A NEW BLUE LAGOON
Put Iceland on ice. One of the world’s prettiest swimming holes is right on our doorstep
Since the rise of the proverbial travel influencer, Instagram has become iconic for driving destination trends. Day after day, our feeds are flooded with unfiltered shots of the world’s next “It” spots, enticing us to visit. And the hype around Iceland’s geothermal Blue Lagoon, albeit warranted, is evidence of this. Surely no other natural wonder has been bucket-listed as frequently in recent years. (#BlueLagoon has been hashtagged almost one million times on Instagram).
But it’s not the only pool in the world that’s worth ’gramming. One of earth’s most spectacular natural swimming holes is right on Australia’s doorstep.
And it’s likely you won’t have to share it with a soul.
A mere one-hour flight east of Bali, Indonesia’s Sumba Island is better known for its deserted surf breaks and uber A-list resort, Nihi Sumba, where villas start at $1800 a night. But there’s so much more to this Lost World-like paradise than surfing and sunbathing. Sumba is one of Indonesia’s last frontiers. And deep within the jungles of the western region of West Sumba lies Weekuri Lagoon, a body of water so breathtakingly blue, you’ll wonder how it’s managed to remain a secret.
The Sumba people have tightly preserved their culture and unique animist beliefs (the worship of ancestors and nature), despite the tourism-driven development in
With its spectacular natural lagoon, traditional buildings and top beaches, Sumba is Indonesia’s last frontier.