Pantai Puru Kambera

Pantai Puru Kambera

Casuarina-fringed beach

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A popular beach North of Waingapu, Pantai Puru Kambera isn’t as life changing as some others in Sumba, but it’s still a pretty beach. The sand is golden, the water is warm and graduates from blue to bluer. The waves gently lap the shore; the water is calm and shallow, so it’s ideal for families.

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Damn. Photo by: Sally Arnold.
Damn. Photo: Sally Arnold

Pantai Puru Kambera is fringed with casuarina trees, which provides plenty of shade, but leave a carpet of pine-like needles along the beach, giving it a slightly dirty appearance. There are no villages along this section of coast, and seemingly no local fishing industry either, so it is unpolluted, and unspoiled (except for the rubbish). The only facilities nearby are at Pondok Wisata Pantai Cemara, which has a lovely restaurant. You could stop in for a drink or meal, or a night if it’s within your budget.

Unless you’re the sort who can spend all day on the beach, Pantai Puru Kambera is great to combine with a visit to the traditional villages of Prailiang and Wunga, further to the north. The appealing drive to the beach, and to the villages north, sees vast grassy savannah dotted with white limestone boulders, cattle and horses.

Double damn. Photo by: Sally Arnold.
Double damn. Photo: Sally Arnold

Daily buses leave around 07:00 from Terminal Kota and cost 20,000 rupiah. To return may be more difficult, as there is no set time. The bus leaves from the north of Sumba, passing the beach “in the afternoon”. A better bet would be to go by ojek. Expect to pay 150,000 rupiah for the return trip, or more if you combine with ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)

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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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Our top 5 other sights and activities in and around Waingapu

Wunga village
Wunga village

Sumba’s original village

Prailiang village
Prailiang village

Picturesque hilltop village

Prailiu village
Prailiu village

A village in town

Bukit Persaudaraan
Bukit Persaudaraan

Excellent city views and Japanese bunkers