Nemberala Beach in Rote Island

The island of Rote in East Nusa Tenggara is the southerntmost region of Indonesia. It is a part of Rote archipelago, which consisted of 96 islands including Rote island, Usu island, Ndao island, Nuse island and many more. This region is an area with a dry climate and is affected by monsoons.

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Nemberala Beach (Source : lush palm / id.pinterest.com)

The Rote archipelago has been well known for it’s tourism spot. Especially beach and of course their famous musical instrument ‘Sasando’. It is surely a place that you need to visit once in a while. And among those lovely beaches here, you can find Nemberala Beach in Rote island.

Nemberala Beach is famous of it’s beautiful view and landscape, along with their great waves. Several surfing events has been held in here regularly. Enjoying a wonderful sunset, combined with warm tropical weather and cool sea breezes is an advantage of this beach. Therefore this place is quite famous among foreign tourists.

As mentioned before that surfing events often held here. With waves as high as 7-10 meters can be found in Nemberala beach. The blue sea water combined with typical beach views such as coconut trees and white sand add to the beauty of this beach. The beach is rather wide and slope, a very great place to relax if you don’t want to surf. In addition here is one of the producers of seaweed. You can also find seaweed harvesting activities here in Nemberala beach.

The Best Time to Nemberala Beach

If you want to watch the surfing contest, we suggest you to come here during the wave season at around August – October. There will be local and international surfing contests here.

But if you don’t want to involved in the crowd and have a more quiet atmosphere, than visit this place during March – July will be great. Remember to always see the change of seasons, which not easily predict in Indonesia. Avoid a rainy seasons if you want to visit Nemberala Beach of course.

How to Get Here

There are two options for visitors to reach this amazing beach. Since the beach is lies in such a remote island, you need an extra efforts to visit Nemberala beach. Here are the options that you can get :

  • By airplane, you can book for flight from Kupang to Rote. There are two airlines serving the route, Trans Nusa and Susi Air. The price will range from Rp 200K-300K/person and is scheduled to fly 3 times a week.
  • You can also find the sea routes here both by using a ferry of speedboat. The route both ferry and speedboat will depart from Kupang. The ferry will start from Bolok port, Kupang to Pantai Baru (New Beach) port, Rote and will take about 3-5 hours with the price around Rp 50K.
  • If you choose a speedboat than you will departed from Tenau port, Kupang to Pantai Baru (New Beach), Rote and will take about 1.5-2 hours with the price around Rp 150K-190K.

After arriving at the port in Rote Island, you can take a ride to the city of Ba’a for around 45 minutes. The road is quite comfortable and the road has been smoothy paved. Ba’a city can be said as the center of Rote island. Here you can reach Nemberala beach by travel agent or using motorbike, or taxibike, or you can also find a bus at a cost of Rp 50K-100K.

You won’t get bored during  the trip to the beach because you will be presented with beautiful savanna views. The road was quiet enough, peace and once in a while, the cool breeze will greeting you on the road.

Travel Advices

Here are some advices from visitntt for you, who want to visit Nemeberala beach. To make your vacation be more interesting and satisfying, you need to pay attention of these advices :

  • There are various homestay, hotel, or resort near Nemberala beach. You need to pick one according to your budget and needs. Calculated also on how many days you will stay here. Since the price for lodging is very diverse from hundreds to millions of rupiah.
  • Residents’ homes can also be your choice of lodging.
  • For an international tourist destination, there are no much of facilities here in Nemberala beach. So you need to prepare for your needs carefully. Better to stored for daily needs in Kupang before you departed to Rote island.
  • We recommend you to book for accomodation and transportation first. It will be a lot easier for you, to spend time here if you booked that already.

Bring enough cash, since you will need it. And of course there are so many activities that you can choose here, aside from surfing and enjoying the view of beach. Snorkeling, fishing, swimming or enjoy the local culture. You can visit weaving village, the house of King of Rote, or rent a boat to visit nearby islands.

Nihiwatu Beach of Sumba

Sumba is not yet as famous as Bali. But, Sumba is like a gem, it has so many beauty of natural tourism object, especially for it’s beach. The island is part of East Nusa Tenggara. You can also find another tourist attraction in Sumba, such as lake, traditional village, waterfall, and of course their savanna.

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Even the name of Nihiwatu beach is not too famous compared to the beach of Kuta, Bali, but you need to know that this beach has been choosen as the 17th most beautiful beach in the world. Amazing was it? The lack of information is maybe the main cause of why Nihiwatu beach has not yet been famous like Kuta in Bali.

Nihiwatu beach is located in the west of Sumba. And you need an effort to reach this beach. It is as much far as 30 Km from the city of Waikabubak. Nihiwatu, though for domestic people is not famous enough, but has been the destination for surfer all across the world. This beach also known from it’s title as ‘Left God Wave’. The name itself represent how the wave in Nihiwatu be a valuable gifts for surfers. They eager to seek and trying to overcome the wave of Nihiwatu beach.

But, to be honest Nihiwatu is rather a private beach, and not available for any persons. Since Nihiwatu beach has been managed by international resort called as Nihiwatu’s resort. You can only enjoy this beach as long as you booked a resort here, or be the guest in this luxurious resort. Well, there must be a price for something valuable right? This place is like a sanctuary for whoever seek for peace, quite, amazing view and away from the city crowd.

Best Time to Visit

If you want to spend your time surfing here, or enjoying the nice and comfy weather. We would like to suggest you visit Nihiwatu beach during dry season from April to October. The waves would be nice around September to October. During the dry season, the sky will be quite clear, and you will be able to enjoy sunset, sunrise, and treasuring the star at the night sky.

Isn’t it the best time also to surf during a sunny day rather than a cloudy one?

How to Get Here

Well, as mentioned before that you need to be guest in Nihiwatu beach before coming to this place. You can reach this place by several ways, but the most common choice is using an airplane.

For an internasional flight, you can transit to Denpasar, Bali (Ngurah Rai) and continue to Tambolaka airport. There are 3 main airlines that serving this route like Garuda, Wings, and Trans Nusa. From the Tambolaka airport you can continue your trip by renting a car that will take time in around 3-4 hours to Nihiwatu Beach. The cost to rent a car approximately at Rp 300K-400K.

If you want to try another option you can also take a flight from Kupang (El Tari) airport to Tambolaka or to Umbu Mehang Kunda, Waingapu, East Sumba. And rent a car from here to Nihiwatu beach, it will cost you for about Rp 400K-700K.

There are another way to reach Nihiwatu, which are by land or sea. This will be very draining but saves costs a bit. The route will be from East Java – Banyuwangi (Ketapang port) – Bali (Gilimanuk port) – Bali (Padang Bay) – Lembar (Lombok) – Khayangan (Lombok) – Poto Tano (Sumbawa) – Sape (Bima) –  Waikelo (West Sumba) and the route will be the same as previous to Nihiwatu beach.

Well, it depends on which way you want to choose. Each of it will give you a better things, and has strengths and weaknesses itself.

Travel Advices

Well since in Nihiwatu beach only have one resort, or actually managed by a resort. There are no much left for you to choose a lodging. You can choose the bungalow according to your budget. It is quite expensive, but trust me, it serve you with a world class facility and services. Here are some travel advices before you visit Nihiwatu Beach :

  • Consider about the exclusivity of this place, you have to make a reservation before coming here.
  • Prepare for your transportation before you visit this place, right from the start.
  • You need to consider about your budget since if not mistaken the resort must be booked for at least 5 days.
  • Prepare your luggage and adjust it to your needs.
  • Nihiwatu might be close during Janurari to February, since the intensity of rain is usually high during this months.
  • There are so many activities you could do in here, so prepare for your stamina and physical healt.

Well, even the price to visit Nihiwatu is expensive, but it will give a worthy reward for your vacation there. World has acknowledge for the beauty of Nihiwatu, it is worth to visit even for once.

A Wonderful Oetune Beach 4
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About Oetune Beach

Oetune beach, have you heard it before? It is a wonderful place where you can spend some time to relax and take a bunch of photograph for your instagram. This lovable beach is unique yet attractive at the same time.

Oetune beach located in Oebelo, South Amanuban, Timor Tengah Selatan regency, East of Nusa Tenggara. This beach is different from any other beaches in Indonesia. Here you can find a mix of blue sea water, nice beach sands, and what the most amazing things is the very existence of a desert. Yup, a desert within a beach is existed here in Oetune beach. The desert expanse is about 100 square meters.

It is as if you are in the middle of the desert in Middle East country. Near the desert you can find typical beach plants include palm leaves. Lontar palms lined up looking around the beach, and people usually sold for the fruit. You can taste this fresh fruit at the price of Rp 3K – 5K/piece. Along with lontar palm trees, you can also find Kasuari trees here.

The unique landscape of Oetune beach often used by a lot of people for a photograph session. Including pre wedding session, or others. Aside from that you can also enjoy the beautiful of the beach and sea breeze in a gazebo like called lopo. Unlike the lopo in Kalbano beach, here you can find plenty of it. The government has been developed this beach, by giving enough facilities.

And in addition to that, you can see a white sandy beach that overlooks the borders of Australia. It is an attractive view for mos t of the tourists. If you want to visit this beach, consider that it will be too crowd during weekends.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Oetune beach is during dry season from April to October. Avoid Januari to Februari since it might be quite heavy rain during these months. And in addition that you might find a huge crowd during this months.

So if you want to spend a nice, comfy, peace, and quite atmosphere go find another months to visit this place. And if you want not to many people here during your visit, you’d better to pick weekdays.

If the weather is nice and bright, you will be able to see a magnificent scenery of blue water and white sky, along with white sand and the green of lontar palms and Kasuari trees.

How to Get Here

To visit Oetune beach you need at least 2 – 3 hours of driving. The road access to this beach is smooth, you will pass the southern crossing line. The road is a bit winding and up and down. And you might want to take your medicine along.

The distance between the beach of Oetune with the city of Kupang is about 135 KM. All across the road you will find a nice view like hills, and typical Timor houses. You won’t get bored since it will pleased your eyes. Right before reaching this place you will find a crossing path that if you take straight ahead, you will reach Kolbano beach.

Travel Guides

There are some travel guides that you need to know before visiting Oetune beach. It will make your trip more comfortable and pleasant.

  • Don’t forget to bring enough cash since you will needed som here. For the entrance tickets you will not be charge, but you have to pay for parking fees for about Rp 1K-3K.
  • You can use some cash to buy lontar fruit from the kids around the beach or if you want to use .
  • The facility here is quite complete, but you need to bring your own needs like shampoo, towel, and soap if you decide to swim here.
  • To make your vacation smoother, you need to book a rental car from Kupang to Oetune beach.
  • Remember to bring along your phone or camera to take a bunch of photograph here. This place is what people said as instagramable places.
  • It is important for you to bring along enough food or meal since the small shop near here only sell snacks.
  • For the accomodation like hotel or lodging, we recommend you to pick a hotel in Kupang. Since it is not to far from the beach. You can find a lot of options here rather than staying near Oetune.

Now that’s all about the information you need to now before visiting Oetune beach in Kupan. Remember that wherever you decide to go during your vacation, keep it in mind to always protect the nature. Don’t leave any trash especially in this lovable beach. Enjoy your time!

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Where is Kolbano Beach

Back to visitntt, are you ready for our next vacation’s spot? Well, Indonesia especially East Nusa Tenggara have so many gem if we talk about tourism objects. There are so may places in here that offered a nice and beautiful view and scenery. It worth every single penny you spend to visit one of those places. And amount them are Kolbano beach in Kupang.

Kolbano beach maybe not as famous as Kuta in Bali. This place is rather like a hidden pearl. This beach is located in the village of Kolbano, Kolbano district, Timor Tengah Selatan regency. Don’t be surprised if you find that this beach a bit quiet and not many tourists here.

Kolbano beach is different from other beaches, since you won’t find any white sands here. But in fact, those white sands has been beautifuly replaced by gravel of rocks. The gravel is so pretty with various colors and gradation. You will be amazed by it, once you see it.

Aside from the beach, your eyes will easily captivated by a solid rock that lies in the beach. It’s kind of landmark of Kolbano beach. The giant rocky, by local people is called by Fatu Un. Visitors are allowed to climb up here, and take some great spot to seen the beauty of Indian ocean. Some said that the rock looks like a lion, or head of people. Still it is a wonderfull landmark to be enshrined in a photograph.

The waves here is strong, therefore you need to be very carefull if you want to swin arround. Though we might not recommend you to do that either. The combination of sea water at the very most nice colors of white, light blue, and dark blue along with colorful pebbles really spoil the eyes.

There is also a monument that lies here as a memento of the Kalbano war. But, unfortunately, the monument is not well preserved. At least, as part of our respect, better to take our time to visit this monument.

Best Time to Visit

The Kolbano beach is best to visit during April – October. As always at this time around you will find a great bright, shinny, and comfy weather.

Ah, and about the time, do not worry so wether you have to pick a time when the sunset or sunrise came, since both of it can be seen in here. So you can choose any way you like.

How to Get Here

You can book a direct flight to Kupang (El Tari airport). You can choose any of these airline such as Garuda, Wings Air, Sriwijaya Air, Transnusa, Batik Air, Citilink, Kalstar, Susi Air, Nam Air, or Aviastar. While the Kalbano beach is place that needs an effort to get. Since the distance is very far from Kupang itself. It is kinda remote place that you need to take a trip for almost about 3-4 hours to get to the beach.

The most reliable transportation might be a rental car. Since you will rarely find a public transportation to Kalbano beach. But if you want to try some you can choose either taxi, bemo, or taxibike.

If you want to take another route, you can also try to ride a ferry, the cost will be cheaper than airplane. Range from Rp 250K – 1.500K, it depends from where you choose to depart.

Travel Tips

Before deciding to take a trip and visiting Kolbano beach, we would like to recommend you of some travel tips. It might be useful when you decide to get a vacation in her. Here are the following travel tips you need to know in Kolbano beach :

  • As mentioned earlier that here in Kolbano beach, there are much of facilities, you will rarely to find toilet or any kind of shops.
  • Better to bring your own needs, like sun blocks, clothes, toiletries, towel, and so forth.
  • We also recommend you to bring enough food here. Since the beach is rather quite and desolate there are not many food stalls here.
  • Prepare for a medicine, especially if you have a motion sickness. The road is a bit winding and steep, and it will take about 3 hours to get here. So it will be a bit tiring.

Go grab your bag now and book your flight destination to Kupang precisely to Kolbano beach. Here you will find a quite atmosphere, away from urban bustle.