My journey in Sumba begun in September 2014 when I started doing photography for a Resort. Four days after arrival, I was moving to one of the most remote and raw islands in Indonesia, 50 minutes by plain from Bali. I can say that it was love at first sight!
Sumba was known amongst foreign traders as being an island of fierce warriors where headhunting expeditions were common. It’s a place of strong traditions and beliefs were we still can find genuine people.
The Lost island (from the TV series LOST) has its own local language (around 14 different bahassa dialects), religion and the island traditional lifestyle has been preserved from the western cultures through out the centuries. Here we can find a highly stratified society based on caste and one of the few places in the world with megalithic burials. The Pasola, a stage fight between rivals on horse back, is the island’s yearly most important.
Different from other indonesian islands, Sumba’s landscape looks you’re in the middle of a savannah, though you also have rice fields, jungles and amazing white sand beaches. The hilltop villages, with their traditional high roof houses (used to storage rice and cereals, …) are everywhere and each one of the villages has its own details. Every people you met has a beautiful and warm smile to offer you, and they’re always available to help (even if some of them won’t understand you) and invite you to be part of their ceremonies. The island also has beautiful waterfalls and cristal clear slat lakes.
The south of the island, gets the swell arriving from thousands of miles away in Antartica, and it’s the perfect choice for surf adventures. Considered by some, one of the best wave’s in the world, the Occy’s Left (or the God’s Left) is right in from of Nihiwatu’s Resort boathouse bar.
Sumba is magical place with it’s own believes, where every one is welcome. It’s an ancient island with ancient traditions, where you can imerge in their culture, nature and experience amazing adventures.