Where is Bo’a Vida located?

Bo’a Vida’s biggest advantage is its location. Situated 15 minutes away from Nembrala by car, it is away from the centre of town and secluded from the main roads. It is also directly in front of a world-class wave on an unfrequented beach, so our guests are able to enjoy a peaceful vacation. Map

How do I get to Bo’a Vida?

There are two flights a day from Kupang to Rote Island and vice versa, operated by Wings Air.
You can buy the domestic plane tickets through the websites: traveloka or tiket.

From Bali (DPS)

Kupang (KOE) to Bali (DPS)

  • The safest of all options is to take the afternoon flight operated by Lion Air at 15:00 pm. Another option we recommend is to book the Garuda Airlines flight at 13:30 pm, but please be informed that by booking this flight, you will be able to catch the morning flight, but not the morning ferry as it does not allow for enough time to travel from the harbour to the airport.

Bali (DPS) to Kupang (KOE)

If you are travelling with surfboards longer than 6,2 feet, we recommend booking the flight operated by Wings Air. There is a policy in Kupang airport that no boards longer than 6,2 feet can be checked in for the Kupang - Rote flight. If you book the Wings Air flight from Denpasar - Rote, they will check your boards in from Bali all the way to Rote. This flight makes a 35-minute stop in Kupang, however you do not have to leave the plane.

  • Wings Airline
    Flight departs Denpasar, Bali (DPS) at 11.25 am and arrives in Kupang (KOE) at 14.35 pm.
  • Wings Airline
    Flight departs Kupang (KOE) at 15.10 pm and arrives in Ba’a Rote Island (RTI) at 15.40 pm.

If you are travelling with no boards, or smaller boards than 6,2 feet, you also have the option of travelling with the Garuda flight. Garuda Airline Flight departs Denpasar, Bali (DPS) at 10.55 am and arrives in Kupang (KOE) at 12.50 am.

If you are taking another airline which is not mentioned above, please make sure that the flight from Denpasar to Kupang arrives before 13.30 pm, so you have sufficient time to connect onto a flight to Rote.

From Jakarta (CGK)
  • Lion Air
    Flight departs at 05.00 am and arrives in Kupang (KOE) at 10.00 am.
  • Batik Air
    Flight departs at 08.40 am and arrives in Kupang (KOE) at 12.40 am.
  • Wings Air
    The afternoon flight departs Kupang (KOE) at 15.10 and arrives Ba’a, Rote Island (RTI) at 15.40 pm.

WINGS AIR gives 10kg baggage allowance and two small pieces of hand luggage. Extra weight is 14.500IDR per Kg.(1.10USD).
Surfboards are charged 200.000 IDR (16USD) per surfboard, but please be aware that there are size restrictions - if your board is bigger than 6,2 feet, it may not be allowed on the plane and they will send it with the ferry.
Garuda does not charge for surfboards domestically as long as it in within your 20-kilo luggage allowance.

DEPARTING ROTE:

Rote (RTI) to Kupang (KOE)

  • Flight departs Rote (RTI) at 7:25 am and arrives in Kupang (KOE) at 7.55 am.
    In the airport in Rote, they are not so strict about the surfboard policy. We will always try to help you check in the boards on the plane, however if by any chance you are not allowed, we can send the boards on the ferry for you and you will be able to pick them up in Kupang.

Kupang (KOE) to Bali (DPS)

  • We suggest taking the afternoon flight operated by Lion Air, as it is the safest option. In case there is a cancellation of the morning flight from Rote to Kupang, you would still have enough time to catch the morning ferry.

Lion Air

  • Flight departing 15.00 pm

Kupang (KOE) to Jakarta (CGK)

  • We recommend you the following two flights for the same reason as mentioned above; it gives you enough time to travel with the fast ferry, in case there would be any flight cancellations.

Lion Air

  • Flight departing 15.05 pm

Garuda

  • Flight departing at 16.50 pm

We always recommend that our guests travel with travel insurance, because remote Indonesia is quite weather dependent. Additionally, we advise our guests to leave a minimum of 24 hours spare time to catch their onward international flights, to have enough time to reach Bali, Jakarta or Surabaya for your onward flight.

BAHARI FAST FERRY

Kupang - Rote

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: 9:00am & 14:00pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00am only
  • Sunday: 10:00am

Rote - Kupang

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: 9:00am & 14:00pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00am only
  • Sunday: 10:00am

A ticket costs 160.000 IDR (12USD) VIP Class or 120.000 IDR (8USD) Executive Class one-way and takes about 1.5 – 2 hours.

What if the weather is bad and ferries don’t go?

Even if you plan to come and leave with the ferry, we always recommend getting a plane ticket both ways as a back up. This way, you don’t risk not having a flight seat available.

What can I expect of the food served at Bo’a Vida?

At Bo’a Vida, we aim to provide our guests with a fresh, balanced and healthy menu. We try to source as many of our products organically and locally as possible. We make our own wholegrain bread, burger buns, wraps, coconut milk, pesto, hummus, and peanut butter amongst other things.

For breakfast, we usually serve coconut water and a fruit salad bowl with home made granola and coconut milk. After that, you can choose eggs in your preferred style served on our homemade bread or indulge in some gluten free coconut pancakes.

For lunch and dinner our guests can expect a varied choice of Indonesian and international meals.

We usually provide two options that our guests can choose from for lunch and dinner. Most of our guests let us surprise them with creating a varied menu so they can try all our dishes during their stay.

If you have any dietary requirements, please contact us in advance and we will try to organise alternatives for you.

How is electricity and water provided at Bo’a Vida?

We are proud to inform you that we are 100% solar powered, meaning that all the electricity used for our operation is provided by the sun. We are not connected to the main power grid and our panels provide enough clean sustainable electricity 24 hours a day. There is a back-up generator in case of extended cloudy weather, where generator power will be needed to charge batteries.

All our wastewater is treated through pre-assembled septic tanks and grease traps, which are filtered into our hydro-gardens.

Is there internet access in the residence?

To access the Internet, we have fitted each room with a hotspot device, which can be used at any time during your stay. We provide our guests with 3GB of complementary Internet for a week stay. Additional data packs can be purchased and our staff are happy to assist you any time you need.

The Internet works quite well here as 3G is now available on the island. In the extreme case of strong winds, the signal can be down for a few hours during the day, however it is usually back to normal after a couple of hours. In those cases, there is the option of going into town, which is 15 minutes away by car or bike. The signal there is always stronger and you will be able to connect to the Internet as usual to browse, do skype videocalls, etc.

Are there ATM machines and money changers on Rote Island?

We advise you to do all your banking in Bali/Jakarta/Kupang, as the ATMs on the island are unreliable and do not accept many foreign cards. Changing money is possible but only USD are accepted usually at a very high rate.

What to bring to Rote?

Prepare yourself for a remote tropical beach destination. Your swimming suit, sandals and a book would be enough, but here is a list of some things you might need:

  • boards
  • wax, fin keys, extra leg-rope
  • sunscreen
  • torch
  • light sweatshirt for the cooler nights and for traveling
  • sneakers for walking excursions
  • good pair of sandals as the terrain in Rote is quite rocky
  • books for lazy afternoons and evenings
  • camera
  • travel insurance
  • specialty foods that might be unavailable in Rote
  • a long sleeve shirt or rash guard and long pants - leggings can also work for high sun exposure
  • reef booties to walk on the reef and beaches
  • hat for water activities

Every Sunday we give free English lessons to the locals in Bo’a village. If you would like to help us with our volunteering program at the school, you can bring any school materials along with you, such as notebooks, pencils and English books for the kids.

How do I get around on the Island?

In order to be mobile and independent during your stay, we offer the choice of renting motorbikes with or without board-racks. This enables you travel around the island to look for secluded hidden beaches, traditional villages or the other surf breaks around.
If you decide to do any of the activities we offer (inland tours, kayaking the mangroves, diving tours etc), our driver is also available to transport you to any specific location at an additional cost.

Is there surfboard rentals and surf schools in Rote?

There is a surfboard rental service located in Nemberala. Boards are also available from various surf instructors around the island. If you wish to rent boards or go for a surf lesson, we are happy to arrange it for you.

Are there hospitals in Rote?

At Bo’a Vida, we provide a first aid kit for minor injuries. There is also a basic health center in Nembrala and a hospital in Ba'a, but any serious injuries or accidents are not usually treated in Rote. Instead, you are likely to be sent to Siloam in Kupang, which is a reputable chain of hospitals here in Indonesia.

WE STRONGLY ADVISE ALL OUR GUEST TO COME WITH A VALID HEALTH AND TRAVEL INSURANCE PLAN AS PULAU ROTE IS STILL A REMOTE PLACE!

Is there any nightlife in Rote?

Yes! Rote is full of fun activities to do at night – you can stargaze, go for a midnight beach-walk, night-swim or have a deep and relaxing sleep listening to the sound of waves… just to name a few.

Are there mosquitoes?

One of the biggest advantages of Rote is that the land is arid, preventing it from becoming a mosquito breeding ground. The only time there are mosquitoes is during March and the beginning of April right after the rainy season.