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.

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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.