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Dive Review of Alor Divers in

July, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Mona Cousens, CA, US
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, PNG, Borneo, Indonesia, Most Caribbean, Solomons, Panama, etc etc 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
currents, no currents  
Water Temp
74   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
You needed to stay with the divemaster and get out when he did.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
There is no set up for photographers.  You carry your camera through the
waves to the ponga to the very basic boat.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
2 stars
1 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
4 stars    
We came to Alor Divers because we wanted something a little different. 
Since we have been nearly everywhere divers want to be, and since the
Dancer Fleet started an Alor itinerary this summer,  we thought we would
give it a try.   We decided to go land based and chose Alor Divers on the
island of Pantar.  This resort has been here eight years but not really
marketed in the US.  We learned about it from a French Divemaster on the
Philippine Siren last December.  The owners are French. 

In the French laissez faire style, the resort is very basic.  Rooms are
bungalow style with patio looking at the water and very basic furniture. 
Table and chairs out of hard wood,  bed hardwood with mosquito net,  a desk
and hard wood chair, two hard wood lounge chairs in the sand outside and
some wood shelves.
The bathroom has a hot water shower which is appreciated.
There is a room fan but at this time of year it is not needed as the air is

We saw no mosquitos when here.  They say they just dont have them.

The diving is par for the course in this part of the world.  Reefs are
fairly healthy but scarce for fish in some areas as the locals need to eat.
 At least we did not see evidence of dynamite fishing.  They use bamboo
traps.  For us old salts,  we have not seen anything out of the ordinary,
but the Slovenian fellow who is on his first trip to this part of the world
is thrilled with the one cockatoo waspfish,  two banded pipefish, some sea
snakes, various coral crabs including hairy squat lobster and porcelin
crabs.  There are also frogfish here at certain times and rhinopias.

The diving is difficult due to the fact that there is no pier and you must
wade into the water and  take a small ponga back and forth to the dive boat
which is moored off shore.  The ponga leaks and someone must be the
designated bailer if you dont want to sink.  Your gear is kept on the
boat and is ready to go when you are so you dont have to worry about that,
 just take your wetsuit back and forth and your camera.

Our divemaster for the week has only been here three months, so still
learning the sites.  
He is Italian and adheres to the laissez faire French attitude (or Italian
che sera, sera) by not briefing us well on the site, and changing the dive
plan underwater as he likes.  He also does not see why we do not want to
swim against heavy current to come back to the boat.  Why should the boat
move when we can just as easily crawl across the bottom to get back to it?
After a couple days of this, he did agree to go get the boat on one of the
dives while the rest of us sheltered in a tiny cove away from ripping

The currents are so utterly unpredictable I cannot recommend this for
beginners.  Just not safe for you.  Many sites which are world class cannot
be dived most of the time as you just cannot get in there whenever you
want.  Currents of course change due to the time of year and lunar cycle,
but even the owner who has been there 8 years could not predict what would
be happening on any given day.

You are given two boat dives per day.  One at 8:00 and one at 2:00.  In
between and after you are welcome to beach dive the house reef.  They are
quite accommodating about this and will leave a tank for you if you wish to
go at 4 AM like the Slovenian fellow who was here with us. 

The food has been some of the worst I have had at a dive resort.  In all
fairness,  we learned the cook had quit just before we arrived so we have
nothing else to compare it to.  You just eat basically the same thing
everyday.  Breakfast is burnt eggs or bread and cheese.  Lunch and dinner
is some type of stir fry.  No desserts , which is good in a way.  It forces
you to lose weight while on vacation.  Something not easily done.

The owner and his wife are planning on leaving the island soon and are
hoping to turn over the operation to the Italian fellow and his British
wife.  They do not know the area well, but the French owners have two
children who need to go to school so they are going to live in Bali soon. 

As for a recommendation, if you are American and coming to this area,  go
You can see all the sites in the four days the Dancer was around the area. 
If you are looking for something low key and REALLY, REALLY, away from it
all...  this is for you.
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By Holly Bent in HI, US at Dec 05, 2012 22:38 EST  
I totally agree with Mona regarding the currents, they are so unpredictable
and can switch many times on a dive.  Some being so strong that you have to
choose to hold onto the bottom or your mask (no turning the head, as it
will rip right off).  Alor is a unique destination and have to say glad we
did a liveaboard....
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