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Sumba

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.

Experiences

Sumba Market

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

Lapopu Waterfalls

Picnic under Lapopu waterfalls.

Fishing Experience

Take a private boat and crew to fish for your dinner.

Surfing Experience

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

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.

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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Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise sets us apart. So too our curiosity. A curiosity of the world and of you, and your passions. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you.

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