Fishing village doubling up as industrial port, all very small scale
Just a short ride from Waitabula is Waikelo, described by one of the guide books as a picturesque fishing village, but in reality not more than a jetty protruding into the sea, where ships can be loaded and off-loaded, using their own cranes, and trucks can drive up and down – this constitutes Sumba’s most important harbour. On the beach to the south the fishing canoes are pulled up on the beach – or being pulled up whilst I was there, using bamboo sticks to roll the boats across the sand. Once again, a colourful intermezzo, the boats as well as the catch!
The resort hotel near Waikelo is not really worth the effort, pretty run-down, not very promising food- and drink-wise, and fairly far away without your own transport.