Waikanabu Waterfall in East Sumba Regency, East Nusa Tenggara Province


Instead of visiting swimming pools and water parks, why don’t tourists come to natural attractions like waterfalls? For example, there is Waikanabu Waterfall located in East Sumba Regency. As the name suggests, it resides in Waikanabu Village and belongs to Tabundung Sub-District. Even though the location is a little bit far from Waingapu City, it is quite rewarding especially due to the serene nuance and beautiful landscape. The most common activities that tourists can do on site are photography, playing water, and watching lucrative flora and fauna of Sumba Island.

The Nuance
Once arriving at the site, tourists would be impressed by its serenity. In terms of size, Waikanabu waterfall is considered tall. Not to mention it has a strong water discharge. Here is the most recognizable characteristic of the size. The waterfall features several levels of ponds, coming with a different depth as well. At a glance, it looks like a water park so tourists can play water comfortable there. Plus, the site is surrounded by big trees and lush bushes. On top of that, the water is quite clear and refreshing!

Exploring Waikanabu Waterfall
The most popular activity that tourists can do in Waikanabu Waterfall is none other than playing water. As mentioned before, the site features various water ponds on where tourists can swim and take a bath in it. The depth varies as well, so visitors can choose one depending on their preference. Even kids can play water safely there, as long as they get parents’ supervision. Another good thing is that the natural ponds come with refreshing and milky blue water! Taking a bath in it indeed helps everyone to relax and eradicate stresses almost in an instant.

Aside from taking a bath or playing water, tourists also have other reasons to visit Waikanabu Waterfall. For example, they may carry a camera and collect some good pictures of nature. These include the waterfall itself, natural ponds, big trees, terraced landscape, and much more. If they are lucky enough, some birds even drop by on site! That means they can have some good pictures of beautiful animals as well during the visit. In this case, it is better to come during a good weather or they won’t find any birds.

Natural exploration becomes another reason why people keep coming to Waikanabu Waterfall. It is because they want to explore and conquer the site thoroughly. Have no worries. The location is near to a local settlement, so tourists won’t get lost during exploration later. Make sure to carry enough bottled water, though.

Nearby Attractions

  • Laiwangi Wanggameti National Park
  • Laputi Lake
  • Laingogor Waterfall
  • Wahang Beach
  • Katikuwai Plateau

How to Get There
Those who come from Kupang City can take advantage of an airplane service at El Tari International Airport and head to Umbu Mehang Kunda Airport located at Waingapu City. The flight takes about 30 minutes, so it is considered fast and comfortable. Once arriving at Waingapu, tourists can take any local transportation service and head to Waikanabu Waterfall right away through Adi Sucipto Street. The distance is 111 km, so the trip may take around 2 hours and 46 minutes.

Where to Stay

  • Jimmi Hotel
  • Elvin Hotel
  • Elim Hotel


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