Wairinding Hill promises one of the most photographed sceneries of Sumba. Its rolling hills offer different experiences depending on the time of the year. Wairinding appears fiercely green during the rainy season (November-May) and transforms into a beautiful field of gold in the dry season (July-October).
Further east, Puru Kambera will blow your mind too. The place presents a startlingly different landscape from its nearby town, Waingapu. You would find an open stretch of grassland surrounded by the hills on one side and the ocean on the other. Home to gracious wild horses roaming around, Puru Kambera’s savanna is breathtaking.
At the western end of Sumba Island, Weekuri lake is a place not to miss. Separated by cliffs, this tidal lagoon is only 20 meters away from the sea with a sandy bottom and cool waters that are perfect for swimming. There is a jumping board for thrill-seekers. Like many hidden gems on this island, you won’t find many people here. Not far from the Lake, there is a spectacular Mandorak beach that reminds of Nusa Penida.
Century-old traditions of Sumba promise spectacular scenery when visiting its indigenous villages. Prailiu is one of the most exotic traditional villages in East Sumba. You will find traditional houses standing tall with high pyramid-shaped roofs, called Uma Mbatang or Uma Hori. Meet the village’s females who specialize in exquisite ikat weaving, including for royalties. Other equally remarkable and scenic villages include Prai Ljing and Kampung Tarung.