Why we’ll be back
Published/Last edited or updated: 23rd May, 2016
Stop everything. This is the reason you should come to Sumba. Weekuri Lagoon. On the extreme southwest coast of Sumba, down a non-signposted rutted track, you’ll find one of our favourite natural sights in Sumba.
Sometimes simply referred to as “the salt lake”, Weekuri Lagoon lies 45 kilometres, or about two hours’ drive from Waitabula. Prepare to be gobsmacked. We had seen impressive photos before visiting, but the reality far outshines any of them.
Separated by craggy cliffs, the spectacular turquoise tidal lagoon sits 20 metres from the sea. We visited at low tide and were told it’s even better when it’s high. Hard to believe, but you may want to time your trip with the tides. The sandy bottom and cool waters of Weekuri are great for swimming and at about 130 metres long and 40 wide, there’s plenty of space not to bump into anyone. Hey, wait — there isn’t anyone (although it’s popular on weekends).
The northern end of the crystal clear lake is home to a small coral garden with a few fish and crustaceans, so bring your snorkelling gear too. Remember to avoid standing on any coral: It’s a fragile ecosystem here. Scramble over the rocks near the sea for a winning view with so many variations of blue a paint company would have a field day inventing new names.
Near the lagoon, a couple of locals have set up small souvenir stands selling hand-made jewellery and big knives (interesting mix). There’s a guest book — sign your name and make a donation, supposedly to keep the place clean, which seems to be working, for now.
The lagoon is in the middle of nowhere, so come prepared with water and snacks, as you’ll want to stay longer than planned. There’s no public transport, but combined with a visit to Pero Beach and Ratenggaro, Weekuri Lagoon makes an excellent day trip.
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.
These tours are provided by Travelfish partner GetYourGuide.
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