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Alor Archipelago

Stretching from east of Bali, Sumbawa, and Flores, the Alor Archipelago’s lush and rugged islands are best known for their diverse cultures and a plethora of otherworldly dive sights. This small group of islands comprises no less than 100 local communities speaking 8 languages and 52 dialects. A place where guests are welcomed by smiling villagers who are eager to show their unique culture and traditions. The surrounding waters are equally impressive, and its deep channels attract a bevy of sea life – from whales, dolphins, hammerheads, and thresher sharks are a few of the common sightings. The sheer walls and coral-covered gardens are home to prolific marine life, such as unique nudibranchs, mantis shrimp, and the blue ring octopus.

Daily Activities

Day 1

Maumere

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by our crew and transferred to your private yacht. Once onboard, you’ll have time to enjoy a welcome drink and meet the rest of the crew. After you have settled in, the yacht will depart for the beautiful beaches of Maumere Bay, where we will spend a blissful afternoon exploring the exquisite underwater landscape. 

We’ll return the yacht to watch the sun paints a magnificent sky while enjoying a delicious dinner under the stars. 

Later tonight, the yacht will set sail to Kawula.

 

Day 2

Northern Kawula & Komba island

This morning you’ll have time to dive or snorkel the r surrounding Kawula, where a tiered landscape of colorful hard coral and schools of vibrantly colored reef fish dart around in bursts of color. If you prefer, we can head ashore to visit the Ionata village to see their sacred icon, the skeletal remains of a blue whale. We’ll continue onto the Kampung Lama located at the base of Ie Ape Volcano, where we will explore the remnants and artifacts of the old house. The remainder of the day is yours to explore one of the most active volcanos off the northern coast of Flores. Here we will discover Komba Island’s vibrant reefs under the shadow of Batu Tara. We’ll return to the boat for a delicious meal under a blanket of stars. 

After dinner, the ship will sail to Lembata Island.

Day 3

Lembata Island

After breakfast, we’ll head ashore to visit one of the unique village of Lamalera on the sun-baked island of Lembata, a whaling village famous for its history of traditional fishing methods. One of only two communities in Indonesia allowed to practice their historic fishing methods, Lamalera utilizes the entire catch to provide for the community as a whole.

Day 4

Takpala, Mombang & Pura Island

Today, we’ll meet the Abui tribe or Abui Laku, meaning the mountain people, a traditional community located on a hill overlooking the spectacular Flores Seas. A fascinating community, where their traditional stilted fala huts are crafted from local timber and bamboo. During our visit, we’ll meet the local women creating richly colored fabrics from tree bark using techniques passed down from generations. We may also have a chance to see the traditional lego-lego dance used to mark significant events such as marriage, death, and the first harvest. We’ll make our way back to the boat for a delicious lunch as we sail to Pura Island. A small island located in the middle of the Alor Strait, Pura Island, is surrounded by a spectacular reef offering some of the best diving and snorkel sights such as Sharks Galore, Mandarin House, and The Boardroom. Later tonight, the ship will set sail to Pantar Strait.

Day 5

Pantar Strait

Today will enjoy the magnificent underwater world of the Pantar Strait, where the currents from the Pacific flow in the Indonesian Ocean attract an array of large pelagics such as dolphins, hammerhead sharks, and rays are just a few of the creatures that pass through. A wide range of dive sights is available for all levels, including The Cathedral is known for its dense coral cover, abundant marine, and good sightings of Mola Mola, and Malal offers sightings of unique nudibranchs and beautiful anemone-covered terrace. This evening we’ll anchor at Kalabahi for a night dive at Mucky Mosque, one of the best in the area.

Day 6

Beangabang

Another day of underwater exploration awaits as we sail to the remote village of Beanabang. This morning we’ll dive or snorkel the Twilight Zone. Its nutrient-rich waters flow up from hot springs, attracting an abundant array of unique marine life from mimic octopus, mantis shrimp, Spanish dancers, and blue ring octopus just of few of the amazing critters we will see here. This afternoon, we will visit a local village nestled between a beautiful black sand beach often too hot to walk on and a natural lava flow, to gain a deeper understanding of daily island life.

Day 7

Alor

We bid a fond farewell to the remote islands as we arrive Alor.

After a hearty breakfast, the crew will escort you to the harbor and continue onto the local airport for your return flight home.

Daily Activities

Maumere

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by our crew and transferred to your private yacht. Once onboard, you’ll have time to enjoy a welcome drink and meet the rest of the crew. After you have settled in, the yacht will depart for the beautiful beaches of Maumere Bay, where we will spend a blissful afternoon exploring the exquisite underwater landscape. 

We’ll return the yacht to watch the sun paints a magnificent sky while enjoying a delicious dinner under the stars. 

Later tonight, the yacht will set sail to Kawula.

 

Northern Kawula & Komba island

This morning you’ll have time to dive or snorkel the r surrounding Kawula, where a tiered landscape of colorful hard coral and schools of vibrantly colored reef fish dart around in bursts of color. If you prefer, we can head ashore to visit the Ionata village to see their sacred icon, the skeletal remains of a blue whale. We’ll continue onto the Kampung Lama located at the base of Ie Ape Volcano, where we will explore the remnants and artifacts of the old house. The remainder of the day is yours to explore one of the most active volcanos off the northern coast of Flores. Here we will discover Komba Island’s vibrant reefs under the shadow of Batu Tara. We’ll return to the boat for a delicious meal under a blanket of stars. 

After dinner, the ship will sail to Lembata Island.

Lembata Island

After breakfast, we’ll head ashore to visit one of the unique village of Lamalera on the sun-baked island of Lembata, a whaling village famous for its history of traditional fishing methods. One of only two communities in Indonesia allowed to practice their historic fishing methods, Lamalera utilizes the entire catch to provide for the community as a whole.

Takpala, Mombang & Pura Island

Today, we’ll meet the Abui tribe or Abui Laku, meaning the mountain people, a traditional community located on a hill overlooking the spectacular Flores Seas. A fascinating community, where their traditional stilted fala huts are crafted from local timber and bamboo. During our visit, we’ll meet the local women creating richly colored fabrics from tree bark using techniques passed down from generations. We may also have a chance to see the traditional lego-lego dance used to mark significant events such as marriage, death, and the first harvest. We’ll make our way back to the boat for a delicious lunch as we sail to Pura Island. A small island located in the middle of the Alor Strait, Pura Island, is surrounded by a spectacular reef offering some of the best diving and snorkel sights such as Sharks Galore, Mandarin House, and The Boardroom. Later tonight, the ship will set sail to Pantar Strait.

Pantar Strait

Today will enjoy the magnificent underwater world of the Pantar Strait, where the currents from the Pacific flow in the Indonesian Ocean attract an array of large pelagics such as dolphins, hammerhead sharks, and rays are just a few of the creatures that pass through. A wide range of dive sights is available for all levels, including The Cathedral is known for its dense coral cover, abundant marine, and good sightings of Mola Mola, and Malal offers sightings of unique nudibranchs and beautiful anemone-covered terrace. This evening we’ll anchor at Kalabahi for a night dive at Mucky Mosque, one of the best in the area.

Beangabang

Another day of underwater exploration awaits as we sail to the remote village of Beanabang. This morning we’ll dive or snorkel the Twilight Zone. Its nutrient-rich waters flow up from hot springs, attracting an abundant array of unique marine life from mimic octopus, mantis shrimp, Spanish dancers, and blue ring octopus just of few of the amazing critters we will see here. This afternoon, we will visit a local village nestled between a beautiful black sand beach often too hot to walk on and a natural lava flow, to gain a deeper understanding of daily island life.

Alor

We bid a fond farewell to the remote islands as we arrive Alor.

After a hearty breakfast, the crew will escort you to the harbor and continue onto the local airport for your return flight home.

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What Travelers say

Amazing trip!! I am very happy to share my feedback about Hello Indo services and recommendations. My boyfriend and I had a very nice experience booking our sailing journey with them. They have selected for us the best liveaboard and experiences aboard for our romantic holidays. The organization of the trip went smoothly, Charles was very attentive to our needs and gave us the best advice and offer.

Mary S.

Everything was perfect. The comfort of the boat, a warm and attentive team, the food, the exceptional dives. I can not wait to return.

Patrick Chassany

We had our first travel experience last week and thanks to Hello Indo, everything was perfect. The team was very helpful and gave us great advice on choosing our boat and our itinerary. The staff on board were attentive and the activities adapted to our needs. We strongly recommend that you book a trip with Hello Indo.

Cynthia & Steve – Thehoneydreamers

The boat is beautiful, the crews are very friendly, the food was delicious and the most important is the landscape, so beautiful, totally crazy and I was fascinated! Thank you to the Hello Indo team for helping us make this moment an incredible and unforgettable one! !

Rizky Hafizan

Flawless. It was the most incredible vacation experience. 12 friends had fun. The crew was fantastic. Unforgettable.

Peter B.

A group of 12 people took an 8-night cruise with Hello Indo. Up there as one of the best vacations of all time. With a large group to coordinate, Charles of Hello Indo showed patience, responsiveness and honesty, as he responded to many requests as we prepared to leave. My teenage daughters were never bored (as a result), and the sea life and scenery were simply beautiful.

Sarah H.

We had our first travel experience last week and thanks to Hello Indo, everything was perfect. The team was very helpful and gave us great advice on choosing our boat and our itinerary. We strongly recommend that you book a trip with Hello Indo.

Cynthia & Steve – Thehoneydreamers

We felt really spoiled and our 5 day cruise felt like they were too short! I couldn’t have asked for a better vacation.

Isadora A.

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