About the Island

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.

How to Get to Nemberala

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.

Currently, the airport on Rote is experiencing problems with the runway making it impossible for larger planes to land.  Susi Air is operating 3 flights per week but the schedule changes regularly.  Please contact your booking agent or the resort directly to enquire about the possibility of utilizing one of the Susi Air scheduled flights.


The Slow Ferry operating Kupang/Rote departs Kupang at approximately 3:30pm arriving to Rote at 7:30pm.  The slow ferry arrives into Ba’a which is a longer drive from the resort; guests typically arrive Nemberala Beach Resort at approximately 9:00pm.  This option avoids an overnight in Kupang.

Rote/Kupang: Susi Air operate 3 scheduled flights per week at a cost of approximately $120 per person, but these are subject to change.  Currently they operate Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  The flight departs Kupang too early to connect with incoming flights from Bali.  However, guests departing Rote to Kupang can utilize this convenient 20 minute flight to connect out of Kupang on their departure back to Bali or other cities around Indonesia.

The Fast Ferry operating Kupang/Rote/Kupang departs Kupang at approximately 8:00am and arrives Rote at 10:00am.  The flights arriving into Kupang from Bali arrive too late in the morning to utilize this option and would need to overnight in Kupang.

The return Ferry from Rote to Kupang departs Rote too late in the day to connect with flights departing Kupang; guests currently utilizing the Fast Ferry departing Rote will need to overnight in Kupang and can fly out early the following day.

So, that was all a bit long winded; but makes the most convenient option to utilize the slow ferry operating Kupang/Rote upon arrival; and then either the Susi Air flight upon departure back to Kupang or utilize the fast ferry and overnight in Kupang before heading on to Bali the following day.

For larger groups Susi Air offer a private charter which can accommodate between 8-12 guests depending on number of surfboards for approximately $3,700.  The charter can be customized to suit any arrival/departure times desired.

Upon arrival on Rote you will be met and provided and transferred to Nemberala Beach Resort.  Your travel consultant will have the most up to date details when making your travel plans.

Count on us for assistance

No matter if traveling by flight or ferry you will be met, assisted and transferred every step along the way by Nemberala 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.

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.

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