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 ...
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Tucked away on a superb beach at the tip of Pantar Island, Alor Divers combines exhilarating diving with beautiful accommodation and a friendly, personalised service. Once accessible only by liveaboard, guests now have the opportunity to explore this little-known region of Indonesia from the comfort of a beautiful resort with some of the most spectacular views in Indonesia.
Alor Divers is located on the far northeastern coast of Pantar Island, facing Alor and the small islands of the Pantar Strait to the east, and with the rugged volcanic cone of Pura dominating the view to the south. The resort is set amongst coconut palms and other tropical vegetation growing along the edge of a stunning stretch of white, sandy beach, and has been designed to enhance the area’s sense of pristine seclusion.
For many years, both Alor and Pantar were considered too remote and ‘off the beaten track’ for the vast majority of tourists and the amazing dive sites in the area were only accessible to passing liveaboard boats. However, in recent years the local government has worked hard to promote tourism in Alor and developed plans to protect the underwater environment of the strait, making ecotourism the centre piece of any conservation strategies. Today, Alor and Pantar have never been more accessible and guests at Alor Divers are perfectly placed to explore this little-known region of Indonesia.
All of the resort’s bungalows are widely spaced along the edge of the beach, with glorious views across the Pantar Strait and plenty of privacy. They have been designed and built using local traditions and materials to maximise any natural cooling from the sea breeze, although the rooms are also equipped with fan and mosquito nets. All have hot water, western-style bathrooms with shampoo, soap and towels, 24 hour electricity, drinking water, tea and coffee, a camera table with charging sockets and free laundry service. Outside, each bungalow has a wooden deck with chairs and sun loungers on the beach by the room.
Alor Diver’s new luxurious bungalow has the same beautiful beachside location as the other rooms at the resort, but offers a higher level of comfort and sophistication. The room is bigger, has a larger wooden deck with comfortable sofas to relax on between dives, a large glass wall and sliding doors to make the most of the stunning view and a ‘Bali-style’ bathroom with an open air shower. Like the other rooms, the luxury bungalow is equipped with fan and mosquito nets, hot water, 24 hour electricity, drinking water, tea and coffee, a camera table with charging sockets and free laundry service. It also has its own wifi.
The resort buildings and bungalows were all constructed using locally-sourced materials and built to enhance any natural cooling - making aircon unnecessary - as well as minimise disturbance to the local environment. The design of the restaurant and lounge, bungalows and dive centre all follow local Indonesian architectural styles but incorporate modern touches to ensure guests have as comfortable a stay as possible. And as the resort is spread out along a 400m white sandy beach, every room is guaranteed privacy and a spectacular view of the Pantar Strait.
The restaurant and lounge area are the focus of Alor Divers and the perfect space to relax between dives or enjoy a meal. The resort offers a mix of Indonesian and Western dishes, served buffet- or family- style, and sourced from local ingredients whenever possible - ensuring the healthiest and freshest food possible. The lounge also has a library and computer corner for guests that would like to work on their images in the evening. Catering for just a small number of guests and with a friendly and personable team of staff, Alor Divers provides both an amazing dive experience, and friendly and relaxing atmosphere.
Alor Divers caters for just 12 divers at any one time and guarantees a personal and professional service, with small groups of divers on each boat and only one boat at any dive site. The centre has plenty of space for storing dive kit and rinsing and working on camera gear and the two custom-built fibreglass dive boats are fitted with all necessary safety equipment, as well as Suzuki 4-stroke engines to increase fuel efficiency. Each boat caters for 6 divers and a guide. Alor Divers has modern and well-maintained dive equipment for rent, including dive computers. Nitrox 32% is available for suitably qualified guests.
The resort offers 2 guided boat dives a day and all sites - apart from Beang Bay to the south - are within 30 minutes of the dive centre. Guests can also dive the house reef as often as they wish from 6am to 9.30pm. For non-divers, the house reef is considered one of the best snorkeling spots in Alor and is well worth exploring every day!
Since its conception and construction, Alor Divers has been committed to ecological approaches and principles. The design and placement of the resort buildings were carefully considered to minimize any impact on the environment and the resort has since made an ongoing effort to plant more trees around the resort - making it greener and more shaded than it was before Alor Divers arrived.
The resort buildings are all constructed from locally-sourced natural materials and built by a crew of local carpenters. Since then, most of the staff have been recruited from the local villages and the resort continues to build strong relationships with the nearby communities. The resort purchase its food from local fishermen, promotes the use of sustainable fishing methods and provides opportunities for employment. As much waste as possible it recycled or composted and the resort uses brackish water for the toilets to reduce impact on fresh water supplies.
The Pantar strait has remained relatively free of destructive fishing practice like blast and cyanide fishing and many of the locals use traditional fishing techniques such as bamboo traps, fishnets, or hook and line. As a result, Alor’s coral reefs have remained relatively intact and there is still plenty of marine life. The Pantar Strait is already recognised locally as a protected area but it is hoped that it will become a National Park. Alor Divers donates a portion of it income to help protect this amazing area.
One week of diving gives guests enough time to thoroughly explore both Alor’s incredible reefs and muck diving sites, and this package includes 7 nights in a beachside bungalow, 2 guided boat dives on dive days, unlimited diving on the house reef and all meals. The resort does not charge a single supplement. Upgrade is available to the resort’s luxury bungalow.