Today is going to be a long day as we are going to move to Sumba Timur (East Sumba). Pantai Tarimbang is located in the middle of the island so we have to take detour when we reach Central Sumba. Not many people go to Tarimbang because of the location and the road condition is not so good and involve a lot of turns. Fabio got dizzy after many turned and threw up in the middle of the journey. It took us 5 hours driving from Sumba Nautil to reach Pantai Tarimbang including the stop we had to make when Fabio threw up.
The view to Pantai Tarimbang is scenic, we took a few stops just to take pictures
There used to be a nice Hotel in Tarimbang Beach owned by a couple. But I read online that it was abandoned after they got divorced. There are few homestays in the area but there is no decent hotel yet.
It was 2 pm when we finally reached Pantai Tarimbang. We didn’t have a good blue sky when we get to Tarimbang Beach which is a shame because the beach would look stunning under the blue sky.
Tarimbang beach has a long stretch of soft white sand and beautiful blue colour water.
We had picnic lunch in Tarimbang with the food we have bought in the morning. There is no decent restaurant in the vicinity and the beach was empty when we were there.
We stayed few hours to rest and walk around before driving to East Sumba.
As we approach East Sumba we could see the landscape changing. East Sumba is more hilly than the West. We made a stop to Bukit Wairinding, the famous icon of East Sumba.
The landscape of Bukit Wairinding is mesmerizing with its overlay of sprawling savanna which is yellow during the dry season and green in the rainy season. Our guide said that visiting Bukit Wairinding in two seasons will give a different impression. If visitors arrive in the dry season, between July to October the natural atmosphere there would feel like being in Africa, complete with exotic desert savananya. And when visitors come in the rainy season, the atmosphere would feel like the hills of New Zealand at the hilltop.
Road to Wairinding was winding but the paving was smooth. We parked the car in the parking lot available around stalls that once the residence of the local community. From there, we walk to climb the hill which is behind the stall of approximately 500 m.
At the time of writing There are no any supporting facilities around the site. Only a small shop on the outskirts, but it was incomplete. It is advisable for visitors who want to visit here to bring food and drink if you want to visit long and enjoy the bliss atmosphere.
It’s a long journey to get from the west to east with a side trip to Tarimbang. We finally checked in at our hotel around 6pm and decided to just have dinner at the hotel.