Saturday, October 3, 2009
To reach this place, you can commence your travel from Kupang by Fery or Bahari Express Boat. If you go by fery, it takes approximately 4 hours and 2 hours by bus from Pantai Baru portship to Bo'a. If you go by Bahari express and then it only takes 1 and half an hour joourney, and it's about one hour from Baa to Bo'a.
There are alot of hotells and homestays in Nembrala, but there is no accomodation in Bo'a.
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 1200 km². It lies 500 km northeast of the Australian coast and 170 km 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 Dana Island (also called Ndana), just south of Rote, with an area of 14 km², is the southernmost island of Indonesia. Along with some other nearby small islands, such as Ndao, it forms the kabupaten (regency) of Roti Ndao, which in 2005 held an estimated population of 108,615.
The main town, called Ba'a, is located in the north of the island. It has a good surf area in the south around the village of Nembralla. There is a daily ferry to the island from Kupang, the provincial capital on West Timor, which brings tourists.
Rote has many historical relies including fine antique Chinese porcelains, as well as ancient arts and traditions. Many prominent Indonesia nationalist leaders were born here. A popular music instrument Sasando, which is made of palm leaves. According to legend, this island got its name accidentally when a lost Portuguese sailor arrived and asked a farmer where he was. The surprised farmer, who could not speaking Portuguese, introduced himself, "Rote".
Rote just off the southern tip of Timor Island consists of rolling hills, terraced plantations, and acacia palm, savanna and some forests. The Rotinese depend, like the Savunese, on lontar palm for basic survival, but also as the supplement their income with fishing and jewelry making.
Agriculture is the main form of employment. Fishing is also important, especially in the eastern village of Papela, which has led to disputes with Australia over the water between themh
Sunday, September 27, 2009
The population is about 60.000 people and they are in the majority Christians they are very respectful friendly and mellow people. During the trade winds season (May to November) the island is quite dry with seldom rain.
Roti or Rote is usually best known as one of the best surfing spot.in Asia. It is a long left that captures and holds any size swell. It's Fun under 8 feet, but best from 8 feet and up. Over 10 feet it is one of the best, perfect big wave spots.
Nembrala which is located in Nusa Tenggara Timor, it is an exposed reef break that has very consistent surf. May – Oct is the best time to be there(dry season) the favored time of year for waves. The best wind direction is from the north northwest. Groundswells are more common that windswells and the best swell direction is from the southwest. There is a left breaking reef. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Rocks are a hazard but it's always fun and challenging.
Sasando word comes from Rote word sasandu. It means vibrant instrument
Sasando form is similar to other stringed instruments such as guitar, violin and harp.
The History of Sasando: Ana Sanggu created the early shape of Sasando in the 15th century on a small island near the island of Rote, the Dana Island , which then controlled by the Taka La'a King. Sanggu is citizen on the island of Nusa Ti'i Southwest Rote. He was arrested by the King when stranded on the island while searching for fish with his friend, Mankoa. In addition to a fisherman, Sanggu also an artist.
The King at that time had a daughter. Princess in love with Sanggu. To Sanggu, the Princess requests for a new instrument created by Sanggu that could entertain people. Princess likes to entertain people when the moon is full.
Sanggu then created the Sari Sando, an instrument that is vibrating when picked. As with seven ropes made from wooden roots. The Princess relationship with Sanggu was discovered by King . The King Taka La'a was furious and executed Sanggu.
Sanggu mate who could run away, Mankoa, reported it to the Nusa Ti'i. Sanggu's son in Ti'i, Nale Sanggu, angry at his father died. Nale revenge with 25 knights Ti'i. He destroyed the whole Dana island, only the children and musical instruments Sasando inherited from his father who rescued to Ti'i.
In Ti'i, Sasando was modified, the string added to nine. "The music only consist of five notes mi, sol, la, do, re. Si and fa did not exist.
In the Dutch period, 18th century, the number of strings added to 10 strings. After independence again amended by adding a string to 11 string. In the 19th century, Sasando (Sasando haik) was modified into a violin by Ti'i son named Kornelis Frans. Called Sasando violin because when it created the tone is adjusted like the violin tone. Number of ropes become 39 pieces and the main tone become 7 notes.
Rote Island is the furthest southern point of Indonesia, with beautiful unspoilt beaches combining amazing surfbreaks (onshore and offshore), pockets of lush tropical rainforests, savannah's and rolling hills ending in sheer cliff. A tropical paradise that has been kept untouched and unspoiled from tourism for so long. You now have the chance to experience this Indo-dream. For confident surfers.
Nembrala Beach is the best base area, with T-LAND "claiming to be the best LEFT-hand wave in Indonesia " located directly out the front. This can be surfed on all tides. With rides 200metres long. It is less crowed than G-land and longer. Another 10 great surf breaks ranging from peaky rights to barrelling lefts. Also fishing and snorkelling is available (but please bring your own snorkelling gear).