The day still early, and the fog between the hills in the distance is still hanging low, when our boat start to roam and make it’s way to came out from the Kalabahi bay.
Alor island lies at the north side of Timor island and can be reached easily by small airplane from Kupang, the capitol city of Nusa Tenggara Timur, which also located in TImor.
Alor is one of the top diving destination in Indonesia due to it’s amazing corals, pelagic, and visibility.
Here’s some of the top diving sites in Alor
Amazing and healhty coral developed along the walls and overhangs with 25-30 meter visibility. That day we were so lucky as a local traditional fisherman started to plunge his Bubu (traditional fish trap made of bamboo) into the water.
They were trained since their young age to dive without any gear for a long period of time. This Bubu will let the reef fish swim in easily as the entry holes are quite big and the holes becoming smaller in the other end.
Then the fishermen will take only fish according to the required amount needed, and release the rest.
2. Mike’s Delight
It has slope contour with colorfull corals. Make sure you are ready to dive in the current although the Dive Master will plan for the best condition.
We met an elegant sea snake, swimming calmly towards us and decided to surfacing to take a breath.
Very clear, perfect visibility, means this site is a bit colder than the others. Basically diving in Alor tend to be a bit colder than other part of Indonesia.
Eventhou you are expecting wide angle object here, but prepare to see some cute creatures too. Aquarium is a home a curious eel who keep looking to my camera.
4. Clown Valley
Located in Kepa island, this site is famous with it’s anemone that spread all over the sea floor. Get ready to meet the nemos!
How about if you decide to to dive? Don’t worry, the kids in the village will happily come to you and swim together.
5. School’s Out
Got it’s name because there’s a school located at the shore just next to where your boat anchoring. I wonder if the kids will jump to the water after the school is finished (it was sunday when I was there)
It started with sandy slope, boomies were spotted here and there then coral getting packed when we go deeper.
The reef fish look so busy and seems like they don’t really care about the divers.
It’s just a small part of Alor underwater, if you keen to read more about Alor, check Gemala’s page during her trip to Alor.
Also chek out other Trip Of Wonders participant stories here and here.
What to do during No Flight Time?
Visiting Takpala Village
Takpala Village located pretty high up on the hill as we can can cast a view to the shore and hills on the other side of Alor island.
The villagers still retain their customs, inherited from their ancestors. No wonder we feel like we were entering a different era in Takpala.
They welcoming us with a circular dance and ask us to join the circle, dancing while the canting constantly chirping.
Here’s a video when we are diving in Alor
How to get to Alor?
Take flight to Kupang and than continue to Alor ( Mali airport).
Normally there’s two flight from Kupang : 08.40 and 12.15 buat you always can check by yourself.
The dive operators
Dive Alor Dive
La P’tite Kepa