...Good for: Large animals, small animals, drift dives and advanced divers...
...Not so good for: Wrecks, beginners and non-diving activities...
When scuba divers talk about wanting to get away to a remote location in the middle of nowhere and do some amazing diving then this is what they mean. Alor, a small island north of West Timor in Eastern Indonesia, offers dives which are absolutely world class and it is a long, long way from the office.
Superb macro life, amamzing coral and benthic diversity, and schooling fish are the main marine attractions in Alor. An unusual and excellent bonus of diving here is the likelihood of spotting pilot whales and dolphins from your dive boat. Alor tends to be a liveaboard diving destination and is suitable primarily for experienced divers due to the prevalent strong currents and eddies and its remote location.
Kal's Dream - Although some recent reports from liveaboards in Alor suggest it is not all that it once was, this remains a wonderful and colourful site where a large number and variety of fish are all but guaranteed. A further guarantee is the low density of scuba divers. Show more
Although there are now a couple of dive resorts in Alor, the remoteness of the region lends itself well to a liveaboard trip that can visit other diving destinations in the vicinity, such as Flores and the Banda Sea. For more information on the cruise routes and durations, and all the other travel information you might need to visit Indonesia, check out our:
You can dive in Alor all year round, but the best conditions are from March to December, with October and November being the months when current is most prevalent. Outside of that time the surface conditions can be unsettled and there is greater chance of rain and reduced visibility. However, although the chance of such disturbances are higher at this time, the weather is usually pretty settled and many scuba divers visit at any time of the year and enjoy great conditions.
Water temperatures vary from a low of around 25°C (March to April and October to November) to 31/32°C from May to September, which is the southeast monsoon period. During this period the normally good visibility of around 25-30m can drop to 15m or less due to plankton blooms.
Additionally, Alor is well known for its muck diving which means conditions and the seasonal movement of creatures do not really affect the diving. Pegasus sea moths, mimic octopus and sea horses don't travel very far. Larger animals that might put in an appearance include orcas (killer whales) and sunfish (aka mola mola). September is the best time to spot mola mola.
Review our map below of Indonesia, showing the location of Alor. Here, you will find information on how to get to the ports of departure in Indonesia, from where you will cruise to Alor.
Depth: 12 - 40m
Visibility: 12 - 30m
Currents: Can be very strong
Surface conditions: Can be rough
Water temperature: 26 - 32°C
Experience level: Advanced only
Number of dive sites: >15
Distance: ~60 km north of Kupang (West Timor, 3 hours), 300 km east of Flores (15 hours) and 1,350 km south west of Sorong (West Papua, 60 hours)
Recommended length of stay: 4 - 5 days