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Alor Liveaboard Diving

Alor Liveaboard Diving

An Alor Liveaboard dive trip brings you to some stunning reefs that are ambient with marine life. Hovering above the hard corals, you will see schools of anthias, hawksbill turtles grazing around the dive site, and barracudas that swim by to find their meal for the day.

Diving in Alor is suitable for the newcomer and seasoned divers as long as you jump in at the right time when the current is at its lowest.

These dive sites can bring you strong currents for the adrenaline seekers where you need to make a negative entry to get to the dive site and drift along with the reef.

When the current begins to pick up, you will be more likely to observe some reef sharks patrolling the area. Also, you can witness mantas and whale sharks here. When navigating between dive sites, keep an eye out for pilot whales passing by and dolphins playing in front of the bow.

Alor Liveaboard Routes

Most of the liveaboard cruises that go to the Alor archipelago stop at one or more diving destinations in Indonesia. Here is a list of scuba diving areas that you can combine with your Alor liveaboard holiday.

 

Marine Life

Most of the diving sites in these islands are not visited frequently as compared to other islands. The utterly pristine and untouched coral reefs, deep walls, creeks, and caves in these islands offer abundant and vibrant aquatic life like Manta Rays, dolphins, eagle rays, and dogtooth tuna drifting around in the strong current of Plankton-rich water.

There is always a large possibility of getting across almost all kinds of sharks like Hammerheads, Bronze whaler, Whitetips, Silvertips, and Blacktips. Divers can also discover strikingly colored nudibranchs and tiny and delicate pygmy seahorses, shrimps, mimic octopus, and frogfish attached to the stunningly vibrant coral reefs. The above land and versatile underwater availability of life make Komodo a heaven for the photographers to get some excellent and dazzling shots to cherish for a lifetime.

TOP ALOR DIVE SITES

Kal’s Dream

Karl’s Dream is a huge pinnacle where you require to start with a negative entry and fin yourself down. Here awaits you vast swarms of anthias and additional small reef fish that flicker over the beautiful colorful corals.

This dive site is most famous for the barracudas and colossal moray eels as well as reef sharks. Occasionally you can see Hammerheads. Even though Alor Liveaboard reports say that it is not what it used to be, it is still an incredible dive to do on your liveaboard cruise.

Cathedral

The Cathedral is a colorful dive site in the South of Alor. It is most famous for its significant temperature declines that can accrue during your dive. The temperature can plummet from a comfortable 27 C⁰ to 13 C⁰ in the deeper parts of your dive.

There is a large variety of marine life on the Cathedral for macro fans. There are the pygmy seahorses and blue-ringed octopuses. And for the larger fishes are the marble rays and bamboo sharks.

Current Alley

The name makes it obvious already that you are going on a high current dive. Current Alley is exceptional for those that love pelagic fishes and sharks. The combination of a massive drop-off and strong currents makes it a great place to dive with hammerheads, various reef sharks, eagle rays, devil rays, and large fishes such as Tunas, Trevally, and Napoleons.

Clown Valley

Near the village of Apuri is Clown Valey, where you can see the largest number of anemones on a dive site. Besides all the different kinds of anemonefish, you can also discover many colorful nudibranchs, shrimps, and lobsters. Do not only gaze at the reef as there have been sightings of the Mola Mola and thresher sharks that appeared out of the blue.

Great Wall of Pantar

Also known as Bamah Wall, this dive site has the best dropoffs in this region. Pink and orange sponges fill up the wall where numerous anthias hide among countless nudibranchs and shrimps. Out in the blue, have a look for the Humpback parrotfish and trevally.

Wolang Cave

Wolang Cave exists out of 2 caverns that both produce their beauty. In the first cavern, white tips reef sharks have obtained their place, and divers can get in there with them. The second cave is full of sponges at the second cavern, where nudibranchs, crabs, and lobsters.

Make sure you don’t misremember your torch for this dive.

Max’s Point

This dive site can be a hit or miss. It is an exceptional dive where you can encounter Mola Mola, Marble rays, dolphins, and blue whales when it hits.

Shark Galore

Shark Galore is a drift dive with a mild current that pushes you along the reef. Here you can observe whitetip and grey reef sharks that patrol the area. When you have the proper conditions, you can combine it with another dive site in this list named Clown valley.

Diving Season

The diving season is from the middle of March until December. With the peak season lasting from April until November.

Around that time of the year, the sea is smooth, and water temperatures between 26-29 °C are pleasant. At some dive sites, the water can drop to low 20 because of cold currents coming in. Above water, the air temperature is relatively constant with 28-33 °C year-round.

How To Get To Alor

Alor liveaboard safaris depart from the port Kalabahi. To arrive there, you can book a domestic flight with Lion Air/wing AirGaruda, and Sriwijaya Air on a daily scheduled itinerary to Jakarta Or Densapar. However, numerous Alor liveaboard itineraries include several other destinations in Indonesia, so the port of embarking and disembarking might not be in Alor. So before you book your flights, it is wise to review or contact us what route the liveaboard cruise is making.