Pau Village, east Sumba, Indonesia

Baing Region

After a busy day exploring from Waingapu, it’s worth spending a couple of nights at Baing town and allowing a full day to look around. Between the township and the coast there are several seasonal lakes where migratory birds nest and water buffalo graze. From the lakes, there are numerous sandy tracks leading to the bay where you’ll find some gorgeous white sandy beaches overlooking seaweed farms. Outside the offshore reef, there’s a popular surf break and several more further westwards.

Watu parunu, Sumba, Indonesia

Photo © Baktiar Sontani

Just west of Baing, the road forks before the Baing River bridge. The southern fork leads to the gorgeous Watu Paruna Beach which, with is gentle rolling surf, is great fun for swimmers. Beyond the beach you reach a natural rock arch called Pintu Parunu. The northern fork leads up into a picturesque Baing River valley, past traditional villages, then Laipandak village and eventually intersects the Melolo-Kananggar road.

Baing town
South east, Sumba Island, Indonesia
1 day
Get there
Private car or ojek
Need to know
A great day trip