Rote Island is the southwestern neighbor of West Timor. It’s the most southern island of Indonesia. This island mainly attracts surfers; however it has a unique culture and unspoiled nature just like its bigger brother. This island is also home to the novel, string instrument Sasando and its traditional hat called Tiilangga, which is made of Palm leaves. Accommodation on Rote is generally more expensive than in West Timor.
How to get there?
Ferry: There’s a daily ferry between Kupang and Ba’a. However, its departure times are unreliable and often canceled due to high waves. It’s very cheap costing 80,000 IDR and is scheduled to leave at 8:30am every day returning to Kupang at 11am.
Flights: Wings Air operates daily flights from Kupang. Please be aware, that there is a length limit in case you want to bring a surfboard. Surfboards usually require a 150,000 IDR surcharge