Sumba Island

Remote, wild, and off-the-beaten track, Sumba has a reputation as Indonesia’s ‘forgotten island.’ Expect long empty stretches of palm-fringed white beaches, superb diving, spectacular surfing and fascinating indigenous culture and religion.

Sumba Island

Although Sumba remains largely undiscovered, the many attractions of this well-kept secret are gradually coming to light and this unspoilt island is fast gaining popularity among those looking for a more authentic Indonesian adventure than offered by its famous neighbour, Bali. One of the main draws is the indigenous Marapu religion practised on the island, a form of animism that centres on the worship of ancestral spirits. The local people believe their ancestors continue to live around them, although many are buried in ancient tombs that populate the island, and high priests conduct elaborate ceremonies, rituals and sacrifices to appease these spirits and bring good fortune. Visitors can also see some of Indonesia’s most intricate ikat fabrics handcrafted in Sumba’s traditional villages.  

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