Sumba, Labuan Bajo & Komodo Island
Flores, is a Portuguese name, which means “flower”, and ideally describes the beauty to be found here. This long island between Sumbawa and Timor is crowded with volcanoes (Kelimutu) and mountains, dividing it into several regions with distinct languages and traditions. Predominantly Catholic and heavily influenced by the Portuguese, there are many examples of a strong European cultural heritage, like the Easter procession held in Larantuka, and the royal regalia of the former king in Maumere. The traditions of the Manggarai with their incredible spider web-like rice terraces gives some insight in the long and rich heritage this island has to offer. Of course, Labuan Bajo on Flores is one of the gateways to exploring the natural habitats of the infamous Komodo dragons.
While in between Komodo and Sumbawa, you will find the Sumba island directly facing the Indian Ocean. With its rugged undulating savannahs and low limestone hills knitted together with fields of maize and cassava instead of rice, the island of Sumba in East Nusa Tenggara Province offers its own distinct splendors in the eastern part of the Indonesian Archipelago. Sprinkled throughout its countryside are hilltop villages with thatched traditional clan houses clustered around unique megalithic tombs where villagers still pay homage to their ancestors in the ancient belief of Marapu and have retained most of the indigenous culture and traditions for generations. The island is also known for the precious art of Tenun Ikat handwoven fabric, and the origin of the strong and agile Sumba Ponies or Sandalwood Horses
Fun Fact: Although the island may still be off the grid from the general tourist map, surprisingly Sumba has a number of luxurious, well-frequented resorts. Message us if you wish to stay there!