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.

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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.

Amazing Facts of Batu Bolong Reef 4

The Batu Bolong Reef

Hi travelers, do you like to dive or snorkeling? Do you wonder, where is the place or best spot to enjoy diving and snorkeling that will give you a best impression? There is one diving spot for you to try, which located in the East Nusa Tenggara. This place is part of the Komodo National Park. Have you heard about Batu Bolong Reef before?

Batu Bolong or hollow rock, is a place as cited in it’s name. Located in the northern of Komodo island, is a rock pinnacle that lies in 75 metres of water. It is situated between Tatawa Island to the east and Komodo main island to the west. The dives site is one of the signature place to be recommended by people here. You will find tons of beautiful fish and coral reefs here. A trus gem for people who like dive.

The one that can be compared to Batu Bolong Reef is a diving site in Raja Ampat. The coral reefs is very tight, colourful, and still well preserved. It is one of the best spot to find many kind fishes species. Here you will forget of your time, since the beauty of the nature can’t be compare to anything.

There are two diving spots here that can be accesed. First one is in the northern of the rock, which the current is quite fierce. Here you can swim along with fishes like tuna, mackerels, trevallies, anthias, rainbow runners, clown fish and many more. While the southern of the rock have a less fierce current. It is easier to dive with rather large area, and protected from the strong current when the tides come.

Best Time to Visit Batu Bolong Reef

Since Batu Bolong Reef is a diving spot, therefore you need to calculate about when will be the best time to visit this place. Batu Bolong Reef is best to visit during March to December.

But from that range of time, i would like to suggest you in visiting this place during October. Since at this month the climate is sunny, calm, and cool. It will be a perfect to dive during this time. Entering the month of December the weather will be increasingly difficult to predict and likely will often rain during night. You will rarely find the fishes that surfaced.

But if you want to combine it with other activities such as visiting the Komodo dragon, July to September will be the best time. You can see the Komodo dragon entering their mating season. They will be easily to find.

How To Get Here

Batu Bolong Reef can be accesed through cruise or speedboat. You can take a sailing trip if you want to visit this place. The cruise or speedboat usually will sail from Labuan Bajo.

The package trip is usually called by Komodo Liveboard, you can choose one for many of operator that available in East Nusa Tenggara. You can either to pick the budget trip liveboard or luxury one, according to your needs. The less expensive one can be under USD 275 a day that can bring 15 – 18 guests, with 8 – 10 days of sailings.

The package trip will including food, room, board on trip, transportation, dive guides, tanks and weighs, and so forth. Aside from liveboards cruises, there is also a daily trip that usually available for you who’d like to take a budget trip. The daily trip available in two options, which are private trip and open trip. The private trip is suitable for you who went on a tour with a group (family, friends, and office).

The price will be available at Rp 750K per day, using a private ship (but with a record number of participants in accordance with the capacity of the ship). While the open trip is suitable for individual travellers, with the price available at Rp 600K per day. For a full day diving package will be charge for around Rp 1.600K/person.

Travel Tips

There are some travel tips that you need to know, before going to the Batu Bolong Reef :

  • Since the diving spot is not for a beginner level, we suggest you to at least achieve an advance level. The sea current and waves here is quite strong, even there is a spot that save enough for you to dive but we did not recommend a beginner to dive here.
  • It is better to join the sailing trip or take any diving package, especially if you have never experienced here.
  • Take a dive guide, and follow their instructions carefully. As mentioned before the sea current here is tricky even for an advanced level diver.
  • Prepare your stamina strenght, because it will definitely be needed.

Batu Bolong Reef is considered as one of the best diving site in the world. It will be a great experience for you to try once in your lifetime. But remember, safety first, so you need to prepare enough for your physic. And that’s what you need to know about Batu Bolong Reef. Grab your phone and book for a great trip now!