Climb the hill for great rewards
Published/Last edited or updated: 23rd November, 2016
Glorious Kerewee (Kerewei) Beach is punctuated by a group of dramatic karst islands at its western end, the larger of which is a popular place for locals to climb the sharp rocks and take selfies. From the top, the surrounding waters are so crystal clear you can see fish swimming around the small reef.
The beach here is known locally as a black sand beach. We find that rather odd, as to us it looked perfectly white — a slightly greyer shade of white than the surrounding beaches, but definitely white.
Continuing west, walk up the nearby grassy hill through the corn and you’ll be rewarded with one of the finest views in Sumba. Magical tiny bays are concealed beyond. It looked like it was possible to climb down and have one all to yourself, but it was getting late and we didn’t have time to explore properly.
Further east, there appeared to be some interesting stone formations and we were keen to take a look, but our ojek driver who had followed us up the hill insisted it was “pemali” — a taboo area (or maybe he just wanted to get home). We saw more locals at Kerewee than any other beach in Sumba (still fewer than a dozen). Unfortunately we saw more rubbish here too.
Near the road that ends at the beach, a collection of racks is used for drying seaweed that’s farmed here. The grassy area nearby is popular for an afternoon game of football under the coconut palms. A small shop sells warm drinks and petrol.
Slightly east of Kerewee Beach, near the village of Lamboya, one of Sumba’s most famous Pasola fields, Hobba Kalla, covers an area of two hectares and has views out to sea. For most of the year buffalo graze or can be seen wallowing in the adjacent muddy pond.
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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