Sumba Island is host to one of the world’s most coveted private waves. Known as “God’s Left,” or often “Occy’s Left” (after Australian surfer Mark Occhilupo), the wave is popular for its character. Even for the most experienced surfer it presents a challenge because it is so sensitive to different conditions: tides, size, strength, and direction. Catching a good ride isn’t as easy as it looks, but once you make the right pick, the reward is a 600-900 ft (200m to 300m) long and often thrilling ride down the line through sections of ripple walls and heaving barrels. We reserve the amount of surfers to 10 per day, adding to the special experience. The wave has been a popular one for avid, recreational, and professional surfers for decades.
Novice and first-time surfers can still get their feet wet with lessons on Occy’s, depending on the swell. Calmer waters can often be found at nearby Coconut Cove, where surfers can spend half a day with breakfast or lunch and do some light surfing, then be driven back to the resort.
Nihi on Sumba Island promotes all facets of well-being. Their focus is to help you leave rejuvenated and rebalanced through a plethora of activities that have been designed to support their mission. Let the highly trained, healing hands of the Sumbanese Spa staff take care of you as you unplug from your daily life and begin to reconnect to your inner self.
Sumba is a magical Island, a landscape filled with natural wonderment and geographical opulence. Tailor-made itineraries include everything from visits to local Stone Age sites and traditional villages to picnics under breathtaking Lapopu and Blue waterfalls to butterfly and nature trails.
You have the opportunity to partake in excursions everyday to experience some of the island’s most spectacular and scenic excursions by hiking, mountain biking, horse riding or open-air Land Rover Safari.
Sumba Island offers some of the most breath-taking, diverse hiking Indonesia has to offer. Along white sandy beaches, mountains, rice paddies, ancient villages, our fully guided walks are all within an hour from the resort and cater for families or the avid hiker.
Discover the island’s colors in the heart of West Sumba’s largest town, Waikabubak. There is a boisterous and unique market where you can see piles of dried fish, chili peppers, tobacco, and betel nuts that the locals so highly revere. Meet interesting characters, “pasar” and all the vendors hawking their wares. A trip through town includes a stop at the local fruit stand, a local Sumbanese antique store and a variety of other attractions. On Wednesdays, you can see a traditional local market at Kabukarudi (Lamboya), Saturdays the market at Pededewatu (Rua) for more insight into the everyday lives of the Sumbanese.
Learn about what The Sumba Foundation is supporting across the island. The close relationship with the resort and many of it’s guests has brought health, nourishment, education, and enriched the lives of many indigenous Sumbanese people. Visit a local water project, a Malaria-combating health clinic, or volunteer one morning with the school lunch program.
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