“In the northern part of Sumbawa, you’ll find two tourism icons of the land, those are, Mount Tambora and Moyo island.”
Sumbawa island is one of world’s top destinations for surfing. It’s thanks to the winding shape of the land that Sumbawa boasts various beaches with superb surf. All year round, the waves on the beach are constantly high and fast no matter the weather. Some beaches even feature eight meter-high surf. Hence, it is no wonder that beaches in Sumba are frequently chosen as the venue of international surfing championships.
“Barapan Kebo and Barempuk are two most interesting traditions among others.”
In the northern part of Sumbawa, you’ll find two tourism icons of the land, those are, Mount Tambora and Moyo island. Many adventurous tourists hike the legendary Tambora to witness themselves what the mount whose 1815’s eruption caused “The Year without a Summer” is all about. The beauty of Moyo island, meanwhile, is capable to hypnotize the world’s famous people including Lady Diana, Mick Jagger, Maria Sharapova, and David Beckham to pay a visit.
Mostly dominated by traditional farmers, the 15.448 km²-wide island maintain several unique agricultural traditions. Barapan Kebo and Barempuk are two most interesting traditions among others.
Barapan Kebo which is held during planting time represents Sumbawaneses’ excitement of the coming of rainy season. In this race, speed is not the point that makes a jockey the winner but the jockeys’ skill to balance the buffalos. Jockeys should be able to control the buffalos on muddy field so that they touch Sakak, stick placed in the middle of arena that becomes the finish point.
Barempuk, meanwhile, is free-style boxing in which the fighters wrap their fists with straw instead of boxing gloves. This tradition is hosted at harvest time in gratitude for the abundant crops.
Below is our take on the most recommended Sumbawa tourisms as we divide into four main areas: