Luxury & boutique hotels
When to go
Although drier than many other areas of Indonesia, Sumba has a rainy season between January and March that is best avoided; April is the ideal time to visit.
PlanesAn hour’s flight east of Bali, Sumba has two airports – Tambolaka and Waingapu's Mau Hau airport – served by domestic flights from Denpasar, Jakarta and other Indonesian islands.
AutomobilesThe condition of the island’s roads can be unpredictable: leave driving to the professionals.
TaxisAs Sumba is still a relatively undeveloped island, it has no formal taxi service; you should always arrange for a car service with the resort.
Underwater explorers will love Gayana Eco Resort's coral-dotted, marine-reserve dive centre (the treks into the Borneo jungle won't disappoint, either). Bali's Alila Manggis is splashing distance from seven of the globe's best dive sites and is edged by sublime snorkeling waters. Sumba, an hour's flight from Bali, is a hush-hush travellers' secret, and at Nihiwatu you'll sample the island's best: incredible ocean views, breeze-cooled outdoor living and world-class surf breaks in reach. A speedboat ride from Amanzoe, a marble-hewn hilltop haven in southern Greece, is the island of Dokos, whose diver-drawing coast lays claim to the world's oldest known shipwreck.