How To Get To Alor
Due to being located in the far east of Indonesia, Alor is often overlooked. This should not be the case because Alor offers an exceptional diving experience. It is renowned as one of the most beautiful dive sites, with pristine coral reefs and abundant marine life. More interestingly, diving in Alor is far from crowded and you can even get the chance to experience diving in “private” dive sites, seeing no other people aside from your buddies and your dive guide.
Getting to Alor is not that difficult. You can reach Alor from the international airports in Jakarta, Surabaya, or Bali, or from a number of main domestic airports, with Kupang as a transit point. Mali Airport (ARD) is the name of the airport in Alor Island. Please make sure you choose the right one, as there is another Alor in Malaysia (Alor Setar). You can find these possible domestic routes:
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.
Lion Air, Batik Air, Sriwijaya Air, NAM Air, Citilink, and Garuda Indonesia are the airlines you can fly with to Kupang. Afterwards, you can change flight with Wings Air or Transnusa. Apart from direct booking through the official websites of the airlines, you can 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 flight from Kupang to Alor, the baggage allowance is only about 10 to 15 kilogram. However, the cost of extra baggage allowance is not very expensive, for example, Wings Air only charges you IDR14,500 (about USD1) per kilogram. 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 takes around 45 minutes to an hour from airport to our dive center.
For those who are a little bit more adventurous, there are public boats and ferries which can take you to Alor Island from Larantuka (Flores Island), Lewoleba (Lembata Island), and Kupang (the provincial capital of East Nusa Tenggara, located in Timor Island). Since there are no daily schedules for these boats and 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 also check on www.pelni.co.id. www.pelni.co.id
So…there are many alternatives you can choose to experience this hidden diving jewel of Indonesia. Regarding the underwater beauty of Alor, someone was quoted as saying, “If Raja Ampat is a Gold and Komodo is a Diamond, then we can call Alor Imperial Jade, Emerald, Ruby or even Sapphire!” Indeed, Alor is such an astonishing diving destination.