Sumba is a magical Island, a landscape filled with natural wonderment and geographical opulence.
Tailor-made itineraries include everything from visits to local Stone Age sites and traditional villages to picnics under breathtaking Lapopu and Blue waterfalls to butterfly and nature trails.
Guests have the opportunity to partake in a daily excursion with our Land & Activities team who takes guests to experience some of the islands most spectacular and scenic excursions by hiking, mountain biking, horse riding or open-air Land Rover Safari.
NIHIWATU® offers some of the most breath-taking, diverse hiking Indonesia has to offer. Along white sandy beaches, mountains, rice paddies, ancient villages, our fully guided walks are all within an hour from the resort and cater for families or the avid hiker.
The two-hour trek to nearby Nihi Oka valley commences at 6.30am walking through thick palm tree jungle to explore the local, traditional settlements before descending into a breath taking valley of cascading rice paddy fields. Upon arrival, guests are treated to breakfast on our unique and magical tree-house dining platform. An option to spend the day there indulging in natural spa experiences and experience our Nihi Oka SPA SAFARI TM.
Further afield, a popular hike is a 45-minute drive from NIHIWATU® through the Wanukaka valley. Arriving to a local village, the Blue Waterfall Trip includes a 90-minute hike descending through the national park, to the magnificent blue lagoon at the base of the waterfall. Sheer cliffs 200 to 300 metres high surround the waterfall providing an awe-inspiring backdrop. Guests can jump off the rocks and swim, enjoy a picnic and feel completely removed from the world.
Guests depart NIHIWATU® at 7.30am for this 2-hour trek and ascend up through the surrounding palm tree forest heading past traditional Sumba villages. Discover the changing environment, meet the locals, and understand more about their daily village life from farming, markets and education to traditional Sumbanese houses.
Guests depart NIHIWATU® at 7.30am and start the trek heading west across the two and half kilometer NIHIWATU® beach. Hike through thick palm tree jungle and up through the mountainous Lamboya valley, over 200 hectares of rice paddy fields anchored by estuaries and rivers. The trek is ended by a light early lunch and the opportunity to discover the surrounding area by a return walk or a ride back in the open air safari vehicle.
Discover the island’s colors in the heart of West Sumba’s largest town, Waikabubak. Just a 30 minutes’ drive from Nihiwatu, there is a boisterous and unique market where you can see piles of dried fish, chili peppers, tobacco, and betel nuts that the locals so highly revere. Meet interesting characters, “pasar” and all the vendors hawking their wares. A trip through town includes a stop at the local fruit stand, a local Sumbanese antique store and a variety of other attractions. On Wednesday’s, you can see a traditional local market at Kabukarudi (Lamboya), Saturday’s the market at Pededewatu (Rua) for more insight into the everyday lives of the Sumbanese.
Learn about what The Sumba Foundation is supporting across the island. The close relationship with the resort and many of our guests has brought health, nourishment, education, and enriched the lives of many indigenous Sumbanese people. Visit a local water project, a Malaria-combating health clinic, or volunteer one morning with the school lunch program. Our prearranged tour will also make a stop at the Foundation headquarters, located just outside the gates of NIHIWATU®.