HomeBlogs Pantar Strait, Alor Archipelago Indonesia has many famous diving sites. For professional divers, Pantar
Strait Marine Park is one of the most beautiful in the country and
comparable only with that of the Caribbean Sea near Central America.
This Marine Park has its own unique characteristics and beauty.
strait is located between Alor and Pantar islands in the Alor
Archipelago, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT). This narrow strait has a number
of small and beautiful islands such as Kepa, Pura, Ternate, Buaya and
Tereweng islands. The waters have a strong current and its sound is as
loud as a waterfall. At unpredictable times, a cold current comes,
killing small and medium size fish near the beach.
There are at
least 26 diving sites around Kepa, Pura, Ternate, and Tanjung Matap
islands, and Papa Jahe beach (Alor)- including the famous Shark Close.
At this site, divers can play with groups of friendly sharks. In the
waters around Papa Jahe, you can also go diving at night. Getting
Everyday there is a flight from Kupang to Alor by
Transnusa (Transnusa Alor: 0386-21039) and four times a week by Merpati
(Merpati Alor: 0386-21041). From Kupang, the official flight schedule
is in the morning from 06.00-07.00. When the weather is bad, the flight
is usually postponed to the afternoon or even canceled.
week, there is a motorboat from and to Kupang and once a week from and
to Atapupu on Timor Island. In addition, twice a month, the Pelni ship
(Pelni Alor: 0386-21195) comes from Kupang, Ende, Lombok, Makasar and
Bali and arrives at Kalabahi Port in Alor.
You may take a rented car or motor taxi available
at Mali airport in Alor to Kalabahi. From here, you can take a
motorboat or speed boat to the Pantar Strait or nearby islands. For land
transportation in Alor, you can take a bemo (city transportation only
within Kalabahi), motor taxi, rented car, or modified jeep (locally
known as a panser). To rent a car, please contact Mr. Kris Dami
For divers, Pantar
Strait is paradise on Earth. Experienced diving service agencies such as
Dive Alor (www.divealor.com) and Alor Dive (www.alordive.com) are
available. In addition to diving, snorkeling is also fun. You can walk
around and enjoy the quiet and clean beaches on Kepa Island and Alor
Kecil while waiting for groups of dolphins to pass through, or enjoy the
underwater current to hear the sound of waterfall.
La Petite Kepa Homestay on Kepa Island belongs to a
French national and is a favorite place for foreign tourists. Bungalows
are available here. In Kalabahi City, comfortable hotels are available
such as Hotel Pelangi Indah, Hotel Adi Dharma, and Hotel Nusa Kenari
Indah. To Eat
Hotels and inns usually
have their own restaurants. At Kepa Homestay, the room rate includes
three meals, usually fresh fish. In Kalabahi, there are a number of
restaurants such as Rumah Makan Kediri and a restaurant belonging to
Hotel Pelangi Indah. At night, many food stalls sell grilled fish, Soto
soup and chicken satay near the port.
may complete your personal collection with the famous Alor woven
fabrics. You can buy the best quality fabrics at Alor Kecil village,
some 12 kilometers from Kalabahi, or from officials of the Alor Museum
on Dipenegoro Street, or at the Kalabahi market.
Alor Archipelago, including areas near the Pantar Strait, is an endemic
area for the malaria mosquito. Make sure you bring along your
anti-mosquito, anti-insect, or anti-malaria medicines.
Kalabahi at night, many drunken teenagers sit by the street sides and
sometimes create problems so please be careful when walking at night.