Day 6: Kalabahi Bay (2-3 dives)
This morning, we enter the village of the Abui tribe, fierce warriors until 1984. They welcome us in ceremonial dress and perform the lego lego, an ancient dance passed down through the generations. Then, on our way back to the harbor, we make a stop in the traditional market and a local museum. There, we further experience Alor’s rich natural history. In the afternoon, our planned dives in Kalabahi Bay, will be refreshing after the morning excursion.
Day 7: Pantar Strait (3-4 dives)
Several islands line the Straits of Pantar, where picturesque villages cling to steep rocky slopes. The tiny remote village of Beangabang, built around a church and situated on a black sand beach, hosts the dive site appropriately named “Religious critters”. During our safety stops, we look upwards to the surface in search of local fisherman in traditional hand-carved outriggers. Their children love jumping in the water with their unique homemade glass goggles. They often swim down to greet divers with their big friendly smiles.
Day 8: Lamalera Bay (3 dives)
In the early morning, the Liveaboard leaves Alor and makes its way to Lamalera, home of the last whaling village in Indonesia. The dive sites in this bay are home to mantas and pilot whales, as well as a host of other pelagics, who are attracted to the strong currents. Alternately, we have planned the dive site, “Shark Plateau” a pinnacle, near the island of Lembata, should the current be too strong in Lamalera.
Day 9: Lamakera / Larantuka (3 dives)
This morning we go ashore on Larantuka island to visit the Fisherman’s Cooperative. It was set up by the Misool Foundation to encourage and promote alternatives to unethical fishing habits among the local population. Later, in the afternoon, we will dive “Gedong” and then do our last night dive of the trip.
Day 10 & 11: Maumere (4 dives)
Our next two days are spent exploring the dive sites in and around the expansive Maumere bay. We will dive along the walls and ridges looking for sharks and other denizens of the deep. The landscape is a postcard like paradise with white sand beaches and turquoise blue water. After lunch on our last diving day, we depart for a cultural tour in the village of Watublapi. We are welcomed by the village women with a reception of music, songs and dances. Dressed in exquisite ikat, the ladies show us their traditional methods for weaving the unique textiles.
Day 12: Thanks for joining us!
After breakfast, it is time to say farewell. Transport has been arranged to transfer you the airport for your onward flight. We wish you a safe journey and hope you have enjoyed your time sailing through Alor archipelago on the Adelaar Liveaboard!