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Direct Flights to Sumba from Bali

There are three flights a day from Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar (DPS) to Sumba Island’s Tambolaka Airport (TMC).  Please see the flight schedule and airline options below. We are happy to secure the flights for you including VIP lounge access at both airports (an administrative fee applies). Alternatively, you can arrange your flights directly with the airline.

All international departures must travel via Bali (DPS). There are regular flights with Garuda Indonesia (below) although most of them depart in the morning, thus an overnight stay in Bali is often required the night before for international travelers.  We are also able to assist you with connecting flights between Bali and Sumba, or if you prefer to book directly with the airlines, we can also arrange transfers between Tambolaka airport and the resort at the following cost:

Return Flights

Return Airport Transfers

Until end of March 2019

Economy: US$455

From April 2019

Economy: US$500

Until March 2019

Shared car:
US$150 (per person)
US$250 (per couple)
Private car:
US$425 (max. 4 person)

From April 2019

Shared car:
US$150 (per person)
US$275 (per couple)
Private car:
US$470 (max. 4 person)

All rates are exclusive of 11% government tax & 10% service charge

These prices include VIP service upon your International arrival in Denpasar, Bali, use of the VIP lounges at Bali and Tambolaka airports , baggage allowance up to 30 kg, airport taxes, baggage handling, return transfers (shared car) from Tambolaka airport to the resort and complimentary upgrade to Business Class (subject to availability, for Garuda flight ticket only).  See flight schedules below.

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. This is strictly reinforced: Guests will not be allowed to board the plane in their departing country if this is not adhered to.




By Wings Air, ETD Bali 10.20 am, ETA Tambolaka 11.45 am
By Garuda, ETD Bali 13.05 pm, ETA Tambolaka 14.15 pm
By Nam Air, ETD Bali 15.00 pm, ETA Tambolaka 16.30 pm


By Nam Air, ETD Sumba 8.30 am, ETA Bali 10.00 am
By Garuda, ETD Sumba 11.15 am, ETA Bali 12.25 pm
By Wings Air, ETD Sumba 12.05 pm, ETA Bali 13.25 pm

Alternative Routes to Sumba

There are additional routes to Sumba Island from Jakarta (CGK) and Surabaya (SUB) international airports, both on Java, flying through Kupang (East Nusa Tenggara); all in Indonesia. See flight schedules below.



Jakarta – Tambolaka (Via Kupang)

Flight CGK KOE Transit Flight KOE TMC
Departure Arrival Departure Arrival
GA 456 4:30 8:25 40 min GA 461 9:05 10:10
ID 6548 8:40 12:40 55 min IW 1921 13:35 14:45
ID 6540 3:10 7:10 2h05m GA 461 9:05 10:10

Tambolaka – Jakarta (Via Kupang)

Flight TMC KOE Transit Flight KOE CGK
Departure Arrival Departure Arrival
GA 460 14:40 15:50 50 min GA 457 16:40 18:30
IW 1920 08:05 9:25 3h05m ID 7348 13:30 15:20

Surabaya – Tambolaka (Via Kupang)

Flight SUB KOE Transit Flight KOE TMC
Departure Arrival Departure Arrival
QG 9701 6:25 9:30 4h05m IW 1921 13:35 14:55
JT 690 6:55 10:00 3h35m IW 1921 13:35 14:55

Tambolaka – Surabaya (Via Kupang)

Flight TMC KOE Transit Flight KOE SUB
Departure Arrival Departure Arrival
GA 460 14:40 15:50 1h40m JT 697 17:30 18:30
IW 1920 8:05 9:25 1h40m JT 695 11:05 12:10


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.


A private helicopter may be chartered directly from Bali to Sumba Island, or from Sumba Tambolaka airport to Nihi resort. Please note there is a strict weight restriction in terms of passengers as well as hold and hand luggage. Nihi can organize for luggage to be sent overland. Please contact our reservations team for more details.
A private plane may be chartered from Bali (DPS) to Sumba (TMC) . Please contact the reservations team for more details.