Alor Liveaboard Diving

Alor Liveaboard Holiday

An Alor Liveaboard 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.
All Alor dive sites are suitable for the beginner as well as advanced divers as long as you jump in at the right time of the day when the current is at its weakest. For the adrenaline seekers, these dive sites can bring you strong currents where you need to make a negative entry to get to the dive site and drift along with the reef. when the current starts to pick up you will be more likely to see some reef sharks patrolling the area. Also, mantas and whale sharks can be spotted here. When cruising between dive sites keep an eye out for pilot whales passing by and dolphins playing in front of the bow.

Popular Alor Liveaboards

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.

✓ Maumere
✓ Banda Sea
✓ Ambon
✓ Forgotten Islands
✓ Komodo

Alor Marine Life

Most of the diving sites in these islands are not visited frequently as compared to other islands, and the utterly pristine and untouched coral reefs, deep walls, and creeks and caves in these islands offer plentiful and vibrant pelagic life like Manta Rays, dolphins, eagle rays and dogtooth tuna drifting around in the strong current of Plankton-rich water. There is always a great probability of coming across almost all kinds of sharks like Hammerheads, Bronze whaler, Whitetips, Silvertips, and Blacktips.  Divers can also find strikingly colored nudibranchs, and tiny and delicate pygmy seahorses, shrimps, and frogfish attached to the stunningly vibrant coral reefs. All of these above land and underwater versatile availability of life make Komodo a heaven for the photographers to get some brilliant and dazzling shots to cherish for a lifetime.

Top Alor Dive sites

Kal’s Dream
Karl’s Dream is a large pinnacle where you need to enter with a negative entry and fin yourself down. Here awaits you large swarms of anthias and other small reef fish that flicker above the beautiful colorful corals. This dive site is most famous for the barracudas and immense moray eels as well as reef sharks. Occasionally Hammerheads can be seen here. Even tough Alor Liveaboard reports say that it is not what it used to be it is still a wonderful dive to do on your liveaboard cruise.

Cathedral
This is a colorful dive site in the South of Alor. It is most famous for its immense temperature drops that can accrue during your dive. The temperature can drop 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 clear already that you are going on a high current dive. Current Alley is great for those that love pelagic fishes and sharks. The combination of a huge drop-off and strong currents makes it a great place to dive with hammerheads, several types of 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 find the largest number of anemone on a dive site. besides all the different kinds of anemonefish also you can find here many colorful nudibranchs, shrimps, and lobsters. Do not only look 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 is the best dropoffs in this area. Pink and orange sponges fill up the wall where many anthias hide among many 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 bring there own beauty. in the first cavern, white tips reef sharks have found their place and divers can in there with them. At the second cavern, it is full of sponges where nudibranchs, crabs, and lobsters are found.
Make sure you don’t forget your torch for this dive.

Max’s Point
To be honest this dive site can be a hit or miss. But when it hits it is an exceptional dive where you can encounter Mola Mola, Marble rays, dolphins, and blue whales.

Shark Galore
Shark Galore is a drift dive with a gentle current that pushes you along the reef. Here you can see whitetip and grey reef sharks that patrol the area. when you have the right conditions you can even combine it with another dive site in this list called Clown valley.

Alor Diving Season 

The diving season is from the middle of March until the middle of January. with the peak season running 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 pretty stable with 28-33 °C year-round.

 

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How to get to Alor

Alor liveaboard safaris leave from the port Kalabahi. To get there you can book a domestic flight with Lion Air/wing Air, Garuda, and Sriwijaya Air on a daily scheduled route to Jakarta Or Densapar. However many 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 check or contact us what route the liveaboard cruise is making.