Sumba Barat Daya - Ratenggaro Beach
One of the beautiful beaches in East Nusa Tenggara is Ratenggaro Beach. This beach is a combination of natural tourism and culture because near the beach there is a traditional village site named Kampung Ratenggaro with unique and historic old stone tomb right on the beach. Ratenggaro Beach has big wave with long roll, and it is suitable to those who love surfing. Unfortunately, there is no facility for this activity. This is become a big duty for local government. The enchantment of the beach is not only from its beach, but visitors who come to Retanggaro can see ruin of tomb from megalithic era, or about 4,500 years ago.
Ratenggaro beach is still natural and so clean beach. The coastline is signed by white sand and facing to crystal water. The sound of wave’s water can be heard from the next village. Every evening, there are local residents visiting the beach. When you come to this beach, or around Sumba Island, you are suggested to wear closed shoes. This is needed to avoid you from tetanus. One of uniqueness of the beach is that Ratenggaro is located right to estuary of river with blue water.
Ratenggaro Beach exists at Ratenggaro village, Kodi Bangedo sub-district, Southwest Sumba regency, East Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia. From Tambolaka City, it takes 48 km. The infrastructure toward the beach is smooth and it takes around 1.5 hour from Waikabubak City. If you want to take public transportation, there is bus and mini bus to Bondo Kodi. Then, you can continue your trip by motorcycle. If you want alternative way, you can take travel agent to come to Ratenggaro Beach. Along the road toward the beach, you will see hardwood trees for about 2 km long.
Arrived at Ratenggaro Beach, the first impression is about ethnic atmosphere. It is because you will pass many traditional villages. When you come there, you are not only enjoy its beach, but you can enjoy the culture. Firstly, you can spend your time to amaze the beauty of panorama. Blue water and powerful wave become a perfect combination for those who love nature and surfing. But, you must be a professional swimmer because there is deep trough here. After you finish swimming or playing water activities, you can start explore traditional house of Ratenggaro. They still keep the original architecture. Sometime, you will hear from villagers that there is faith about their village. You are not allowed to cross the estuary of river to the next village, Wainyapu, singing, and whistle. You better obey to these unwritten law because the resident itself very straight to keep this rule. When you walk around the beach, you will see one of grave with 3 meters height. In Ratenggaro, you can see the tower of houses from two villages, are Wainyapu and Ratenggaro. It is not surprise if people name these villages as ‘Thousand Tower of Villages’.
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