Getting to Rote Island

Most travellers arrive from Kupang via Denpassar or Jakarta on daily flights with a number of airlines. Lion air is usually the cheapest, but surfboards incur an overweight baggage fee at a “per kilo” rate. Garuda flights generally cost more. Prices vary between airlines and dates, with cost ranging from 800,000RP to 2,400,000RP.

We can arrange the transfer from the ferry terminal and the airport. The return fee is 226,000 RP per person.

Flying Kupang to Rote

Lion air / Wings air has 2 daily flight from Kupang, Eltari airport to Rote island, Lekunik Airport and Rote to Kupang, There is a morning flight at 07.15 and a afternoon flight at 15.40, flight time is about 20 minutes. For booking the flight tickets, these websites accept international creditcards. www.traveloka.com or www.nusatrip.com or www.tiket.com.

Please be aware for bringing surfboards on the flight there is an extra charge of 200.000 IDR per surf board and there is a length restriction of 185 cm.

Fast ferry to Rote Island (Bahari Express)

One of the key issues involved in travelling to the island is the frustratingly random nature of the fast ferry services, especially in the windy months of July and August, with frequent delays and cancellations due to weather conditions. Knowing when either ferry will sail or be cancelled is harder than reading ones fate in tea-leaves, and those on tight schedules or trying to connect with international flights home can at times find themselves in an extremely frustrating dilemma. We will do everything possible to make this as easy as possible but ultimately have no control over sailings.

The fast ferry arrives at Ba’a and takes about two hours, costing RP 187,000 economy or RP 211,000 for a VIP ticket. Be warned that a RP 30,000 surcharge for boards is normally levied.


Time Table Bahari Express (Fast Ferry)

Kupang to Rote


Rote to Kupang


If you stay the night in Kupang there are several places where you can spend the night.

You can take a taxi from the airport to the Kupang city cost around RP 60,000, and most travelers who take the fast ferry face at least one night in Kupang while waiting for a morning ferry service.

Accommodation in Kupang

This iconic old colonial port has a range of accommodation options to suit various budgets. We recommend the following options:

Hotel La Hasienda

A Mexican inspired architecture and with a generous range of amenities including free airport service, we offer you an inspiring and refreshing alternative for your stay in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara (West Timor), Indonesia. prices vary trough the season but its around RP 365,000 check out their website. hotellahasienda


Cheap, with some new rooms right on the waterfront, and offers basic food including hamburgers and beer, overlooking the ocean. The owner (Edwin Lerrick) speaks good English and is very helpful to tourists more info: Lavalon Sea view Hostel Kupang

Homestay Flobamor

This is a very nice place to stay before you come to Rote island. It has clean room with ac. and hot shower also they have free wifi, free breakfast and they have a pick up service from the airport and the next day they bring you to the ferry. cost for the room and the pick up is RP 375,000

Preferred booking agent

For people who don’t want to have the hassle with booking flight-tickets and accommodation in Kupang. You can use our booking agent that is based in Bali. They provide a full service package from Bali or Jakarta to our resort here on Rote island, Nemberala.

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