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Sumba Island

Sumba Island Destination Guide

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Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Sumba Island, created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

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Language Indonesian
Time Difference 6 hours
Currency Rupiah
Voltage 230V

Discover the beautiful Indonesian Island of Sumba, a pristine haven surrounded by white sands, crashing waves and mesmerising marine life. Once the secret haunt for many a savvy surfer, the stunning resort of Nihiwatu – the epitome of sustainable tourism and rugged luxury - has now opened up the island to a new generation of discerning travellers. Known mainly for its Nihiwatu Wave and impressive beach, the island has a stunning natural interior, vibrant culture and dramatic underwater topography. Whether you wish to surf, dive, snorkel, fish or free-dive in the rich surrounding ocean - or perhaps hike through the traditional villages, horse ride along the shore, trek through cascading rice paddies, or visit historic Stone Age sites - you are guaranteed to be truly captivated by the endless offerings of seductive Sumba Island.


A site of pilgrimage for lovers of surfing, Sumba Island boasts a spectacular, extensive coastline, as well as housing one of the world's most coveted waves, 'God's Left' (or 'Occy's Left', named after the Australian surfer, Mark Occhilupo), which offers even the most experienced surfers a real challenge. The crystalline waters and pristine reefs offer some of the best scuba diving, free diving and snorkelling in Indonesia, allowing you to explore the mesmerising, colourful underwater kingdom of Sumba, and encounter its diverse inhabitants.


Immerse yourself in a forgotten culture and take a trip back in time, as you explore Sumba Island’s enchanting historical sites and encounter the wonderfully fascinating residents. Hike through rice paddies and low limestone hills, past the picturesque, traditional hilltop villages, marvelling at the thatched clan houses clustered around megalithic tombs. Live like a local at one of the bustling markets, before spotting Sumba’s beautiful, world-famous Ikat weavings; each region in Sumba has its own distinctive design, all reflecting the life, culture and history of this astonishing island.


Offering a true taste of tropical paradise, Sumba Island’s beautiful beaches are characterised by sugar-soft, white sand that leads out to the shimmering turquoise, and inimitably clear, waters of the Indian Ocean. Whilst lying back beneath the island sunshine is one (wonderful) way to enjoy the stunning coastline, why not embark on an unforgettable horse ride in the shallows? The Sandalwood Stables boast world-class equestrian facilities and even have a resident Horse Whisperer!


Stunning Sumba island has a semi-arid climate and, the east of the island in particular, is characterized by hot North-Australian weather. From May to October, the climate is mostly dry and the temperatures are high, particularly before the rain begins in November; this monsoon season can last for up to 5 months in the west of Sumba and 3 months in the east. April to July is the best time to visit for nature lovers as the island is at its lushest after the rain, whilst surfers flock from around the world to experience the awesome waves from May to September.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Sumba Island.

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Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

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Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit Insect and tick bite avoidance. In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations i.e, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling. Visit the FCDO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: Foreign Travel Advice. Additional sources of information include: Public Health England, The National Travel Health And Network Centre, Foreign And Commonwealth Office and your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.

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