For international flights, you will need to travel via Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar. There are regular flights with Garuda Indoensia although most of them depart in the morning, thus an overnight stay in Bali is often required for international travellers.
All foreign travelers to Indonesia need at least six months remaining on their passport as well as one full clean page for the visa on arrival stamp. Guests will be denied access to board the plane in departing country if this is not adhered to.
CURRENT FLIGHT SCHEDULE*
*SUBJECT TO CHANGE
BALI TO SUMBA
By Wings Air, ETD Bali 10.20 am, ETA Tambolaka 11.45 am
By Garuda, ETD Bali 13.05 am, ETA Tambolaka 2.15 pm
SUMBA TO BALI
By Wings Air, ETD Sumba 12.05 pm, ETA Bali 13.25 pm
By Garuda, ETD Sumba 11.15 am, ETA Bali 12.25 pm
Journey to Nihi
# 1 HOTEL IN THE WORLD BY T&L READERS
Your immersion into Sumba life starts with the one and half hour journey from Tambolaka airport, leaving the bustling streets of Bali behind for a more Africa-meets-Asia experience.
The journey starts at sea level and climbs to the rijewa mountain ranges at 500 metres. The spectacular scenery from peak to sky is framed by teak and mahogany plantations and thick Sumba deciduous forests.
The road stretches down to Waikabubak passing through traditional settlements, the Sewah waterfalls and offers a canvas of rich green verdure; structured rice fields to river valleys and thick dense forests eventually leading to a glimpse of the Indian Ocean.
The traditional market town of Waikabubak is situated 400 metres above sea level on a plateau and guests can often see water buffalo driven through the town on an evening drive.
For the final part of the journey, you have magnificent views of the vast Wanokaka River Delta populated by local tribesmen grassing the rice fields, traditional swords in hand and wearing Ikat head scarves, winding through local villages to arrive at the magical setting of NIHI.