Photo: Prailiang village scenes.

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Things to see and do

Prailiang village

One of the most picturesque villages in East Sumba, Prailiang skirts a deep river valley. On a rocky hilltop, the village was built to keep out of sight from coastal slave traders, and consequently the road is a little rough and more difficult to approach. The turnoff is two kilometres north along the road from Pantai Puru Kambera, then a further three along a rough surface. ... Read more about Prailiang village .

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Wunga village

At the far dry north of East Sumba, Wunga village sits surrounded in myth and legend. According to Marapu belief, Wunga is the place from which all the people of Sumba descend, where the ancestors came via a ladder made of buffalo horns from the ... Read more about Wunga village .

Bendungan Kambaniru (Kambaniru Dam)
9km south of Waingapu

Picturesque Bendungan Kambaniru (Kambaniru Dam) is the largest dam in East Sumba and is a popular picnic, hiking and fishing spot. It gets busy on weekends, but other times are relatively quiet. Nine kilometres south of Waingapu, the drive takes you through some small villages where woven bamboo for housing materials is produced. This is an interesting stop to make on the way, as the locals ... Read more about Bendungan Kambaniru (Kambaniru Dam) .

Pantai Puru Kambera

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. ... Read more about Pantai Puru Kambera .

Bukit Persaudaraan

The best spot in Waingapu for views of the city is Bukit Persaudaraan, not far from the airport. It’s perfect for beer-o-clock sunset viewing, but you’ll have to BYO as there’s nothing to buy here. During World War II, Japanese forces were based in Sumba with plans to invade northern Australia. On top of Bukit Persaudaraan you will find Japanese-built caves from this period. Go before ... Read more about Bukit Persaudaraan .

Prailiu village
Eastern end of Waingapu

Prailiu village is the easiest traditional village to visit in East Sumba — it’s accessible and straightforward to approach without a guide, as the locals are very used to tourists wandering in. As far as villages go, it’s not the most impressive architecturally, but they do produce some very decent ikat. Locals are happy for people to wander about and see the process, and happier still if ... Read more about Prailiu village .

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Waingapu? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Indonesia.

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