Rote is the most southern island of the Nusa Tantara island chain of Indonesia. It is only 150 miles from the coast of Northern Australia and only a few miles south of West Timor. The island is about 100 kilometres long by 20 km wide. And there are several smaller islands near by. The population is about 60.000 people and they are in the majority Christians. They locals are very polite, friendly and mellow people.
Traditionally, the main activities are the extensive use of the Lontar palm which they use for everything, from food source to building materials. During the trade winds season (April to November) the island is very dry with little or no rain. The trade winds are very consistent, making every day offshore.
Rote is surrounded by pristine white sandy beaches and bays shaded by coconuts trees. It is compared to Bali 30 YEARS AGO. Rote is a great place to just chill out, surf, sun and swim and be merry.
SEASON: APRIL, MAY, JUNE, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER, and OCTOBER (JULY can be very windy)
WINDS: ROTE Island thrives with the TRADE WINDS coming from the east.