Pero Beach

Pero Beach

Spectacular rocky coast and a blowhole

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Arriving in Pero, you will notice the architecture is distinctively different to other areas in Sumba — low brick or wood houses painted in a rainbow of hues. Pero is predominantly Muslim and home to many Bugis fishermen who’ve settled here.

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The spectacular rocky coastline, 100 metres from the village, is what draws the tourists. That and the surf, with both left and right breaks just offshore. Word is waves are a little inconsistent and best in the dry season, so check surfing sites before you make plans.

Just crystal. : Sally Arnold.
Just crystal. Photo: Sally Arnold

For non-surfers however, the striking jagged shore with a small but consistent blowhole is worth a wander. Seas can be a bit rough for swimming, but paddling is definitely on the cards. Edging the rocks, buffalos are often seen grazing in the grassy field protected by their young charges — kids seem to love climbing on the gentle and patient beasts.

Local fishermen harbour their boats in a natural sheltered inlet beside the beach. It’s possible to ask them to take you on a tour through the surrounding mangroves. Don’t forget the mozzie repellent.

Local characters. : Sally Arnold.
Local characters. Photo: Sally Arnold

In Pero, you can stay with the hospitable family at Merzy Homestay, however just 45 kilometres from Waitabula it’s easily reached in a couple of hours if you just want to come for the day. A bemo runs from the main market in Waitabula (20,000 rupiah, 2 hours), though if you plan on exploring the area, private transport is a better bet.

Six kilometres along the coast to the southeast, Ratenggaro village has some of the most over the top crazily tall rooftops in Sumba. Twenty kilometres north is sublime Weekuri Lagoon. Combine them all for an excellent day out.

Contact details for Pero Beach

Address: 45km from Waitabula
Coordinates (for GPS): 118º59'5.64" E, 9º36'26.37" S
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