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  • Timor Sasando

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Other Sunda islands

Sumba surfing
Besides Bali, Lombok and Flores, the islands of Sumbawa, Sumba, Timor and Alor also belong to the Lesser Sunda Islands.

I have never visited Sumbawa and Sumba myself. From the stories I hear, you can expect more or less the same as on Flores, albeit that the infrastructure is lagging behind. There is little tourism to be found on the two islands. Apart from a few luxury beach and surf resorts, the accommodations are very simple.

On the Indonesian part of the island of Timor too, (western) tourism is not yet established, but you can take a nice trip along very local traditional kingdoms. The island of Rote also belongs to west Timor and has many surf schools and resorts. The capital Kupang is a hub for flights in East Nusa Tenggara.

The island of Alor has stolen my heart. When you arrive at Alor the island looks like "WELCOME!" to call. A fantastic island to relax and enjoy the underwater world, super sweet and proud Aloreese and beautiful villages.

Climate

Klimaat Timor
The islands have a tropical climate. There are however some differences in temperature on the islands. Inland the temperature is most of the time a bit higher than on the coast. On top of the volcanoes it’s much colder. The higher you go the lower the temperature.
As on many islands in the archipelago the rainy season is from about December to March (included).

Sumbawa

Sumbawa

Sumbawa is located in the southeastern part of the Indonesian archipelago, between Lombok in the west and Flores in the east. The surface of the island is approximately 15,600 km². The island is therefore about half the size of Belgium and has approximately 1 million inhabitants.
The surf spots are the main attractions for tourists. Culturally, Sumbawa doesn't have as much to offer as the other Lesser Sunda Islands. From the eastern capital Bima you can visit traditional Donggo villages.

Sumba

Sumba - Pasola festival
The dry and mountainous island of Sumba is located south of Sumbawa and Flores. The island measures approximately 11,000 km², making it more than twice the size of the province of Gelderland.
Culturally, it is one of the richest islands in Indonesia, where adat (tradition) still plays a major role everywhere. It is one of the areas on earth where animism is still very much present.
Much of the island is arid and dry. The south coast is steep, the mountains reach the sea. Only a single river breaks through the mountain ridges to form a wide fertile plain (Lamboja and Wanokaka). There are some motorways, but generally the island is difficult to travel.

The Pasola festival takes place every year around February and March. It is a traditional war ritual in which two groups on horseback and with spear attack each other.

Surfers can opt for a backpacker accommodation or the super luxurious Nihiwatu resort.

Timor en Rote

Timor - Sasando

The island of Timor consists of the western Indonesian part of Timor and the independent, eastern Timor Leste since 2002. In the corridors I mean by Timor the Indonesian part of the island. Timor is often only visited on the way to Alor.

However, a short tour gives a good idea of ​​Timor. There are many traditional villages, of which you should definitely visit Boti. With a bit of luck you will speak the King of Boti. In the village of Oebelo you can see how the traditional string instrument Sasando is made and played.

Surfers can enjoy themselves on the waves at the island of Rote.

Alor

Alor under water
Alor is an archipelago with 92 islands, of which Pulau Alor and Pulau Pantar are the largest. Alor is east of Flores and north of Timor.

Many residents of Alor still live in a traditional way. They live in houses of bundled trees with thatched roofs or simple houses made of concrete and work as farmers or fishermen. The traditional Lego-Lego dance is the heart and soul of Alorese society. This dance, where old and young dance hand in hand from sunset to sunrise, can be watched all over Alor.
The Alor archipelago is a first-class diving destination. In this volcanic area there is a huge variety of dive spots: vast coral, steep walls, sloping walls, anemones, but also beautiful muck dives are part of the underwater arsenal. In addition to macro you regularly come across eagle rays, hammerhead sharks and sometimes also the mola-mola sunfish.

An encounter with the dugong (sea cow) Mawar is special. A local ex-fisherman takes you in a boat to the island of Sika and calls his boyfriend there, who always shows up.
Island hopping is an absolute must. You are on the road with a local boat for a day and visit, among other things, the island of Ternate, where the local gin Sopi is brewed, make various snorkeling sessions and enjoy pearly white beaches.

With a bit of luck you will see the local fishermen setting out their fish traps, where they can stay underwater for up to 15 minutes without breathing. You will certainly encounter the spear fishers along the way.
At the end of the afternoon, large schools of dolphins show themselves and lucky ones have a chance to spot a couple of whales!

Alor has a small airport, where Wings Air and Trans Nusa airlines operate daily flights with Kupang on Timor since 2018. In addition, NAM Air has been flying direct to and from Bali several times a week since 2019.

Sunda eilanden
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Sample round trips Lesser Sunda islands

Sunda eilanden
At the moment we do not yet have complete sample tours to the Lesser Sunda Islands.

Voorbeeldreizen Example trips Other Sunda islands

Group tours Lesser Sunda islands

Indonesië groepsreizen
Merapi does not organize any group tours to the Lesser Sunda islands yet. If you have suggestions for group tours, we will be happy to hear them!


Groepsreizen Group trips Other Sunda islands

Tour modules Lesser Sunda islands

Timor - Boti villageWith our tour modules you can put together your own ideal Indonesia tour. Only on Sumbawa we have not yet put together a nice tour, but for Sumba, Timor and Alor beautiful building blocks are waiting for you for your private tour!

Our tour modules are small round trips with a combination of culture, nature and highlights. We are happy to adapt these to your wishes.

Bouwstenen Building blocks Other Sunda islands

Tour module round trip 7 days Alor, culture, nature and snorkelling

Alor Tapkala kepala dessa
Alor has already been known by divers for some time. Merapi likes to put Alor on the map as an island full of experience. Traditional villages proudly show their culture and rituals, nature is untouched and under water you don’t believe your eyes. This tour module let you experience all these thi...meer infomore infoInformations supplémentaires

Tour module 5 days Timor, culture and nature

Timor - Sasando
This tour module block will take you to West Timor, the Indonesian part of the island of Timor. You travel on bad roads to traditional villages, where you drink coffee with the King and get acquainted with the locals and their culture, alternated with nature walks.meer infomore infoInformations supplémentaires

Tour module 5 days Sumba Experience

Toda village
A short, 5 day tour module, taking you away from the crowded places into lost white beaches, traditional villages, curious local people and stunning waterfalls. The Sumba Experience tour let you experience how beatiful life can be.meer infomore infoInformations supplémentaires
Alor
AlorAlor is an archipelago with 92 small islands, of which Pulau Alor and Pulau Pantar are the largest. Alor is located east of Flores and north of Timor. Pulau Alor has a small airport, where Wings Air and Trans Nusa airlines operate daily flights with... Meer infoMore infoInformations supplémentaires
Alor dive map
Dive sites AlorA day-trip diving on Alor is choosing from an exceptional diversity under water. For beginners there are some relatively simple dives to do. Experienced divers decide beforehand together where they are going to dive. Alor has very beautiful and very ... Meer infoMore infoInformations supplémentaires
Alor Kalabahi market
Kalabahi - AlorKalabahi is the small capital of Alor. Must-sees in Kalabahi are the traditional market and the 1,000 Moko Museum, where. besides the thousand Mokos (tin drums), there is much to learn about Alor culture and history.... Meer infoMore infoInformations supplémentaires
Kefamenanu Anthonius church
KefamenanuSmall village in West Timor, close to the 'kingdom' of Boti.... Meer infoMore infoInformations supplémentaires
Chrystal Cave Kupang
Kupang
Kupang is the capital of the Indonesian west Timor. The town has a few attractions, the most important of which are the traditional market and Chrystal Cave.

In Kupang, don't forget to taste the Daging Se'i, smoked beef or pork. It is also stand... Meer infoMore infoInformations supplémentaires
Moyo eiland
MojoMoyo is a small island off the north coast of Sumbawa. The island has about 1,800 inhabitants, spread over 4 villages.

Moyo is beautiful for snorkeling and diving. The island also has a beautiful waterfall.... Meer infoMore infoInformations supplémentaires
Satondo
Satondo
The small island of Satondo is located off the north coast of Sumbawa. Almost half of the island consists of the brackish water Satondo lake.... Meer infoMore infoInformations supplémentaires
Alor Sebanjar
SebanjarSebanjar is a small fishing village in the southwest of Alor. From the shell beach you have a beautiful view over the islands of Pantar and Ternate. With a bit of luck you can even spot a whale!... Meer infoMore infoInformations supplémentaires
Timor - Oehala waterfall
So e
Small town on West Timor. Nearby are the Oehala waterfalls.... Meer infoMore infoInformations supplémentaires
Sumbawa besar
Sumbawa BesarWith just under 6,000 inhabitants, the third largest 'city' on the island. From the town, diving and snorkeling excursions are organized to the island of Moyo.... Meer infoMore infoInformations supplémentaires
Walakiri beach
WaingapuWaingapu is a small coastal town in the north-east part of Sumba island.... Meer infoMore infoInformations supplémentaires

Accommodaties Accommodations Hébergements Other Sunda islands

Alor

La Petite Kepa - Alor diving
La Petite Kepa
La P'tite Kepa is a small and simple dive resort on the island Kepa within the Alor archipelago. The resort consists of 2 Delux bungalows, each with a double bed and 2 single beds, 4 bungalows with private bathroom, 2 basic bungalows with shared bathroom-facilities and 3 basic traditional huts. All...meer infomore infoInformations supplémentaires
Alor Divers Eco dive resort
Alor Divers resort
The intimate Alor divers resort is located on a strech of 400 meter long white sandy beach on the island of Pantar, a 45-minute boat ride from Alor's 'main land'. To preserve the authentic atmosphere of the place, Alor divers took special care while integrating the resort in its natural surrounding....meer infomore infoInformations supplémentaires
Alami Alor dive resort
Alami Alor dive resort
Alami Alor dive resort is situated on the eastern side of ALor island, a 30 minute drive from the airport and 45 minutes from the capital Kalabahi. The friendly and luxury resort counts for 6 bungalows, each with aircon, open-air bathroom with hot water and a private terrace with sea-view. The res...meer infomore infoInformations supplémentaires

Karuni

Maringi Eco resort & Spa - Karuni
Maringi Eco resort & Spa - Karuni
Het Maringi Eco resort & Spa behoort bij de Sumba Hospitality Foundation. Het resort beschikt over een guesthouse en de door ons aangeboden Bamboo Pavilion kamers. Ale kamers hebben AC, privé badkamer, privé terras. Het resort heeft een eigen restaurant, spa en zwembad. Het resort wordt gerund door...meer infomore infoInformations supplémentaires

Kefamenanu

Kupang

Hotel On the rock - Kupang
Hotel On the Rock
The Hotel On the rock has 84 rooms and is situated near the centre of Kupang, directly by the sea. It has a restaurant, swimming pool and a nice terrace overlooking the sea. The superior rooms have a land view, the Deluxe rooms a sea view. The hotel has also some family rooms. All rooms are equip...meer infomore infoInformations supplémentaires

Sebanjar

Alor Beachfront Bungalows
Alor Beachfront Bungalows
Very simple accommodation on Alor, directly on the beach of Sebanjar. The small resort is notably at weekends very popular with local tourists. Western tourists are still a curiosity here. 4 of the 8 rooms have a western toilet. All rooms are equipped with a fan, shower with cold running water ...meer infomore infoInformations supplémentaires

So e

Waingapu

Morinda villa - Waingapu
Morinda villa
Morinda Villa and Resto ligt in de buurt van het stadje Waingapu en beschikt over een restaurant, een tuin en een terras. Alle Deluxe kamers hebben een balkon met uitzicht op de rivier, een bureau, een flatscreen-tv en een eigen badkamer. De accommodaties van Morinda Villa and Resto zijn voorzien va...meer infomore infoInformations supplémentaires

Excursies Excursions

Diving trips Lesser Sunda islands

Alor under water
The famous Komodo National Marine park and its diving possibilities are described at Flores & Komodo. Further east, the Alor archipelago in particular is a Walhalla for divers.

Alor has very beautiful and difficult dive sites. Take into account strong currents, some much colder dive spots (22 degrees) and special encounters under water.

The diving season runs from the end of March to mid-December.

Duiken Diving Other Sunda islands

Round trip14 days Alor, diving and culture
This 14-day round trip takes you to Alor. Besides beautiful (and sometimes tough!) dives you’ll get to know Alor as a welcoming island full of experience. Traditional villages proudly show their culture and rituals, nature is untouched and under water you don’t believe your eyes. This tour module ...meer infomore infoInformations supplémentaires
Hotel On the rock - Kupang
Hotel On the Rock
The Hotel On the rock has 84 rooms and is situated near the centre of Kupang, directly by the sea. It has a restaurant, swimming pool and a nice terrace overlooking the sea. The superior rooms have a land view, the Deluxe rooms a sea view. The hotel has also some family rooms. All rooms are equip...meer infomore infoInformations supplémentaires
La Petite Kepa - Alor diving
La Petite Kepa
La P'tite Kepa is a small and simple dive resort on the island Kepa within the Alor archipelago. The resort consists of 2 Delux bungalows, each with a double bed and 2 single beds, 4 bungalows with private bathroom, 2 basic bungalows with shared bathroom-facilities and 3 basic traditional huts. All...meer infomore infoInformations supplémentaires
Alor Divers Eco dive resort
Alor Divers resort
The intimate Alor divers resort is located on a strech of 400 meter long white sandy beach on the island of Pantar, a 45-minute boat ride from Alor's 'main land'. To preserve the authentic atmosphere of the place, Alor divers took special care while integrating the resort in its natural surrounding....meer infomore infoInformations supplémentaires
Alami Alor dive resort
Alami Alor dive resort
Alami Alor dive resort is situated on the eastern side of ALor island, a 30 minute drive from the airport and 45 minutes from the capital Kalabahi. The friendly and luxury resort counts for 6 bungalows, each with aircon, open-air bathroom with hot water and a private terrace with sea-view. The res...meer infomore infoInformations supplémentaires

Cruises Lesser Sunda islands

Alor - Pulau Pura
Ever thought of a cruise in Indonesia? The area east of Bali seems made for it! On an original Buginese schooner you enjoy the comfort, relaxed traveling and make original excursions.

Merapi organizes the luxury cruises on the Ombak Putih and Katharina from Bali, via Lombok, Mojo and Komodo to Flores and vice versa. In September the ships set sail for Ambon and call at the islands of Lembata, Alor and Wetar.

New are the Alor cruise trips on board the simple Lucia. The trips in the Alor archipelago will soon be available on our website.

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