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To experience a piece of Indonesia far removed from the norm. Local festivals, great beaches with sublime surf and the simple yet stylish hotel Nihi Sumba.

Sumba is part of the Lesser Sunda Islands and spans 11,000 square kilometres, making it twice the size of Bali, but with only one-sixth of Bali’s inhabitants.

Just a one and a half hour flight brings visitors to Sumba where the terrain is quite different – undulating hills replace the typical volcanic terrain in Indonesia with many areas in the North and East of the island resembling dry savannahs, whilst central highlands are covered in native Alang Alang grass and the mountains in the South extend down into lush tropical vegetation.

Due to the isolated location of the island, the language, religion and traditional lifestyle of the Sumbanese culture has been preserved. Traditional dress is still observed with the men wearing a short sarong (Hinggi) around their hips and a band or turban of woven Ikat with motifs and women wear long sarongs and headbands with different motifs.


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Sumba Markets

Shop for traditional Sumbanese fabrics, carvings and food at the local market.

Lapopu Waterfalls

Bathe under the 90 metre high Lapopu waterfalls in western Sumba before a picnic breakfast or lunch al fresco.

Fishing Experience

Stay at Nihi Sumba and join local fisherman and expert boatmen for an incredible fishing experience. Try your hand at deep sea fishing and even spear fishing.

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Surfing Experience

Book a surf lesson at Nihi Sumba’s famous left-hand break.

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Pasola Festival

Stay at Nihi Sumba, timing your visit to coincide with the jousting festival of Pasola, traditionally held in February and March to welcome in the wet season.

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Nihiwatu Villa Terrace
Nihi Sumba, Sumba, Indonesia

Nihi Sumba

Stretching across 560 acres of unspoiled natural land including a two and half-kilometre private beach, this spectacular all-villa resort offers secluded privacy and the ultimate exclusivity.

The 21 villas of exceptional design are built on private terraces with large verandahs that sift through the trees with an impressive use of living space, imbued by natural materials to make the most of the dramatic views.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Clare Higginson

It was my passion for languages that first encouraged me to leave the UK behind and grab my rucksack. Since then, it’s been a mixture of intriguing cultures, jaw-dropping landscapes and the wonder of seeing animals in their natural habitat that sees me continuously extending my travel wish list. I also seek adventure; exploring the deep blue or hiking a peak often winning favour. Although it’s my time horse herding in Mongolia that I regularly want to relive.

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Deborah Brock-Doyle

My first journey for Steppes was in 1999 when I set off to explore Thailand to gather those little details that constitute Steppes Travel’s trademark knowledge. I have since been lucky enough to travel extensively in Southeast Asia, China, the Middle East and India. A few special memories include being joined at dinner by an otter in Laos, proudly being shown an illicit picture of the Dalai Lama in Tibet and diving with manta rays on Christmas day in Indonesia. I’m pretty sure I always leave a country wishing I had done more, seen more, learned more ….. but I also always hope to return …

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