Horses are the soul of Sumba. Nihi’s exceptional equestrian facility, Sandalwood Stables, offers the perfect vacation for horse lovers. Our team has handpicked an exceptional team of local sport horses ready to carry guests off into the sunset and beyond.

Trail rides include the beach at sunset, a beach-to-bush outing through local villages, select day trips to Rice Island or Spa Safari™ Nihioka (weather permitting), and a visit to neighboring Coconut Cove for a gallop through calm waves.

Sunset and Sunrise Beach Ride

As the sun sets or the day begins, take in the changing hues from the shores of Nihiwatu’s stunning two and a half kilometer beach astride one of the beautiful Sumba horses.

Enjoy a gentle stroll or pick up the pace splashing through the rolling ocean shallows. This is undoubtedly where you will get that amazing hero holiday shot!

No riding experience needed.

Experience Details

The maximum weight load of our Sumba Horses is 85kg

 max. 6 guests
 1 hour



Swimming with the Horses

When the swell is low and high tide is waning, this is the perfect time to go swimming the horses on Nihiwatu beach. Down at the stables our horsemen will match you up with a horse fitted with a bareback pad for grip and comfort, and lead you down to the water in front of the Boathouse. The horses love to cool off in the water; it is a wonderful feeling to be on their backs as they wade, splash, and play weightlessly in the ocean.

When the swell causes their hooves to leave the ground and they start to swim a little you feel yourself float momentarily above their backs, it’s quite exhilarating!

Experience Details

The maximum weight load of our Sumba Horses is 85kg

 30 minutes