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With Indonesia straddling the equator, all parts of the country have a tropical climate. In line with this, two main seasons characterize the climate in Sumba – wet and dry. The dry season lasts from April to September, while most of the rain falls in the months of October to March.
Coming to Sumba means an entire trip of outdoor adventures, including exploring the island's custom villages, beaches, waterfalls, grasslands and hills. To make the most of the trip, it would be best to come during the main months of the dry season, April to September.
Bawana Beach is home to one of the island's most recognizable icons, the batu bolong, a rock wall with a giant hole that sits on a pristine stretch of sand. Located in Kodi, Southwest Sumba, the picturesque coast is approximately a 90-minute drive south from the nearest town of Tambolaka. Access to the beach is still its natural rocky track, which is steep and uneven. .
Before visiting Bawana Beach, make sure to check the tides, as high tide will usually push its fierce waves up to the beach wall. Low tide opens up the beach area, allowing visitors to enjoy the soft, white sand. It is, however, not recommended to swim, as the waves are strong and hit against rocks scattered across the seabed.
Bawana Beach, Panenggo Ede, Kodi Bangedo, Southwest Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara, IDN.
Kodi’s locals guide: IDR100k
Parking fee: IDR50k