HomeBlogs Savu Island On this island, off the south coast of Timor, the great explorer Captain
Cook rested longer than intended, since he was greeted with smiles and
refreshing drinks of fermented lontar juice. This isolated island
supports a population of (30,000). Thanks to the tree of life, the
lontar palm. From the lontar blossom, a sweet liquid, tuak is tapped.
The highly nutritious tuak can be drunk in its raw form, fermented into
an alcoholic beverage or made into sugar, either way it serves as a food
supplement, as rice is saved for feasts and special occasion. The
lontar trunk provides wood for boats and traditional houses. Its
fan-like leaves are used as roofing on the traditional house. The house,
divided into male and female, parts, a one family dwelling and forms
part of a single clan village protected by a stone wall. Even the dead
are wrapped in the lontar leaves. These leaves are also plaited into
baskets, in which offering to the ancestors are placed at ceremonies.
And thought of as gifts received to the descendant of the Sun to ensure a
prosperous harvest. Whether you want to experience Savu's rich
culture sip the refreshing lontar juice, wim in the clear water, surf
the waves or just enjoy the hospitality of the Suvenese, it's only a
short trip from Kupang by plane or boat.