Alor

Damai 1

11 Days 10 Nights

Start Date: 

Nov 23, 2022

From:

Kupang

Availability:

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End Date:

Dec 03, 2022

To:

Kalabahi

Remarks:

Chartered by Richard Smith

Cabin Availability

Alor has its own microenvironment fed by currents from both the Indian and the Pacific oceans. Its waters are extremely rich, with a good variety of "big" and "small" life. The channels between its islands are established passages for cetaceous and blue and sperm whales are not uncommon sights. Below will be the draft itinerary when you are onboard of Damai:

Day 1: Arrive into Kupang

Guests will arrive in Kupang and have time to get comfortable on the boat. There is a large crossing towards the Alor region, and we will depart once we have settled on the boat.

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Day 2: Pantar Straits (East)

Beautiful rocky formation, and abundant life around the patches between the walls. We do see timid Mola Molas on the surface and and schooling dolphins hang in the near open waters.

On the south-east of Pantar, Beangabang Bay has one of the top night dives in the country: the chance to hunt for octopus, ghost pipefish, unusual shrimp, Bobbitt worms colourful nudibranchs and lots of juvenile fish.

No. of Dives:

4

Day 3: Pantar Straits (West)

Beautiful walls of macro and wide-angle subjects. Clean walls, abundant life and the always cooperative smile of the local community, specially the children who will like to be your underwater model.

No. of Dives:

4

Day 4 and 5: Rusa

This is a collection of 3 small islands in the middle of the cold water currents that flow between the islands of Kawula and Pantar. Spectacular rock formation, totally covered with corals, hard and soft, crinoids, anemones. Almost impossible to find any space. In the shallow clouds of red anthias, deeper large snappers, sweetlips, giant groupers, passing sharks. As pure as it gets.

Going in between the rocky bottom, slow and eyes for Nudibranchs, small shrimps, soft coral crabs and other critters living and feeding along them. In between dives we will head towards the open, and maybe if we are lucky a blue whale can pay us a visit.

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Day 6: Soangi & Waiwawong

Soangi is a small island well expose to the swells, its coral reefs are habitat of abundant life and whitetip sharks patrol in search of opportunities On the West coast Lembata amongst towering volcanos we arrive to Wai Wawong. This is excellent muck diving with a chance of seeing the elusive Rhinopias, Finger Dragonets, Ghost pipe fish and maybe even hairy frog fish.

No. of Dives:

4

Day 7: Solor

This is the only area that we know off were mantas have been spotted. Facing south means cooler waters and less visibility, but it also means more life, bigger fish: giant groupers, barramundi cods, midnight snappers, all sheltering in the sloppy reefs around the islands of Kambing of Nuha.

No. of Dives:

4

Day 8: Tanjung Bacatan & Komba

In the north of Kawula island, tanjung Bacatan is a classic. Deep slope that gentle gives way a wall, passing Tunas, Wahoo and other pelagic are expected to be spotted. After two dives we sail towards the volcano if Komba, active until very recently and always a beautiful sight. We will look for whales on our way.

No. of Dives:

4

Day 9 and 10: Kalabahi Bay & Pura

Time to change underwater topography. First with 2 dives with sandy muck dive, in Muncky Mosque, in the Kalabahi bay where we can look for wonderpuss, and after in the slopes of the Island of Pura, where we will be drifting along a 2 miles long reef, absolutely covered with anemones. A unique experience not to be found in any other place in Indonesia. Let us be careful, as water here tends to drip in temperature, and we can expect them to be around 24 Celsius.

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Day 11: Departure

Guests will be escorted to the airport in Kalabahi and assisted with check in procedures, no doubt full of talk about the wonders of the most popular dive destination in the world.

DISCLAIMERS

The trip will be weather dependent and there might be long crossing required throughout. We will, try to adjust the best we can to the conditions and fulfil all itinerary briefed when you’re on the boat.

Due to the need to report to the local village, divers will need to be flexible with the start time of the first dive at some of the dive sites. We will ensure that you’re given timely update on this during the trip, however your understanding on last minute changes would be appreciate. This is because divers are only allowed in the water once permission is granted by the local villages and officers.

Damai are flexible to change itinerary suggested based on customer’s preference in the event that weather and time allow us to do so and if changes is agreeable by all participants on board

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