As the more popular surf regions in Indonesia like Bali, The Mentawai and Sumatra become more crowded, more and more surfers are seeking alternatives. Timor and Rote are destinations where adventurers have been finding real quality without the crowds. Most crew head to Rote, a little island off the south-west coast or West Timor that has an great mix of offshore island reef breaks including the kilometre-long left at T-Land.

Rote Island 2017 from High Exposure on Vimeo.

When to go

Tucked in above Australia the region has a narrow swell window with only its SW corner facing directly into the Indian Ocean swells. There are however numerous quality set ups that come to life in south-west swells, most common from March to November. This time features also south-east trade winds that are offshore. And unlike some other islands in the archipelago, the locals are friendly to the few surfers in their waters.

Attractions

Rote and Timor huge extension of desert beaches and extraordinary sea life make it a unique destination where you can find neither western distractions nor car and bike noises. The fishing and diving is incredible, while the friendships made with the villagers living peacefully in thatch roof and bamboo wall huts will last a lifetime.

The Country

With over 255 million people, Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populated country. Consisting of thousands of islands, Indonesia is rich with tropical oceans, delicious fruits, and impressive volcanoes. Even with the nation’s large population, there are many opportunities to escape the crowds by visiting the country’s outer islands, rainforests, and beaches. Over the millennia, Indonesia has been controlled by many world superpowers – including the Dutch, French, British, and Portuguese. Since the end of World War II, Indonesia has remained a free nation with a constitutional government. Because of this diverse history, Indonesia has a unique blend of island culture, Western Colonialism, and Islamic lifestyle – making it a unique experience for any world traveller. If you enjoy respectfully meeting new people, you will undoubtedly find the people to be as beautiful as the oceans.

Getting There

For international flights, you will need to travel to Ngurah Rai international Airport in Denpasar, Bali (DPS) or Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta (CGK). There are regular and direct flights from Bali and Jakarta to Timor’s El Tari Kupang International Airport (KOE) with either Garuda or Lion Air.  

Travel Information

Time Zone

UTC +06:00

Currency

RUB

Calling code

+62

Electric

230 V – Plug type C, F