Sumba is a large island in the East Nusa Tenggara province of east Indonesia. It's 200km long from east to west and 70km at its largest point.
The island is relatively dry and quite flat. It has 660000 inhabitants. Sumba was inhabited by Melanesian and Austronesian people, but was only colonised by the Dutch towards the end of the 19th century.
The highlights of Sumba are mainly its traditional villages, with their characteristic thatched and peaked roofs surrounding a central square with stone tombs. The most picturesque village is Ratenggaro on the southweatern coast, where houses surround a central square with stone tombs with the background of the ocean.
Sumba is one of the few places in the world in which megalithic burials still take place. Burial in megaliths was practised in many parts of the world during the Neolithic and Bronze Ages, but has survived until today in places like Sumba.
The island has two airports, Tambolaka in the west and Waingapu in the east with daily connections to Bali and West Timor. Sumba has a few nice beaches in the south, of which the Marosi beach is the nicest.
01 Peaked roof houses 02 Peaked roof houses 03 Stone tombs and peaked roof houses
04 Ratenggaro 05 House interior
06 Beach 07 Beach
08 Sungai Rateboya river 09 Ratenggaro village
10 Ratenggaro 11 Sumbanese houses in Ratenggaro 12 Sumbanese houses in Ratenggaro
13 Thatched roofs 14 Thatched roof 15 Ratenggaro 16 Bamboo house interior 17 Bamboo house interior
18 Stone tombs 19 Stone tombs 20 Ratenggaro beach
21 Ratenggaro beach 22 Stone monument 23 Ratenggaro village 24 Ratenggaro village
25 Ratenggaro village 26 Ratenggaro beach 01 Traditional houses
02 Praijing 03 Central square 04 Praijing
05 Central square with tombs 06 Praijing village 07 Traditional Sumbanese houses
08 Praijing 09 Stone benches 10 Traditional Sumbanese house 11 Praijing
12 Thatched roof 13 Straw for thatching 14 White tomb 01 Weekury lagoon 02 Rocky grund
03 Weekury lake 04 Waikury lagoon 05 Water in Waikury lake 06 Weekury lake
07 Weekury lagoon 08 Cliffs around Waikury lagoon 09 Weekury lagoon
10 Waikury lagoon 11 Waikury lagoon 12 Sea urchins 13 Waikury lagoon
14 People in Weekury lagoon 15 Weekury lake 16 Waikury lagoon 17 Waikury lake
01 Central square with tree 02 Wawarungu
03 Sumbanese houses 04 Wawarungu village
05 Thatched roof houses 06 Thatched roof houses 07 Thatched roof
08 Sumbanese houses 09 Thatched roof houses 01 Path
02 Stone tombs 03 Stone tombs 04 Stone tomb
05 Thatched roof house 06 Traditional Sumbanese houses 07 Stone tombs
08 Stone tombs 09 Central square 01 Path to the village
02 Thatched roof house 03 Peak roof houses 04 Traditional Sumbanese houses 05 Thatched roof house 06 Stone stele
07 Thatched roof 08 Thatched roof 09 Central square 10 Thatched roof house 01 Prainggoli
02 Stele in Prainggoli 03 Prainggoli 04 Prainggoli village 05 Prainggoli
06 House roof in Prainggoli 07 Prainggoli 08 Prainggoli 09 Wuntalaka
10 Wuntalaka 11 Wuntalaka
12 Traditional Sumbanese houses in Wuntalaka 13 Wuntalaka
14 Wuntalaka 15 Wuntalaka
16 Tarung village 17 Tarung
18 Sumbanese houses in Tarung 19 Stele and monument in Gailbakul 20 Manuakalada village
21 Sumbanese houses in Manuakalada 22 Manuakalada 01 Pero beach
02 Rocky coast near Pero beach 03 Rocky coast near Pero beach 04 Pero beach
05 Pero beach 06 Pero beach 07 Marosi beach
08 Marosi beach 09 Marosi beach
10 Marosi beach 11 Marosi beach 12 Marosi beach
13 Marosi beach 14 Sea near Marosi beach 15 Marosi beach
16 Marosi beach 17 Marosi beach
18 Kerewei beach 19 Kerewei beach 20 Palm trees in Kerewei beach
21 Kerewei beach 22 Surf in Kerewei beach
23 Karendi beach 24 Karendi beach 25 Karendi beach
26 People walking on Karendi beach 27 Karendi beach 28 Karendi beach
29 People collecting seafood off Karendi beach 01 Rocky coast in southern Sumba 02 Coral rock in southern Sumba 03 Water pools on rocks
04 Black cliffs in west Sumba 05 Tree alley 06 Tree alley 07 Tambolaka valley
08 Tambolaka valley 09 Road to Waikabukak
10 Treetops 11 Road to Waikabukak 12 Hills south of Waikabukak
13 Rice fields 14 Rice fields 15 Water buffaloes on road
16 Paddy field 17 Southern coast beach 18 Paddy field
19 Rice fields 20 Rice paddy 21 Rice fields
22 Southern coast panorama
23 Southern coast valley
24 Southern coast panorama 25 Central Sumba hills
26 Dry northern Sumba hills 27 Road to northern coast 28 Road to northern coast
29 Memboro area in northern Sumba 30 Memboro area in northern Sumba
31 People harvesting seafood in shallow water 01 Tambolaka airport 02 Jet in Tambolaka airport 03 Market
04 Water buffaloes 05 White cow 06 Children 07 Children
08 Children 09 Children 10 Water buffalo grazing 11 Waikabukak
12 Waikabukak 13 Beach bush 14 Rubbish on Kerewei beach 15 Megaliths in Hobba Kalla
16 Megaliths in Hobba Kalla 17 Girls 18 Lion Air plane in Tambolaka airport
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