The island of Sumba has been well known as a trading island for many years with sandalwood, horses, impressive megalithic tombs and the ikat hand woven cloths that are still made in the traditional fashion today. Sumba has an area of 11,150 square km and only has a population of 350,000 people. The easiest and only ways to enter the island is by boat and are Waingapu and Waikabubak. This means it is a little difficult to travel here compared with other islands in Indonesia and South East Asia which it turn means that this is an area where you can be guaranteed a cultural experience and an unspoiled landscapes. The climate in Sumba is similar to the rest of Indonesia and supports a dry season between May and November and a rainy season between December and April. As well as being known for its sandalwood exports, Sumba also has fantastic perfect beaches and plenty of experiences that are both cultural and physical such as the mountains and volcanoes. Sumba is island that has very different characteristics in terms of Scenery and geography to all of its surrounding islands and is one a very peculiar rock meaning that you are guaranteed a unique experience when you embark on a tour to Sumba.
If you choose to take a tour to Sumba then you will be ensured of a smooth and easy ride as the tour operators are well learnt in the tourism industry and are usually based out side Sumba. You will be able to only stay in the recommended places and only eat at the recommended dinners including the local places where you can try the very best of the local food.
The culture of Sumba is easier to relate to for many travelers as they are mainly Catholic and Protestant Christians. However this being said there are still many of the old customs that are still alive today and make the culture of this area unique and traditional. There are a variety of different large stone monuments that date back to history and are used as symbols of the marriage between a man and women where there are still many sacrifices that are in action today including horse pigs and dogs. The primitive art of Sumba can also be seen on a tour of Sumba which is related often to the Merapu beliefs with stone and wood statues that represent life, birth and death. There area also a lot of jewelry items made that also represent this and make for very unusual souvenirs and can be purchased very cheaply. All of the tours always include all of the transport from the places that you start from including flights and ferries and other modes such as transfers and any admission prices. You will always be occupied when necessary by a guide and you will also have all of the main meal paid for.