Sumba Surf Resort
Includes: return flights ex Bali to Sumba, return transfers to the resort, 7 nights Superior villa accommodation (longer stays also available) at the resort, all meals, surf transfers by car to local breaks.
The unspoiled island of Sumba is geographically situated 400 kilometres East of Bali and South of Komodo and Flores Islands. Sumba Resort is located on the remote south-western coast of the island in the middle of the most traditional and authentic region of Sumba. The resort is situated on sloping hills, and the 7 secluded and luxurious bungalows offer a haven in an idyllic setting of Western comfort and stunning views of the coast, ocean, sunsets…. And at least 4 different uncrowded surf breaks! With a handful more just around the corner!
If you want to step back in time and experience an authentic and traditional side of Indonesia, whilst scoring some of the most uncrowded surf breaks around- this is a real adventure!
Less than ten minutes by car, you can access more than a dozen surf breaks from the resort- from point to reef and even beach breaks. Some of the waves in this area are very consistent- even when there is no significant swell they are always head high.
The beach break to the right of the resort has multiple peaks and is a great place to learn to surf or enjoy some super soft waves. Beyond the beach on the far point is a super long right hander which breaks for over 100m, and further out is a bombie. Directly in front of the resort is a left hand reef break which is a super hollow wave which when on runs into the beach. Further round to the left of the resort only a short 5min drive down the hill is another right hand point break which is one of the longest waves on the island. When it’s on can offer rides up to 150m long with sections ranging from steep walls and the occasional cover-up on take off to a mellow mid section and inside- super fun rides for short and longboarders.
The surf season runs from February to November, with the early and late months seeing slightly better surf conditions with comfortable sized swells along with a more consistently favourable wind. The middle months still have good winds though the swells can sometimes get a little too big for the average surfer.
Sumba is an amazing island and still very traditional. Although only about 300 Km long and 80 Km wide, the island of Sumba generates two distinct climates. The West receives higher rainfall than the east, and is consequently much greener with systems of rice fields fed by perennial rivers; the east is a dry savanna throughout its eight month dry season.
The 50 minutes direct flight from Bali to Tambolaka is followed by 2 hour scenic drive from the airport to the resort. The resort is situated on sloping hills, and the 7 secluded and luxurious bungalows offer a haven in an idyllic setting of Western comfort and stunning views of the coast, ocean, sunsets.
All bungalows at the resort are built in accordance with traditional practices using local materials, traditional artefacts, with air-conditioning and large windows. The bungalows, hand-built by Indonesian craftsman, have a lounge and also terrace, offering spectacular views on the endless Indian Ocean with its dramatic cliffs and the sloping Sumbanese headlands. The design of the bungalows is based on twin sharing, each with a king-size bed or twin beds, air-conditioning, ceiling fan, bathroom with hot water, mini-bar, electric kettle, and a safety deposit box.
The main dining hall is set beside the large pool and deck area- which is a haven for chilling in between surfs… while laying on the sun loungers beside the pool, just moving your head out from behind your book will tell you what the surf is doing!
The resort’s French owners Ali and Marie Jose take pride in a memorable dining experience. The traditional, Sumbanese spacious and airy restaurant offers a wide range of healthy breakfasts, light lunches and modern European cuisine enhanced with Asian influences for dinner.
Everywhere in Sumba you will see horses, cattle, goats, and chickens. In some places of West Sumba you will find large plantation of coffee, cashew ,vanilla and cocoa. Of the island’s population of about 600.000, some of them (almost all villagers) maintain their belief in the animistic Marapu religion. Rural life still revolves around the ancestors. Such villages tend to stand on hilltops and are formed by several large clan houses arranged around a central graveyard and a large monolithic tomb (not dis-similar to those on Easter Island). The traditional huts are those you will not see anywhere else and once a year they still hold a festival with traditional jousting on horse back.
All prices are a guide only, departures ex Auckland and are per person, based on twin share and subject to change, availability and currency fluctuations. Surcharges may apply. Contact us for the latest specials and a quote for the dates you wish to travel.