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Dive Review of Alami Alor in
Indonesia

Alami Alor: "Best diving yet.", May, 2019,

by David Ritchie, CA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 10936.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We had excellent help from Lauren with the resort in planning our trip. Her advice on flights, given the instability of local scheduling, was very good. If one wants to spend more than 24 hours in Singapore sightseeing go to a hotel outside the terminal. We booked the in-transit hotel to stay 27 hours, had to leave transit to get luggage that we were told could not be checked through because our stay was over 24 hours, re-entered transit and found we could not leave again to see the sights.
Changi airport is itself a tourist attraction, but not where we wanted to spend our day. We lost 1 1/2 days of diving because Lion Group cancelled our flight out of Jakarta causing us to miss the next connection and to spend 28 hours waiting in Kupang for the next available flight.
The muck diving is as good as we expected. There are frogfish, rhinopia, seahorses, nudibranchs, ghostpipefish, pipefish, octopus, and more. The wall dives are impressive.
There are wide temperature variations, from 83 to 72 on the same dive, with lows of 63 expected during a full moon. 7 mm suit suggested.
4 to 6 guests to a small open boat with shade, 5 to 45 minute rides, no head, back roll entry, 2 guides and crew handle all dive gear.
A maximum of 12 guests eat family style at a community table at one sitting. It is a fixed menu for lunch and dinner. We enjoyed all the meals. Other guests were German, Dutch, French, American and Australian.
The resort is 4 years old. Lauren (US) and Max (Brit) designed and built it. It is well done. They are now building a second resort a few miles away that will offer more to non divers.
Websites Alami Alor   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean (many), Cozumel, S. Pacific (Fiji x 7) Nicaragua, Honduras, Panama, Baja California, Monterey Bay, Hawaii, Philippines, Yap, Indonesia
Closest Airport Alor Island Getting There Ideally about 30 hours from SFO to Alor through 6 airports with 5 different planes. Lion Air Group cancelled a flight out of Jakarta just prior to departure causing us to arrive at the resort 28 hours later than planned.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, choppy, currents, no currents
Water Temp 72-84°F / 22-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-100 Ft/ 9-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Boat diving with a guide, house reef unguided.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments No bucket for cameras on the boat. Good camera room on shore. Lots of photo ops in the water. Guests divide into 2 groups of 2 to 4 in the water so crowding is not a problem.
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