Alor

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Alor

Extending at the east-most tip of Flores Island, still in the province of East Nusatenggara, Alor is a name pinned to the regency, the archipelago, as well as the main island of the archipelago. Here are at least 50 dive spots stretching from Alor Island to Pantar Island, and several islets around them. Some of the best sites are found along the Pantar Strait. Diving in alor is remarkable and full of surprises , these waters have become a regular cetacean migration route and it is common to see dolphins and whales of various species passing by. These giant mammals appear in Alor waters more than anywhere else in Indonesia like giant trevally, bumphead parrotfish. Divers can also spot ocean sunfish around the middle of the year when sea temperatures are lower. You will not only encounter large and majestic creatures in alor, but also fine and delicates ones, such as colorful nudibranchs, leaf fish ,frogfish, the famous ,nemo ,and other exotic macro biotas. Remember that  the water temperature can drop to around 20oC, some dive site possible for thermocline and sometimes the current will be change from mild to strong current. Topography of this site wall and slopes. All certified divers can dive in Alor area, but recommend for experience divers.

 

Getting There

Fly to Kalabahi ( Alor)

Airport : Mali Airport

 

Routes :

Denpasar – Kupang – Alor

Jakarta – Kupang – Alor

 

 

Dive site name: Pertamina Jetty (1)
Area: Alor Island
Average depth: 15meter
Maximum depth: 20meter
Average horizontal visibility: 10meter
Minimum water temperature: 26 C
Maximum water temperature: 29° C
Bottom contour: Slope
Bottom composition: Sand  , Mud
Current: Hardly any current
Marine life: Trevallies , snapper, fusilier, sweetlips,batfish ,flounders ,gobies,moray eels eels ,scorpion,octopus ,shrimp ,crab ,ray
Coral reef: Bad
Type of coral reef: Fringing
Type of diving: Boat ,Muck
Highlight: Common seahorse , coleman shrimp, zebra crab
Caution:
Recommended for: All  divers

 

Dive site name: Mucky Mouse (2)
Area: Alor Island
Average depth: 15meter
Maximum depth: 18meter
Average horizontal visibility: 10meter
Minimum water temperature: 24 C
Maximum water temperature: 29° C
Bottom contour: Rock ,Sand
Bottom composition: Long shore
Current: Hardly any current
Marine life: Butterfly, cardinal , grouper ,damselfish ,wrasse ,trigger, box, puffer,porcupine, gobies,moray eels,eels, frogfish,leaf fish . scorpion, blennies,dragonet ,octopus ,shrimp, crab, nudibranch, flatworm,shell
Coral reef: Bad
Type of coral reef: Fringing
Type of diving: Boat ,Muck
Highlight: Rhinopias ,frogfish ,Common seahorse, bobtail squid
Caution:
Recommended for: All  divers

 

Dive site name: Mini Wall (3)
Area: Alor Island
Average depth: 15meter
Maximum depth: 20meter
Average horizontal visibility: 15meter
Minimum water temperature: 24 C
Maximum water temperature: 29° C
Bottom contour: Slope
Bottom composition: Coral Reef ,Rock
Current: Long Shore
Marine life: Jack,trevallies ,snapper,fusilier ,barracuda,sweetlips,

butterfly,cardinal,angel,grouper,damselfish,anthias,batfish,

wrasse,parrot,surgeon,trigger,box,puffer,porcupine,flounders

gobies ,moray eels,eels frogfish,leaffish,scorpion,flathead

blennies,dragonet , octopus,shrimp,crab ,nudibranch,flatworm ,

shell , ray

Coral reef: Average
Type of coral reef: Fringing
Type of diving: Boat
Highlight: Flashlight fish
Caution: Low Visibility
Recommended for: All  divers

 

Dive site name: Slug Fest Pancuran (4)
Area: Alor Island
Average depth: 15meter
Maximum depth: 25meter
Average horizontal visibility: 15meter
Minimum water temperature: 23 C
Maximum water temperature: 29° C
Bottom contour: Slope
Bottom composition: Coral Reef ,Rock ,Sand
Current: Long Shore
Marine life: Trevallies ,snapper,fusilier , barracuda,sweetlips,butterfly,cardinal,angel,grouper,damselfish,

anthias,batfish,wrasse,parrot,surgeontrigger,box,puffer,porcupine

flounders ,gobies ,moray eels,eels ,frogfish,leaf fish,scorpion

flathead,blennies,dragonet ,octopus,shrimp,crab ,nudibranch,

flatworm , shell ,snake , ray

Coral reef: Average
Type of coral reef: Fringing
Type of diving: Boat
Highlight: Various nudibranchs ,solar-power nudibranch
Caution:
Recommended for: All  divers

 

Dive site name: Alukai (5)
Area: Alor Island
Average depth: 18meter
Maximum depth: 30meter
Average horizontal visibility: 18meter
Minimum water temperature: 24 C
Maximum water temperature: 29° C
Bottom contour: Slope , Mixed
Bottom composition: Coral Reef ,Vegetation ,Rock
Current: Long Shore
Marine life: Jack,trevallies ,snapper,fusilier ,barracuda,sweetlips,

butterfly,cardinal,angel,grouper,damselfish,anthias,batfish,

wrasse,parrot,surgeon,trigger,box,puffer,porcupine,flounders

gobies ,moray eels,eels frogfish,leaffish,scorpion,flathead

blennies,dragonet , octopus,shrimp,crab ,nudibranch,flatworm ,

shell , ray

Coral reef: Average
Type of coral reef: Fringing
Type of diving: Boat
Highlight: Nembrotha nudibranch , phyllodesmium sp . nudibranch , snake eels rhinopias ,coleman shrimp, hairy octopus , mototi octopus
Caution:
Recommended for: All  divers

 

Dive site name: Kal’s Dream (6)
Area: Alor Island
Average depth: 20meter
Maximum depth: 40meter
Average horizontal visibility: 20meter
Minimum water temperature: 22 C
Maximum water temperature: 29° C
Bottom contour: Slope
Bottom composition: Coral Reef ,Rubble
Current: Down Current
Marine life: Jack,trevallies ,snapper,fusilier ,barracuda,sweetlips,

butterfly,cardinal,angel,grouper,damselfish,anthias,batfish,

wrasse,parrot,surgeon,trigger,box,puffer,porcupine,flounders

gobies ,moray eels,eels frogfish,leaffish,scorpion,flathead

blennies,dragonet , octopus,shrimp,crab ,nudibranch,flatworm ,

shell , turtle , ray ,shark

Coral reef: Average
Type of coral reef: Submerged
Type of diving: Boat ,Drift
Highlight: Giant trevally, bumphead parrotfish,nembrotha purpurelioneata nudibranch
Caution: Strong current ,possible down current
Recommended for: Experienced  divers

 

Dive site name: Cave Point (7)
Area: Alor Island
Average depth: 20meter
Maximum depth: 30meter
Average horizontal visibility: 25meter
Minimum water temperature: 24 C
Maximum water temperature: 29° C
Bottom contour: Slope
Bottom composition: Coral Reef ,Rock ,Sand
Current: Long Shore
Marine life: Trevallies ,snapper,fusilier , barracuda,sweetlips,butterfly,cardinal,angel,grouper,damselfish

anthias,batfish,wrasse,parrot,surgeon,trigger,box,puffer,

porcupine,flounders ,gobies ,moray eels,eels frogfish,leaf

fish,scorpion,flathead,blennies,dragonet , octopus,shrimp,crab

nudibranch,flatworm , shell ,turtle , ray,shark

Coral reef:
Type of coral reef: Fringing
Type of diving: Boat
Highlight: Pygmy seahorse, Ghost pipefish
Caution:
Recommended for: All  divers

 

Dive site name: Ternate Reef (8)
Area: Alor Island
Average depth: 20meter
Maximum depth: 40meter
Average horizontal visibility: 20meter
Minimum water temperature: 24 C
Maximum water temperature: 29° C
Bottom contour: Drop off , Steep Slope
Bottom composition: Coral Reef
Current: Long Shore , Down Current
Marine life: Jack ,Trevallies ,snapper,fusilier , barracuda,sweetlips,butterfly

cardinal,angel,grouper,damselfish,anthias,batfish,wrasse,

parrot,surgeon,trigger,box,puffer,porcupine ,flounders ,

gobies ,moray eels,eels frogfish,leaf fish,scorpion,flathead,

blennies,dragonet , octopus,shrimp,crab ,nudibranch,

flatworm , shell ,turtle , ray,shark

Coral reef: Average
Type of coral reef: Fringing
Type of diving: Boat , Drift
Highlight: Halimeda ghost pipefish
Caution:
Recommended for: All  divers

 

Dive site name: BabyLon (9)
Area: Alor Island
Average depth: 25meter
Maximum depth: 30meter
Average horizontal visibility: 25meter
Minimum water temperature: 23 C
Maximum water temperature: 29° C
Bottom contour: Drop off ,Slope , Flat
Bottom composition: Coral Reef , Rock ,Sand
Current: Long Shore
Marine life: Trevallies ,snapper,fusilierbarracuda,sweetlips,butterfly,cardinal,

angel,grouper,damselfish,anthias,batfish,wrasse,parrot,surgeon,

trigger,box,puffer,porcupine,flounders ,gobies ,moray eels,

eels frogfish,leaf fish,scorpion,flathead,blennies,dragonet , octopus,

shrimp,crab ,nudibranch,flatworm , shell ,turtle , ray,shark

Coral reef: Good
Type of coral reef: Fringing
Type of diving: Boat
Highlight: Frogfish ,Blue ribbon eels , Mola mola ( occasionally)
Caution: Possible strong current
Recommended for: Experienced divers

 

Dive site name: West Pulau Reta (10)
Area: Alor Island
Average depth: 20meter
Maximum depth: 40meter
Average horizontal visibility: 20meter
Minimum water temperature: 26 C
Maximum water temperature: 29° C
Bottom contour: Drop off , Steep Slope
Bottom composition: Coral Reef
Current: Long Shore
Marine life: Trevallies ,snapper,fusilierbarracuda,sweetlips,butterfly,cardinal,angel,

grouper,damselfish,anthias,batfish,wrasse,parrot,surgeon,trigger,box,

puffer,porcupine,flounders ,gobies ,moray eels,eels frogfish,leaf

fish,scorpion,flathead,blennies,dragonet , octopus,shrimp,crab

nudibranch,flatworm , shell ,ray

Coral reef: Average
Type of coral reef: Fringing
Type of diving: Boat , Drift
Highlight: Mola mola ( occasionally) , Good for drift dives
Caution: Strong Current
Recommended for: All  divers

 

Dive site name: Mini Market (11)
Area: Alor Island
Average depth: 15meter
Maximum depth: 30meter
Average horizontal visibility: 20meter
Minimum water temperature: 22 C
Maximum water temperature: 29° C
Bottom contour: Slope , Mixed
Bottom composition: Rubble Rock
Current: Long Shore
Marine life: Jack ,Trevallies ,snapper,fusilier , barracuda,sweetlips,butterfly

cardinal,angel,grouper,damselfish,anthias,batfish,wrasse,

parrot,surgeon,trigger,box,puffer,porcupine ,flounders ,

gobies ,moray eels,eels frogfish,leaf fish,scorpion,flathead,

blennies,dragonet , octopus,shrimp,crab ,nudibranch,

flatworm ,shell, snake,turtle , ray

Coral reef: Bad
Type of coral reef: Fringing
Type of diving: Boat
Highlight: Stargazer, Good for night dives
Caution:
Recommended for: All  divers

 

Dive site name: Stumpy’s Corner (12)
Area: Alor Island
Average depth: 20meter
Maximum depth: 30meter
Average horizontal visibility: 25meter
Minimum water temperature: 24 C
Maximum water temperature: 29° C
Bottom contour: Slope , Steep Slope
Bottom composition: Coral Reef , Rock ,Sand , Rubble
Current: Long Shore
Marine life: Trevallies ,snapper,fusilier ,sweetlips,butterfly,cardinal,

angel,grouper,damselfish,anthias,batfish,wrasse,

parrot,surgeon,trigger,box,puffer,porcupine ,flounders ,

gobies ,moray eels,eels frogfish,leaf fish,scorpion,flathead,

blennies,dragonet , octopus,shrimp,crab ,nudibranch,

flatworm , shell ,snake, ray,shark

Coral reef: Good
Type of coral reef: Fringing
Type of diving: Boat
Highlight: Flasher wrasse , schooling batfish
Caution:
Recommended for: All  divers

 

Dive site name: Clown Valley (13)
Area: Alor Island
Average depth: 20meter
Maximum depth: 30meter
Average horizontal visibility: 20meter
Minimum water temperature: 20 C
Maximum water temperature: 29° C
Bottom contour: Slope
Bottom composition: Coral Reef , Rock
Current: Long Shore
Marine life: Trevallies ,snapper,fusilier ,sweetlips,butterflycardinal,

angel,grouper,damselfish,anthias,wrasse,parrot,

surgeon,trigger,box,puffer,porcupine ,flounders ,

gobies,scorpion,shrimp,crab,snake, shark

Coral reef: Good
Type of coral reef: Fringing
Type of diving: Boat
Highlight: Substrate almost entirely covered with anemones and resident anemone fish
Caution: Thermocline
Recommended for: All  divers

 

Dive site name: East Tanjung Pantar (14)
Area: Alor Island
Average Depth: 20meter
Maximum depth: 30meter
Average horizontal visibility: 20meter
Minimum water temperature: 22 C
Maximum water temperature: 29° C
Bottom contour: Drop off ,Steep Slope ,Mixed
Bottom composition: Rubble ,Vegetation ,Rock
Current: Surge Down Current
Marine life: Jack ,Trevallies ,snapper,fusilier , barracuda,sweetlips,butterfly

cardinal,angel,grouper,damselfish,anthias,batfish,wrasse,

parrot,surgeon,trigger,box,puffer,porcupine ,flounders ,

gobies ,moray eels,eels frogfish,leaf fish,scorpion,flathead,

blennies,dragonet , octopus,shrimp,crab ,nudibranch,

flatworm ,shell,ray,shark

Coral reef: Average
Type of coral reef: Fringing
Type of diving: Boat ,Drift
Highlight: Mola -Mola
Caution: Strong current, Possible down current
Recommended for: Experienced divers

 

Dive site name: Beangabang (15)
Area: Alor Island
Average depth: 16meter
Maximum depth: 30meter
Average horizontal visibility: 16meter
Minimum water temperature: 24 C
Maximum water temperature: 29° C
Bottom contour: Slope
Bottom composition: Coral Reef
Current: Long Shore
Marine life: Jack ,Trevallies ,snapper,fusilier , barracuda,sweetlips,butterfly

cardinal,angel,grouper,damselfish,anthias,batfish,wrasse,

parrot,surgeon,trigger,box,puffer,porcupine ,flounders ,

gobies ,moray eels,eels frogfish,leaf fish,scorpion,flathead,

blennies,dragonet , octopus,shrimp,crab ,nudibranch,

flatworm ,shell, ray,shark

Coral reef: Average
Type of coral reef: Fringing
Type of diving: Boat ,Muck
Highlight: Mimic octopus , wonderpus octopus , Long arm octopus

Rhinopias ,Lacy scorpionfish

Caution:
Recommended for: All  divers

 

Dive site name: Beangabang Reef (16)
Area: Alor Island
Maximum depth: 40meter
Average horizontal visibility: 20meter
Minimum water temperature: 24 C
Maximum water temperature: 29° C
Bottom contour: Steep Slope
Bottom composition: Coral Reef , Rubble ,Vegetation
Current: Long Shore
Marine life: Jack ,Trevallies ,snapper,fusilier , barracuda,sweetlips,butterfly

cardinal,angel,grouper,damselfish,anthias,batfish,wrasse,

parrot,surgeon,trigger,box,puffer,porcupine ,flounders ,

gobies ,moray eels,eels frogfish,leaf fish,scorpion,flathead,

blennies,dragonet , octopus,shrimp,crab ,nudibranch,

flatworm ,shell,snake,turtle , ray,shark

Coral reef: Average
Type of coral reef: Fringing
Type of diving: Boat
Highlight: Porcelain crab , Zebra crab ,Various nembrotha nudubranch,

Mobula ray ,blue-ringed octopus, coleman shrimp, bommies

covered in hard coral and soft coral

Caution:
Recommended for: All  divers

 

Dive site name: Pulau Lapan Reef (17)
Area: Alor Island
Average depth: 20meter
Maximum depth: 40meter
Average horizontal visibility: 20meter
Minimum water temperature: 26 C
Maximum water temperature: 29° C
Bottom contour: Drop off , Steep Slope
Bottom composition: Coral Reef , Rubble
Current: Long Shore
Marine life: Jack ,Trevallies ,snapper,fusilier , barracuda,sweetlips,butterfly

cardinal,angel,grouper,damselfish,anthias,batfish,wrasse,

parrot,surgeon,trigger,box,puffer,porcupine ,flounders ,

gobies ,moray eels,eels frogfish,leaf fish,scorpion,flathead,

blennies,dragonet , octopus,shrimp,crab ,nudibranch,

flatworm ,shell,snake,turtle , ray,shark

Coral reef: Average
Type of coral reef: Fringing
Type of diving: Boat , Drift
Highlight:
Caution: Strong Current
Recommended for: All  divers

 

Dive site name: West Pulau Lapans (18)
Area: Alor Island
Average depth: 20meter
Maximum depth: 40meter
Average horizontal visibility: 25meter
Minimum water temperature: 27 C
Maximum water temperature: 29° C
Bottom contour: Drop off ,
Bottom composition: Coral Reef , Rock
Current: Long Shore
Marine life: Jack ,Trevallies ,snapper,fusilier , barracuda,sweetlips,butterfly

cardinal,angel,grouper,damselfish,anthias,batfish,wrasse,

parrot,surgeon,trigger,box,puffer,porcupine ,flounders ,

gobies ,moray eels,eels frogfish,leaf fish,scorpion,flathead,

blennies,dragonet , octopus,shrimp,crab ,nudibranch,

flatworm ,shell,snake,turtle , ray,shark

Coral reef: Good
Type of coral reef: Fringing
Type of diving: Boat , Drift
Highlight: Big Mouth Mackerel
Caution:
Recommended for: All  divers

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