Where is Bo’a Vida located?

Bo’a Vida’s biggest advantage is its location. 15 minutes by car away from Nembrala and secluded from main roads, but directly in front of a world class wave in a not frequented beach, our guests are able to enjoy their most peaceful and romantic vacation.

How do I get to Bo’a Vida?

There are two flights a day from Kupang to Rote, operated by Wings Air. The morning flight departures Kupang at 7:30 am. and the afternoon one at 16:00 pm. This flight takes aproximately 15 minutes. If you do not travel with surfbooards we recommend you to book this tickets through the online travel agencies: traveloka.com or tiket.com.
If you travel with surboards longer than 6,2 feet, we recommend you travel from Bali. This way they check in your boards in Bali (no matter which size) and you collect them in Rote. The Flight Bali - Kupang - Rote can be purchased in the travel agencies that we mention before: traveloka.com or tiket.com.
We always recommend our guests to travel with travel insurance, as in Indonesia we are weather dependant.

From Bali (DPS)
  • Garuda Airlines
    Departs Denpasar, Bali (DPS) at 10.55 am and arrives in Kupang (KOE) at 12.50 am.
  • Wings Air
    Departs Kupang (KOE) at 15.10pm and arrives in Ba’a, Rote Island (RTI) at 15.40pm.

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

From Jakarta (CGK)
  • Batik Air
    Departs at 02.30am and arrives in Kupang (KOE) at 06.30am. From there you are able to take the plane at 7:30 am. There is also a fast ferry to Ba’a Harbor (details below).
  • Lion Air
    Flight departs at 05.00am and arrives in Kupang (KOE) at 10.00am.
  • Garuda
    Flight departs at 04:40 am and arrives in Kupang (KOE) at 08:30 am.
  • Batik Air
    Flight departs at 08.40am and arrives in Kupang (KOE) at 12.40am.
  • Wings Air
    The afternoon flight departs Kupang (KOE) at 15.10 and arrives Ba’a, Rote Island (RTI) at 15.40pm.

WINGS AIR gives 10kg baggage allowance and two small pieces hand luggage. Extra weight is 14.500IDR per Kg.(1.10USD).
Surfboards are charged 200.000IDR (16USD) per surfboard, but be aware they have size restrictions, if your board is bigger than 6,2 feet might be not 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:

Take the plane from Rote to Kupang at 7:30 a.m.

If you travel with a longboards you would have to take the Fast Ferry instead (details below).
There is an afternoon flight at

Kupang to Bali (DPS)

  • Garuda Airlines
    Departing 13.30 pm and 16:50 pm.

Kupang to Jakarta (HLP)

  • Citilink is one of the many airline that operates from Kupang to Jakarta
    Departing 17.30 pm

We advise our guests to leave a minimum of 24 hours 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, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 08:30am and 14:00pm
Tuesday, Wednesday: 08:30am

Rote - Kupang

Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 08.30am
Tuesday, Wednesday: 11am

A Ticket costs 160.000 IDR (12USD) VIP Class or 120.000 IDR (8USD) Executive Class one way and takes about 1.5 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 to get a plane ticket, both ways, as a back up. So you do not risk not having a seat.

If I have to stay in Kupang, where do I stay?

There is a big variety of places to stay suitable for every budget. We recommend staying at Hotel „La Hasienda", where the owner and his staff will take care of your transfers within Kupang and to Rote.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need any help with accommodation and transport in Kupang.

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

At Bo’a Vida we aim to provide our guests a fresh, balanced and healthy menu.
We try to source as many of our products organically and local as possible, but of course we also provide the small tasty luxuries that are not to be found on the island.

In the mornings we try to diversify your breakfast from day to day. Usually you will be treated with a healthy mix of different types of homemade bread, eggs (possibility to choose the style), a variety of local fruits and vegetables (also in form of a smoothie), muesli and granola, from time to time little homemade treats as well as coffee and tea.

For lunch and dinner our guests can expect a varied choice of international and traditional Indonesian meals, with a big mediterranean influence in style of cooking and use of ingredients. There is lways vegetablesWe do have an extra menu for desserts and snacks, as they are not included on our full board plan, that guests can order according to their preference any time of the day.

If you require a special diet please contact us in advance and we will try and help with your requirements.

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 guests and operation is provided by the sun. We are not connected to the main power grid and 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.

At the moment we are still trucking our water but we have plans to install a desalination plant in near future, allowing us to be completely off the grid.

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

Is there internet access in the residence?

There is 3G on the area. We recommend you to buy a simcard (Telkomsel or Simpati) at Bali or Jakarta airport. This way you have internet during your journey and during your stay with us. In case that you could not do it on arrival, there is a shop in Nembrala where they can install it for you.

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 and normally changing is at very high rates.

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 as the AC can get cold in Indonesian airplanes and ferries
  • 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
  • food specialties you can not renounce and might be unavailable in Rote

How do I get around on the Island?

In order to let you be mobile and independent during your stay, we offer you the possibility of renting motorbikes with board-racks. With them you can go on your own around the island looking for secluded hidden beaches, traditional villages or the other surf breaks around.
When you decide to do any of the activities we are offering (inland tours, kayaking the mangroves, diving tours etc) our driver will be escorting you in our car to the specific location.

Is there surfboard rentals and surf schools in Rote?

There is a surfboard rental service located in Nembrala as well as a variety of surf instructors around the island. If you wish to rent boards or having surf lessons we will be happy to arrange it for you.

Are there hospitals in Rote?

At Bo’a Vida we do provide a first aid kit for minor injuries. There is also a basic health center in Nembrala and hospital in Ba'a, but you should not expect them to be able to treat more serious issues.
Siloam hospital is a reputable chain of hospitals in Indonesia, and have just opened new facilities in Kupang.

WE STRONGLY ADVISE ALL OUR GUEST TO HAVE A VALID HEALTH AND TRAVEL INSURANCE, PULAU ROTE IS STILL A REMOTE PLACE!

Is there any nightlife in Rote?

Yes! Activities such as stargazing, midnight beach-walks, night-swimming or having 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 being arid is that you barely have mosquitoes most of the year, only during the month of March and beggining of April after the rainy season.