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Discover Sumba Island Indonesia’s Hidden Gems of Natural Beauty and Cultural Heritage

Map of Sumba

Sumba this island offers a window into ancient civilisation. A unique ancient tribal culture & ancestral beliefs attract much interest from scholars. Lying at the eastern end of a chain of beautiful Indonesian islands, Sumba remains a mystery to most. Full of history and alive with indigenous culture, Sumba Island is also attracting attention for its unique wildlife and stunning natural beauty.

Praijing Villages Sumba
Prajing Villages Sumba

The western side of the island is more fertile and more heavily populated than the east.

Sumba Island


Sumba lies at the southeastern end of an archipelago known as the Lesser Sunda Islands, which also includes Bali, Lombok, Sumbawa, Flores, and Timor, among others.

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Local Culture and Traditions

Sumba Island has retained a wealth of fascinating local traditions that define its cultural identity. all over the island at traditional villages and burial sites, and during the festivals and celebrations that take place year-round.


Villages of traditional Sumbanese clan houses, built around ancestral tombs, The pointed roofs distinguish Marapu buildings, which are made of wood with a stone or wooden base and a roof made from Alang grass. mountainsides to be closer to ancestral spirits with the village enclosed by stone walls. Villages are usually arranged with the largest house in the middle. This is the ceremonial building used for rituals and rites for the whole village.

Ratenggaro Villages
Ratenggaro Villages

A traditional house has three levels, each of which has a symbolic meaning. The underworld below the house (uma dalu) is where the animals live. Above that is the human living space (baga), and in the rafters and the peaked roof is the spiritual world where the gods and ancestral spirits reside (lab baga). According to Marapu beliefs, the levels of the house signify the harmonious relationship between man and God. The traditional house is not only a place to live and take shelter, it is also an important part of society and a place of ceremony.

Ikat textiles

The Sumbanese are famous for their handwoven Ikat textiles, an intricate technique involving dying threads multiple times and intricately weaving them to form complex patterns. Different patterns signify different clans from different regions.

An Ikat garment can be a traditional piece of clothing worn in everyday life but can also hold a lot of value and be worn during ceremonies.

Praijing Villages Sumba
Prajing Villages Sumba

Pasola Festival

Pasola is a traditional event between February and March. Horsemen charging at one another to ensure a successful harvest.

Natural Beauty

One of the main attractions of Sumba is its outstanding natural beauty. deciduous forests, a unique population Sumba Island where perfect white beaches meet the crystal-clear azure ocean

Sumba Island

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