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Pasola Festival – Sumba island

Pasola War Festival 2020, Sumba island

Schedule:  Will be announced in January 2020

Duration : 3 Days/2 Nights
Price per Person: USD 445, min 2 persons.

Day 01. Denpasar – Tambolaka  in West Sumba island  (L/D)
On arrival at Tambolaka Airport, our guide will meet you and transfer to Manandang Hotel in Waikabubak. The afternoon takes a city tour to visit Prai jing traditional. Dinner and overnight at Manandang Hotel

2: Full day Pasola in Lamboya  (B/L/D )
Breakfast at 5 am at the hotel and drive to Lamboya area for about to witness the Pasola along the day. Lunch box will be provided on the spot. Dinner and overnight at Manandang Hotel.

Day 3: Tambolaka – Denpasar ( B )
After Breakfast at your hotel, Transfer to Tambolaka airport to catch flight for your next destination

Price includes:

  • Accommodation at Manandang with meals (B/L/D)
  • English speaking guide
  • Air-conditioned car during tours and transfers,
  • Entrance fee, Donation, drink 

Price does not include:

  • Domestic flights
  • Travel 
  • Drinks,
  • Personal expenses and Tipping

Flights recommendation:
Denpasar – Tambolaka by Garuda Indonesia, GA 460, 13.10 – 14.15 or Lion/Wings air, IW1832 – 12.05 -13.25
Tambolaka – Denpasar by Garuda Indonesia, GA 461,11.25 – 12.30 or Lion/Wings air, IW1833 – 12.05 – 13.25

During the Pasola festival, the temperature is very high, We advise you to bring a hat and Sun cream with you.

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Pasola Festival, Sumba island

The Pasola Festival is an original war ritual for giving thanks to the ancestral spirits in the region of West Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara. Therefore two groups of 25 men each, mostly from the upper and the lower village, are fighting each other while riding horses and throwing their wooden spears toward the opponent. The initiating prayer is lead by the Rato, a traditional priest, and after he threw symbolically his spear between the groups, the “war-game” immediately starts. The selected proud Sumbanese men and also their horses are wearing traditional and colorful clothes during this ceremony.