Nihiwatu Beach of Sumba
Sumba is not yet as famous as Bali. But, Sumba is like a gem, it has so many beauty of natural tourism object, especially for it’s beach. The island is part of East Nusa Tenggara. You can also find another tourist attraction in Sumba, such as lake, traditional village, waterfall, and of course their savanna.
Even the name of Nihiwatu beach is not too famous compared to the beach of Kuta, Bali, but you need to know that this beach has been choosen as the 17th most beautiful beach in the world. Amazing was it? The lack of information is maybe the main cause of why Nihiwatu beach has not yet been famous like Kuta in Bali.
Nihiwatu beach is located in the west of Sumba. And you need an effort to reach this beach. It is as much far as 30 Km from the city of Waikabubak. Nihiwatu, though for domestic people is not famous enough, but has been the destination for surfer all across the world. This beach also known from it’s title as ‘Left God Wave’. The name itself represent how the wave in Nihiwatu be a valuable gifts for surfers. They eager to seek and trying to overcome the wave of Nihiwatu beach.
But, to be honest Nihiwatu is rather a private beach, and not available for any persons. Since Nihiwatu beach has been managed by international resort called as Nihiwatu’s resort. You can only enjoy this beach as long as you booked a resort here, or be the guest in this luxurious resort. Well, there must be a price for something valuable right? This place is like a sanctuary for whoever seek for peace, quite, amazing view and away from the city crowd.
Best Time to Visit
If you want to spend your time surfing here, or enjoying the nice and comfy weather. We would like to suggest you visit Nihiwatu beach during dry season from April to October. The waves would be nice around September to October. During the dry season, the sky will be quite clear, and you will be able to enjoy sunset, sunrise, and treasuring the star at the night sky.
Isn’t it the best time also to surf during a sunny day rather than a cloudy one?
How to Get Here
Well, as mentioned before that you need to be guest in Nihiwatu beach before coming to this place. You can reach this place by several ways, but the most common choice is using an airplane.
For an internasional flight, you can transit to Denpasar, Bali (Ngurah Rai) and continue to Tambolaka airport. There are 3 main airlines that serving this route like Garuda, Wings, and Trans Nusa. From the Tambolaka airport you can continue your trip by renting a car that will take time in around 3-4 hours to Nihiwatu Beach. The cost to rent a car approximately at Rp 300K-400K.
If you want to try another option you can also take a flight from Kupang (El Tari) airport to Tambolaka or to Umbu Mehang Kunda, Waingapu, East Sumba. And rent a car from here to Nihiwatu beach, it will cost you for about Rp 400K-700K.
There are another way to reach Nihiwatu, which are by land or sea. This will be very draining but saves costs a bit. The route will be from East Java – Banyuwangi (Ketapang port) – Bali (Gilimanuk port) – Bali (Padang Bay) – Lembar (Lombok) – Khayangan (Lombok) – Poto Tano (Sumbawa) – Sape (Bima) – Waikelo (West Sumba) and the route will be the same as previous to Nihiwatu beach.
Well, it depends on which way you want to choose. Each of it will give you a better things, and has strengths and weaknesses itself.
Well since in Nihiwatu beach only have one resort, or actually managed by a resort. There are no much left for you to choose a lodging. You can choose the bungalow according to your budget. It is quite expensive, but trust me, it serve you with a world class facility and services. Here are some travel advices before you visit Nihiwatu Beach :
- Consider about the exclusivity of this place, you have to make a reservation before coming here.
- Prepare for your transportation before you visit this place, right from the start.
- You need to consider about your budget since if not mistaken the resort must be booked for at least 5 days.
- Prepare your luggage and adjust it to your needs.
- Nihiwatu might be close during Janurari to February, since the intensity of rain is usually high during this months.
- There are so many activities you could do in here, so prepare for your stamina and physical healt.
Well, even the price to visit Nihiwatu is expensive, but it will give a worthy reward for your vacation there. World has acknowledge for the beauty of Nihiwatu, it is worth to visit even for once.