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Rote Island (Pulau Rote)    #Kupang #Timor #Ntt #EdwinLerrick

Rote island is 1214,3 square kms in size and forms, Regency. Rote is the southernmost island of Indonesia. It is located near the west coast of Kupang and has an exceptional spectacular natural environment with clear, transparant waters, caved rock formations, terraced plantations and rolling hills rugged with palm trees, savanna and some forests.
Rote island is especially known for its beautiful, white sandy beaches with a perfect surf, its ritual traditions, its beautiful ikat weavings and the Sasando, a musical instrument that is unique to the island of Rote. #Kupang
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Place to stay in Rote Island T-Land Nemberala Beach:
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Place to hang out, enjoy great food and ice cold beer. Undoubtedly you will make many new friends there.

Over the years, Rote island has become a top class surf destination. Also it has become extremely popular as a diving and snorkelling destination within the Indonesian archipelago, thanks to its hectares of beautiful coral reefs that fring the coastlines of the island. And besides these watersports the unique culture draws more and more tourism to the island of Rote. Anugerah Hotel


Rote Island
Noel Clifford John Francis Nemberala Rote Island (Pulau Rote) Indonesia
The motion of the Ocean

Sasando Traditional Instrument from Rote Island (Pulau Rote) Indonesia

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Surfing at Rote island - Nemberala (Pulau Rote)  ( T-Land )

Nemberala Beach
. Rote Island (Pulau Rote) is a peacefull island of small villages. Most people heading to Rote go strait to Nemberala. There are two main surf spots in Nemberala. The west coast is the only part of the island to recieve swell ,which can make these breaks a little busy. Although it is very dry the whole island has beautiful beaches ,diving and water ways. I highly recommend exploring the whole island not just the tourist trip , to enjoy the local community and discover what this island truly has.There are a lot of high end resorts on Rote Mark Pyne but i suggest staying in the locally run homestays. They are often not on the net and a fraction of the resort prices. The food is often better and authentic. You get to know an indonesian family and money stays in the community where it should be. Kupang and Rote have other islands around them which can be accessed by ferry or private boat. Well worth a look. You may well be the only tourist there. Kupang is a lively city with a great night market and some bars on the water front. Crystal cave is worth going to for a swim. Beautiful clear water. The ferry leaves for Rote every day. So a day or two spent in Kupang exploring is easy to do on the way. I recommend staying at Lavalon SeaView Hotel. It has a beautiful room overlooking the beach. All rooms are clean, and there is a dorm room if needed. The prices are reasonable , also it is close to the night market and has hammocks. Edwin Lerrick is a great host and has a love and first hand knowledge of the whole Timor ,also Nusa Tengarra Area of Indonesia. Enjoy!, By Mark Pyne Australian Surfers

On the way to the Rote Island (Nemberala Beach)

Rote Island is famous mainly for surfers. Only two hours by boat from
Kupang, it is a perfect getaway from the noisy bustle of the city.
The ferry port to Rote is approximately 30 minutes from Lavalon guest
house by taxi (Grab price 50,000 rupees). There is one daily fast
boat, and sometimes up to two boats between Kupang and Rote. There is
also the possibility of a slow car ferry.
The ship docks quite far from Nemberala, the best-known beach in Rote,
where most of the accommodation and restaurants are located and where,
in season, the best waves for surfing occur. From our guest house we
were offered the possibility to be picked up by a taxi at the port,
(400,000 rupees), but we opted for public transport (bemo), at a price
of 50,000 each way. The bemos wait for the arrival of the ship in the
port, so there is no problem. Until Nemberala it takes about an hour
and a quarter.
In Nemberala there are several possibilities for mid-range
accommodation (Rote is not cheap) Browsing the internet we only found
a couple of reasonable budget options. Ova baluk bungalows and
Cocokabanas. The first includes meals in the price (which may be
interesting given the few cheap restaurants on offer, at least in low
season). In the end, we opted for Cococabanas, located next to the
beach, beautifully decorated in bright colors and kitchen available to
customers (breakfast is not provided). The price was 350,000 rupees.
The bathrooms are shared but very spacious and practical. There are
six bungalows, and it is 50 meters from Nemberala beach. The theme We
solved breakfast by buying sliced bread, jam and eggs in the
supermarket next to the road and making our own breakfast in
Cococabanas. The owner has the restaurant closed but intends to rent
it out. So when this happens, I suppose that I no longer know he will
be able to use the kitchen .
Once in Nemberala we saw that there was another accommodation option
that did not appear on the internet (a very simple-looking homestay,
for example). We did not look, but Airbnb must also have a lot of
offers to rent in Nemberala.
Near Cococabanas there are several possibilities to eat. In low season
(October) Nemberala is not an easy place to eat cheap, especially at
noon. Most places only open at dinner time, the only place where you
could eat at noon was the newly opened warung Mine. You only have a
couple of options ranging changing every day. For dinner, on the road
near Cococabanas, a warung is set up every night with a couple of
tables and chairs to eat grilled fish (they also prepare it to take
away). A little further on there is a small hamburger-pizzeria that It
also only opens for dinner, and also sells home-made bread (real
bread, not mold) in different varieties (baguette, pita bread,
hamburger bread. It's not cheap but the bread is very tasty). Then
There is the BekkyBoos restaurant, with pasta and homemade pizzas,
salads and typical Indonesian dishes, a fairly extensive menu and
everything very tasty and well presented. There was also a restaurant
owned by Canaria, but it was closed due to low season. The truth is
that with the subject of food we were a bit surprised by the scarce
offer, considering that it is a very touristy place (at least until
the beginning of the pandemic).. We assume that things will be
different in the wave season, although the owner of Cococabanas told
us that the 2022 season had been a disaster, especially due to the
shortage of flights from Denpasar after the pandemic and the high
prices of those flights.
Then, of course, each resort has its own restaurant and bar, but we
didn't try any because of the price issue.
.Nemberala beach is long and beautiful, and is perfectly oriented to
watch the sunset. It also has the attraction of local life: Nemberala
is a town, where local people live, and that is why it is not the
typical beach intended solely and exclusively for tourism. The
inhabitants cultivate Agar Agar (an algae used in cosmetics and in
microbiology) and on the beach you can observe the activities of the
locals regarding this crop in the sea. You can walk from one beach to
another, the walk is super cool and each beach seems to be more
spectacular than the last. We walk to Pantai Boa, bathing along the
In Rote it is almost essential to rent a motorbike if you want to get
to know the island and be autonomous. Public transport is not an
option, and also the roads are in perfect condition, at least in all
the coastal roads. In Nemberala there are motorcycles for rent
everywhere, the price is 70,000 rupees a day, cheaper if you rent for
several days. The coast is super spectacular. A row of beaches that
all seem to be taken from a tourist brochure. In general, quite clean
and with all shades of blue. Being a coral island and not a volcanic
one, the beaches are actually emerged reefs, and the beaches are
adorned with huge rocks that are nothing more than coral structures
that were left out of the water. Very spectacular. Going Going south
from Nemberala, it is a succession of beaches through which you can
reach Telawa Nirwana by motorcycle, a peninsula with an inland lake
only accessible by amazing boat. The boat is rented at Oeselli beach
(250,000 the whole boat). To the north, you can do a motorcycle day to
Batu termanu, passing through Pantai Tiang Bendera, Pantai Batu Cinta
and others.
In short , Rote has a lot to offer even if you are not a surfer . It
is great for relaxing and resting, and it has much more tourist
infrastructure than its neighbors (Timor, Alor, Lembata...), although
much of it is beyond the possibilities of those of us who travel on a
tight budget. We have visited it in low season and we were alone on
practically all the beaches. I suppose that in the wave season things
will be very different, since, due to the development that can be
seen, it must be a quite popular destination in high season
By Eva Montoya from Spain

Nemberala Beach in Rote Island (Pulau Rote)

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White Sandy Beach in Rote Island (Pulau Rote)

Nemberala beach is generally regarded as one of the most beautiful beaches of Indonesia. It offers fascinating sunsets, stunning panoramas and after Sumatra it is the most popular surfing destination within the Indonesian archipelago.

The surfing season starts in the month of April and runs untill November; during the trade wind season Rote and the surrounding islands offer several quality surf spots. The main surf break is in the front of  the village of Nemberala with a world class left hander, long rides and a soft kind of wave, but it can be also get high and heavy on big swell. Not far south of Nemberala there is good right hander called Boa.

Diving and snorkeling at Rote Island (Pulau Rote)

The marine life of Rote island is extremely varied with all kinds of beautiful colored tropical fish varying from the fire fish to mantas, Diving at Rote island is really exceptional due to the large numbers of manta and dugong that can be seen here.

Since the coastlines of Rote and its nearby small islands are fringed by hectares of beautiful colored coral reefs and sandy beaches, the island is a popular destination for those who love snorkeling as well.


Snorkeling at Rote island
The Motion Of The Ocean at Nemberala Beach Rote Island

Rote Myzomela
New species bird from Rote Island (Pulau Rote) called "Rote Myzomela" (Endemic)

Endangered Turtles
rote snake turtle
      The snake-necked Turtle

The snake-necked turtle (chelodina mccordi) of Rote is an extremely endangered turtle species that is encountered at Rote island's highlands. Its habitat are swamps, rice terraces and small lakes.

The carapace can reach a length between 18 and 24 centimetres. The length of the neck is similar. The color of the carapace is pale grey brown. Occasionally there are also specimens which have a chestnut coloured hue. The plastron is pale buff white. The neck is dark brown on the upperparts with round tubercles. The underparts are beige white. The iris is black surrounded by a white ring.

The Rote Island snake-necked turtle is one of the most desired turtles in the international pet trade. Even before it was scientifically described it was so over-collected that the legal trade was prohibited in 2001 due to its rarity. The two or three remaining populations live in an area of only 70 km² in the central highlands of Roti Island. It is still illegally captured and it is often offered on markets under the label of the New Guinea Snake-necked Turtle which is also legally protected.

Rotenese dance during the HUS celebration
     Traditional dance of Rote island

The society of Rote is devided up into two clans which used to be kingdoms before Indonesia's independence. These clans are named "Sunrise" and "Sunset" respectively.

The clans are ruled by two Lords (one male and one female) and several advisers. Each clan performs its own rituals during the annual HUS celebration, a traditional New Year festival. At the HUS, the Rotenese men make offerings to the ancestors of the clan, wearing traditional clothing, and the women perform dances accompanied by the sasando, the Rotenese guitar.

Traditional hat of Rote
The traditional Rote Hat
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The vesatile lontar palm (Borassus sp.) plays a mayor role in the lives of the Rotians. The people of Rote derive most of their daily nutritional requirements from this drought resistent palm tree. Literally all parts of the tree are used, the energy rich juice of the flowers to make tuak and palm sugar, the timber of the trunk to build their houses and the leaves to make roofing material and various palm leaf weaving products, among others the traditional Rotenese hat. Also the sasando, a musical instrument unique to Rote island, is made from the leaves of the lontar palm.

Lontar Palm is Heart of rotenese, Its a Soul of their Ancestor..
Its a Way of Life by James Toelle


The Rotinese were also renowned for their cakes of crystallised sugar made from the juice of the lontar palm. Bajo and Pepela residents state that, in the past, Binongko sailors from the Tukang Besi Islands regularly visited Pepela to purchase lontar palm sugar, which was then traded throughout the Indonesian archipelago.

Sasando Rote Island
             Rote's peculiar string instrument, the Sasando 

This trade continues to the present day, but vessels from Roti island also sail to the Tukang Besi Islands to sell palm sugar directly to the Bajo.

Rote Island
                Ikat design from Rote island (Pulau Rote)

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The floral design on this sarong (mens cloth) shows the influence of the prestigious and sacred silk double ikat patola cloths made in Gujerat in India and traded in Southeast Asia.

The borders, triangles, eight pointed stars and grid format of the cloth all derive from patola design. On the island of Roti, patola-inspired patterns were associated with royalty and were applied to locally woven textiles to indicate nobility and power.

The Patola inspired motifs are executed with aniline dyes on a soft, fine commercial cotton of a type that places this piece in the mid to late 20th century.


Accommodation available at Namberala beach includes a beachfront bungalow resort and several home stays
. Belar Reef Bungalows Highly Recomended

Map of Rote island - click to enlarge

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