Only a 50-minute flight from Bali
The Island of Sumba lies in the east of Indonesia’s archipelago, the largest set of islands in the world. Part of the East Nusa Tenggara province, Sumba is one of the closest Indonesian islands to Australia and lies within the Wallacea ecozone, giving it a mixture of plants and animals of Asian and Australiasian origin. This largely untouched island is seeing strong tourism growth due to its uncrowded waves, empty white sand beaches, unique inland adventures, and striking, largely unexplored natural setting.
Despite contact with western cultures, Sumba is one of the few places in the world in which megalithic burials, are used as a ‘living tradition’ to inter prominent individuals when they die. Burial in megaliths is a practice that was used in many parts of the world during the Neolithic and Bronze Ages, but has survived to this day in Sumba, and has raised significant interest from scholars around the world.
The island is particularly rich in bird-life with nearly 200 birds, of which seven are endemic species. Many other birds are only found on Sumba and nearby islands, attracting bird lovers from around the world.