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Round trip 14 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 let you experience all these things. In coordination with our local agents and guides you can bring in your personal preferences and adapt the program that is shown here.

Alor is not used to tourism yet. The accommodations are absolutely not worth a star. So don’t stay in bed too long, the island is so incredibly beautiful!

Target prices

Target price p.p. based on participation of 2 persons: € 2.500 in low season
Target price p.p. based on participation of 2 persons: € 2.900 in high season
Included:
•All flights
•Accommodation based on fullboard
•When excursions: Private car or minibus with driver and local Englisg-speaking guide
•All specified excursions and entrance fees
•Diving package 6 days 2 dives

Not included:
• Tips and personal expenses
• Travel and cancellation insurances
• Booking fee and contribution Calamiteitenfonds €30 per booking
•SGR contribution € 5 per person
•CO2 compensation € 22 per person
-- Travel and cancellation insurance (mandatory)

NB: Resort is closed from 1st December until the end of March

Day 1 flight Amsterdam-Kupang

Garuda Indonesia flies non-stop from Amsterdam to Jakarta with her new Boeing 777-300 ER. Experience the hospitality of the Indonesian culture on board of Garuda Indonesia, the national flight company of Indonesia. This direct flight takes you in 13 and a half hour from Amsterdam to Jakarta. Departure Amsterdam around midday, arrival Jakarta early in the morning. Your connecting flight leaves about 9 hours later (flight time 4 hours and 30 minutes). In Jakarta you’ll use the FM7 resort for a (part of the)day-stay. The hotel is at a 30 minute-drive from the airport. Max. weight: 30 kg.

Day 2 From Jakarta to Kupang

After lunch, you take the shuttle bus to the airport for your afternoon flight via Surabaya to Kupang. In Kupang, your driver will be ready to take you to the hotel in the city. Overnight stay in Kupang.

Van Kupang naar Alor en door naar Kepa

After picking up your luggage from the carousel you walk out of the little airport hall. Your guide and driver are waiting there for the transfer to the small wooden boat that brings you to Kepa island. 10 overnight stays at La Petit Kepa.

Flight Kupang-Alor (Wings air)

Flight with Wings Air Kupang-Alor Departure 08:40, arrival 09:20 and 12:15-13:15

Day 4, 5, 7, 8, 10 and 11 Diving days Alor

A day-trip diving on Alor is choosing from an exceptional underwater diversity. 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 tough dive sites. You must take into account strong currents, some much colder dive spots (22 degrees) and special encounters under water. One day-trip is standard 2 boat-dives.

Alor dive spots

Diving in Alor is a breathtaking experience. Alor is not for nothing listed among the most stunning diving areas of Indonesia. Everything a diver dreams of is here. From whales to nudibranches and everything in between. Cristal-clear water with a visibility up to 40m or more, spectacular colourful coral reefs, magnificent walls, an incredible amount and diversity of fish life and challenging, often unpredictable currents Level: experienced diver Visibility: up to 40m (or more) Water temperature: from 26 to 29°C with thermoclines of 20°C or even 18°C. Currents: often strong and unpredictable Diving season: From end of March until mid December

Dive day

Dive day

Dive day

Dive day

Dive day

Day 6 Ikats, Koran, fish traps and liquor

After breakfast we drive to to kampong Hula and visit the ikat workshop of Mama Sariat. Her ikats have won many prizes and Mama Sariat passes her expertise on to the women of the neighbouring island Ternate. In the workshop you can see how they cultivate and spin cotton, how cotton-thread is dyed and patterns are made, and finally the weaving process itself. We continue our way to kampong Babussholah and visit the mosque here. Inside you’ll find the oldest (12th century) Koran of south-east Asia. The Koran is written out by hand on parchment. Then we step into a small local boat to visit the neighbouring islands and do a lot of snorkelling. First our captain sets sail for Pura island with beautiful snorkelling spots. Ashore we see how the traditional grass fishing baskets are made and we visit a local Sopi distillery where palm wine is distilled from the flower sap of the Lontar palm. We have our lunch (most of the time with fresh lobster!) on the beach. Next, we sail to the island Ternate, where we can admire lots of colourful fish and corals under water again. Almost every woman on the island works in little ikat weaving workshops.

Day 9 Tapkala village, Tuti hotsprings and Mawar, the sea-cow

Tapkala is one of the nicest traditional villages on Alor. You'll get a very warm welcome and have a chat with the chief of the Abui tribe. The people show you their culture and rituals with evident pleasure. A wonderful moment to take a selfie in traditional Abui clothes! A little further away are the Tuti hotsprings with three springs, one of them is almost constantly gushing water like a geyser. After lunch you go to Mali beach, immediately next to the airstrip of the airport. From the beach you step onto a local pirogue and go with Pak Oné looking for his friend Mawar, a male sea cow, near small Sika island. Unfortunately you can’t swim anymore with Mawar, but from your pirogue you can see very well how he plays around the boat. Then you go to Sika island, a little mangrove conservation island. From here we get on the water again to snorkel with the manta rays. NB-1: The order of these excursions depends on the tide. NB-2: Sika island is a protected natural park. It is possible that, due to circumstances, the island is closed for public (and consequently snorkelling with the Manta rays is neither possible). In that case we’ll look for an alternative, such as for instance planting of young mangrove near Buiko beach.

Day 12 Mombang ceremony, Kalabahi market and museum, beaches, coral and fish

Today a day full of variety. You start with a visit at the 1.000 Moko museum. In the museum some 50 Moko are displayed, bronze kettledrums that Vietnamese traders exchanged hundreds of years ago for Alorese spices. Moko are particularly important when people want to get married. The future husband has to offer a Moko as part of the bridal dowry, No Moko, No Marriage... The museum displays also some historic utensils and has a separate building with ikats. After the museum you'll visit the local traditional market. Always an inspiring place for special encounters and beautiful photos. You continue your way to the traditional village Monbang where the Kabola tribe shows you some of their rituals. Here you also go for a walk through the plantations and you can dress up in the traditional clothes made out of tree bark… The rest of the day you can enjoy the beaches at Buiko and Maimoi.

Flight Alor-Kupang (Wings air)

Flight with Wings Air Alor-Kupang Departure 13:40, arrival 14:40

Pulang kampung, terug naar huis

After breakfast your driver brings you to the small airport of Alor for your flight to Kupang. If you wish, Merapi can also take care of your flights from and to Alor, from Bali, Flores or Jakarta. It’s a bit of a puzzle, but we’re happy to do that for you.

flight Kupang-Amsterdam via Jakarta

Departure from Kupang in the early afternoon via Denpasar to Jakarta. In Jakarta you have to change and take the night-flight to Amsterdam. Arrival at Schiphol in the morning.

Day 14 Arrival Amsterdam

In the morning arrival at Schiphol. The end of a beautiful trip...

FM7 Resort - Jakarta

The luxury FM7 resort is a perfect hotel to stay in between two flights. It’s at a short 30 minute-ride from Jakarta airport. All spacious comfortable rooms are equipped with AC, telephone, TV, bathroom, hair-drier, slippers, coffee and tea-facilities, minibar and safe. Number of rooms: 246 Facilities: Restaurant, swimming-pool, 24-hour reception, safe, room service, gift shop, laundry service, sport-facilities, spa, karaokebar, free shuttle bus from and to the airport. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Hotel On the rock - Kupang

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 equipped with AC, TV, coffee and tea facilities and free WiFi. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

La P'tite Kepa - Alor diving

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 rooms have little limited electricity, zero wifi, no running water and a beautiful view on the sea. The restaurant serves daily breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lunch and dinner are shared all together (« table d’hôte »), breakfast as well as tea/coffee are in self-service. The dive centre has a nice wooden boat, which daily goes out for 2 morning dives in the archipelago. In the late afternoon it often goes out for a night-dive. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Alor

Alor

Alor 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 Kupang on Timor, and NAM Air on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday direct to and from Bali.

Alor is particularly known by diving enthusiasts; the archipelago has unparalleled beautiful and varied dive and snorkel sites. Diving is particularly reserved for experienced divers, the currents in the Alor archipelago can be strong and unpredictable.

Administratively, Alor belongs to the Indonesian province of East Nusa Tenggara.
For years, Alor was relatively isolated due to the limited infrastructure and transport facilities, so that the natural environment has been protected from human activity and industrial activities.
The Alor Islands are surrounded by clear blue waters and fairly strong currents and offer accessible reefs, drop-offs, caves and valleys, full of brightly coloured corals as well as sandy / sediment bays, where thousands of species of fish and invertebrates shelter. In terms of biodiversity, it is one of the richest underwater reserves in the Coral Triangle.
On land you can find steep mountains, dry savannas and also lush rainforest. There are also an active volcano (Sirung, west Pantar), several hot springs and some hidden waterfalls ... These small, rugged and remarkably beautiful islands, dominated by jagged mountains and steep valleys, are divided into many different ethnic groups with more than 8 different languages within which 50 dialects! The islands are rich in interesting local cultures, with strong traditional beliefs and the Ikat woven here is among the best in East Indonesia.

Many villages on Alor still live in a traditional way, living in houses of tied-up trees with thatched roofs or simple houses of concrete and working as farmers or fishermen, in order to provide for their living. Sometimes they grow a few crops that yield some money, such as cashew nuts, vanilla or seaweed, and always with an intense social life. Despite the fact that there is still a lot of poverty, in most remote villages you are warmly welcomed by your host and hostess. The traditional lego-lego dance is the heart and soul of the Alorese society. This dance, where old and young dance hand in hand from sunset to sunrise can be seen everywhere on Alor and people love it when you as a visitor take part in the festivities.
If you are looking for 1st class dive sites and prefer staying in an authentic environment rather than at a standard tourist location, come to these beautiful islands and enjoy the gorgeous underwater life, traditional culture and friendly and hospitable people!

Suggestions for excursions and trekkings

There are a few excursions to explore Alors which you can do in half a day or a day: you can visit the traditional villages Takpala and Mombang, a trip by car around the "bird head" or "kepala burung", with a stop at the beautiful Batu Putih bay ... Or you can drive along the north coast of Alor and end at "Tuti Agadai", a very small river with small hot springs ... We also recommend a visit of the museum "1000 Moko" in Kalabahi , and of course you should not miss the lively markets (pasar Kadelang, pasar Impres ...)! For the adventurers among you, this could be an opportunity to try the "siri-pinang", the local custom of chewing betel nuts (or areca nuts) ... You could also take a regular boat from Kalabahi or rent a fishing boat to go to the Pantar strait islands (Pura, Ternate ...).

If you want to make a 2 or 3-day trek you can go to the Alor mountains: a rural experience in a beautiful landscape! You will hardly encounter vehicles on 4 wheels, but there are "ojek" taxis (moped taxi) and alternating moped rides with hiking is a nice way to discover the area. You sleep at local people’s homes: basic but they are so friendly! Go for example to Mataru, Masape, Kelaisi Tenggah, ... walk to Atingmelang or Lakwati, and there are so many other places ... You can also discover the active volcano Sirung on Pantar. That is a trip of 3 days, including boat trips to / from Baranusa (about 4-5 hours), 1 night in Baranusa and 1 in Kakamauta, the village at the foot of the volcano. Keep in mind that in a certain period you cannot climb the volcano for certain reasons of faith and respect these.

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 standard in the nasi rames of Hotel on the rock.

Dive sites Alor

Alor dive spots

A 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 tough dive sites. You must factor in strong currents, some much colder dive spots (22 degrees) and special encounters under water.

Alor dive spots

Diving in Alor is a breathtaking experience. Alor is not for nothing listed among the most stunning diving areas of Indonesia. Everything a diver dreams of is here. From whales to nudibranches and everything in between. Cristal-clear water with visibility up to 40m or more, spectacular colourful coral reefs, magnificent walls, an incredible amount and diversity of fish life and challenging, often unpredictable currents
Level: experienced diver
Visibility: up to 40m (or more)
Water temperature: from 26 to 29°C with thermoclines of 20°C or even 18°C.
Currents: often strong and unpredictable
Diving season: From end of March until mid December

Kal's dream

Kal’s Dream is a seamount between the islands Kepa and Pura. The top of the mountain is just at 5m. Currents can be very strong en even go wild, so diving on Kal’s Dream is not always possible. But if the diving conditions are good and you are an experienced diver, this famous dive spot is a must. The site is called after Kal Muller, a diving pioneer, who was the first to dive here in the early nineties. There are two pinnacles. If diving conditions are good you start your dive around the deeper pinnacle, follow a part of the spur that goes out to a corner where many fish gather and then to the other pinnacle where you finish your dive. The pinnacles are beautifully covered with low corals, because of the currents.
You can see a lot of sea life here. Spanish mackerel, different species of sharks, dogtooth tuna, Napoleons, sweetlips, big barracudas, giant trevallies, hunting blue fin trevally, schools of jacks, triggerfish, fusiliers, surgeonfish and of course the critter life in the crevices between the rocks, moray eels, scorpionfish, nudies, shrimps…

Mike's Delight

A fantastic dive spot on the east coast of Pura. A drift dive with the south current on a sloping reef with ledges, drop-offs, healthy colourful corals and a lot of fish life. The reef starts at about 8m and slopes to 15m, with large boulder formations. Then further down to 25-30m it’s not unusual to see dolphin pods and pelagics passing. Then slowly up again. From 30 to 12m lots of hard and soft corals and many, many fish. From 12m and upwards you see soft corals with hard coral bommies and formations. Parrotfish, sweetlips, angelfish, damselfish, Napoleon wrasse, schools of jacks, butterfly fish, red toothed triggerfish and sea snakes, lobster, lionfish, an incredible amount of boxfish and schools of anthias (especially above a beautiful staghorn field at around 7m). You’ll also see barrels, brain coral, branching coral, anemones and soft coral clusters.
When the current is strong enough it’s possible to go round the tip of the island. If you do so you must stay very close to the reef and stay above 7m. If you are too deep the currents will push you away from the island and getting back could be a very tough job.
In short, a very varied dive site with an abundance of fish, many different types of healthy coral and a good chance to see pelagics.

Clown Valley

A few hundred meters from the village Apura lies Clown Valley. You immediately understand why this dive spot was named so. Here you simply see the highest concentration of sea anemones in the world and of course, a lot of clown fish that hide between their swinging tentacles. Here and there a sea apple and you’ll also see sea-eels, sea snakes and pufferfish. With a lot of luck, sometimes even tresher sharks or a mola mola. On your way up you’ll often be greeted by local children diving without fins, wearing handcarved wooden goggles and holding their breath for an incredibly long time…

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