Lembata will come alive with festivities from 14th to 18th August 2013, as the Lembata Marine Tourism Rally 2013 gets underway.
The event is held concurrent with the Sail Komodo 2013 which will pass through the island through the Darwin-Kupang-Alor–Lembata-Flores-Lombok-Bali route. The rally itself will take sailors on an amazing trip through some of the fascinating spots on the island following the route from Lewoleba-to Lewohala Jontona-Lewolein-Leuwayan-Bean-Lamalera-Mingar-Bour- Lusilame-Lewoleba.
In Lamalera, the village of whale hunters, participants will be presented with various unique traditional dances, musical performances, and distinct indigenous cuisines. The event is projected to be participated by international tourists, domestic tourists, the green off-road communities, and the local population of Lembata.
In the village of Lamalera, villagers have for generations hunted large sea animals, like whales, manta rays and sometimes dolphins to provide food and a living for the entire village. This they undertake on simple sailboats and following ancient beliefs, taboos and tradition.