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Dive Review of Alor Dive in

Alor Dive: "Budget Diving in Alor, Indonesia", Oct, 2018,

by Andrew Falconer , Bunbury, AU (Top Contributor Top Contributor 51 reports with 26 Helpful votes). Report 10569.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I booked a weeks diving with Alor Dive, with accomodation at the homestay Cantik in Kalabahi. Alor Diving is run by a German guy named Thomas, who has lived and dived on Alor for the past 13 years. Thomas does not say very much, but he does know the dive spots very well. His boat is locally built, with 120 hp inboard diesel and plenty of shade, and room for up to 14 divers. Thomas kept his word and although I was the only diver, we still went out every day except for one which was too windy. As his boat is moored at Kalabahi it takes at least one hour to get to Pantar strait where almost all the dive sites are. Thomas was the captain (as his normal man was indisposed) and another German also living on Alor was my guide / buddy.There are several small islands in the strait between Alor and Pantar, namely Pura, Nuhakepa, Ternate, and Bunyan, and with a strong current through the deep water straits, the dive sites are all close to the shores of the islands. The visibility was excellent, as were the corals (hard and soft), the topography interesting, mainly slopes and walls, the small reef life teeming, but a marked absence of larger fish, including pelagics and sharks. I only saw one school of larger fish (rainbow runners) This is presumably because of overfishing (even though the straits are supposed to be a special semi protected zone) which is the curse of much of Indonesia these days. All dives are double dives, and I got used to the long ride out and back (spent it looking at fish books). The on board lunch left something to be desired, and I ended up getting Thomas to buy some fruit in the market for me, and I took my own biscuits.
The homestay was fine, friendly Indonesians, with good fish, rice and vegetable meals.
Accomodation cost was $AUD250 for 8 nights, including meals, a Bintang a day, plus hire of a scooter.
Diving cost 12 dives over six days was $AUD650
Websites Alor Dive   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vanuatu, South Africa, Iceland, Scotland, Norway, Cuba, Maldives, Chuuk, Galapagos, Phillipines, Sri Lanka
Closest Airport Alor Getting There Fly Bali to Kupang, overnight then to Alor

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 26-27°C / 79-81°F Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 15-40 M / 49-131 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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