You’ve probably heard of the stunning beaches of Bali and Lombok, but there is more to be discovered to the south. The island of Sumba in Indonesia, larger than either of its more famous neighbours to the north, is also nowhere near as well-travelled. There is still much to be discovered on this beautiful island paradise, from stunning beaches and breathtaking waterfalls to ancient megalithic burial sites and traditional Sumbanese villages.
In addition to this natural and cultural site of interest, the Indonesian government is committed to making Sumba a ‘green jewel’ to show to the world. In other words, an example of how to implement sustainable development by championing green energy. The aim is to preserve the characteristics that make the island so appealing as tourist numbers grow.
All of this is good news for Sumba and especially for real estate on Sumba island, a market full of untapped potential which has already proven a success story, with the Nihi Sumba resort winning ‘Hotel of the Year’ in 2016 and 2017.
A combination of factors makes Sumba an exciting proposition for adventurers as well as investors. Let’s take a look at some of the island’s key facts and characteristics.
The dry season runs from around May to November and most people agree May to June is the best time to visit. During this early part of the dry season, the temperatures are not too hot and the hills are still green from the summer rains that fall between December and April.
Most visitors tend to avoid the higher temperatures of October and November, just before the start of the wet season. Temperatures average around 27-36C on the eastern side of the island, while the west is two to three degrees cooler. Nighttime temperatures tend to be cooler than in Bali and Lombok, dropping as low as 15C between June and August.
You can fly into Sumba either from Bali or Timor. Wings and Lion Air fly daily return flights to Sumba’s Tambolaka and Umbu Mehang Kunda airports, from Bali’s two airports. Infrastructure is less developed than on the islands to the north but this is an area that the government is committed to improving all the time.
As we have seen, Sumba is an island that remains relatively untouched and undiscovered, despite an excellent climate and its many natural and cultural attractions. All of this coupled with the government’s interest and commitment to promoting Sumba as a world-class sustainable tourism destination points to a steady increase in land prices. Right now, land prices remain far lower than in the equivalent islands to the north so Sumba is a ripe opportunity for outside investment, both for those who wish to visit and take advantage of all the benefits the island offers and for those who wish to aid the development of Sumba while making a substantial return on their investment.