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Alami Alor, Pulau Alor, Indonesia

luxury resort, luxurious reefs, reasonable prices

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Dear Fellow Diver,

From the moment I donned my gear on the sturdy wooden jetty in front of the resort and took a giant stride into the warm water, I felt I'd made the right decision in coming to Alami Alor. It was my afternoon checkout dive, and a school of jacks pursued a swarm of silversides right under the dock. After my affable British guide, Pete, helped my buddy get her weights right, he pointed out nudibranchs, crabs, and shrimps aplenty on a reef jam-packed with critters, soft corals, dancing shrimp and even two mandarin gobies.

Pulau Alor, a beautiful part of the worldThe next morning we dived for an hour along an eye-popping wall of soft corals with swarms of chromis, butterfly fish, durgons, anthias, wrasses, fairy basslets, and silversides. Brilliant tube worms, nudibranchs and a plethora of sea squirts decorated the coral during one of my most "fishy" dives ever, a wide-angle shooter's dream. As the current increased, we moved to the shallows for 20 minutes, gazing at the colorful soft and hard corals and reef fish.

Getting to the far reaches of Indonesia is complicated, so I always book a day or two's layover after my transatlantic flight. Good thing. My flight from Bali to Alor was canceled, so the resort, which had booked my local air, rerouted me, eating up the extra day, but I missed no diving.

At the airport, my two friends and I were whisked away on the resort van for the one-hour, back-roads trip to the remote Alami Alor, where we were warmly greeted by Valentina, the managerin- training, from Chile. She showed me my exquisite, spacious beachfront cabin with floor-to-ceiling windows, a king and single bed (I got the cabin to myself without a single supplement, because I booked seven months in advance), airconditioning, open-air bathroom and shower (3-5 minutes of hot water and slippery tiles), surrounded by plants and trees, and two lounge chairs out front (April weather was too hot -- high 80ēs (27ēC) -- and humid to sit outside). The smiling crew kept my cabin and the resort spotless.

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