Photo: The gorgeous Lailiang Beach.

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From Waikabubak, imagine a giant arm reaching down towards the ocean, fingers spread to caress the sea. At the fingertips, in the southern districts of Wanokaka and Lamboya, you’ll find some of Sumba’s most stunning beaches.

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The winding drive south takes in wonderful scenery: sloping hills, rice fields, river valleys, palm plantations, and around every bend, magnificent sweeping bays. From Lailiang Beach in the east to Marosi Beach in the west and beyond, there are deserted beaches and superb coastline to explore.

Beach time. Photo taken in or around Wanokaka and Lamboya, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Beach time. Photo: Sally Arnold

Beaches in the region are generally easily accessible, although some require a bit of a trek or a long and bumpy drive, with the notable exception of Nihiwatu Beach — if you’re not a paying guest, you will be denied access and chased off the waves. Facing south towards the Indian Ocean, some challenging surfing is possible at Wanokaka, Kerewee, Marosi (and Nihiwatu) beaches. The surf is fairly consistent, but apparently better from April to October — check surf sites for up-to-date information. Other beaches are more fishermen friendly — check out the excellent morning fish market at Waihura Beach. And then there are the sublime beaches for just doing nothing — the perfect bay at Lailiang Beach and hidden coves near Kerewee are guaranteed to make you feel ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 500 words.)

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