Alor Islands Maps and Dive Resorts

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Alor Islands Maps

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The Alor Island regency, in the far East of Indonesia, comprises two main islands Pantar and Alor, as well as a number of smaller isles. The undeveloped Alor regency is home to just 2 percent of Indonesia’s population. The Alor Straight is one Indonesia’s best kept secrets and a first class, undiscovered scuba diving region.
The water’s surrounding the Alor regency are extremely rich with varied reef profiles; walls, seamounts, rocky outcrops, and pristine coral-reefs.
Sustainable fishing practices and eco tourism are prevalent in the Alor Island region and there are no signs of reef destruction. Opportunities abound to interact with the locals on the various island who are a traditional seafaring people. Visibility is clear, waters warm and the density of divers is minimal, Alor is perfect tropical scuba diving.

Geography

Alor is the largest island in the Alor archipelago located at the eastern-most end of the chain of islands that runs through southern Indonesia, lying just north of the island of Timor. Pantar island is located just west of Alor. Other islands in the Alor archipelago include Kepa, Buaya, Ternate, Pura and Tereweng. Politically the Alor archipelago forms its own Kabupaten or district, in the province of Nusa Tenggara Timur. The interior of the islands Alor and Pantar is quite mountainous. However peaks are not as high as other nearby islands, such as Flores.

Kalabahi is the only town on the island of Alor, and is therefore the main centre for transport to, from and within the Alor archipelago. There are two main ways of getting to Alor from other parts of Indonesia. There are regular flights from Kupang to Kalabahi. These flights are run by Merpati airlines. Pelni passenger ships also service Kalabahi each week.

There are four main forms of public transport in the Alor archipelago. There are numerous routes between the islands, and from one part of an island to another by boat. Within Kalabahi and to nearby locations there are bemos, and more recently larger buses. It is possible to travel to places further a field from Kalabahi, but still on the island of Alor, by bus, ojek (motorbike with rider), or by ‘panser’ (WWII Japanese jeeps).

Transport to Alor during the wet season is sometimes disrupted due to high winds and large waves.

The islands Pantar and Alor are connected by a regular (usually daily) motor boat service. The journey takes about half a day. One service connects Kalabahi and west Pantar (Baranusa), the other Kalabahi and east Pantar (Kabir). In the rainy season, services are often disrupted due to bad weather conditions. Baranusa and Kabir are also connected by a small ferry, in order to avoid having to cross the mountain ridge that separates both parts of the island. There are only one or two cars or trucks on Pantar, and transport is mainly by boat, motorbike, by foot, or (in flat areas) by bicycle and wooden hand cart. There is one bank on the island (in Baranusa, west Pantar), and there are several secondary schools, as well as a few small shops, but there is no post office, no hospital, and no hotel or restaurant. In Baranusa there is a small lodge. Markets are held regularly in Kabir and Baranusa.
Local Attractions

Some of the best snorkelling and diving can be found in the Alor archipelago. Due to unpredictable and often very strong currents it is best to snorkel or dive with someone who knows the area well.

Alor is a very photogenic location, with crystal clear water containing beautiful coral reefs, spectacular mountains, with equally spectacular vistas from the top, and colourful locals.

Aside from the two languages Alorese and Kalabahi Malay, which are both Austronesian languages, all of the languages spoken on the island of Alor are Papuan languages otherwise known as non-Austronesian languages. There are at least 15 languages spoken on Alor, with some estimates going as high as 50 languages.

The actual number is most likely to be 15 – 30. All of these are endangered languages, with some having as few as 500 speakers, and many children no longer learning a local language, but being brought up learning Indonesian as their first language.

The Ethnologue for Nusa Tenggara Timor in Indonesia has more cultural information.

Dive sites

Dive operators around Alor

La Ptite Kepa Homestay & Diving (Cedric and Anne)The first one in Alor !
http://www.alor-diving.com/ (UW pictures’ gallery)

Alor Dive http://www.alor-dive.com/

Alor Divers (Neya and Gilles) http://www.alor-divers.com/arhipelago_eng.html

Dive Alor (Graeme and Donovan Whitford) http://www.divealor.com/

Homestay

la-petite-kepa

http://www.la-petite-kepa.com (general information)

Eco Dive Resort
http://www.alor-divers.com/eng/alor.html

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