Ngalung Kalla

Experience the raw, rugged beauty of one of Indonesia’s best kept secrets, guided by the islands most experienced waterman.  Situated on the southwest coast of Sumba, Ngalung Kalla Eco Retreat has been designed with maximum respect of the Earth and consideration for the local climate and people. Just an easy 90 min flight from the bustle of Bali, arriving in Sumba is like stepping back in time, and gives an eye-opening perspective of contrasting lives, reminding us why travel is so exciting, and essential for growth, understanding and adventure.  Catering to the discerning traveler eager to get off the beaten path and into an adventure with just enough raw luxury, Ngalung Kalla has been crafted with the three tenants of Permaculture in mind.  Earth Care, People Care, and Fair Share.

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January to December
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At the retreat you will find comfort, quiet, and good vibes. Ngalung Kalla have preserved a large area surrounding our retreat for nothing but nature and life to go on as it has for hundreds of years.

The six beautifully constructed open air bamboo bungalows feature an eclectically crafted mix of stone, hardwood, and bamboo. These unique steeply peaked Sumba bungalow are topped with grass roofs and their open air design make them extremely comfortable and perfect for the surroundings. You’ll be sleeping on large and luxurious beds under mosquito nets. Bungalows all have ample privacy, hot and cold water outdoor showers, composting toilets, solar lighting, and overlook the dramatic coastline, ocean, and the sunsets.

The 24 meter solar powered and salt water chlorinated infinity pool is accessible over a 60 meter cable bridge spanning 20 meters above the forest below.  The experience of swims here is not to be missed- especially at Sunset.  This pool is open to guests in all bungalow from 8am to 8pm. 

A central lounge and library is also accessible and provides a nice hangout if you’re feeling a little more social or can’t quite make it all the way back to your bungalow before the next surf!




The Ngalung Kalla restaurant is in the central common area and guests usually eat together on the mahogany tables under the stars. A team of amazing ladies cook up all day long to keep guests fueled for any and all adventures that await. Food is primarily vegetarian with lots of seafood from the surrounding waters served often as well. Think fresh, light, and locally sourced, mostly from the extensive gardens throughout the property, providing guests with healthy and organic food the land.

Surf Ngalung Kalla

In and around the incredible bay, the best spot is the home break, a perfect right-hander reeling off for 200 meters over reef. It varies in intensity according to size and can be perfect for learners and lessons when small but plenty challenging for even the most astute barrel maestro when the surf is on!

There’s also a variety of beginner, longboard, and SUP waves a short paddle or boat ride away, which ensures that everyone gets their perfect wave! Rights or lefts over sand or reef, large or small they can get you there. The ten meter aluminum speedboat with twin 175 outboards is the perfect vessel to hit any and all of the best waves in Sumba- most local trips are included in ones stay. Long range trips are chargeable excursions should the elements line up for a remote strike. There are a good variety of SUPs, longboards, shortboards at the retreat for complimentary use under the “if you break it, you buy it” condition.

Non-Surf Activities

The beach is 225 steps from the restaurant through a fabulous little valley. At the beach, you can access all of the water activities. It’s a beautiful 400 meter long protected crescent with a beautiful mix of mostly cobblestone and a little sand.  

There is also a long and exciting list of non-surfing experiences at Ngalung Kalla, some inclusive and others for extra charge – these include:

  • Yoga – Several yoga spaces, and depending on teachers in house, several styles of yoga can be accommodated during your stay. Revitalizing full body massages by a professional are also available several days a week. Each guest gets one complimentary with a seven nights stay.
  • Snorkeling – There’s a fair deal of snorkel gear at the retreat but, if you’re serious about your underwater exploits it’s always best to bring your own gear.
  • Nature Walks – There are numerous bird, nature, coastal, and reef walks around the retreat.  These can be done with a local guide or on your own with a map.
  • Mountain Biking –  One of the best ways to cruise through the countryside is by mountain bike. There are several top of the line bikes available for guest use.
  • Kite Surfing/Foiling – There’s also the possibility to share kitesurfing and the foil-boarding experience with guests if the conditions permit.
  • Waterfall Tours – There are several stunning waterfalls to visit whilst in Sumba.  This charged activity usually turns into a full day trip complete with a local lunch experience and a look at the local market and/or antique store.
  • Sport Fishing – Offshore sport-fishing can be incredible in the surrounding waters- Spanish Mackerel, Trevally, Wahoo, Barracuda, Sailfish, Marlin, mahi-mahi and barracuda inhabit the nearby waters in solid numbers and they can sometimes seem almost to be jumping in the boat when in season. The resort have rods and reels, outriggers and down-riggers for fishing in any and all conditions.
  • Scuba Diving – Scuba diving is available on request but is not in the all inclusive package. Please inquire if this is in your interest range.
  • Textile Tours – The resort can arrange transport to several villages known for producing some of the finest hand woven ikats in the world.
  • West Sumba and Culture Tours – The culture in Sumba is not to be missed. Normal daily life activities in the villages surrounding us are fascinating and eye opening- sure to make a lasting impression and some amazing photo opportunities. The West Sumba tour takes you through some of the most untouched valleys on the island. 


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