Surf Spots Rote Island

Nemberala Left

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 then its namesake.

The point like reef is approximately 400+ yards long and broken into four separate possible take off zones; from top to bottom: The Point, The Steeple, Magic Mountain and Inner-tubes.

Nemberala is a “wave magnet” focusing all swells of a southerly direction and takes the predominant trade wind as off-shore. This wave can also be very good both early and late season when the winds are more light and variable in nature. The reef is non-threatening and the wave is not tide dependant, 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. The bigger the swell the more tide the wave can handle.


Boa is typically accessed by 10 minute overland transfer from Nemberala Beach Resort, but can also be accessed by boat with a slightly longer transfer time. This is often a heavier and more advanced wave then others in the area, best at mid tide. The wave starts with a steep often hollow top section which often opens up to a thick down the line wall section. Boa can handle a light trade but is typically best with light winds, very early morning, or during the shoulder and off season months.


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 very hollow right hander, but on a higher tide it can be a fatter, steep wave. Suckies is a shorter wave of approximately 50 yards in lengths and it is best at mid tide. Suckies will take the standard trade as off or side-off shore.



Do’o is the tail section of reef off a nearby island of the same name. This is a fickle wave typically best during the offseason or shoulder season months as the standard Nemberala trade blows on-shore. The reef is particularly shallow and sharp making this a high tide advanced skill level wave.


Home Stay??

Rote Island Lodge. ~ $50 per person per night. Rote Island Lodge Tunggoen Rote Nusa Tenggara Indonesia Adrian and Kate

Nemberala Beach Resort. Ron's recommendation. $190 per person per night.

Anugerah Beach Hotel -- Anugerah Surf Camp Jln. Nemberala-Ba'a, Kec. Rote Barat, Kab. Rote Ndao NTT - Indonesia Phone/Mobile: 62 (0)85239162645 / 62 (0)8113823441


Cali - Bali Los Angeles (LAX) to Denpasar Bali (DPS)
 Sep 04, 2013, 03:45 PM
Total travel time: 26hrs 50mins
Flight SQ11

Bali - Kupang, West Timor, East Nusa Tenggara. Airepland.
Depart Fri, Sep 6 DPS to KOE – nonstop 1h 45m $197 KAYAK
Garuda Indonesia – Flight 438 0h 45m
Take-off Fri 11:05a DPS Denpasar, Indonesia
Landing Fri 12:50p KOE Kupang, East Timor
Check Flights

Kupang -- Baa, Rote Island, Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Speed Boat. 8:30 am two hours

Baa -- Nemberla. Car. 90 minutes.

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Area Map

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Tides and Surf Forecast


September 4 - 15, 2013


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