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Introduction

Rote island (also written Roti) is said to be Indonesia's most southern island. This is not quite accurate, as little Ndana island lies south of Rote's western tip. Rote and 95 smaller islands used to be part of Kupang regency. But since 2002 they make up the newly established regency of Rote Nda’o. Only six of these islands are inhabited: Rote (979 square kilometres), Usu (19), Nda’o (8,6), Landu (6,4), Nuse (5,7) and Do’o (2). Rote is mostly sought out by surfers, who on arrival at the capital Ba’a immediately transfer to Nemberala on the west coast. This leaves the rest of the island unexplored, which it does not deserve. Not only has Rote pristine beaches and a saline inland lake, it also has a rich history and culture.

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Towns

  • Baa, the capital; often spelled Ba'a because it is pronounced as two syllables.
  • Nemberala, the surfers destination on the west coast.

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Getting There

By Boat

The best way to get to Rote island is the daily fast ferry Express Bahari from Kupang. According to schedule it leaves 8:15am from Tenau harbour, and arrives at Ba'a at 10am. The return voyage is from 11:15am to 13pm. But schedules may vary - the sea between Timor and Rote can be very rough, so check beforehand. The ferry has two classes, economy and VIP. With VIP you get a numbered seat; book at your earliest convenience.

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