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 /

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.

The beauty of visiting Rote Island, is the island offers rolling hills, terraced plantations, acacia palm, savanna and some forests. Rote Island got its name when Portuguese sailor arrived in the land and asked where he was to a farmer. The farmer was shocked and introduced himself, “Rote”

Rote Island Travel guide will help you how to spend your time and enjoy travelling there. Rote area is more than 14 square kilometers. It is located near 500 kilometres of Northwest Australian Coast. Rote Island guide and tips will be worth for a week staying there.

Best time to visit Rote Island

The highest travellers in Rote Island occurred from June to September. The weather during these months are not too hot, so travellers can enjoy hanging around Rote Island. But these months will be the busiest months and the prices of accommodations are likely expensive. If you want to avoid the over-budget, you can go to Rote Island in November. The month is likely to have the least expensive month in travelling time in Rote Island because of the warmest weather. Surfers who wants to surf in Rote Island also can enjoy the waves during March until November. So do not miss the chance!

How to get to Rote Island

Going to Rote Island by airplane is possible. Here’s Rote Island Travel Guide, take the flight from El Tari International Airport in Kupang and arrived to David Constantijn Saudale Airport. It operates daily and takes around 30 minutes flight by Wings Air, a subsidiaries of Lion Air Group. Else, take a ferry with slight cheaper. It takes to travel Rote Island around 2 hours.

How to get around Rote Island.

There are few public transportation in Rote Island. You can ride ojek (Motorcycle Taxi) or shared cars/van. The price starts from IDR 50K or 3 USD.

Rote Island travel tips for travellers, it is sometimes better to rent motorcycle or cars. It is a bit pricey, but it is still affordable by splitting bills with friends or group tours. The price starts

Cities Facilities

Rote Island is a great place for surfing, Nemberala is the famous area for surfing one. While Ba’a Area is the biggest city in Rote Island with some hostels or hotels as well. The room price starts from IDR 250K or 20 USD. You can find them on airbnb by referral, HostelWorld, or SkyScanner.

You can enjoy eating almost all areas. If you want to eat with cheaper price, eating street food can be considered. The price starts from 3 USD or IDR 30K. If you are not feeeling into street food, restaurants also serve locals food. Foods in the restaurants are a bit pricey, but the good thing is you do not have to go out.

Visit Rote Island means you also want to share you happened in this island immediately through social media. Internet access is possible. You can use Indonesian SIM Cards providers, such as Telkomsel, XL, 3, Indosat, XL Axiata. Be aware you might lose signal sometimes.

Rote Island Travel Tips and Advice

The main purposes of travelling to Rote Island is mostly to enjoy surfing. You will expect the perfect waves here with a clean sea water. You can also relax around the beach while drinking coconut drinks. Same as other island in Nusa Tenggara Timur, like Sumba Island or Flores Island, here’s Rote Island Travel tips and advice

Language in Rote Island

Locals in Rote Island speak Indonesian language. It is better to get an online dictionary or Google Translate Apps if you have a great signal on your smartphone. Else, you have to learn basic Indonesian for asking direction, buy several needs for your vacation.

Currency in Rote Island

Get money on your pocket since there might be no money changer offices or ATMs. Even worse, you will not find a destination which accepting Visa and Mastercard Cards. It is better to get cash while in Kupang, the capital of Nusa Tenggara Timur. Better you can get cash while in Bali or Jakarta airport.

 Money saving tips

Rote Island travel guide and tips will help you as travellers how to save money while visiting Rote Island. These tips are effective and easy to do.

  • Staying in lowcost homestay. It might be not full of services, at least you can sleep comfortably, take a bath, put down your belongings on your room, and have breakfast. Because you will be in outdoor more often. Staying in pricey rooms are wasting money.
  • Do a group tour. You can do a 36 group tour. Then, you split bills which it is more convinient this way. Those can be splitting room bills, dinner bills, also rented cars.

Climate in Rote Island

Climate in Rote Island is mostly warm every month. Rainy season will be around December to February. The temperatures in Rote Island is rarely dropping from 23 degree Celsius, and the hottest temperatures is 33 degree Celsius.

Popular destination in Rote Island

More details on popular destination in Rote Island will be provided by scrolling the article. Mostly you can enjoy beaches in Rote Island. You can relax there, swimming, or even surfing. The waves are just perfect! Some places you guys should try while in Rote Island Travel Guide, such as Batu Termanu, Namberala Beach, Oesosole Beach, etc.

Do’s and don’ts when visiting Rote Island

Each country has its own rules and as travellers, you should try to obey them. It will just make your vacations more wonderful. Do take notes on do’s and don’t of Rote Island Travel Guide and Tips.

  • Do be polite to others. Locals will not create stereotypes on tourists if you are polite. You are nice to them, they will be more politer than you!
  • Do check out the culture. There might be what you do is still considered as taboo there.
  • Do not do drugs. Indonesia prohibits any drugs here. Please enjoy your travelling time without using drugs.
  • Do not ignorant.

Extra Preparation when visiting Rote Island

Extra preparation should be noted while in Rote Island. Here’s some stuffs you can bring as Rote Island Travel Guide and Tips:

  • Bring a pen.
  • Electrical converters or adaptors.
  • Portable Chargers.
  • Medicine.
  • Cash and debits/credits card.

Travel safety advice when visiting Rote Island

There are several things you should take note when visiting Rote Island, Indonesia:

  • Make copies of your important documents.
  • Make sure to keep your beloved people updated.
  • Do research where you are going.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.

Things to do in Rote Island

There are several things to do in Rote Island. You can go to there in the morning at 7AM – 11AM. But some travellers might go there in the evening to enjoy the sunset. Here’s some things to do while in Rote Island Travel Guide and Tips.

Nemberala Beach

Nemberala Beach is one the best place to surf in Indonesia. Surfers around the world will come to Rote Island and enjoy the perfect waves here from June to October. It is located on southwest of Rote Island. Not only surfing, you can also enjoy the sunset here.

Bo’a Beach

Still one of the best place to surf in Indonesia, it is Bo’a Beach. This beach also has white sand with blue water. You can also try snorkelling in Ndana Island which really close to Bo’a Beach. Travellers can get to Bo’a Beach around one hour by riding a motorcycle.

Tunggaoen beach

Tunggaoen Beach is a great place to have a relax time while the sun set. This destination is pretty new in Rote Island. The journey might be a little bit challenging. It is a hidden beach which giving you a clear sea water with white sand. Totally worth it!

Oesosole Beach

One alternative beach that can be a destination for travellers visiting Rote Island is Oesosole Beach in East Rote District. You will see a big heart-shaped stone in Oesosole Beach. Pine trees and coconut trees that grow along the beach make the beach look cooler and more beautiful.

Mando’o Hill

Bukit Mando’o or Mando’o Hills is one of the interesting tourist destinations to visit on Rote Island. This hill is also known as Tangga 300 (300 stairs). Bring waters when climbing the stairs. After arriving at the top of hills, you will be awarded by the best scenery ever!

Batu Termanu

Batu Termanu is located in the east of Ba’a city, the capital city in Rote Island. If you ride motorcycle or a car from a harbour, you can go there around 30 minutes. The beach has corals that are naturally scratched by sea water.

Mulut Seribu

It is named as “Mulut Seribu” because this place has many cliffs and rocks forming a cave and looks to have many “mouths”. The small islands look like a labyrinth if you picture it from above. This area is very famous for seaweed cultivation. This tourist attraction is located within the Harlu Wildlife Reserve conservation area, so behave yourself while in Mulut Seribu.

That’s everything you need to know before visiting Rote Island Travel Guide. Visiting Rote Island is more enjoyable now with Rote Island Guide and Tips. For more information you can learn more about Rote Island.