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For information :six years after that first stay in 2012, I went back to diving in Alor, in July 2018. To read here → All in the water in Alor!
This handful of islands has rather dry landscapes, but less peeled than Komodo. There are also powerful and capricious currents, tides that are best taken into account, and unpredictable winds. I like that kind of corner, a bit harsh, a little rough, off the beaten track. I am seduced upon arrival.
I live on the island of Pantar, at Alor Divers. A secluded beach end, a handful of simple but comfortable bungalows - raaah, there's even hot water! - in front of the sea.
The "civilization" consists of a Muslim village and a Christian village, on both sides of the resort, about 30-45 minutes walk. The wifi access at the restaurant of the resort is as weak as it is random.
In short, question of tranquility, it's perfect. I had to disconnect! 😱 😂
Only noise: the geckos, small lizards who love to roost at night. My dive buddy Carole likes them moderately: well, especially one, who has the annoying habit of wanting to explore her bathroom and wake her up every night. As she has the humor to spare, we choke on laughing while listening to him tell us, day after day, his crazy nocturnal adventures with his gecko ...
At home, at the bungalow Lumba Lumba- (Dolphins), no nuisances to disturb my sleep. Just the breath of the wind and the sound of the surf. In the morning, dawn is sumptuous.
I had been told that Alor was worth it. That I would not regret having traveled so long to dive. It is true.
Only I dived Komodo (July 2011), and then especially Raja Ampat (March 2012), before discovering Alor this summer. Result, after such spectacular spots, my judgment is biased. I know, I'm starting to become a "rotten-spoiled" diver.
How can I say ... I was not impressed at Alor as I was at Komodo and Raja Ampat. Admittedly, the sites are very nice, both for the atmosphere and for the macro, with magnificent coral reefs. But I did not have the same sensation of incredible profusion, where we do not know how to give head as there is poiscaille everywhere.
To nuance anyway ... Now that I returned to Brittany, I rediscover the photos sub I brought back from Alor. And I must admit that I like a furious desire to return to make bubbles there! ! !
I'll give you a little sample below, as an appetizer. And I'll come back and tell you more!