The gateway to Western Sumba

The most easterly large town in Sumba, sleepy Waitabula is your western gateway to Sumba, being home to the island’s largest and most modern airport, Tambolaka. The town is sometimes referred to by the airport’s name, however most locals call it Waitabula, so that’s what we’re going with.

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Waitabula is slowly waking up. Once just the airport stop for local businesspeople, the town is now a great place to base yourself to explore the newly divided political region of West Sumba known as Sumba Barat Daya. Locally abbreviated to SBD, it includes the remarkable district of Kodi described aptly to us as “Sumba on steroids”.

Exploring pays off. : Sally Arnold.
Exploring pays off. Photo: Sally Arnold

There is so much to see and do in the areas surrounding Waitabula that you could easily make this your only destination in Sumba (but do get out and see more). Don’t miss Weekuri Lagoon and Ratenggaro village, and try to see Mandorak Beach near Weekuri too, which we unfortunately didn’t visit but heard fab ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 700 words.)

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