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Feats of Derring-Do in Sumba, East Indonesia

Last Minute Bookings Available: Join the Pasola Festival in Sumba February 1-4, 2019

The annual Pasola Festival of Sumba Island in the Nusa Tenggara Timur islands of Indonesia traces its roots to the ancient Marapu religion and is a thanksgiving and harvest festival, the timing of which is linked to the appearance of “nyale” or sea worms on Sumba’s shorelines and the full phase of the moon.

When community elders decree the time is right, competing teams of men on horseback, each numbering some 100 members bearing sharp spears to be thrown at the opposing side in a series of fierce battle charges, gather to do battle at traditional gathering points.

Although not without casualties, in recent years efforts have been made to fit the spears with dumdum points to prevent fatal impalements. When death and injury do occur, the blood shed is thought to guarantee a fertile harvest in the coming year.

The Pasola Battle takes place in valleys edged by small hills where thousands of Sumbanese natives, dressed in magnificent traditional wove cloths, come to witness the field of battle.

Sumba Hospitality Foundation

The Sumba Hospitality Foundation (SHF), a non-profit organization based in West Sumba that promotes responsible tourism through the operation of an international award-winning residential school of hospitality for economically challenged local young men and women. The modern environmentally-sustainable campus using energy saving technology, revolutionary bamboo construction techniques, and food supplied by an on-site permaculture project also houses an exclusive eco-resort that provides a living working laboratory used to train a student body of 60 students.


Last Minute Opportunity to Witness the Year’s Pasola

The Sumba Hospitality Foundation is hosting a 3 or 4 day Pasola Festival Package starting on February 1, 2019, and a chance to be an eyewitness to an ancient cultural tradition in West Sumba.

3 Night – 4 Day Pasola Festival Package - February 1-4, 2019

Rp. 4,250,000 per person (Bamboo Category)

Rp. 4,999,000 per person (Deluxe Category)

2 Night – 3 Day Pasola Festival Package – February 1 -3, 2019

Rp. 2,750,000 per person (Bamboo Category)

Rp. 3,250,000 per person (Deluxe Category)

Day One – Arrival in Sumba – Friday, February 1, 2019

Meet and greet at Sumba’s Tambaloka Airport (TMC) and transfer to the Sumba Hospitality Campus and Eco-Resort. A welcome drink during the check in process followed by a tour of SHF’s unique campus. Later, enjoy the sunset on pristine Managa Aba Beach before enjoying a fine-dining four-course meal served by the faculty and students of the SHF. After dinner, a sharing session with students of SHF about their Pasola experiences.

Day Two Pasola Festival – Saturday, February 2, 2019

Breakfast at the eco-resort before transportation to the Lamboya Area and the Pasola Festival. An afternoon picnic has been organized.

Day closes with another sumptuous 4-course dinner at the SHF restaurant.

Day Three - Sunday, February 3, 2019

For participants in the 3-day program an airport transfer will be provided following breakfast.

For participants in the 4-day program – following breakfast at the SHF restaurant, transport will be provided to undertake an exploration of Sumba. Choose from a wide range of destinations and activities including a tour of a coffee plantation, blue lagoon swimming, and visits to traditional villages and textile centers.

Day ends with another 4-course fine dining experience at SHF.

Day Four – Monday, February 4, 2019

For four day package participants, transfer to airport following breakfast.


Airport transfers

Welcome drink

2 or 3 nights’ accommodation, depending on package choses

Tours as stated

All meals as stated

Donation and entrance fee for Paola and Weekeri Lake.

Transportation with driver throughout

Not included:

Air transportation

Travel Insurance


Personal expenses


Sumba Hospitality Foundation Website


Telephone: +62 (0) 822 366 155 05