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ALOR

Alor

ALOR

Alor is located at the eastern part of East Nusa Tenggara Province. If you wish to fly to Alor, Kupang is the main hub to Alor, where you can get a flight to Mali Airport in Kalabahi, the administrative capital of Alor Regency. In Kalabahi, accommodations and small eateries line up along the road nearby the airport and also along the road to the pier. Diving in Alor is remarkable and full of surprise. The water has become a regular cetacean migration route. Hence, you may encounter some whales’ species passing along, these giant mammals mostly appear in Alor waters rather than in any other area in Indonesia. Divers can also spot the Ocean Sunfish during mid year when sea temperature turns low, and another big things to watch are dolphins that often spotted jumping out of the water. You will not only encounter the big stuffs but also the creatures that need macro lens to be captured, such as nudibranch, leaffish, frogfish, the famous ‘nemo’, and other exotic macro biotas. The regency consist of 20 big and small islands is Located around Pantar Strait, the meeting point of the Flores Sea on the north and the Ombay Strait on the south. The location has given the Alor waters unique current patterns. The strait between Pantar and Alor often becomes the convergence zone from Australia and the Flores Sea, where in the middle of the year cold current coming from Australia carries abundant nutrients which attracts big and small fish to Alor waters. Though in this period is the best time to dive in Alor, but it is necessary to remember that water temperature could drop to around 20°C.

ALOR - BANDA

The Banda Sea stretches from Alor to the coast of West Papua. A string of islands in the south Maluku archipelago forms the southern border of the sea. Like Nusa Tenggara, these islands are part of the seismically active 'Ring of Fire.' The Banda Islands, formerly known as the Spice Islands, are in the central Banda Sea. This little-visited area has some of the world's richest reefs bursting with unspoiled corals and pelagic fishes. Diving in the remote Banda Sea is possible only by liveaboard. The route to and from West Papua is convenient for sailing and diving along the way. Stopovers at Wetar Island, the Damar, Banda and Lucipara Islands, and Koon Island off the coast of Seram, guarantee a pristine diving experience. This little-visited area has some of the world's richest reefs bursting with unspoiled corals and pelagic fishes. The weather in this part of Indonesia is on a different cycle from the rest of the country. The best time to dive here is March-April and October-November when the water is calm and warm, 27º-30ºC (84-90ºF), and the visibility is 30-40m (100-130ft). The southeast monsoon (May-September) is wet, windy, and the water temperature drops to 25ºC (80ºF) due to strong upwellings in the area. Plankton blooms at this time reduce visibility to 15m (50ft). From December to February the wind is not as strong but it is strong enough to make boat travel uncomfortable. The Banda Islands have beautiful corals, big tuna and overhangs with big sponges and sea fans are the highlight. Walls, pinnacles and steep slopes, sometimes with strong currents, characterize the diving here. Rays and turtles are common visitors here. There is good macro life in the area. The Lucipara Islands area has good walls, schooling fishes, a few sharks and lots of soft corals. Mola-molas have been spotted here too. Koon Island, also called 'Too Many Fish,' this site is amazing because of all the fishes that hang out at the reef corner in the current.