Best Surfing and Diving Beaches in Indonesia: Roti Island and Banda Island

Beach Essentials

Where: Go surfing on little known Nambarala, Roti Island, and the Banda Islands are great for scuba diving
When: May – October is a top season for Indonesian sea and beach life
Remember to bring: Surf board and snorkel

Best Surfing Beach

Nambarala, Roti Island

Nambarala on Roti Island, Indonesia is a sacred spot for die hard surfers, but it’s practically unknown to ordinary tourists.

Best Diving Beach

The Banda Islands

The Banda Islands in Eastern Indonesia are part of a chain known as the Spice Islands. There’s incredible coral and marine life for the diver to discover all round the island’s coasts.


The best time to go to Indonesia is the dry season between May and October, though beware of the hoards of Australians over for the Christmas period.

More Information

Discover Indonesia
A good introduction to Indonesia, also offering guide services.

Spice Islands Archaeology Project
An interesting site with background on the Banda Islands as well as specific archaeological information.

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Dedicated to diving? The site for you.

By Jess Halliday