Daily Archives: July 17, 2017

Cloudy sunset on an empty beach

That day, drizzle made the land in South West Sumba Regency quite wet. The dusts which usually billowing in the air were not seen; the usually hot and dry temperature became cooler, and it made me quite lazy to explore the area as I usually did when traveling. My travel partner looked annoyed with my laziness that afternoon :mrgreen: At last, for not to make her more annoyed, I decided to go to the nearest beach from Tambolaka, the city that I used for my base in my trip to Sumba at that time.

Fortunately, the rain was already stopped when I started to go from the hotel. The dark cloud was started to disperse and the afternoon sky became clearer. In the west, however, thin dark cloud still hung low, blocking the ray of the sun that already started to set.

In less than 30 minutes after leaving the hotel, I was already at a beach. So fast? Yes . . the beach was only about 10 kilometers from Tambolaka to the east, and the road leading to the beach was quite good. The road brought every traveler who wanted to go to the beach directly to the shore, even the road could be seen as the edge of the beach area. Beyond the road there was a wide white sandy beach that looked quite empty that afternoon. A hotel at the other side of the road was standing majestically although it also was seemed to have no guests. It was said the lack of electricity and continuous supply of fresh water made the area was not as attractive as other area.

For me, and perhaps for other sunset and sunrise lovers, the main point was a clear sky which would enable us to watch the pretty moments.

So, without further explanations about the beach which was known as Mananga Aba Beach that located in Karuni Village, South West Sumba Regency, Indonesia, let’s enjoy the sunset moments. It was still pretty even though dark clouds were hanging low at the western sky, as the clouds added colors to the sunset sky.–

Keterangan :

Hari itu gerimis yang turun sejak pagi betul-betul berhasil membasahi Kabupaten Sumba Barat Daya yang biasanya kering. Debu yang selalu beterbangan memenuhi udara dan menyesakan nafas berganti dengan aroma tanah basah yang segar. Udara pun terasa sejuk, sehingga membuatku sedikit malas untuk menjelajahi daerah sekitar seperti yang biasanya selalu aku lakukan kalau sedang melakukan perjalanan seperti itu. Kondisi itu sempat membuat partner jalanku kelihatan kesal melihatku yang masih ogah-ogahan :mrgreen: Tapi demi tidak membuatnya makin manyun, aku akhirnya memutuskan untuk mengajaknya berburu pemandangan matahari terbenam di pantai yang terletak tidak terlalu jauh dari kota Tambolaka, kota tempat aku menginap ketika itu; apalagi gerimispun sudah mulai reda, dan awan-awan mendung mulai buyar tertiup angin.

Pantai yang aku tuju sore itu adalah Pantai Mananga Aba, lokasinya yang hanya sekitar 10 km ke arah timur dari Tambolaka membuat aku dan partner jalanku sudah tiba di bibir pantai dalam waktu kurang dari setengah jam. Jalan yang aku lalui sore itu cukup mulus dan sepi. Pantai Mananga Aba yang masuk dalam wilayah administrasi Desa Karuni, Kecamatan Loura, Kabupaten Sumba Barat Daya, sore itu kelihatan cukup sepi. Mungkin orang-orang lain juga malas ke pantai karena gerimis seharian itu πŸ˜›

Pantai ini merupakan pantai berpasir putih yang cukup bersih. Di sana sudah berdiri sebuah hotel sebetulnya, tetapi konon karena adanya masalah pasokan listrik dan air bersih membuat hotel tersebut kelihatan masih sepi. Buat aku dan partner jalanku, dan mungkin juga buat para penikmat senja seperti kami, yang paling penting adalah langit yang bersih sehingga keindahan saat-saat terbenamnya sang surya bisa dinikmati sepenuhnya. Dan sore itu, meskipun masih ada gumpalan awan yang menggantung di ufuk barat, tetap saja aku dan partner jalanku masih bisa menikmati senja di Mananga Aba. Pada postingan kali ini aku sajikan saat-saat terbenamnya matahari yang aku saksikan sore itu. Semoga tidak mengecewakan πŸ˜‰

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