Located on Rote Island in southern Indonesia, this newly renovated resort caters to surfers, fisherman and their families. This outer island paradise is certain to appeal to all types of adventure and vacation travelers. After a limited opening in July of 2005, four new duplex bungalows are now complete, as well as the ocean front pool, bar and restaurant.

Location:
Rote Island (Indonesian: Pulau Rote, also spelled Roti) is an island of Indonesia, part of the East Nusa Tenggara province of the Lesser Sunda Islands. It has an area of 1,200 km2 (463 sq mi). It lies 500 km (311 mi) northeast of the Australian coast and 170 km (106 mi) northeast of the Ashmore and Cartier Islands. The island is situated to the southwest of the larger island of Timor. To the north is the Savu Sea, and to the south is the Timor Sea. To the west is Savu and Sumba. The uninhabited Ndana island, just south of Rote, with an area of 14 km2 (5 sq mi), is the southernmost island of Indonesia. Along with some other nearby small islands, such as Ndao island, it forms the kabupaten (regency) of Rote Ndao Regency, which in 2010 decennial census recorded a population of 119,711.

For most guests traveling to Nemberala Beach Resort this means a long trek from home; but the travel is part of the experience and the remoteness is what makes it so special! Rote is the Southernmost inhabited island of Indonesia. Although hot and tropical, it is much more arid than the islands to the north such as Bali, Java and Sumatra. This dryer climate means very few bugs and the ability to cruise around and enjoy the area without being drenched in perspiration.

Travel to Rote begins in Bali. Most passengers will need to overnight in Bali given the various flight schedules, but many choose to add an additional night or two break up the travel and experience the wonderful culture and vibrant atmosphere of Bali. From Bali is a short 75 minute flight to Kupang, W. Timor, the capital of Indonesias East Nusa Tenggara province. This is where your options begin.

The Resort
Built by craftsmen from Java and Rote with locally quarried stone, exposed regional hardwoods and traditional Rotenese alang roofs the design and architecture of all facilities match the traditional feel of the region. The 4 large duplex bungalows are nicely appointed and each feature private and spacious outdoor bathrooms, porches and views of the pool, ocean and surf breaking on the outer reef.

The villas are duplex units; meaning each unit houses two rooms (each with private bathroom) that can be joined by interior door to accommodate families or groups of friends traveling together, or kept lock for privacy. Rooms can be set up as king or twin and by specific request children or triple occupancy may be accommodated.

Each room is cooled by two large ceiling fans as well as natural land or sea breezes flowing through the louvered windows. Each unit is furnished with bed-side tables, lamps, large free standing closet, seating and luggage stand.

At this point the units are not equipped with water heaters. Each unit has a large raised water tank feeding the shower and sink which is warmed by the sun, so we refer to the water temperature as “Island Temperature”. Power is 240v with wall sockets standard Indonesian two prong round pin. Both bath and beach towels are provided for your convenience and rooms are serviced daily.

Private garden bathrooms
When visiting this remote area of the world it is important to experience as many aspects of the pristine oceanic beauty as possible, making a couple snorkeling adventures a must.

Restaurant, bar, lounge
When visiting this remote area of the world it is important to experience as many aspects of the pristine oceanic beauty as possible, making a couple snorkeling adventures a must.

The Waves
Following is a breakdown on a few of the more well-known breaks in the area. There are other breaks for those who want to try something different or new based on prevailing conditions. The beauty of the zone is that given some swell there is generally a spot or two for most any wind direction.

Nemberala
Nemberala Left is the main break fronting the resort and the premier wave in this region of Indonesia. The break is also known as T-Land by some given its similarities to the famous wave on Java, G-Land. Nemberala is definitely a softer and more “user friendly” wave than its namesake. The point like reef is approximately 400 yards long and broken into four separate take off zones; from top to bottom: The Point, The Steeple, Magic Mountain and Inner-tubes. Nemberala is a “wave magnet” and takes the predominant trade wind as off-shore. This wave can also be very good early and late season when the winds are light and variable in nature. The reef is non-threatening and the wave is not tide dependent, often better at low tide then high

The Bommie
The Bommie is a section of reef on the north side of the large Nemberala channel. Although the Bommie is a Right/Left peak, the left is seldom surfed as it is not as organized as the right which ends in a deep water channel. The Bommie is a – lower the tide, the better the wave.

Suckies
Suckies, or Sucky Mamas is 10 minute boat ride north of Nemberala. It gets its name from the village on the beach with a similar sounding name. Suckies is an often hollow right hander, but on a higher tide it can be a fatter, steep wave. Suckies is a shorter wave of approximately 50 yards and is best at mid tide. Suckies will take the standard SE trade wind as off or side-off shore.

Boa
Boa is typically accessed by 15 minute boat transfer, but can also be accessed by overland transfer. This is a heavier more advanced wave best at mid tide. The wave starts with a steep hollow top section which opens up to a thick down the line wall. Boa can handle a light trade or south wind, but is typically best with light winds, very early morning, or during the shoulder and off season months.

Do'a
Right hander off a nearby island of the same name. This is a fickle wave typically best during the offseason or shoulder season months as the s trade blows on-shore. The reef is shallow and sharp.

Other Waves
Yes, there are other waves – rights and lefts. Spend a little extra time and sample a few. Sometimes you just have to paddle out to see if it is any good.

Activities
Mountain Bike:
Rote has many miles of dirt roads and trails with little to no traffic. Options range from hard packed mostly flat coastal roads extending the length of the island to cross island hilly “fire road” type riding up to a lake in the center of the island to full on single track technical riding. For the more advance we can send along a guide, but most prefer to head out and explore. We currently have 7 bikes available. Be sure to bring along plenty of water in case go further than intended.

Snorkeling:
When visiting this remote area of the world it is important to experience as many aspects of the pristine oceanic beauty as possible, making a couple snorkeling adventures a must. Due to the large tidal movement and surf activity in front of the resort the snorkeling in the immediate area is not great. However, there are some lagoon areas a short drive or boat ride from the property that offer spectacular views into this underwater wonderland.

When visiting this remote area of the world it is important to experience as many aspects of the pristine oceanic beauty as possible, making a couple snorkeling adventures a must. Due to the large tidal movement and surf activity in front of the resort the snorkeling in the immediate area is not great. However, there are some lagoon areas a short drive or boat ride from the property that offer spectacular views into this underwater wonderland. You will see colorful corals, reef fish, larger pelagics, beautiful sea shells still alive with their occupants as well as an occasional octopus or lobster

When visiting this remote area of the world it is important to experience as many aspects of the pristine oceanic beauty as possible, making a couple snorkeling adventures a must. Due to the large tidal movement and surf activity in front of the resort the snorkeling in the immediate area is not great. However, there are some lagoon areas a short drive or boat ride from the property that offer spectacular views into this underwater wonderland. You will see colorful corals, reef fish, larger pelagics, beautiful sea shells still alive with their occupants as well as an occasional octopus or lobster. When snorkeling from the boat you will be able to drift and swim with the current to cover more area effortlessly; all the while under the watchful eye of your boat driver/guide. We suggest you do not touch the corals or pick up shells with which you are not familiar.

The resort is equipped with various sizes and quantities of masks, snorkels and fins and makes an ongoing effort to be sure all is in good working order. However for those who are enthusiasts, experienced, or just feel they may be spending a lot of time in and under the water we suggest you may like to bring along your own equipment

Fishing:
The fishing in this area of Indonesia and the Timor Sea can be some of the best in the world. Due to very little commercial fishing the ocean is abundant with numerous species.

At this time fishing is a side activity from Nemberala Beach Resort. Although two of our larger 21’ center console skiffs are well equipped for fishing, we cannot guarantee the availability of these boats as their main purpose is the efficient operation of the surf program. When not in use for surfing however you can be certain to enjoy some phenomenal fishing.

Our most common approach is light tackle trolling with Rapala style lures, skirts and feathers. Some people have had particularly good success throwing surface irons on boils or off the troll-strike, and most recently we have discovered how good the jig fishing can be in 60-200 feet of water. The most common species of fish encountered are Spanish Mackerel, Trevalli, Wahoo, Dog Tooth Tuna, Yellow fin Tuna, Grouper, Sea Perch, Sailfish and Marlin.

All our fishing grounds are within 45 minutes of the resort. Although plenty of Spanish mackerel and some small tuna can be landed just outside the reef in front of the resort, our hotspots such as Dog Tooth Alley, 8 mile reef and The Gathering Spot are specific hotspots that are a bit further afield.

Thus far we have not really noticed any change in fishing depending on the seasons. The fish seem to be around all the time. However, we have been more successful Sept to November and February to May as these moths typically see very nice surface conditions allowing us to work the “Hot Spots” more comfortably in the boats we have available.

And for Spear Fishermen and Blue Water Hunters, we are happy to drop you on the spots as well. We have had a few trips shoot 80-100lb Dog Tooth in less than 30’ of water!

Rates:
Nemberala Beach Resort charges a nightly rate per person, not per room Standard check-in and check-out times do not necessary apply. All pre-booked passengers will arrive and depart based on the current flight and ferry schedule times from Kupang. For any "walk up" business standard check-in is 2:00pm and standard check-out is 10:00am.

Prices are quoted as twin/double or single willing to share with one other. The "Single/Share" rate allows people travelling alone (or in odd number groups) the lower "Twin" rate and be roomed with one other person; not being forced to pay based on "Single" occupancy.

- 1 Bedroom Premium Bungalow with Ensuite Bathroom
- Single Room : USD 320/person/night Including breakfast and taxes
- Double Bed/Twin Bed Room: USD 250/person/night Including breakfast and taxes


High and peak season apply from May 01-September 15 and 1-January 15 with additional surcharge USD 50/night/room