Rote is the most southern island of the Nusa Tenggara island chain in Indonesia. It lies a few miles south of West Timor and 150 miles from the coast of northern Australia and has a population of 60,000.

The Rotenese people are a very respectful, charming, predominantly Christian people. Traditionally their main economic activities have been the exploitation of the Lontar Palm, which they use for everything, from nutrition to building materials. Fishing and more recently, the cultivation of seaweed (agar-agar) provides an income for the local people. During the traditional surf season from May to November the trade winds are consistent and offshore, allowing for comfortable and breezy evenings.

Average daytime high temps are 86-88F and nighttime lows are around 75F. The ocean clocks in at a soothing 80F.

Malole Surf House is located on the powder white sands of Nemberala Beach, Rote Island, directly in front of the world class left hand surf break known as T-land.


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

Get to Malole Surf House Rote

You’ll fly from Bali to Kupang, West Timor where our representative will greet you and escort you to your hotel in the city.

You’ll depart Kupang for Rote on the fast ferry at 8.30am the next morning, arriving in Ba’a at approximately 10.30am.

From here, it is another hour’s drive to Nemberala Beach.

We suggest booking all accommodations and transfers through us, so you can get to Malole comfortably and hassle-free. Travel logistics to remote places in Indonesia can get quite frustrating if they are not handled with the experience of the local agents.