Sumba is quite unlike most other Indonesian Islands, even its closest neighbours. Lacking the volcanic scenery of other Indonesian islands, Sumba has rolling savannah and less dramatic rolling hills.
Maize and cassava are the main crops here, not rice. Megalithic style burials still take place on Sumba and the island is also highly rated amongst birders, with over 200 species present.
Nihiwatu is the one great place to stay in Sumba – a luxury eco-resort which attracts surfers and those looking for an off the beaten track adventure.