Mananga Aba Beach
As evening slowly descends, watch in awe as spectacular colors sweep over the sky before the sun disappears on the horizon in the west.Next morning wake up to the first rays of dawn as the sun appears in the east of this beach and warms the translucent blue sea. This is Mananga Aba Beach on the island of Sumba in the province of East Nusatenggara.
Otherwise known as Kita Beach – not to be confused with Kuta Beach on Bali or Lombok island -here, along this coast facing the Sumba Strait and Komodo island is where one can enjoy both the sunrise and sunset from one straight open tract of beach. Moreover, its pristine waters and white sands offer the added feeling of seclusion – the perfect hideaway away from the noisy world, especially since this beach is still infrequently visited.
Although sometimes called Kita Beach, after the developer of this beach whose name is Kita – , local residents who still call it Mananga Aba beach, visit here during holidays when they arrive with their entire family to just enjoy a picnic together, to swim or stroll down the beach, or just watch the beauty of the sea whose colors graduate from light blue to aquamarine to deep blue.
Others go boating, or fishing. With the fish caught, the whole family can enjoy a wonderful afternoon of barbequing on the beach.
When you plan to swim in the sea, make sure to look for an area where the waves are calm, this is because along other areas where the beach is steep, strong currents and larger waves can be dangerous.
Make sure not to throw trash along this pristine coastline although you may find dead branches strewn by the waves. Do make sure to take home all rubbish from the picnic and leave this white sand beach clean.