Rote Ndao Regency

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Rote Ndao Regency

Kabupaten Rote Ndao
Coconut Palms on Roti
Coconut Palms on Roti
Official seal of Rote Ndao Regency
Location within East Nusa Tenggara
Location within East Nusa Tenggara
Rote Ndao Regency is located in Lesser Sunda Islands
Rote Ndao Regency
Rote Ndao Regency
Rote Ndao Regency is located in Indonesia
Rote Ndao Regency
Rote Ndao Regency
Rote Ndao Regency (Indonesia)
Coordinates: 10°28′00″S 123°23′00″E / 10.4667°S 123.3833°E / -10.4667; 123.3833Coordinates: 10°28′00″S 123°23′00″E / 10.4667°S 123.3833°E / -10.4667; 123.3833
Country Indonesia
RegionLesser Sunda Islands
Province East Nusa Tenggara
 • RegentLeonard Haning
 • Vice RegentJonas. C. Lun
 • Land494.25 sq mi (1,280.10 km2)
 • Total119,711
Area code(+62) 380

Rote Ndao Regency is a regency in East Nusa Tenggara province of Indonesia, consisting primarily of the island of Rote, situated south-west of the western tip of West Timor. Established in 2002 formerly part of Kupang Regency, the regency has its seat (capital) in Baa. The population was 119,711 as of the 2010 census.[1] Many Beluga Whales are known to breed in this regency.

The regency is surrounded by water, bordering the Savu Sea to the north, the Indian Ocean to the south and west, and the Pukuafu Strait to the east.


This Regency was originally composed of six districts (kecamatan), but it later underwent re-organision into eight districts. Their areas (in sq km) and their 2010 Census populations are listed below.[2]:

Name English name Area
(in km2)
Census 2010
Rote Timur East Rote 297.9 16,633
Pantai Baru 169.0 12,397
Rote Tengah Central Rote 174.9 8,058
Rote Selatan South Rote 70.9 5,173
Lobalain (Busalangga) 146.9 24,789
Rote Barat Daya Southwest Rote 134.3 19,737
Rote Barat Laut Northwest Rote 175.5 22,608
Rote Barat West Rote 116.4 10,513

In 2012 the regency was reorganized into ten districts; Landu Leko District was created out of the northern part of Rote Timur, and another district, Ndao Nuse was formed out of part of Rote Barat, comprising the offshore Ndao Island, Nuse Island and uninhabited Do'o Island.


Rote Ndao has an area of 1,280.10 km², including 96 offshore islands surrounding it, though only the following six are inhabited,[3] namely:

Sasando and Ti'i langga[edit]

The sasando (a musical instrument) and the ti'i langga (a hat) are well-known symbols of Rote Ndao Regency.

  • The sasando is a Rotenese string musical instrument, found nowhere else outside East Nusa Tenggara. The instrument of 28 strings (consisted of 15 thick strings and 13 thin strings) has unique resonance. It is made from a lontar palm leaf. Originally, the sasando was called the sasando gong and consisted of fewer strings. It was later developed into the sasando biola (violin sasando) that sounds more like a harp. Performers such as Berto Pah in Indonesia Mencari Bakat usually play the sasando biola as a solo player. The sasando gong has become less popular recently. Nowadays the sasando is modified and modernized further for the comfort of traveling and public performances so that the leaf can now be folded somewhat like a hand-fan and it can be plugged to an amplifier. However, the modernized sasando is less likely to be found crafted in Rote Ndao Regency, than Timor, more specifically in Oebelo Village. In Rote Ndao there are still a few places where the sasando is taught and practised.
  • The ti'i langga on the other hand, is a traditionally crafted lontar leaf hat resembling a Mexican sombrero hat. The hat is worn by male Rotenese, more so in past years, to protect them from the sun while working outside (for example, while tapping the sap of lontar trees). It is made up of lontar leaf webbings and constructed without the aid of glue, sometimes even ornamented with coloured straps that complement the Rotenese tastes of rather simple artistry.


  1. ^ Hasil Sensus Penduduk 2010
  2. ^ Biro Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2011.
  3. ^ Profile of Rote Ndao Regency

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