An island surrounded by white sand beaches in the province of East Nusa Tenggara in eastern Indonesia, Sumba offers the perfect remote tropical escape off the beaten track. Gentle, rugged limestone hills growing maize and rice make up the landscape unlike the volcanic mountains of other Indonesian islands. The hillsides are dotted with traditional, charming villages with pointed, grass-roofed huts surrounding megalithic tombs. The Sumbanese people embrace a living faith known as Marapu rooted in the teachings of their ancestors, and ceremonious celebrations and sacrifices to honor God, their creator. Sumba’s unique flora and fauna have earned it the classification of deciduous forests ecoregion. Several magical swimming holes, azure lagoons, and pristine waterfalls await you inland. Visit local markets, and remote tribal villages and learn about intricate weaving processes of Ikat textiles, which is characterized by bold, animistic designs unique to the island.