Sumba, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia (with Map & Photos)

Situated in the south of the arc forming the Lesser Sunda Islands (Nusa Tenggara archipelago), Sumba Island is famous for the preservation of its ancient traditions. These include Bronze Age burial sites dating back to the megalithic period, Pasola's deadly javelin throwing war game, and local textiles, a traditional craft that can take months to create. Sumba is somewhat reminiscent of an island lost in time. There are several bungalow resorts on the east side of the island where visitors can relax on white sandy beaches, or engage in water sports such as surfing, scuba diving, or fishing.

Sumba Lesser Sunda Islands
Sumba Lesser Sunda Islands

The Lesser Sunda Islands consists of nearly 570 islands. 320 of them are so small that they remain unnamed. There are 42 islands inhabited. The archipelago is usually represented by six of them, the largest are Timor, the island of Bali, Lombok, Sumbawa, Flores, Sumba. Together with the Greater Sunda Islands (Sumatra, Java, Borneo), they make up the Malay Archipelago, which in turn is part of Indonesia, the world's largest island state. From the north, the island is washed by the Flores Sea and the Banda Sea, from the south - the Timor Sea and other, smaller seas of the Indian Ocean. The eastern part of the largest island of the Lesser Sunda Islands - Timor is occupied by the independent state of East Timor, which also includes several small islands off the coast.

Sumba Lesser Sunda Islands
Sumba Lesser Sunda Islands

Beyond Bali, the typical destination of the area, the island of Sumba represents the purest essences of the Malay and Melanesian ethnic groups, as well as a surprising natural world where we can find landscapes and live experiences that escape the ordinary.

Sumba Lesser Sunda Islands
Sumba Lesser Sunda Islands

Sumba is an isolated island in Indonesia, about 55 minutes from the famous island of Bali. Although it is not as well known as Bali, anyone who has been to Sumba is impressed by the beauty of the place. Unlike most Indonesian islands, Sumba is characterized by its pristine grasslands and low limestone hills. Landscapes and ideal place for water sports such as swimming, surfing, diving, fishing.

The island of Sumba, Indonesia, is known as one of the relatively unspoiled islands and offers a tranquil beauty that amazes all visitors. Located in the Lesser Sunda Islands area, Sumba is an hour's flight from Bali.

Sumba Lesser Sunda Islands
Sumba Lesser Sunda Islands

The dry season on Sumba Island generally lasts from May to November and the rainy season is from December to April, moreover, on Sumba Island, the Pasolo Festival is also celebrated, which usually takes place at the end of February. The festival takes place at the beginning of the harvest and is part of a Marapu ritual. The Pasolo festival is known to be an opportunity to create a balance between everything and heaven, which is why anyone from Sumba, wherever he goes, tries to come home on the occasion of Pasolo.

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