Savu is a very arid place and is believed to be the driest place in all of Indonesia. Few travellers make it out to this rocky outcrop of an island but those that do are met by very rich history and culture. The island is a rugged paradise located between Timor and Sumba and has the lowest amount of rainfall in Indonesia. If you are in search of 12 hours of daily sunshine, then you have come to the right place. The savunese are a very proud people and for many years rebelled the Portuguese and Dutch form landing on their paradise. It is reported however that Captain Cook did land here in 1770 and left a carved plaque in the village of Namata. There are two ways of getting here; those being by ferry from Kupang in Timor or Waingapu in Sumba. The ferries usually arrive once a week on Wednesdays and Sundays respectively. You will most definitely arrive on Savu through the small port of Seba, which lies on the west coast of the island. It is a pretty little town with a scattering of fisherman’s huts lining the pebbly beach. There is limited accommodation in Seba however a recommended place to stay is Ongka Dai Losmen just a short walk up from the jetty. 4_w 1_l 3_w There are numerous places of interest for the traveller and the best way to do this independently is to rent a motorbike. Your Losmen will most certainly arrange this for you. The closest village is Namata where you will see traditional Suvanese houses shaped like upturned boats. If the peak of the roof reaches the ground it is said that the house is sacred and a place for storing ritual objects. It is also here in Namata where Captain Cook left a plaque. Misara, in the far south of the island is worthwhile of a visit. The small village has three sets of Megaliths and numerous ritual structures. Be aware that taking photographs freely can be considered an insult to the villagers as some of the structures are highly sacred. Ask politely if you may photograph something and always carry Beetlenut with you to give as an offering to the villagers. If you are here for the waves, then head to the small island of Pulau Raijua, which lies in the west. You may have to charter a boat but once there, there is a very attractive reef break on the south coast. Be aware that this area is also home to many tiger sharks.
Sabu, Savu-Savu Island-126.000
15,000 to 25,000 outside of Sabu (Wurm and Hattori 1981). Kabupaten Kupang; south of Flores and west of Timor, Sawu and Raijua Islands; Sumba (especially Waingapu and Melolo); Flores Island, Ende; Timor. Alternate names: Havunese, Hawu, Savu, Savunese, Sawu, Sawunese. Dialects: Seba (Heba), Timu (Dimu), Liae, Mesara (Mehara), Raijua (Raidjua). Similar to Waioli [wli], Gamkonora [gak]. Related to Dhao [nfa].
Sabu is still a stronghold of animistic beliefs, Portuguese missionaries first arrived before 1600 and there work was continued by the Dutch ,despite this traditional beliefs persist. Sabunese societies are divided into clans and Sabunese women have a thriving ikat-weaving tradition, their cloth typically has stripes of black or dark blue interspersed by stripes with floral motifs. The island is dry, most of the trees are palms From these trees is made a thick sweet syrup, which is very sticky, a Sabunese expression says that the Sabunese women, who are renowned for their beauty and caring, are like this syrup as if you try you will be stuck forever, How to get there Ferry from Kupang Air connections from Kupang Pelni ship from Kupang or Flores
Tours 5 DAYS KUPANG – SAVU ISLAND Day 01 : BALI – KUPANG (TIMOR ISLAND) We will pick you up at the hotel in Bali and transfer to the airport for your departure to Kupang aboard on Merpati Nusantara Airlines flight or Star Airlines. On arrival at Kupang airport, our local staff will meet and greet you before transfer to your hotel in Kupang. In the afternoon – city sightseeing visiting Kupang Museum, Local market and the see the proceed of sandle wood oil. Overnight at hotel Day 02 : KUPANG SAVU ISLAND After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the harbor to catch the Ferry boat leaving for Savu island. It takes about a day to cross to Savu island from Kupang. All meals providedDay 03 : SAVU ISLAND EXCURSION Upon your arrival breakfast, then drive to Namata traditional village to see several sacred stones. Continue to a Dutch memorial screber palace, then back for lunch. After lunch drive to Mesera village to visit the cave of Le Madira, Sela via Bodo traditional village. Here you can see a cave of Maniak. Dinner and overnight stay. Day 04 : SEBA – KUPANG After breakfast, free program until time to transfer to the harbor for a Ferry cross to Kupang in the West Timor. Dinner and overnight stay on the boat. Day 05 : KUPANG – BALI OR YOUR NEXT DESTINATION After breakfast, transfer to the airport to depart for Bali or your next destination. On your arrival in Bali, transfer to your hotel. Some pinisi’s embark there..
Born in the Netherlands on 23-04-1940 and passed away in Bali on 25-05-2015. Farelli was the pseudonym of a remarkable man who was infused with an obsessive desire to create things that did not yet exist. Born in the Netherlands in 1940 Dolf Versteegh left his home country in 1990 in order to start a new life on the Island of Bali. Without any formal education he reinvented himself as an architect, as a designer of furniture, as a sculptor and as a writer.
As a teenager Dolf spent only three years in High School but he kept studying history and the natural world all his life and during his last 25 years on Bali he revealed himself not only as versatile artist but also as a formidable scholar of biology.
Farelli was a prolific creator of web content and what he has left behind will remain standing as a great monument to his creative spirit, his ingenuity and his never-ending search for knowledge.