The 10 Best Things to Do in Waingapu, Indonesia

August 24, 2017 Matilde Konrad

Waingapu is the largest town on the island of Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. It is the capital town of the Regency of Sumba Timur. The town (a district, plus neighbouring suburbs) had a population of about 52,755 inhabitants.
Restaurants in Waingapu

1. Wairinding Hill

Waingapu, Sumba 87112, Indonesia +62 812-2601-0157
Excellent
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4.5 based on 23 reviews

Wairinding Hill

Reviewed By Rabecca T - Jakarta

Sumba is famous for its hill. Wairinding hill offers you scenery you can't find anywhere else. So peaceful and beautiful. Tips: come in the afternoon near sunset time. The sky is so pretty!

2. Walakiri Beach

Km. 22 Jl Waingapu - Melolo | Maubokul Pandawai, Waingapu, Sumba 87171, Indonesia +62 812-2601-0157
Excellent
45%
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44%
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4.5 based on 34 reviews

Walakiri Beach

Reviewed By faozanrizal - Berlin, Germany

The most beautiful mangrove i ever see in east Indonesia, the tree like dancing celebrates the sunset. Some tree are dead or dying due so many people climb on those poor tree. Hope local authorities will taking care about that or all just vanish. The white sand is nice and the sea is very calm.

3. Prailiu Kampung Raja Village

Jln Umbu Rara Meha No 22, Waingapu, Sumba 87112, Indonesia +62 813-6809-3459
Excellent
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5 based on 13 reviews

Prailiu Kampung Raja Village

Reviewed By Ken E

We were greeted by traditional dancers before a wonderful dinner of traditional food. After dinner we tried on traditional clothing and inspected textiles woven in the village. The textiles are very good value and intricately woven each with their own story. Visitors can inspect a traditional timber house with thatched roof constructed exactly as in days gone by. A very enjoyable trip and highly recommended. There is comfortable accommodation available to stay right in the village and experience daily life.

4. Watu Parunu Beach

Waingapu, Sumba, Indonesia +62 812-2601-0157
Excellent
66%
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4.5 based on 17 reviews

Watu Parunu Beach

Reviewed By basketcasejax

Hire a scooter and head out of town towards the airport. Keep on going to you reach the patch of new tarseal. Look out for a white gravel road going to your left the first time you're glimpse the sea. Get on that road and perservere with the bumps. Go right at the intersection for mangroves. Or if it's paradise you wanting go right. Be prepared to have your breath taken away. We didn't take photos because left all our valuables at tanto hotel. But just imagine that sea green blue crystal water. White sand. Coconut trees. We even saw a guy in a santa outfit complete with hat collecting shell fish. And a enormous dog jump in to a wee boat and eat fish. Sounds too good to be true but time stands still in Waingapu.
Tip: go an extra two hundred meters and skinny dip.
Tip two. On the way home find lesley cafe. Just around the corner from Mr Cafe. I'm not sure why she's not in trip advisor yet. But if samba gets busy this cafe will need bookings. The chef is a serious foodie. Proud of what she does. Cool surroundings in an old garage. Best food in Waingapu
Hubby reckons best burger he's had in Indonesia!

5. Laiwangi Wanggameti National Park

Jl Adam Malik km 5 Kel. Kambajawa, Waingapu, Sumba Timur, Waingapu, Sumba, Indonesia +62 387 61940
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5 based on 6 reviews

Laiwangi Wanggameti National Park

Reviewed By Daniel G - Jakarta, Indonesia

I went there and visited small lake on top of the waterfall, if you're lucky you can find some big eels which locals belief that they are relates to their ancestors, that's why locals call them "apu" (grandma).
Then I went to Laputi Waterfall, it's a medium 20-minute hike up to the waterfall from the parking area. You can swim on a pool that hold the water before it goes down to hydroelectric power plant, just be careful not swim too close to the pipes.
It took 5 hours motorbike ride from Waingapu due to very bad road condition but if you can rent a car/truck it will be faster.
Try to call or visit the national park's office in Waingapu to discuss about your plan.

6. Tanggedu Waterfall

Waingapu, Sumba 87112, Indonesia
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4 based on 7 reviews

Tanggedu Waterfall

Reviewed By AlessioBariviera - Arezzo, Italy

The trek itself is strenuous unless done in the very early/late hours. The sun gets as scorching as it gets in the open savannah. Bring a hat and enough water. You are asked to pay a small fee for keeping the site clean, but that's all crap and lies! the place is great but rubbish such as water/beer bottles and snacks plastic are everywhere. Typical in Indonesia. A shame for the environment.

7. Brotherhood Hills

Waingapu, Sumba 87112, Indonesia
Excellent
75%
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5 based on 4 reviews

Brotherhood Hills

Reviewed By Chairumi T - Indonesia

I was here when some local children were shepherd horses and goats. They're friendly and cheerful, and more importantly, they are not asking for money like some children in touristy area might act. The green savanna is vast and you can look at rice fields below from the edge of the cliff.

8. Salura Beach

Waingapu, Sumba 87112, Indonesia
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5 based on 3 reviews

Salura Beach

Reviewed By CharlesKty - New York City, New York

It's a hell of a trip to get there (first go to Katundu on a bad road, by bus or scooter), then charter a boat (the kepala desa will help you, it costs 250,000rp).
But the experience of being on such an isolated island makes the effort worthwhile. There is a small town of fisherman there, with 2 bungalows for tourists. You can buy food and basic necessities. The main beach is extraordinarily pretty, but there is some trash. You can hike at the mountain or do snorkeling.
It is better to visit during the dry season from April to October.

9. Praiyawang Traditional Village

Waingapu, Sumba 87112, Indonesia
Excellent
25%
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75%
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

Praiyawang Traditional Village

Reviewed By Floresexotictou... T - Flores, Indonesia

A traditional village of Sumba where you can learn Marapu. people live in harmony with beautiful nature surrounding.

10. Sleeping Giant Hill

Waingapu, Sumba 87112, Indonesia
Excellent
14%
Good
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3.5 based on 7 reviews

Sleeping Giant Hill

Reviewed By Samuelpas - Bekasi, Indonesia

The location is not far from Wairinding Hill. We stopped at roadside and then could see the sleeping giant. If we are on the right angle, we can see the whole body and the head is really like a human face.

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