Hunting the Sunset on Tiang Bendera Beach, Rote Island

Hunting the Sunset on Tiang Bendera Beach, Rote Island

The charm of the beauty of Rote Island seems endless to discuss, starting from the ranks of Nembrala Beach, Bo'a, Oeseli to the hills that have unique beauty characteristics. For those of you who are starting a trip to Rote from Kupang using a fast boat from the Port of Tenau, when they arrive at the port of Ba'a (the capital of Rote Ndao Regency) you will see 2 very historic reefs, namely Batu Bolo anak and Batu Tiang Bendera that jutting into the sea forms a promontory.

Hunting the Sunset on Tiang Bendera Beach, Rote Island

Located about 5 km from the city of Ba'a, there is a beach that is quite unique named the Tiang Bendera Beach. This Batu Tiang Bendera is actually a cluster of coral islands that are about 500 m from the lip of Baadale Beach. Giving the name of the Tiang Bendera (Flag Pole) against the background of the heroic events of the Rote people's struggle expelled the Dutch colonizers.

Hunting the Sunset on Tiang Bendera Beach, Rote Island

Why is it called Tiang Bendera (Flagpole)? Because on the rocks that are in the middle of the sea, there is a 2.5 meter high stone monument that was deliberately built by the Dutch. It is said that the pole was a marker of Dutch colonies in his day. Visitors can climb the cliff, but must exercise caution because of their sharp edges. Visitors should use adequate footwear. If the water is receding, visitors can also enter the coral rock caves found in their coral clusters.

Hunting the Sunset on Tiang Bendera Beach, Rote Island

Tiang Bendera Beach is indeed one of the best mainstay places to enjoy the sunset (sunset) on Rote Island. Towards the afternoon, the beach was visited by local young men and women who wanted to see the beauty of the sunset. On the coast of the sand the beach also appears several lopo-lopo (a kind of bale / gazebo used for relaxing) with a red roof. If visitors come in the afternoon, the beach is receding but the beauty of this beach does not recede. Decorated with a number of rocky rock with varying shapes and sizes that add to the charm of this beach.

Hunting the Sunset on Tiang Bendera Beach, Rote Island

Access to Tourist Locations
Access to the route to Rote Island from Kupang City can be reached by air and sea, with detailed explanations as follows:
 

1.  Via air, visitors can use the aircraft from El Tari Kupang Airport to Lekunik Rote Airport, using airlines that serve the Kupang-Rote-Kupang route, namely Trans Nusa and Susi Air, at a cost of around 200.000-300.000 Rupiah for a single flight. The schedule is 3 times a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday / Saturday (the schedule can change depending on weather conditions).
2.  While via the sea there are 2 alternative choices of ships, namely using a slow boat (ferry) and fast boat (speed boat). If the visitor chooses to use the ferry, the departure time is at 08.00 WITA from Bolok Port, Kupang and then anchors at Pantai Baru Port, Rote. The crossing time takes up to 3-4 hours (depending on weather and sea conditions). And for those who choose the alternative, the fast boat departs from Tenau Port, Kupang with a departure time of 08.00 WITA. Travel by fast boat takes around 1.5-2 hours depending on the conditions of wind and waves in the sea.

Hunting the Sunset on Tiang Bendera Beach, Rote Island

Upon arrival at Pantai Baru Port (Rote Ndao) visitors can continue their journey to Ba'a City. The distance from Pantai Baru Harbor to Kota Ba'a is around 45 minutes, with the condition of smooth paved roads. To reach the Tiang Bendera Beach which is about 5km away, visitors can use motorcycle taxi services or rent a vehicle from Ba'a.

Hunting the Sunset on Tiang Bendera Beach, Rote Island

The condition of the road to the location is quite varied, which is about the first 2 km of Ba'a is finely paved, but after entering the village settlement and winding through the hills the road conditions start to be rocky and slightly hollow. There are no signs or signs to get to the location so visitors should often ask directions to the locals. Approximately 30 minutes drive from Ba'a, you will arrive at the Tiang Bendera Beach.

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