MEIMELALI.COM: Exploring Untouched Sumba – Just WOW!.
Sumba is quite big and a few days is not enough to even scratch the surface of all there is to see. We only stayed on the West side of Sumba during this trip. When in West Sumba the number one spot you must visit is Weekuri Lagoon. The lagoon is around a 2.5-hour ride/drive from Lelewatu resort.
We spent a day and rented a motorbike and had fun riding through remote villages to get there. We got lost a lot (even with offline maps), in hindsight I’d recommend taking a car and a local driver which the resort will arrange for you (they also arranged our bike for us).
We did have a great time on the bike though and the Sumbanese people were so welcoming and helpful. No one really spoke much English, so if you have at least basic Bahasa Indonesia this helps if you’re navigating yourself. In some of the more remote villages, the children were so excited to see us and some were a little scared, they had not seen foreigners before.
After a few hours of getting lost on the bike, we finally made it to the Weekuri lagoon entrance. We had read there was an entrance fee but nothing was set up to make payment when we were there. We did pay the parking attendant 10,000 Rp to park our bike though. One of the locals offered to show us around for the lagoon and help which we gladly accepted.
Weekuri Lagoon is right beside the ocean, it is saltwater and truly one of the most stunning things I’ve ever seen. The water is the most magnificent array of blues and turquoise and is crystal clear. In the pictures, it looks fake and even in real life, it looked like an Instagram filter.
There was barely anyone there when we visited, just around 10 locals. There is a little Warung beside the lagoon where you can buy drinks and snacks and there are also a couple of little market stalls selling sarongs and Ikat weaved products. As we arrived the locals had just caught a huge lobster in the lagoon and were cooking it over some coals – yum!
There is a wooden walkway to walk across the part of the lagoon that is beside the ocean. This gives you a great view of the entire lagoon.
There is a platform you can jump off to jump into the lagoon also.
Some of the locals have tubes and wooden rafts that you can hire and take rides on for around 10,000 Rp (70 cents USD). We had to pinch ourselves that we had such a stunning piece of nature almost all to ourselves. Swimming and paddling through Weekuri Lagoon will be something we never forget. This was a major bucket list moment for me, even writing about it now makes me want to return again soon to swim there.
Along with the stunning Weekuri Lagoon, Sumba also has many waterfalls and beaches to discover. We quickly realised that it is an island we are going to have to return to in order to see everything we want there. We did get to explore one of the beaches on our Sumba bucket list though – Watu Bella beach.