Rote island is primarily known for its beautiful white sandy beaches with perfect surf, its beautiful ikat weavings, its ritual traditions, and the Sasando, a musical instrument that is unique to the island of Rote. The marine life of Rote island is amazingly varied with all kinds of beautiful colored tropical fish from the firefish to reef sharks. Diving at Rote island is exceptional due to the large numbers of manta and dugong that can be seen here. Rote is also a home for an endangered snake-head turtle. Since the nearby small islands and the coastlines of Rote are fringed by hectares of sandy beaches and beautiful colored coral reefs, the island is also a popular destination for those who love snorkeling. And besides these water sports, the unique culture draws more and more tourism to the island of Rote.