Roti & Timor
Intermediate - Pro
February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
Intermediate - Pro
February, March, April, June, July, August, September, October, November, May
This is an epic boat charter to Rote, Sawu, Raijua and Sumba aboard the Sri Noa Noa featuring lots of empty lineups, excellent fishing and spectacular scenery and culture.
As the more popular surf regions in Indonesia like Bali, The Mentawai and Sumatra become more crowded, more and more surfers are seeking less crowded alternatives. Timor and Rote are destinations more adventurers are seeking out.
Whilst West Timor has some waves, most crew head to Rote, a little island of the south west coast that has an interesting selection of offshore island reefbreaks.
Hot, dry trade winds blowing from Australia make for an arid landscape. Rote remains a bit of a frontier.
Baa is the main city on Rote, but Nemberala Beach is the go to spot for tourists especially surfers. Nemberala has a nice, white, sandy beach and the reefbreak – T-Land is a great left reef with 3 or 4 main sections that can connect up and offer a 300 metre long ride.
T- Land is a more accessible wave than G-Land that peels at low, and walls nicely at high tide on a small to moderate swell. On a solid SW swell, the wave turns into a quite heavy barrel and fast running wall.
Peanuts is a more intense barrel over an unforgiving reef than T- Land. Peanuts is not as long and more exposed to the wind, but on its day it is world class.
The surf on Rote is generally consistent and offshore. There are several lefts and rights on Rote and the nearby islands of Dana, Ndao and Doa, all offering uncrowded options.
There are waves to suit all standards, ranging from mellow to hollow. If based at Nembrala, the longest and most consistent left in the area, you will have the choice of six or so other waves (lefts and rights) within a 2-hour radius.
Where to stay
The Naga Laut 3 is a great surf charter that cruises East Indonesia - West Timor, Rote Island and Sawu Island, well away from the crowds. Skippered by an experienced Australian - Tony Stark the boat has two dining rooms, two dinghies, a kayak, fishing rods and spear guns - so if you are not surfing, you can dive or fish for a fresh, healthy dinner. The crew are always up at dawn prepping your breakfast while you paddle out for the dawn patrol.
T-Land Resort is located in the Nembrala Village. T-Land and The Bommie are right out the front. The boats anchored at the beach allow easy access to both waves and save you carrying boards by foot. T-Land Resort is a destination for surfers traveling in couples, with friends or family. It is hidden among the palm trees of this remote island and designed to accommodate small groups (18-20 people maximum) to offer comfort, peace and an idyllic tropical atmosphere.
Sri Noa Noa is a surf charter cruising far east Indo including Rote & Timor. After a morning flight from Denpasar to Kupang (West Timor), you will be picked up from the airport and transferred straight to the Sri Noa Noa. You then sail to Rote, arriving early in the morning. Your captain Heri, knows the place very well, so you just work in with him to decide where to surf.
Tucked in above Australia the region has a narrow swell window with only its SW corner facing directly into the Indian Ocean swells. Consequently Rote can suffer flat spells while the rest of Indo is going off in south swells.
Rote does have its moments though. There are numerous quality set ups that come to life in SW swells, and crowds are usually not an issue.
September is usually more reliable than the biggest month of June. Swell charts often show Bali getting smashed while Rote is smaller on the fringe of the arriving swell.
The E-SE trade winds can be strong, consistently in June. Early/Late season are generally best for boat trips, before the trades strengthen.
The surf on Rote is consistent and offshore, there are a variety of lefts and some good rights when the trades aren't too strong. Waves suit all standards, ranging from mellow to hollow.
You will most likely make base at Nembrala, the longest and most consistent left in the area. From here you have the choice of about 6 other waves (lefts and rights) within a 2 hour radius.
- T-Land is the main Rote´s wave. It is one of the longest (600ft-200m) and most perfect waves in Indonesia. Its quality and consistency allows you to surf from 2ft (0,5m) to 15ft (5m). It has three sections with different levels of difficulty. It is often compared with G-Land, more accessible and maneuverable. Off-shore wind during dry season. With so many hours of surf, you will fulfill your dream of surfing just with your friends. T-Land Resort offers you the best location for accessing the wave. T-Land Resort and their boats are located in front of the reef channel that will take you to surf.
- The Bommie - located in the Nembrala bay, this is a shorter and more intense right. It has a fast take-off and brakes on reef ending in a deep water canal. It is at its best at low tide but it can break at high tide with a swell. T-Land Resort offers you the best access to both the T-Land and the Bommie waves.
- Boa - this right peak is 10 minutes away by motorbike or similar, it can be reached by boat too. This is a powerful wave with a fast take off and a good tube section. It breaks at mid tide. It is best with mild wind, early in the morning and just after the sunset. It's rare to find people riding it..
- Peanuts - just before getting to Boa, you find an inhabited white-sand beach. A right point is breaking on reef here. It is also rare to find surfers here.
- Suckies - 10 minutes away by boat and named after the village where it is located. A short and good-fun right. Intense, powerful and with nice gaps at low tide. It gets easier to handle at mid and high tide. Not a soul to be seen here either.
- Do'o - located right by a gorgeous uninhabited island. Do'o offers us a very good tube section. It brakes with Southern sea and Southwest winds. You get the most powerful tubes in dry season at mid tide but it is advisable to surf it at mid and full tide to avoid getting too close to the reef. During this season it is at its best early in the morning with mild wind.