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AquaMarine Diving – Bali’s August 2022 ‘Beyond Bali Diving Inspiration’ eNews takes us to Alor, located in the eastern Lesser Sunda Islands which run through southeastern Indonesia.

Raja Ampat has been described as ‘The Wild West of Diving’ however I’ve recently been looking at what might be ‘The Final Frontier for Divers’ – the Alor archipelago. Generally dived by liveaboard, I’m personally very keen to visit the new, budget-friendly Nautika Dive Alor.

Intro to Diving in Alor

Alor is a hidden gem within Indonesia’s world-class diving. Pristine waters, a staggering range of underwater topography, profuse corals, and a wide range of marinelife that encompasses pelagics, reef fish, and macro critters.

Say “Alor” to some divers and (as with Komodo, Nusa Penida, etc) they’ll mention strong currents however choosing the correct dive sites and factoring in the lunar cycle, tides and time ensures high-quality, safe diving.

Alor’s Dive Seasons & Conditions
Best months: April to November
Temperature: 18-28°C (depends on the site, season and month 😊)
Visibility: Usually 30+ metres


Intro to Nautika Dive Alor

Nautika Dive Alor caters to divers of all levels and experience, from marine enthusiasts, to underwater photographers and videographers looking for their next award winning subjects.

Facilities: In-house filling station for air and Nitrox, air conditioned camera room (air blower, tools, cleaning kit and charging points), fresh water shower and rinsing area, spacious beach front lawn and ocean view dining area. Fully-equipped fibreglass dive boat with emergency equipment. Full rental gear (except dive computer and gloves) is included.

Rooms: 4 air-con bedrooms (2 King Plus size beds, 2 twin beds, 2 bunk beds for 4) with hot water, ensuite bathrooms.

Recommended experience: Advanced certification with 25+ dives; last dives no more than 6 months ago.

Resort closed: Mid-December to mid-March.

Nautika Dive Alor is offering guests who book through AMD-B: 1 Free Day Dive for every five days, plus exclusive merchandise. Valid to 30/06/23


Notable Dive Sites

The Arch: The most gorgeous overhang which resembles and arch; the wall ends with a stunning healthy coral reef.

Bama Wall: One of Alor’s most iconic dive sites but not always accessible due to currents.

Bakalang Jetty: Dramatic underwater pillars crowded with plentiful macro life.

Munaseli: Home to Hammerhead and reef sharks, Eagle and Mobula rays; can be challenging.

Muck sites: Ampera and Limarahing: Gentle, black sand slopes where you might see Hairy frogfish, rhinopias, pipefish, seahorse and more.

How to reach Alor/Nautika Dive Alor

Daily 50 minute flights from Kupang which can be accessed from Bali, Jakarta, Surabaya, and Labuan Bajo.

To book AMD-B’s ‘Nautika Dive Alor’ Special Offer and for more information on diving around Alor (or elsewhere in Indonesia!), please contact AMD-B’s ‘Beyond Bali’ Dive Travel Consultants today on Tours@AquaMarineDiving.com.
As always, they will be more than happy to offer recommendations and make arrangements to suit your preferences!

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