Satellite photo of Rote.
Map of Rote.
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Rote Island (Indonesian: Pulau Rote, also spelled Roti) is an island of Indonesia, part of the East Nusa Tenggara province of the Lesser Sunda Islands. According to legend, this island got its name accidentally when a lost Portuguese sailor arrived and asked a farmer where he was. The surprised farmer, who could not speak Portuguese, introduced himself, "Rote".
Rote lies 500 km (311 mi) northwest of the Australian coast and 170 km (106 mi) north of the Ashmore and Cartier Islands. The island is situated to the southwest of the larger island of Timor. To the north is the Savu Sea, and to the south is the Timor Sea. To the west is Savu and Sumba. The uninhabited Pamana (or Ndana) island, just south of Rote, with an area of 14 km2 (5 sq mi), is the southernmost island of Indonesia. Along with some other nearby small islands, such as Ndao island, it forms the kabupaten (regency) of Rote Ndao Regency, which in 2010 decennial census recorded a population of 119,711. Rote island has an area of 1,200 km2 (463 sq mi).
There is a daily ferry to the island from Kupang, the provincial capital on West Timor, which provides transport for local passengers and goods as well as tourists. The trip between Kupang and Ba'a takes around two hours. The ferry leaves at 8.30 AM and costs 80,000 IDR. 
Rote consists of rolling hills, terraced plantations, acacia palm, savanna and some forests.
Agriculture is the main form of employment. Fishing is also important, especially in the eastern village of Papela (east of Londalusi in the map), which has led to disputes with Australia over the water between them.
Rote has many historical relics including fine antique Chinese porcelain, as well as ancient arts and traditions. Several prominent Indonesian figures were born in Rote. A popular music instrument, Sasando, is made of palm leaves.
The ti'i langga is a traditional hat with a horn-like protrusion at the top that is a symbol of Rote cultural identity.
The critically endangered Rote Island snake-necked turtle is endemic to Rote Island.
The US-born Australian scholar, Prof James J Fox, has written extensively about Rotinese culture.
- BPS Provinsi NTT
- Jill Elliott, 1996, "Fishing in Australian Waters," Inside Indonesia vol. 46 http://www.insideindonesia.org/fishing-in-australian-waters; Richard Tanter, 2000, "After fear, before justice: Indonesia and Australia over the long haul, as if ethics mattered." Inside Indonesia vol. 61 http://www.insideindonesia.org/after-fear-before-justice-3
- "Tujuh Danau Ubur-Ubur Unik di Indonesia". Retrieved November 5, 2014.
- James J. Fox's book - Fox, James J (1977), Harvest of the palm : ecological change in eastern Indonesia, Harvard University Press, ISBN 978-0-674-38111-7