Rote Island is part of Kupang Regency and is the southernmost island of Indonesia. Rote Island is 500km North West of the Australian coast and is the closest Indonesian Island to Australia. It sits south west of the main Island of Timor, of which Kupang is the capital. A remote, tropical paradise, Rote has been kept untouched and unspoiled by mass tourism.

With consistent waves at an international scale Rote has become one of the most desired surf destinations in Indonesia. However, its not uncommon to get sections of the ocean with just you and your friends to catch waves and enjoy the dreamy sunsets! The beauty of the island is that no matter the conditions there is usually always a wave to ride. There are about 10 waves at Nembrala’s T-Land – lefts and rights to suit all levels of surfing, from beginners to intermediates. Swells range between 4-8ft faces rising to over 15ft on occasions. The trade winds are very consistent, making every day an offshore surfer’s paradise.

“Rote Island has the most splendid story. Amongst Indonesia eastern archipelago, Rote is known as ‘the Indonesian Jerusalem’ why? because hundreds of churches are built here. Some call it ‘the holy land’ because whatever you did here, it’ll come back to you no matter what happens. The local people believe that their island has been chosen by God as the center of Christian missionary. It shows from the way of life these local people live in honesty, integrity and respect.” Rini, Villa manager


The architecture of Rote is unique with many churches; the culture remains unchanged for centuries. Rote has many historical relies including fine antique Chinese porcelains, as well as ancient arts and traditions. Many prominent Indonesia nationalist leaders were born here. A popular music instrument Sasando, which is made of palm leaves. According to legend, this island got its name accidentally when a lost Portuguese sailor arrived and asked a farmer where he was. The surprised farmer, who could not speak Portuguese, introduced himself, “Rote”

The Rotenese depend on the lontar palm, fishing, sarong and jewellery making and seaweed farming for income. They celebrate and play the sasando, the Rotenese guitar. Always smiling and happy.


Nembralanow is happy to organise all your travel arrangements from Bali all the way to the villa and back to Bali.

If you wish to organise your own travel, Garuda and Lion air have 2 flights a day leaving and returning from Bali to Kupang, flight taking 1 hour 45 minutes. Lion air has 2 flights a day from Kupang to Rote return, taking 20 minutes. Flights are expected from Darwin to Kupang direct soon.

Once you arrive on the Island you will be greeted by one of our staff who will transport you and your luggage including your boards, straight to the villa. This is a beautiful scenic drive through the island with small villages and beautiful beaches. A representative from Villa Oenggaut will arrange all your travel to the villa.