the family flew back to australia and i flew to Sumba.
my main purpose was surfing but the scenery, culture and people of sumba are very interesting.
i travelled around the east and west of Sumba for two weeks and due to the secrecy of surfing locations i can't mention place names.
The people are reserve and to a degree shy. you must initiate a smile or a hello. if you want something you have to ask, it wont appear and the people wont ask you. English is rarely spoken and bahasa indonesian is not spoken by a number of people. Different areas have different languages. communication can be a little dificult at times but it is fun to try and convey what you mean and joyess when it is understood.
the scenery is spectacular esp along he coast line - cliffs, bays, white sand beaches, clear water.
eating is a treat. most places provide full board with accommodation as there are no restaurants or warungs except in the major towns and cities. in east sumba there is only one major town - waingapu. the meals are basic and repetitive but good. bring along extras.
walkiing around the villages, tracks and jungle is amazing. there are so many surprises. large low hanging coned-like roof houses, large funeral tombs, everyone has a big knife/machete, shoes - what are they. i never felt threathened or endangered but the dogs can be aggro.
Most of the time, there were only few tourists and sometimes none.
i was mainly surfing by myself as there was usually noone there to surf with. this point can be a little daunting at times esp when it gets big and you cant get to the surface. such is the surfing life.
in a nut shell, this is my second trip there and i love the place - the isolation, adventure, simpleness, people, scenery, surf.
i hope you enjoy the videos. they are a little long but it was hard to get two weeks so condensed. it is hard to write about as this a place that is sensed and experienced rather than seen.
Sumba snorkel 2011
Sumba surf 2011