Malole Surf HouseMalole Surf House – The Malole Surf House mission is simple, yet instructive for what makes us the preferred accommodation in Rote. Here, everything begins and ends with the ocean. When you arise, the world class Nembrala surf break beckons you from your bed, easily seen from every room’s windows. No matter where you spend your time; all focal points from dining to lounging to lodging, lead to the sea. 

We have a passion for creating an idyllic Indonesian surf lodge atmosphere in a mosaic of ways that please not just the soul of surfer or fisherman in our guests, but also the discriminating foodie and cultural globe trotter. You can see it in the rich variety of our daily menus; you can hear it in nexus of the conversations amongst our multi-cultural guests at the dining table.

Come see what all the fuss is about. With a commitment to maintain the environment, ecologically and culturally, we strive to bring you the best. Our rooms are designed to create ultimate comfort and relaxation, our food to tantalite and inspire, our services to accommodate and please.

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Often compared to the Javanese thrill of G-Land, our home break is a friendlier version of the infamous left-hand reef break. Not to be outshone by Java, we have endlessly long walls, multiple take off spots and challenging bowl sections to amaze. T-land can get moody and even feisty at lower tide, and toss the overzealous into an MMA style lip-launch. Adrenaline is served here. Like a colossal point break, T-land is broken up into a quartet of take-off zones, each with their own character. On occasion, they all connect brilliantly but, for the most part they provide a delightful variety of wave character. T-land distinguishes itself as one of the most consistent breaks anywhere in the world, almost always four foot and over, breaking on any tide. Best of all, 90 per cent of the time you will enjoy an offshore breeze. You have to love the trade winds. If you’re looking for some unchartered territory and exploration, come with us to discover waves that desperately need to be ridden

Sucks Mamas (Right Hand Barrel Machine)

Our dining room photo wall, prominent with guests trimming deep right hand barrels at Suckies, says it all. Suckies is a right-hand barrel photo op. Best on an early morning boat ride; Sucky Mamas is nothing if not moody. She can be frivolous and sweet, a delight at three to five foot. At six to seven foot, with the tide moving, she goes Hawaiian style; all at once you feel fully mortal.

As always, ask and you shall receive: we can educate you on the fine art and history of the legendary Sucky Mamas. A truly unforgettable wave, reached easily by boat with a Malole guide.

Bo’a (Long, right hand speed barrel)

Bo’a is a long right break with a steep takeoff and challenging down-the-line wall. Hide behind a curtain of oceanic turquoise and feel the world slow down as you take a trip to the green room.

With a long reef out front, and an almost point-like setup, Boa operates best with mid-tide, but can be surfed on any tide. Like many Rote right hand breaks, early and late season favors Bo’a, but backed-off trade days can mean glory for this right hander. Known for breaking boards, surf leashes and anything that gets in its way, this can often be a heavy wave. There are beautiful opportunities and consequences.

Do’o (Uncrowded right hand dream)

A dream wave right-hander can be found on Do’a Island. Catch it on a six-foot swell on the right tide-wind-swell combo and you are in tall cotton; pure heaven. A candidate for early or late season ventures, Do’a is boat access only. Of course, we know the secret combo to catching this wave on an epic mood. Be sure to ask us about the inside reef; consequences abound. This is for the expert surfer only. All others will have to make-do with the scenery of an uninhabited island shaded in palms.

The Bommie (A big bombing right)

A low-tide, right hander, the Bommie leaps up on the right side of the channel to Nemberla. The Bommie packs a thrilling take-off and quick run-down-the-line for those seeking a break from backside carves. Of course, Nemberala is usually the choice for those shopping for the six or eight bottom turn wonder.

Learners (Softer, mellower perfection)

For easy riders, aspiring long board surfers and SUP drivers. Learners can be a lot of fun and provides a Waikiki-like set up with long rides into the picturesque Nemberala Bay. On the right tide, Learners can do a fine job educating young and old in the fine art of Board Riding. An excellent option for the days when Nembrala is pumping a bit too much water for your liking.

While many can walk the reef to T-land, we have a guest surf shuttle standing by via Zodiac (tender) with 15HP and + a 20 ft pvc panga equipped with a 30hp and soft surfboards rack so you can access the main break pronto and save your arms paddling for the outside sets. This is included in our basic tour cost.

We also have a 25ft fiberglass excursion skiff w/ twin 40HP outboards, aptly named “Ina Malole”  made just for you. Complete with a front cabin, surf rack and canopy to get you comfortably to the other breaks on Rote and nearby islands. Discoveries abound, we can get you to where you need to be. Comfortable, seaworthy and set-up for multiple surfboard carry, fishing and trolling. She has been custom designed for Malole utilization and built to perfectly suit Rote waters. She can comfortably take up to 8 guests with surfboards plus captain, guide and fishing equipment

Our local captain is a life-time fisherman originally from the island of N’dao (7 miles offshore from Nemberala). Coming from a multi-generational ocean-going family, he knows these waters intimately and can expertly and safely transport guests anywhere in the region.

The surf and weather for greater Rote region play out in three seasons:

1. Dry season: May-September
2. Wet season: December-March
3. Transitional/Shoulder seasons: March&April, October&November.

From June through August/September Rote is a swell magnet, picking up the much-celebrated Indian Ocean swell-train tracking up towards West Australia and the upper latitudes. Certainly every ocean has its characteristics that make up the formula for consistent, quality surf but few are blessed with those of the Indian Ocean’s strength and power.

Key Characteristics of Nembrala

The key features for swell and magical surf are fetch, wind duration, wind direction and coastal contour. When waves steam into Nembrala Bay at T-land, they have been borne the offspring of massive storm swells in the deep Antarctic. These swells have undergone an extended fetch of not hundreds, but thousands of miles. (It is not uncommon to see twenty-second intervals). These are finely groomed swells generating immense energy and power.  Finally, when they power into our shoreline, they are bent and angled by our numerous angular coves and reefs and then finished to perfection with the prevailing direct offshore trade wind.

The strength of our trade winds can mirror those of the Hawaiian Islands, blowing the strongest in the month of June, July and August. Light offshore and variable wind conditions prevail typically early and late season. The resulting shoulder season climatic recipe makes for ideal conditions for the outer islands and polishes the right-handers to a reflective blue-green glass or feathering offshore. The surf is typically less consistent during the shoulder season, but the crowds are thinner, variety is the spice of life and big days are not unusual.

The shoulder season March/April and October/November is a great time to be in Rote with a great variety of waves and a lack of visitors. Swells may be less consistent, but the exploration of other spots, laid-back atmosphere and insane fishing makes up for it.

In accordance with our love for the sea and ambience of Rote, we have taken a vow of minimum impact on the environment. Eco-friendly and environmental stability are the name of the game. Our use of indigenous materials and building plans, solar power, and reverse osmosis water processing all contribute to pride in our sustainability. We are committed not only to providing excellent surfing, sleeping and eating, but also a continuance of excellence over the years. You must take care of the environment to reap it’s rewards for the years to come.

Ocean View Accommodation

The two main houses capture blue-green lagoon and whitewater panoramas. Each is architecturally crafted in Rotenese fashion with Western accompaniments. Surrounded by gardened walkways, the structures offer traditional Indonesian craftsmanship, comfort and privacy. Features include traditional stonework, outdoor seating and ample storage for sports gear. The property is surrounded by Rote’s signature natural stone and palm fencing, which ensures privacy and security without obstructing sea views.
Room servicing is available daily and all of the modern electrical conveniences (cooling fans, laptop wireless and reading lamps) are provided.

Main house

Upstairs master bedroom commands a 180-degree sweeping, wide-open porthole to the Sea. Expansive (25ft x 33ft or 11m x 7.5), with high open rafters draped with a suspended hammock. Accentuated in bamboo, this palatial room has a king size bed (spring bed), and two comfortable day beds (spring beds). Desk and conversation area; Private bath and veranda with exercise bench. This room can comfortably accommodate a single guest, a couple, or up to 3 singles or a family with two children.

Downstairs room (25ft x 23 ft, 7.5m x 7.5m), with Queen sized bed, two-day beds (spring beds), private bathroom and ocean view veranda. Accommodation suited for a single, a couple or up to three singles.


Room Two (12ft x 12ft, 3.5m x 3.5m). Complete with private bath, queen bed and single bed in separate room. Sleeps one couple, 1 or 2 single, or a couple with a child.

Room One (12ft x 18ft, 3.5x 5.5 m). Includes private bath, two single beds. Sleeps two singles. (Optional queen bed to accommodate a couple, as required).

Surf Transfers

Included in your Malole rate, you can get to and from T-Land with ease on our tender, designed specifically to bring you to the point and back on your own surf schedule. Inquire within about transportation to other surf breaks like Bo’a and Sukymama(sp?). (Link to Boat page and alternate surf spots)

Advice on local conditions & things to do on the flat days

With over 35 years of experience, Malole Surf House is the authority on where, when and how to surf lesser-known and secret spots around Rote and on surrounding islands. The tides, winds, directions of swells all are imprinted on the backs of our brains, we can let you know when to go and where to go for all your vacation needs : surf, fish, kayak, you name it. Flat days can be restful and rejuvenating or another adventure all together, it’s up to you.

High-Speed Internet

The fastest internet available on the island, Malole has it’s own satellite equipped to handle whatever you’re handling on the web. Keep in touch on the longer holidays or manage work between sessions, we pride ourselves on maintaining modern day conveniences in a idyllic Indonesian village.


Ease your muscles and revel in ultimate relaxation with a Rotenese massage right in your room. Available at your request our massage therapists will tailor their services to your needs.

Other Services

Security: in room safes.
Beverage service: Coffee and tea always available, Bintang Beer and soft drinks available at extra cost.
Push Bikes: Available any time at Malole. Give your arms a rest and use your legs to power yourself around the village roads.
SUPs and Longboards: Available for smaller days.
Snorkel and fishing gear: Ask and you shall receive.
Conditioning: exercise bench and weights available.
Laundry Service

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