the island of rote is an untouched gem in East Nusa Tenggara.
there are so many reasons to visit this beautiful island: pristine, deserted beaches, fantastic snorkelling and diving in turquoise waters, a world class surf break, beautiful mangroves and inland lakes. there really is so much to explore.
rote is a christian island, and the church is at the heart of the locals' lives.
not only does this foster an amazing and strong sense of community, but it makes the island a really safe place to be. both families and female solo travellers can come here with no problems.
T-land is the main attraction. Long left point. works on all tides. Best around mid tide. Dry season trades cross/offshore. Boats leaving from the Nemberala harbour area and will take you to the surf and back for Rp50k.
Boa is a grinding right point located at Boa village. wind affected during dry season trades. early mornings are best. Shoulder season is the best time for this wave.
another right offshore reef point. Hollow. needs a bit of swell to work. wind affected. long paddle or boat from Nemberala.
These all have waves. A definite option when there is swell. requires a little organisation.
For those days when the surf is not DOING IT'S THING, WE CAN ORGANISE BOAT TRIPS TO THE OUTER ISLANDS, PADDLE BOARDS ARE AVAILABLE FOR HIRE, AND KAYAK TOURS OF THE MANGROVES CAN BE ARRANGED.
one of the refreshing things about rote compared to some of the other Indonesian islands is that the locals really have their own thing going on, and are not particularly interested in tourists. there is a strong tradition of ikat weaving here, as well as fishing and seaweed farming. hassle free tourism!