We are about to let a big secret out – our favourite, remote and secluded surf getaway: Nihiwatu. Just an hour’s flight from Bali this is one of the most stunning undiscovered corners of the earth, with a amazing surf breaks. Steeped in culture, and one of the few places in Indonesia where the locals still follow ancient rituals, we have just returned from an amazing trip to this isolated destination, and we can’t wait to share it!
Nihiwatu is comprised of 12 suites and villas, and we highly recommend you get there before this place changes. In the middle of nowhere, there is an amazing list of things to do – all to help you take in this unspoiled environment. Whether its releasing baby turtles into the sea (March-July), jet skiing, waterfall walks, fishing, surfing and deserted island picnics, there is something for everyone. Psst! Their onsite watersports guru Christian has a reputation for being able to get anyone standing on a surfboard within a few hours! Already an experienced surfer? You’ll always find perfect breaks to keep your heart pumping. Personally, we loved the paddle boarding down the Wanukaka River. Local children swim over from the riverbanks and try to hitch a ride – it’s a great way to interact with the community and is completely uncontrived.
Another amazing aspect of Nihiwatu is the Sumba Foundation. Not only do they set up key initiatives such as providing clean water to the villages, they also combat malnutrition by feeding the children and then educating them on how to sustain their living by growing green beans.
Vast and airy with large front decks, the bungalows all have plunge pools, extremely comfortable beds, and gorgeous bathrooms with outdoor rain showers. You will be pleased to know that Wi-Fi is available, though there are no televisions or sound systems. Never fear, TVs (and DVDs) can be found in the communal living, perfect for kiddies and rainy days.
Every corner of @nihiwatu_resort_sumbaisland is a perfect place to enjoy the sunset. … I’m @taniasmagicaltravels and this #paradiseonsumbaisland. … Photo by @tiniihitakara …………. #nihiwatu #sunset #perfect #hamock #beach #beautifuldestinations #beautifulhotels #leadinghotelsoftheworld #afarmedia #forbestravelguide #exploreindonesia #sumbaisland
This is truly for adventurers who love barefoot luxury, but want to experience the rich culture of this destination and come away with more than just an amazing tan. Nihiwatu is ideal for couples seeking a quieter beach locale, and families looking for something more than the typical Bali resort holiday.