Top 5 cities and villages of East Nusa Tenggara

West Sumba

West Sumba ©NASA Goddard Phot and Video/Flick

The Province of East Nusa Tenggara consists of over 550 islands, but has three main islands: Flores, Sumba and Timor. The population is predominantly Roman Catholic and the Portuguese influence is present in the habits and the physical environment as well. The existence of a strong European cultural heritage can be seen in the Easter processions in Larantuka or the royal insignia of the former rulers of Maumere are also a proof of this.

Sumba, formerly known as the Sandalwood Island today is famous of its horses and the unique ikat linenworks.


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The attractions of West Sumba include the huge megalithic tombs and the traditional conical thatched houses raised on stilts.

We present you the top 5 cities and villages of East Nusa Tenggara.


Timor is the main island of the province as has the biggest number of inhabitants and there is Kupang, the regional center as well. In the provincial center of Kupang comes a flight from Darwin (Australia) twice a week. The scheduled flights from Bali, Makassar and Surabayából offer excellent transport links. The ships of the Pelini company that stop at East Nusa Tenggara go to Jakarta, Surabaya, Denpasar, Makassar and to Biak.

The Rote Island is the part of the Kupang regency, located on its west coast. Many archaeological artifacts were found here, including fine china porcelain and ancient everyday objects. The typical instrument of Rote is called sasando and is a traditional harp made of palm leaves.

Hotel in Kupang

Hotel in Kupang ©albert jata/Flick


In the Lamarela fishing village of the Lembata island from May to September is the whaling season. The locals use simple traditional instruments as small rowing boats and hand harpoons. The flesh of the giant sea creatures is eaten or sold.


Larantuka is a small port city in East Nusa Tenggara at the foot of a high hill on the eastern end of Flores. The Portuguese heritage is very strong in Larantuka. The Easter procession held on a regular basis si worth to be seen if the date of your travel permits.

Larantuka Lake

Larantuka Lake ©Yorick_R/Flick


Waikabubak is an archaic little town of West Sumba and is full of old graves which has buffalo horn, horse, nude men and women carvings. There are more megalithic tombs in the area as well. The façade of the traditional houses is adorned with the horns of the bulls that were sacrificed during the ceremonies in the previous years. The village of Tarung is an important ritual center at 500 m from Waikabukak to the west.


Anakalang is the location of the Purung Takadionga Ratu mass wedding ceremony in East Nusa Tenggara that is held every two years adjusted to the time of full moon.

West Sumba

West Sumba ©NASA Goddard Phot and Video/Flick

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