The deserted white sand beaches, unique mangroves, uninhabited little islands, intact coral reefs, diverse marine life and world-class waves are some of the features that make Rote Island a small paradise on earth.
Rote has two distinct seasons: wet and dry. During the dry season (May – September), the sky is nearly always clear with regular trade winds coming from the southeast with cooler temperatures. The wet season (November – February) sees some rainfall, especially during December and January, and temperatures start to rise. In between the seasons, there are light variable winds and very pleasant temperatures. Mosquitoes are a rare occurrence due to the arid climate of Pulau Rote.
Rotenese people are very friendly and helpful. The island itself is also very safe, giving you the benefit of sleeping freely without any worries. They are mainly of Christian faith and religion plays an important role in their lives.
The local economy in Rote is characterized mostly by farming of lontar plantations and seaweed for cosmetic purposes. Fishing and animal rearing are also popular, hence the frequent sight of pigs, goats and cows roaming the island freely.
Rote’s food culture is generally based on local organic produce. Fruits and vegetables are bought at the local markets and supplied by local farmers. Meat and fish are usually bought directly from the local fishermen.
All in all, Rote Island offers you an exciting tropical getaway, which unlike many other destinations across Indonesia, is still remote and unexplored. So come join us and see the magic for yourself. Rote is truly a small paradise on earth waiting to be discovered.
Indonesia is home to some of the world’s oldest weaving techniques that are carried through generations of women around this country. As each region has unique characteristics to distinguish it from other regions, Rote is no different. Here, Ikat, or a traditional weaving technique, is a sacred knowledge of dyeing threads, usually passed down from the grandmother to her children and grandchildren. Dyes are usually made from extracted roots and flowers, ranging from dull to more vibrant colours, which are then binded together on the textile to produce certain patterns. This tradition is very unique, especially those produced in Rote. You can see many women weaving outside their homes, making beautiful textiles that are natural and free from chemical dyes.
Surfing is the main reason Rote Island is flourishing. With many surf spots along the coast, it has attracted many people to visit this island over the last 30 years. However, Rote also offers many activities for non-surfers to enjoy.
The unique landscape, quiet and unpopulated beaches, rock pools and mangroves, are just some of the wonderful sights to see here on Rote Island.
Rote is home to one of Indonesia’s most unique and lushecosystems, offering white sandy bottom mangroves and crystal clear waters year round. Kayaking, fishing and sailing have also become popular activities for many visitors and is available during most months of the year.
Rote is a very safe destination to visit. Whether you’re travelling solo, as a couple, with friends or family, you will never feel unsafe or threatened on this island. This island is still new to tourism, so locals are very eager and curious about new travelers.
They are very welcoming and friendly, so you don’t need to worry. If you’re kind to them, they will be even more kind to you. Smile and you will instantly feel welcome here. The most important thing is to respectful to the local people and the surrounding environment and you will have a great time.