Highlights of Indonesia

Sumba Island

Scroll

South of Flores in the lesser Sunda Islands lies Sumba, twice the size of Bali at 11,153 square km in size, and formed of a mixture of terrains and habitats making it quite different from its neighbouring islands. There is dry savannah, mountains and some of the most beautiful beaches in Indonesia. Sumba’s dry deciduous and semi-evergreen forests support almost 200 species of birds including seven endemic and range-restricted species.

There has been very little tourist development on Sumba: the luxurious, top end place to stay is Nihiwatu Eco Resort, while Sumba Nautil Resort offers great service and spacious rooms at very good value. This means the island’s traditional culture is still very much in evidence, with vernacular three-storey houses with high pointed roofs and locals still wearing traditional dress. Headhunting only stopped around 50 years ago, and thus the island has been the subject of anthropological documentaries. There are regular flights from Bali, making Sumba easy to combine with a stay there before flying home.

Accommodation Near

Sumba Island

Nihiwatu Resort Sumba

An intimate, award-winning, luxury boutique resort on the remote island of Sumba...

Inspiration

Wildlife Holiday Ideas

Indonesia
8 Days
Price from
£4410
GEOIP Not Available
Tour type
Wildlife Cruise
Indonesia Papua New Guinea
18 Days
Price from
£6196
GEOIP Not Available
Tour type
Tailor-Made Tour
Indonesia
17 Days
Price from
£5845
GEOIP Not Available
Tour type
Tailor-Made Tour
Indonesia
14 Days
Price from
£6595
GEOIP Not Available
Tour type
Tailor-Made Tour
Indonesia
15 Days
Price from
£4289
GEOIP Not Available
Tour type
Tailor-Made Tour
Indonesia
14 Days
Price from
£3680
GEOIP Not Available
Tour type
Tailor-Made Tour