The island nation of Indonesia straddles the equator between the Indian and Pacific Oceans and lies at the heart of the ‘Coral Triangle’ - the epicentre of the world’s marine biodiversity. Nowhere on earth can visitors experience such a range of spectacular diving - from encounters with huge whale sharks and oceanic manta rays, to muck dives with beautiful Rhinopias and the exceedingly rare psychedelic frogfish.
Located amongst the remote islands of East Nusa Tenggara, Alami Alor offers world-class diving right off its beach - from large pelagics cruising the reef to critter-rich muck. This boutique resort hosts just 12 divers at a time, and with flexible dive packages and a spectacular house reef to explore, you can be sure of an extraordinary stay.
- Boutique dive resort at the heart of Alor’s stunning natural landscape
- Exceptional photography facilities & house reef
- Local dives include colourful reefs, big pelagics, & world-class muck diving
Alami Alor is a boutique resort built specifically for divers looking for a touch of exclusivity. The spacious property accommodates only 12 guests at a time, with the remote tropical setting boosting the intimate atmosphere. Guests are given flexibility to plan their own dive schedules and site selection, tailoring their perfect dive holiday from a choice of 34 spectacular dive sites. There’s also unlimited diving available on the house reef which offers a rich ecosystem full of macrolife, resident turtles, and baby reef sharks.
The resort’s location at the edge of Kalabahi Bay - itself a world-class muck dive - offers speedy access to the central and northern Alor sites. From hammerhead sharks to rhinopias and mandarin fish, the sites here have a rich biodiversity and variety to satisfy any diver’s interest. Alami Alor’s relaxed setting is packed with personal touches to make your stay feel like a private getaway and there is plenty to do when not in the water. Between dives, you can have afternoon tea delivered right to your sunbed, or explore the local Alorese villages with a personal guide.
Private guest bungalows are set right on the waterfront, and boast large sliding glass doors opening up to a private terrace with a personal hammock and sun loungers which overlooks the rocky shoreline. Each air conditioned bungalow has a tropical open-air bathroom with western toilet, a natural stone sink, hot water rain shower, and fresh flowers. Rooms are also equipped with wardrobes and work desks. Housekeeping freshens up daily, stocking your bungalow with drinking water and delivering afternoon coffee and tea right to your patio.
Alami Alor’s grounds provide perfect seclusion, with tropical trees and flowers offering shade from the Indonesian sun. All guests enjoy full board as a part of their stay with breakfast, lunch, and dinner served in a communal dining area. Meals highlight local flavours and ingredients such as fresh fish marinated in kaffir lime and lemongrass, chili-ginger prawns, and nutmeg potato cakes. The kitchen happily caters to dietary needs or preferences, and a variety of homemade cookies, cakes and other snacks are also available throughout the day.
A spacious, partly open-air lounge is luxuriously appointed with comfy chairs and sofas, and opens up to a relaxing waterside sundeck. This small, intimate resort accommodates just twelve guests at a time, allowing for personalized attention throughout your stay. Additional perks make the resort feel like your own luxury home, such as complimentary laundry services and afternoon tea delivered right to your terrace. Snorkelling is possible on the house reef and from the dive boat, as long as the site and conditions are suitable. In the nearby village of Takpala, guests can browse the markets full of local crafts and take part in a performance of the traditional Alorese lego-lego dance. Visits to nearby viewpoints and other local markets and villages can also be arranged by staff.
Alami Alor offers easy access to over 30 dive sites within the biodiverse Pantar Strait. These sites offer a great variety of diving, from crystal clear coral reefs to critter-rich muck. Many of these sites are so remote, they’re only otherwise visited by liveaboard trips. All-inclusive dive packages are designed for individual flexibility, allowing guests to dive as much as they want on their own schedule. Alami Alor’s two fiberglass speed boats are purpose-built for dive trips, and depart from the jetty twice daily. Two-tank morning trips leave at around 8AM, and afternoon dives hit one of the nearby muck sites full of rich macrolife, just 2-10 minutes away. Night diving is available throughout the week in Kalabahi Bay, famous for its biodiverse macrolife - guests can spot everything from seahorses and ghost pipefish, to blue-ring octopus and the rare Ambon scorpionfish.
Each boat carries a maximum of 6 divers and are fitted with full safety features and amenities including coffee, tea, and homemade cakes and biscuits. You can also dive the black sands of Alami Alor’s house reef as much as you want at no extra charge. At the dive centre, guests each have their own individual equipment locker and equipment is available to rent. There’s also a dedicated air-conditioned camera room with personal workbenches, charging stations, rinsing tanks and storage areas. Nitrox is available for qualified divers.
A contribution from every dive booking is given directly to the local Alorese government to help with the conservation projects and preservation efforts of Alor Marine Park. Alami Alor’s dive staff are also committed to protecting the reef by working to ensure all divers practice good buoyancy, avoid accidental interaction with the reef, and including the appropriate use of reef sticks or hooks in dive briefings.