Alor - East Nusa Tenggara
Want to go diving completely off the beaten path? Book your ticket to Kupang - Alor Kecil and find yourself in the company of dedicated divers, exploring the pristine reefs in crystal clear waters!
Alor Kecil is a place, rarely visited by tourists. This is understandable since it's quite remote and not very developed as far as tourism goes. Why though, do so many liveaboards go to this area? I wanted to find out why and found an undiscovered paradise for scuba diving!
Getting to Alor Kecil.
To get to Alor is a bit of a trip, however very doable. You can fly to Kupang from almost all major airports in Indonesia and hop on a smaller airplane to Alor. After which you should arrange a transfer to your stay. Usually, it's best to arrange this via your accommodation.
Below you will find a small map of the possible routes.
An impression of the diving scene in Alor-Kecil.
Alor is one of those places barely discovered. However, you should definitely! It is remote, secluded almost with the friendliest people. The accommodation at the time of writing was mostly full-board, meaning: 3 meals a day included. The area is pretty much only visited by liveaboard because of its remote location and you could do that as well, but it's quite easy to get there and definitely worth it.
Alor Kecil Is the name of the town. You will be staying here with a full board, meaning 3 meals a day with drinks paid for separately. You will have 12+ dive sites and more being discovered still and a chance to dive with hammerhead sharks (if you're a bit lucky). When I was there a few more small dive shops were set up so the area is becoming more popular, for good reason.
As stated before, Alor is very remote. So don't expect much else to do than eat, sleep and dive. The town is small, equipped with all the basic things you need and you can visit lovely fabric markets close by as well.