The Location

WIKIPEDIA: Rote Island (Indonesian: Pulau Rote, also spelled Roti) is an island of Indonesia, part of the East Nusa Tenggara province of the Lesser Sunda Islands. It has an area of 1,200 km2 (463 sq mi). It lies 500 km (311 mi) northeast of the Australian coast and 170 km (106 mi) northeast of the Ashmore and Cartier Islands. The island is situated to the southwest of the larger island of Timor. To the north is the Savu Sea, and to the south is the Timor Sea. To the west is Savu and Sumba. The uninhabited Ndana island, just south of Rote, with an area of 14 km2 (5 sq mi), is the southernmost island of Indonesia. Along with some other nearby small islands, such as Ndao island, it forms the kabupaten (regency) of Rote Ndao Regency, which in 2010 decennial census recorded a population of 119,711.

For most guests traveling to Nemberala Beach Resort this means a fair trek from home; but the travel is part of the experience and the remoteness is what makes it so special! Rote is the Southernmost inhabited island of Indonesia. Although hot and tropical, it is much more arid than the islands to the north such as Bali, Java and Sumatra. This dryer climate means very few bugs and the ability to cruise around and enjoy the area without being drenched in perspiration.

Travel to Rote begins in Bali. Most passengers will need to overnight in Bali given the various flight schedules, but many choose to add an additional night or two to experience the wonderful culture and vibrant atmosphere of Bali. From Bali is a short 75 minute flight to Kupang, W. Timor, the capital of Indonesia's East Nusa Tenggara province, then onto Rote by flight or ferry.

Most Common Travel Option from Bali – Available Daily:

Scheduled Charter Flights

Bali / Kupang / Bali
Depart Bali Garuda 438 11:00am Arrive Kupang, W. Timor 12:50pm
Depart Kupang Wings Air1935 3:10pm Arrive Ba'a, Rote 3:40pm
Kupang / Ba,a Rote / Kupang
Depart Ba'a, Rote Wings Air 1936 4:05pm Arrive Kupang, W. Timor 4:35pm
Depart Kupang, W.Timor Garuda 443 6:00pm Arrive Bali 8:15pm

Note: Due to occasional changes in flight times between Bali and Timor as well as W.Timor and Rote it is often necessary to use the fast ferry between Islands. The fast ferry takes 2 hours and operates daily on the following schedule.

Fast Ferry

General ferry schedule:
Depart Kupang, W. Timor 8:00am Arrive Ba'a, Rote 10:00am
Depart Ba'a, Rote 11:00am Arrive Kupang, W.Timor 1:00pm

Due to the morning departure from Kupang guests traveling by ferry will need to overnight in Kupang prior to their stay at Nemberala Beach Resort. Upon returning to Kupang from Rote by ferry it may or may not be possible to connect with a flight from Kupang back to Bali. Late afternoon flights from Kupang back to Bali have proven to be unreliable, but may be an option. Your travel consultant will have the most up to date details when making your travel plans.

No matter if traveling by Charter Flight or Fast Ferry you will be met, assisted and transferred every step along the way by Nemberla Beach Resort staff in Kupang and upon arrival in Rote. Our ground staff will assist in transferring guests between flights or to hotels and onto the ferry to make certain you have an enjoyable and worry free experience.

Garuda Indonesia Airlines: Approximate cost $150 each way

Wings Air: Wings Air is a subsidiary of Lion Air. Wings Air flights can be booked via the Lion Air Website. Approximate cost $30 each way + $20 per surfboard, maximum 2 boards per bag.

Fast Ferry:

The Fast Ferry tickets cannot be purchased on-line. These tickets can be purchase upon arrival or arranged by Nemberala Beach Resort in advance or during your stay. First Class Cabin cost approximately $20 each way.

Resort Transfers: Ba'a, Rote – Nemberala Beach Resort

Local "Bemo's" are available for approximately Rp100,000 per person each way and take approximately 2 hours. Private Nemberala Beach Resort air conditioned van is available for Rp300,000 per person and takes approximately 1 hour. Notes will be made along with your booking confirmation you preferred method of travel.

Private Charter Flight: Kupang – Rote – Kupang

For groups wanting maximum convenience, a private charter flight can be organized for approximately $2,500 each direction. This flight can accommodate 8 passengers with surfboards and be coordinated to connect with any flights in/out of Kupang.

Booking Agents

Please be aware that our accredited booking agents around the world are well familiar with all travel options and can confirm the most convenient schedules for travel to Nemberala Beach Resort from Bali or your international departure gateway. International agents will also include meet/greet ground handling services in Bali and Kupang along with any transfers desired between airports, hotels, ferry terminals etc.