Bukit Persaudaraan

Bukit Persaudaraan

Excellent city views and Japanese bunkers

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The best spot in Waingapu for views of the city is Bukit Persaudaraan, not far from the airport.
Travelfish says:

It’s perfect for beer-o-clock sunset viewing, but you’ll have to BYO as there’s nothing to buy here. During World War II, Japanese forces were based in Sumba with plans to invade northern Australia. On top of Bukit Persaudaraan you will find Japanese-built caves from this period. Go before sunset to explore — you can climb down inside the caves a few metres. The caves are relatively easy to find, right on the top of the hill.

From the grass-covered limestone peak, you’ll have views of the surrounding rice fields, the city of Waingapu and out to sea. Unless it’s a weekend, it’ll probably be just you and a few goats. The green hills (brown in dry season) and spectacular gold and purple sunsets will make you thankful for just being alive, and that’s got to be worth the trip.

The easiest way to get here is by ojek from town. Make sure you negotiate a return trip, as there will be noone to bring you back otherwise. It should cost about 20,000 rupiah return (plus a little extra for waiting time). A bemo can drop you near the bottom, just past the airport (say “masuk Bukit Persaudaraan”), then it’s then a 30-minute walk uphill. Don’t forget a torch if you’re going for sunset, because there’s no lighting and it’s very dark on the way back.

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Sally spent twelve years leading tourists around Indonesia and Malaysia where she collected a lot of stuff. She once carried a 40kg rug overland across Java. Her house has been described as a cross between a museum and a library. Fuelled by coffee, she can often be found riding her bike or petting stray cats. Sally believes travel is the key to world peace.

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