About East Nusa Tenggara
For a moment, forget about the life and modern civilization in Jakarta or shop in Bandung. Start your adventure in the amazing open air in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), because its natural beauty is truly extraordinary, its cultural uniqueness, culinary pleasure, the hospitality of its people, as well as beautiful marine life and rare ancient creatures. Come to this province as if you were on another Planet. Yes! Because here you will find something truly extraordinary and astonishing. From the beauty of its charming beaches, rich diversity of crocodiles, to meeting ancient dragons.
East Nusa Tenggara Province consists of more than 550 islands and is dominated by several main islands namely Flores, Sumba, Timor, Alor, Lembata, Rote, Sabu, Adonara, Solor, Komodo and Palue. Timor Island is the main island in NTT because of its large population. On this island there is also the capital of NTT, Kupang.
The topography of this island is very diverse, ranging from mountains, ramps, forests, seas, corals, charming small islands, swirling currents, high waves, lakes, and so on really creates extraordinary natural scenes. Moreover, here is also equipped with marine tourism such as diving, fishing, surfing, and outbound.
In NTT there are dozens of cultures, hundreds of local languages, hundreds or maybe even thousands of types of folk dances, dozens of social order systems, traditional governance models, and beautiful woven patterns. It is truly the most exotic and enchanting cultural tourism destination for you to visit! Each region in NTT has a different language and tradition. The dominant Catholic community is influenced by Portuguese culture.
The Pasola Jousting ceremony on Sumba Island is one of them that is interesting for you to see. Pasola is a game of a group of colorful horsemen who throw javelins from the horse. This ceremony was held during February in the villages of Lamboya and Kodi as well as March in Gaura and Wanokaka. The ceremony starts a few days after the full moon and coincides with the Nyale celebration, which is catching sea worms on the beach by local residents.
The typical musical instrument of the NTT community is Sasando, a beautiful musical instrument. There are many examples of thick European cultural heritage here such as the celebration of Easter at Larantuka and the symbol of the Kingdom of Maumere. Formerly known as the sandalwood island, Sumba is famous for its beautiful horses and ikat cloth. West Sumba is famous for its stone tombs, traditional thatched huts and similar huts built on bamboo.