Yes. On-site, we are working with International SOS to assure your wellbeing and safety. International SOS provides immediate phone access to medical doctors with extensive experience, coupled with a good knowledge of the local environment and healthcare system. They have the full ability to respond to most health issues. International SOS has stationed a permanent paramedic on-site with equipment necessary for emergency first response. For further extensive treatments, the next hospital is 30 minutes away in Waikabubak (district capital). Depending on the guest’s insurance and requirements we help to facilitate medical evacuations from Tambolaka Airport (70 minutes’ drive with ambulance) to Bali or Singapore.
We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travellers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and bring supplies for area schools or medical clinics in need, you’ll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families. Please click here to see what supplies are needed for our project.
There are no money changing facilities on the island. If you plan to buy handicrafts at villages then please exchange your currency in Bali before arriving at NIHI. Credit cards can be used in NIHI’s facilities such as the bar, shop and for activities; however, we are not able to provide cash advances on your card. However, we do have an ATM at the hotel for the convenience of our guests.
Casual beach wear is best for the day – T-shirts, loose lightweight long or short sleeve shirts and lightweight shorts or pants. For the evening, a lightweight sweatshirt, sarong, hat and sandals are ideal; comfortable walking or hiking shoes are also recommended.
We provide repellent for all our guests and mosquito nets are also available in every room. If you want to bring some with you then any repellent with “DEET” will be good enough, a spray on or roll on type is recommended. Please note that we also fog the property several times per week to keep bugs at a minimum.
We offer complimentary daily laundry service.
We operate generators 24 hours daily. Our power is 220v. The standard plug sockets in your room are for two round pins and we have provided a universal plug in every room for your convenience.
Yes. NIHI has installed reliable satellite Internet that is accessible with Wi-Fi throughout the resort, including in your room. We also have a GSM tower that repeats the island’s cell signal, and rebroadcasts it for the resort. This allows you to make and receive calls.
A 10% service charge is added to your bill. Additional tipping is not required but, of course, certainly appreciated.
Yes, we have our small “Mamole” boutique that offers jewelry, surf wear, beachwear, Sumba Foundation products and basic toiletries. There is also our staff market stocked with Sumba Ikat textiles brought in from the local villages by our staff. You will be able to find handicrafts of varying quality in some of the villages.
There is air conditioning in all guest accommodation.
We do host many family groups with children and we have become adept at taking care of them while the parents are relaxing or taking part in activities. The activities suitable for children, depending on age and ability, include soccer, volleyball, snorkelling, boating, fishing, visiting villages, hiking to the waterfall, mountain biking, exploring the reefs on low tides and collecting fossils and shells. For younger children we have a nice child-friendly swimming pool and board games. We also have painting and drawing supplies, as well as beach toys.
Yes, we do have babysitters available. We would need several days advance notice to make the arrangements.
We do offer supervision for children and toddlers. We are most comfortable if infants are able to eat solid foods and are able to be away from a parent for more than just a few hours. Please remember that we are in a remote location and that a majority of our staff are loving, loyal local Sumbanese for whom English is limited. The old adage, “It takes a village,” certainly applies to Sumba’s culture, so child rearing comes naturally to our native friends. As our resort grows, so have our resources to access and training. We have on site translation so that our nannies are able follow instructions well, and they are expected to be able to swim, should children want to splash around in the water. We have a full-time paramedic on the premises 24 hours a day, and swift communication for emergencies. For parents who want a quiet dinner, or to enjoy any of our wonderful daytime excursions, please be reassured that friendly, professional childcare is available. However, presently, if you are looking for highly qualified caregivers with first aid credentials, we recommend keeping your little ones in your company.
At our staff housing facility (Guru Village) or as an extra person in the same villa where the guest is staying if there is space available. The price will be US$250.00++.
Very interesting! This is a primitive culture that only stopped headhunting 50 years ago. It is also one of the last practicing animistic cultures in the world. Sumba is famous for its culture and many documentaries have been filmed here.
During the months of February and March the “Pasola” ceremonies take place nearby NIHI Sumba Island. Traditional boxing ceremonies are held from August through to January. In July, there is a one-week horse racing event that draws horses and riders from all over Indonesia. Throughout the year there are funeral and wedding ceremonies taking place that our guests are sometimes invited to attend.
Yes, we can tailor-make an activity itinerary according to your interests.
Please do not bring anything except goodwill to the villages. If you really want to help the local people you can buy some handicrafts when visiting the villages, or make a contribution to the many Sumba Foundation projects that benefit the local communities.
No. The religious beliefs and traditions of the Sumbanese are very important to the order of their society. We would encourage you to respect their faiths.
There are exceptional baskets, Sumba Ikat weavings, sarongs and traditional knives that can be bargained for and purchased directly from the villagers.
Appropriate attire would be a shirt or T-shirt that covers the shoulders with shorts or a sarong.
We suggest you bring antacid pills, a course of antibiotics, special antibiotics for skin infections, hydrogen peroxide, antiseptic cream or powder, waterproof bandages, and a personal first aid kit if you have one.
Yes, we highly recommend you obtaining travel insurance with medical evacuation coverage. Please note that evacuation from Sumba to a Singapore hospital will cost upwards of US $40,000.00
If you have medical evacuation coverage a medivac plane can take you from Sumba to Singapore, which has the best medical care in the region. We cannot be held responsible for any medical emergency evacuation costs. If you do not have an evacuation policy, expect to pay US$40,000.00 just for the evacuation flight, that’s not including hospital or other costs incurred.
There is a local hospital in Waikabubak, a 40-minute drive away from the resort, with a limited facility.
Malaria is common in most of Indonesia, and Sumba is no exception. We take malaria seriously at NIHIWATU® by regularly fogging the resort and the surrounding area. The rooms have mosquito nets and are sprayed daily by our housekeeping staff. If you are concerned, we recommend that you wear a light and loose long sleeved shirt at night with similar long pants and use insect repellent.
Guests have no reason to worry about Zika at NIHI. We have not experienced cases of Zika in Sumba and have precautionary measures in place at NIHI to control mosquitos in general. It is important to note that there are two main types of Zika: a very benign form that gives no symptoms or problems in pregnancy and has been around since the 1970s, also in Indonesia.
Then there is a new form of Zika that appeared about two years ago that has caused problems in the Americas and has been spreading, but with very few cases in Southeast Asia. The new ULV misting at NIHI has been very effective against mosquito nuisance, and we offer repellents all over the property for guests to use day and night. We are committed to ensuring you the most comfortable stay possible, so please let us know if you are interested in learning more about Zika for your own peace of mind.
We are often asked about Malaria precautions prior to travel in Indonesia. Our ability to control Malaria on the island continues to expand through the efforts of The Sumba Foundation, with clinics and education. Mosquitos are most present during the rainy season than during the dry season. At NIHI Sumba, our year-round ULV fogging is very effective against mosquito nuisance, and we offer repellents all over the property. We recommend wearing a light and loose long sleeved shirt and similar pants at night. Our rooms have mosquito nets and are safely sprayed daily by our housekeeping staff. For further peace of mind, please consult your physician about Malaria medication in advance. Dr. Claus Bogh, Health Program Director for The Sumba Foundation, recommends two types of malaria prophylaxis:
Malarone: One tablet a day for adults, starting two days before departure and continue for seven days after arriving home. There is a pediatric version for children, please ask your family physician.
Side effects: Sometimes vivid dreams and blisters on the tongue may occur if taken for more than 3 weeks.
This is by far the most common malaria prevention recommended in the States and EU.
Doxycycline: 100 mg per day for adults, starting two days before departure and until 3 weeks after arriving home.
Pediatric dose: Safe for children above 8 years of age. Please ask your family physician as it depends on the child’s weight.
Side effects: Sun sensitivity and stomach pain may occur.
This drug is less expensive and has the benefit of protecting against some bacterial infections such as salmonella and campylobacter (stomach infections).
We are committed to ensuring you the most comfortable stay possible, so please let us know if you are interested in learning more about Malaria.
We do have top-quality gear – Shimano rods, Okuma and Penn International reels – but if you are coming to do some serious fishing you should bring your favorite rod and reel. Many guests also bring their own lures, but often they are not suitable for the conditions at NIHI Sumba. We do not have fly-fishing equipment, so if that is your passion please bring your own with you.
All you need is long pants, and a pair of sports shoes and socks: (we do have riding boots however bring your sports shoes just in case we don’t have your size). You will be riding quality well cared for Sumba / Australian Thoroughbred cross horses in English saddles. All levels of experience is catered for.
We have boogie boards and snorkeling equipment you can use free of charge.
We would recommend wax, extra heavy-duty leashes, booties, rash shirts, a surf cap, serious sunscreen, first aid kit, extra fins, and a travel-sized ding repair kit.
NIHI Sumba beach has the best break but and there are others not so far away. You may want to consider a boat charter to cruise the coast and search for waves that are out there to be found. The best months for surf explorations are March to the end of April, and September through to November when the trade winds are low.
Please don’t forget to bring your cameras and laptop with extra flash drives for photos.