The Alor Archipelago is part of East Nusa Tenggara, a region that comprises multiple islands and lies 1,000 kilometres east of Bali and just north of Timor.
Made up of 20 islands, only nine of which are inhabited, Alor is the largest and most developed, containing the only town in the region, Kalabahi.
The Pantar Strait Marine Park consists of a chain of three extinct volcanic islands boasting unique characteristics and a bountiful marine life boosted by the strong currents found here. One of the most well preserved coral reef systems in Indonesia, the narrow strait consists of more than 20 dive sites with beautiful, densely covered reefs full of macro life and the chance of larger pelagic encounters including migrating blue whales and hammerhead sharks.
Kalabahi Bay is renowned for its muck diving opportunities. Underwater photographers can enjoy the treasure hunt for numerous seahorse species, crabs, shrimp, nudibranch, rhinopias, octopus and squid living on the black sand of the volcanic rock slopes.
Due to the remoteness and rugged volcanic terrain of the area, the local people are very much detached from the rest of the country and over 50 languages are spoken in this region alone, many with Polynesian roots. The majority of the population are protestant and practice subsistence farming. Unique artefacts and distinct hand-woven textiles are part of the region’s identity.
The climate is tropical and the dry season is typically from April to November.
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