We’re Waiting for You in Alor
Being located in the Far East of Indonesia, common people are tend to skip this destination as they do not want to travel this far. Although it requires an extra effort to reach, Alor offers exceptional diving experience, renowned as one of the most beautiful dive sites with pristine coral reefs and abundant marine life. By having these array of choices, you also get the experience to enjoy private dive sites, seeing no other people aside from your buddies and your dive guide.
Indeed, we are tucked away in the Far South East of Indonesia, yet getting to Alor is not that difficult. You can fly to Alor from Jakarta, Surabaya, or Bali with Kupang as a transit point. Mali Airport (ARD) is the name of domestic airport in Alor Island, ensure that you choose the right one, as there is another Alor in Malaysia (Alor Setar).
For those who fly to Indonesia from other countries (international flights), the best route would be via Singapore. It is relatively more cheaper and obviously more convenient compared to other airports hub in South-East Asia. Singapore also offers really good deal in-transit, more selection of flights, and excellent airport facilities.
In domestic, Lion Group Airlines (Batik Air & Wings Air), NAM Air, and Garuda Indonesia are the airlines that you can fly with. While Garuda Indonesia only fly and stop in Kupang, we suggest you to use connecting flights with Lion Group Airlines or NAM Air to fly all the way to Alor, if you do not want the hassle of re-checking in your baggage in Kupang. Favourably, these airlines have everyday schedule flying to Alor. Apart from direct booking through the official airlines website, you can also book the tickets on reputable third-party travel sites such as Traveloka, tiket.com, or others to get a good deal.
You might notice if you book your flight with Wings Air (subsidiary of Lion Group Airlines) the baggage allowance from Kupang - Alor is just only 10 kg, compared to 15 kg for NAM Air. However, the cost of extra baggage allowance with Wings Air is not expensive, only cost you around 14,500 IDR/kg or about 1 USD/kg. Upon arrival at Mali Airport in Alor, you can take the “airport taxi” to go directly to Alor Kecil, or we can arrange airport pick-up service for you. The journey only take 45 mins - 1 hour from airpot to our place.
For those who little bit more adventurous, the East of Indonesia is famous for its stunning scenic routes throughout the archipelago, especially from Bali, Lombok, Sumbawa all the way to the province of East Nusa Tenggara. For this kind of long journey experience, there are boats and ferries available which can take you to Alor Island from Larantuka (Flores Island), Lewoleba (Lembata Island), and Kupang (the capital province of East Nusa Tenggara, located in Timor Island). Considering there are no daily schedules for these boats & ferries, you need to check the schedule with the locals as it can be changed due to weather conditions. For more details of these schedules, you can check on www.pelni.co.id
So… There are many alternatives available that you can choose to experience another hidden diving jewel in Indonesia. Someone said, if Raja Ampat is a Gold and Komodo is a Diamond, we can call Alor as Imperial Jade, Emerald, Ruby or even Sapphire, such an astonishing diving destination.