Wanokaka Beach and Waihura Beach

Wanokaka Beach and Waihura Beach

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The adjoining beaches of Wanokaka and Waihura share 4.5 kilometres of coastline separated by a wide river mouth where fishermen keep their boats. In low tide, you can cross the river and walk between the two.

Travelfish says:

Not the prettiest beaches in this part of Sumba, they’re nothing to complain about and still rather appealing (Sumba spoils you).

Fishermen on Waihura Beach. : Sally Arnold.
Fishermen on Waihura Beach. Photo: Sally Arnold

They are frequented mostly by local fishermen plying their trade in all sizes of craft. A daily fish market sets up each morning at Waihura Beach right next to Joni Homestay, and it’s interesting to see the boatloads of fish loaded onto motorbikes for delivery.

Wanokaka is the sight of a famous beach Pasola field. Early most mornings horses are exercised, as bareback riders gallop up and down the beach. In the late afternoon local kids gather for beach games. As it was Pasola time when we visited, this involved lobbing sharp pointed sticks at each other.

There are better beaches around, but Wanokaka is still rather pretty. : Sally Arnold.
There are better beaches around, but Wanokaka is still rather pretty. Photo: Sally Arnold

The word is there’s sometimes a good swell for surfing at Wanokaka (a right hander) and the rocky southern end of Waihura is good for swimming and snorkelling, but was too murky due to rain at the time of research for us to try.

Wanokaka and Waihura sit on Sumba’s southern coast west of Lailiang Beach and east of Rua Beach.

View of Wanokaka. : Sally Arnold.
View of Wanokaka. Photo: Sally Arnold

A daily bus from Waikabubak takes you all the way to Waihura, passing Wanokaka (20,000 rupiah; 1.5 hours). Basic Joni Homestay is right on the beach at Waihura and is one of our favourite stays in Sumba. The traditional villages of Waigalli and Praigolil are within easy reach.

Contact details for Wanokaka Beach and Waihura Beach

Address: Between Lailiang and Rua beaches
Coordinates (for GPS): 119º27'28.77" E, 9º44'28.15" S
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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 6 other sights and activities in and around Wanokaka And Lamboya

Lailiang Beach
Lailiang Beach

Perfect tiny bay

Kerewee Beach
Kerewee Beach

Climb the hill for great rewards

Marosi Beach
Marosi Beach

Flawless sand, great surf

Waigalli and Praigolil villages
Waigalli and Praigolil villages

Impressive megalithic graves

La Popu Waterfall
La Popu Waterfall

Pretty waterfall with easy access

Rua Beach
Rua Beach

Popular local beach