We’ll start by getting here….Fly into Tambolaka Airport in west Sumba. We recommend Garuda Airlines as they’re the most dependable. We can book your inter-island flights if you’d like. Our driver will pick you up at Tambolaka Airport. He’ll have a small sign with your name on it. Our place goes by the name of “Ngalung Kalla”. It is a 2 hour drive from Tambolaka Airport to Ngalung Kalla.
You are truly remote here. Besides friends at the retreat you won’t likely see another westerner your entire time at Ngalung Kalla. It’s not a good place to come if you’re looking to shop although there are some amazing artifacts around.
Electricity in the bungalow is currently via generator and is available from 7am to 9 pm. Our refrigerators and freezers as well as our main restaurant area currently run on solar power. We are moving toward being fully solar powered in 2018. Please bring a good headlamp as we only use solar lights in the rooms at night and don’t light our trails out of respect for the sea-turtles and nocturnal birds in the area.
There are very few mosquitoes at Ngalung Kalla as it is so dry most of the year. However, precaution is advised in the form of light cover ups for nighttime hours. Malaria is still present in Sumba. If you are thinking about travelling to Sumba during the months around the edges of the monsoon season one should consider taking a malaria prophylactic, we recommend Malarone or something similar. There are also good herbal preventatives that can be chewed daily on site for prevention if desired(very bitter though).
There can be sandflies on the beach at times. Their presence depends on the moon’s phase. If you react to their nibbles, or aren’t sure if you react it’s a good idea to bring some Benadryl tabs and/or other antihistamine cream/oral tablets.
Suggested Packing List
Of course this list will vary dramatically from person to person we feel this list offers a pretty good start.
- Headlamp is a must. Preferably one with a “Red” option as well. As well as spare -or preferably- rechargeable batteries for it.
- Travel insurance is highly recommended, preferably one with a “medi-vac” option
- Sunblock, physical sun blocks preferred to chemical ones. We like Soleo, or Surf Yogis brand. SPF 40 plus recommended
- Hat or visor
- Reusable water bottle-hydro flask, nalgene, etc…something you can fill at the retreat and take on adventures
- Unlocked device for Internet connection over cellular network if desired- must be UNLOCKED and open for use by any internet provider, currently we can only get signal from Telkomsel provider, other SIMs won’t work. All sizes of SIM cards are available in Indonesia and can be bought locally or arranged at the retreat.
- ATM is available in town an hour away, not much to buy out here but you may find swords, textiles, beads, or the like that make good souvenirs. Good idea to bring a few million rupiah cash so you’re covered, there are safes in the rooms for cash, valuables, documents, and devices though this is a very safe place. Any charges incurred at the resort are best settled with cash on checkout.
- Beach towel/sarong if desired- we provide regular towels in the rooms
- Solid sandals (thongs if your Aussies), not the 2 dollar kind. These can be used to go most anywhere, but for those of you planning on doing serious adventuring you will want to bring running shoes.
- All toiletries- very little available on Sumba
- A first aid kit, all scratches, scrapes, blisters, wounds need special attention here. Things get infected in the tropics quickly if not looked after. Should include but not limited to betadine, bandaids, gauze pads, antibiotic powder (better than ointments in the heat), a course of antibiotics for Bali belly or related sickness, and a course of antibiotics for flesh wounds, always better to be overly prepared than not have what you need
- Any prescription or regular medicines you may require, ,also Benadryl topical and/or oral is highly recommended for individuals that may have allergic reactions to mozzy or sandfly bites
- Light long-sleeve shirts and long pants for nights. The months June-August are mildly chilly in Sumba and we’d recommend a little something warm for those months. Especially if you plan on dawn patrol boat trips which happen often.
- Spring or long sleeve rashy for protection from the reef and long hours in the water. Surf leggings or full body lycra “stinger” suits are suitable as well if you find yourself susceptible to aquatic life like sea-lice
- Reef walking shoes/surf booties for tidepool adventures on the low tides, these are generally not needed for surfing though. There are several pairs available at the retreat if you have a “normal” foot size.
- Boogie board/body surf fins and lycra socks with surf tethers if you like that sort of thing. Da Fin brand are generally the professional standard
- Electricity is supplied during daytime hours only 7 am- 9 pm, it’s 220 volts and Indonesian sockets, we have adapters here for your use
- Multitool- Gerber or Leatherman type recommended, may come in handy
- Mask and Fins for snorkeling if you’re really seriously into it and have ones that you like
- Compact umbrella for full sun activities, would be a luxury
- Rehydration packets to be mixed with water, emergen-c, liquimins, or the like
- Light clothes, average temperature 75-90 degrees
- Light rain jacket, while not likely to receive much rain during your trip, this may come in handy, optional if trying to pack light, depends on time of year you plan on visiting-March and April/October and November have the possibility of some rain.
- Wet wipes, like baby wipes for cleaning your hands and faces during outings and travels
- Water clothes, board shorts, bikinis, rash guards, and the like
- Print out of all travel documents including passport
- Bug spray of preference,
- Prescription glasses if you require as well as a back up pair.