Waves of Rote’s south-west coast



At our doorstep you can admire the queen of NTT, a wave of many moods depending on swell, winds and tides. One day it can deliver powerful down the line barrelling waves and the next day fun playful long walls. Best time to surf just depends on the day, but normally low tide rising, or the outgoing tide are the best. Sit down and enjoy the view.

At high tide paddle just from below Boavida, and at low tide you can walk the reef. The inside section can get shallow and sharp so beware. Best board for Boa depends on how its breaking, for the more powerful days count on steep drops and fast moving waves and barrels. On less powerful days any type of board can be fun.

Best size from 2-8ft, Light winds or no wind.



Beautiful almond shaped left hand barrelling wave in front of Pulau Dana’s military base. Needs a solid ground swell from the right direction to start breaking. Easy takeoff which throws you into a shallow inside reef that turns the wave into a barrel you won’t forget. Located inside a small natural pass, the reef on the north side also produces a fun easier righthander. Hire a boat from Nembrala or Oeseli. Best surfed on mid tide to high, or on high tide going low. At one point tide is too low to safely surf.

Best size 3-6ft, Light South East trade winds or East winds.



Long left hander, with different take off sections which on the right size and swell direction connect for a very long ride. Works from 2ft to 15ft, and offers long rippable walls. A board with a bit more volume and paddle power is recommended, and a gun for the big days. On high tide you can do the the 600m paddle through the lagoon or walk the reef at low tide, but the most comfortable option is hiring a boat which will wait for you while you surf. Estimate price is 80,000 return.

Best size from 2-15ft, South east trade winds.



Multi section barreling left hander and a typical example of a classic indo reef. It needs a big swell to work, but a sight to behold.



Intense righthand point off the southern tip of the uninhabited Do’o Island.


This is a wave located 300m north of Nembrala harbour, where local kids and beginners learn how to surf. Soft rolling wave near the shore. Squealers breaks on higher tides, perfect for mini mals and beginner boards.

Sucky Mamas

Located in front of the village of Sukimon, about 2 km north of Nembrala by road, is Sucky Mamas, a shifty hollow right hander which can produce some good barrels. Watch the rips and shifting peak. Better on mid tides rising or high tides going out. Bring a board which will paddle well and handle hollow waves and steep walls. Better reached by boat from Nembrala harbour.
Best size is from 2-6ft, East winds or no wind.

There are more waves in the area, just waiting to be discovered on the right conditions...