Can I change money in Sumba? Any particular clothing you suggest? If you have bugs, do you recommend any particular repellant? See below for all the answers to these and many other similar questions.
There are no money changing facilities on the island. If you plan to buy handicrafts at villages then please exchange your currency in Bali before arriving at NIHIWATU®. Credit cards can be used in NIHIWATU®’s facilities such as the bar, shop and for activities; however, we are not able to provide cash advances on your card.
Casual beach wear is best for the day – T-shirts, loose lightweight long or short sleeve shirts and lightweight shorts or pants. For the evening, a lightweight sweatshirt, sarong, hat and sandals are ideal; comfortable walking or hiking shoes are also recommended.
We provide repellent for all our guests and mosquito nets are also available in every room. If you want to bring some with you then any repellent with “DEET” will be good enough, a spray on or roll on type is recommended. Please note that we also fog the property several times per week to keep bugs at a minimum.
Yes, it is available at an extra cost.
We operate generators 24 hours daily. Our power is 220v. The standard plug sockets in your room are for two round pins and we have provided a universal plug in every room for your convenience.
Yes. NIHIWATU® has installed reliable satellite Internet that is accessible with Wi-Fi throughout the resort, including in your room. We also have a GSM tower that repeats the island’s cell signal, and rebroadcasts it for the resort. This allows you to make and receive calls.
A 10% service charge is added to your bill. Additional tipping is not required but, of course, certainly appreciated.
Yes, we have our small “Mamole” boutique that offers jewelry, surf wear, beachwear, Sumba Foundation products and basic toiletries. There is also our staff market stocked with Sumba Ikat textiles brought in from the local villages by our staff. You will be able to find handicrafts of varying quality in some of the villages.
There is air conditioning in all guest accommodation.
We do host many family groups with children and we have become adept at taking care of them while the parents are relaxing or taking part in activities. The activities suitable for children, depending on age and ability, include soccer, volleyball, snorkelling, boating, fishing, visiting villages, hiking to the waterfall, mountain biking, exploring the reefs on low tides and collecting fossils and shells. For younger children we have a nice child-friendly swimming pool and board games. We also have painting and drawing supplies, as well as beach toys.
Yes, we do have babysitters available. We would need several days advance notice to make the arrangements.
At our staff housing facility (Guru Village) if there is space available. The price will be $195++
Very interesting! This is a primitive culture that only stopped headhunting 50 years ago. It is also one of the last practicing animistic cultures in the world. Sumba is famous for its culture and many documentaries have been filmed here.
During the months of February and March the “Pasola” ceremonies take place nearby NIHIWATU®. Traditional boxing ceremonies are held from August through to January. In July, there is a one-week horseracing event that draws horses and riders from all over Indonesia. Throughout the year there are funeral and wedding ceremonies taking place that our guests are sometimes invited to attend.
Yes, we can tailor-make an activity itinerary according to your interests.
Please do not bring anything except goodwill to the villages. If you really want to help the local people you can buy some handicrafts when visiting the villages, or make a contribution to the many Sumba Foundation projects that benefit the local communities.
No. The religious beliefs and traditions of the Sumbanese are very important to the order of their society. We would encourage you to respect their faiths.
There are exceptional baskets, Sumba Ikat weavings, sarongs and traditional knives that can be bargained for and purchased directly from the villagers.
Appropriate attire would be a shirt or T-shirt that covers the shoulders with shorts or a sarong.
We suggest you bring antacid pills, a course of antibiotics, special antibiotics for skin infections, hydrogen peroxide, antiseptic cream or powder, waterproof bandages, and a personal first aid kit if you have one.
Yes, we highly recommend you obtaining travel insurance with medical evacuation coverage. Please note that evacuation from Sumba to a Singapore hospital will cost upwards of US $40,000.00
If you have medical evacuation coverage a medivac plane can take you from Sumba to Singapore, which has the best medical care in the region. We cannot be held responsible for any medical emergency evacuation costs. If you do not have an evacuation policy, expect to pay US$40,000.00 just for the evacuation flight, that’s not including hospital or other costs incurred.
There is a local hospital in Waikabubak, a 40-minute drive away from the resort, with a limited facility.
Yes, we do have comprehensive first aid supplies. The Sumba Foundation medical staff are capable of assisting with minor ailments and sutures, there will be a charge for this service with all proceeds going to support the Foundation. Occasionally, we do have volunteer medical doctors staying with us who are able to help guests in emergencies.
Malaria is common in most of Indonesia, and Sumba is no exception. We take malaria seriously at NIHIWATU® by regularly fogging the resort and the surrounding area. The rooms have mosquito nets and are sprayed daily by our housekeeping staff. If you are concerned, we recommend that you wear a light and loose long sleeved shirt at night with similar long pants and use insect repellent.
We are not concerned about you contracting malaria at NIHIWATU® but there are opportunities for contact in the villages. Remember that, depending on the medicine, you must start a course before arrival and continue after you leave. We recommend “Malarone” because it appears to have no side effects. “Larium” is the most readily available antimalarial medicine, however many people do experience uncomfortable side effects.
We do have top-quality gear – Shimano rods, Okuma and Penn International reels – but if you are coming to do some serious fishing you should bring your favourite rod and reel. Many guests also bring their own lures, but often they are not suitable for the conditions at NIHIWATU®. We do not have fly-fishing equipment, so if that is your passion please bring your own with you.
All you need is long pants, and a pair of sports shoes and socks: (we do have riding boots however bring your sports shoes just in case we don’t have your size). You will be riding quality well cared for Sumba / Australian Thoroughbred cross horses in English saddles. All levels of experience is catered for.
We have boogie boards and snorkelling equipment you can use free of charge.
We would recommend wax, extra heavy-duty leashes, booties, rash shirts, a surf cap, serious sunscreen, first aid kit, extra fins and a travel-sized ding repair kit.
NIHIWATU® is the best break but and there are others not so far away. You may want to consider a boat charter to cruise the coast and search for waves that are out there to be found. The best months for surf explorations are March to the end of April, and September through to November when the trade winds are low.
We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travellers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and bring supplies for the Sumba Foundation, you’ll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families. Please click here to see what supplies are needed for our project.
Please don’t forget to bring your cameras and laptop with extra flash drives for photos.