Queen sized beds, air-conditioning, mini fridge, and coffee maker.

This accommodation has been personally vetted by the Remote Lands team and is the best available in the area. More information on this property is available on the “Hotels” tab at the top of the page.

Day 2


Travel to East Sumba and see the intricate ikat cloth designs, considered to be the most beautiful in Sumbanese weaving. Visit a small village and learn how locals make the stunning cloth. This is a highly-skilled process involving preparing the cotton, spinning it into thread, tying the design into thread, dyeing, and finishing the final weaving on backstrap looms. Later that day, follow the coast from the Savu Sea to Rende. Rende is an ancient village some 3 hours from Waingapu with grand traditional houses and massive megalithic tombstones. Along the way, stop for lunch and take a stroll on the beach at either Kamber or Londalima’s beachfront.

Day 3


Begin the day bright and early to travel to the uncharted, wild west of Sumba. Stop by the Waingapu morning market and stock up on authentic Sumbanese bites and souvenirs before setting off. Next, marvel at the iconic tombs dating all the way back to the Stone Age in Anakalang. This is one of the few locations in the world where you can see the megaliths still being built and used to honor the deceased today as it has been for centuries. Visit the small village of Kampung Pasanga and see the impressive vertical tombstone containing the remains of a past Chief and his wife. Finally, you will reach the island getaway of Nihi Sumba Resort or Cap Karoso. 

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Why We Love This Hotel

Location: The small and exclusive island of Sumba was once a three days’ journey from Bali, and is now only a 50-minute flight.

Service: Nihi Sumba’s guests often reflect on the warm family-like hospitality of the resort staff, propounding their stay as the best time of their lives.

Spa Safari: The signature NihiOka spa safari experience starts at dawn with a 90-minute trek through the countryside to a traditional Sumbanese village, followed by a private coastside breakfast. Swim in the ocean and indulge in spa treatments; bodywraps, scrubs, massages and facials, then head back to the resort for sunset.

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Nihi Sumba Preferred Hotel

Located on the unspoiled island of Sumba in Eastern Indonesia, Cap Karoso is surrounded by pristine beaches of crystal-clear water and nearby traditional villages. Local ingredients, culture, and mindset have been thoughtfully woven throughout every aspect of the property.

If our Preferred Hotel is unavailable, this accommodation is a reliable alternative and has been personally vetted by the Remote Lands team. More information on this property is available on the “Hotels” tab at the top of the page.


Day 4


After breakfast, consider going for a drive around the island, stopping at points of interest. Pay a visit to a local village and market and talk with the residents to get an idea of how life works in this remote region. For the remainder of the day, relax on the beach.

Day 5


Continue exploring the island’s ancient way of life and natural beauty. We suggest you treat yourself to an optional day spa experience.


Day 6


Spend your day today relaxing in paradise. Lounge on the beach, swim in the sea, and lounge by the pool all day. Work on a golden tan to take back home as a token of your retreat to paradise.

Day 7


Rise early this morning for a full day of outdoor adventure. After breakfast, set out to the sea for a day in the water. Go diving or snorkeling on some of the island's reefs. This part of the world is renowned for it's underwater biodiversity. Afterwards, relax a bit more on the beach and then enjoy a sunset dinner.


Day 8


Spend the morning at your own leisure at the resort. After lunch, set out for a biking or trekking excursion. Explore the lush area on the island around the resort and seek out secluded beaches. Afterwards, go for a sunset stroll along the shore before dinner.

Day 9


Consider going for a boat trip to see the island from a different perspective. Enjoy a final sunset dinner on the island this evening.


Day 10


Spend the morning at your own leisure, but be sure to get some final beach time in before checking out of the resort. You will be transferred to the airport for your departing flight this afternoon. 

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