ROTE TRAVEL GUIDE
There are two main airlines who service the route; Garuda and Lion Air. Generally speaking, Lion air is the budget option, with Garuda offering considerably more flights per day. Both airlines are EU and FAA safety approved.
Depending on your flight time, it may be possible to transfer directly to Rote Island, but late flights will require an overnight stop in Kupang, in which case our representative will greet you and escort you to your hotel in the city.
There are two ways to access Rote island, via turbo-prop aeroplane, or by fast ferry. If you chose to fly, please be aware that there is a current surfboard bag length restriction of 170cms. If your surfboard bag exceeds this, it will be sent via fast ferry the next day at a transfer cost of around $20. Our surf camp will arrange a pickup for your board bag on arrival at the ferry port.
If you choose to take the fast ferry with your board bag (or without), the ferry departs Kupang for Rote at 08.30 am, arriving in Rote at approximately 10.30 am.
Depending on your transfer choice, from either Rote airport or Rote harbour, an air-conditioned van will take you the one hour drive to our surf camp on Nemberala Beach.
We suggest booking all accommodations and transfers through us, so you can get to our surf camp location comfortably and hassle-free. Travel logistics to remote places in Indonesia can get quite frustrating if they are not handled with the experience of the local agents.
Hotel bookings (your hotel in Kupang is not included in the camp price, we recommend Sylvia Hotel or La Hasienda).
VIP Tickets Round Trip for the Fast Ferry from Kupang – Rote (2 hr ride) and
all airport, hotel, and harbour pick-ups and transfers in an air-conditioned van are included in the camp price.
Passport holders from virtually every country around the world do not require an entry VISA to enter Indonesia for tourist purposes and will receive a 30-day exemption on entry. Your passport must be valid for 6 months from your date of entry.
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Wet season features less wind from variable directions, though the island can be affected by nearby cyclones off the Australian coast during this period. Rainfall is lower overall than most Western Indonesian islands, with fewer mosquitos as a result.
Average daytime high temps are 86-88 degrees F (30-31 degrees C) and night time lows are around 75 degrees F (24 degrees C).
The ocean clocks in at a soothing 80 degrees F (27 degrees C). There should be no need to bring a full wetsuit, but a neoprene top or rash vest is recommended for dawn patrol sessions and sun protection.
Bali airport is a modern, cosmopolitan hub and so requires no specific cultural sensitivity to navigate.
Kupang is a multi-ethnic city including the Timor, Rote, Sabu, Flores tribes. There is also a small ethnic Chinese and Ambon immigrant population. Kupang was an important port and trading point during the Portuguese and Dutch colonial eras. There are ruins and remnant signs of the colonial presence in the city. Kupang and Timor is a predominantly Christian (Catholic and Protestant) with a small Islamic population.
Official Language: Termanu (Rote)
Our partner camp provides a free personal WiFi router in each room for our guests. This router will be provided on arrival. The internet speed and strength is more than enough to hold a Skype or Internet call and stream inspirational surf movies!
We recommend you to drink only bottled in Indonesia. Especially if you will be travelling outside of the larger cities. To prevent dehydration, especially during summer, it is recommended to drink three litters of liquids daily – water, tea or sodas. We provide bottled water at the hotel and even include one bottle every day at your room per person.
The local currency is called Rupiah
1 USD = ~13000 Rupiah
1 Euro = ~15000 Rupiah
1 GBP = ~ 17000 Rupiah
You can check online prior to your visit for up to date exchange information.
220-240-volt electricity, the same as the EU.
Plugs are typically the 2-pronged round type so EU travelers will not typically need a converter or adapter.