Alor is the largest island in the Alor Archipelago area and is one of the 92 islands of Indonesia. It is the extension of the Flores Island in the province of East Nusatenggara. Here there is a town called Kalabahi. It is the only settlement in Alor. Alor is a volcanic origin while the town of Kalabahi has a flat area. The island can cultivate vanilla, tamarind and almonds. They also have black volcanic sand for specific scuba diving interests. There are many dialects to the Bahasa Indonesia that are being spoken here in Alor. This is because there are many tribes and ethnic living in Alor.
Alor Island Airport is also known as Kalabahi airport. It is the only airport available in Alor. The airport only has 3 to 4 flights per day. These few flights are only to and from Kupang in West Timor. There is no direct flight from other airports. Some of the airlines that make their way to Alor would be Wings Air, TransNusa Air Services, Susi Air and Nam Air. The journey from Kupang to Alor will take around 45 50 minute and the price is around 275,000 Indonesia Rupiah. Tourists may get their tickets from agents or website called Nusatrip.
The best way to get cheap flight tickets to Alor is by using Traveloka. It is a search engine that will be able to pull out some of the best deals. Travellers will need to key in the desired destination, and the site will pull out the information from known airlines and compare the prices. Travellers will be able to see the best deals and make their way to Istanbul. Travellers who feel the rate are slightly higher may use the price alert feature where travellers will be notified if there is a better deal for flights to Alor.
Alor is famous for its diving spots; therefore those who come here would continuously be on the lookout for the weather so that they may have a safe dive.
It is found that visitors may dive in Alor all year long. The best times, however, would be between March to December. October and November, on the other hand, may have stronger currents. Between January to March there may be rainfalls hence making the surface condition to be rougher. There are still scuba divers who visit the island all year round and still able to enjoy a good dive.
In March to April and also October to November, the water temperature drops to around 25°C while from May to September the temperature rises to 32°C. The plankton blooms during this period which will drop the visibility rate.
1. Takpala Village - Takpala Village is one of the traditional villages located 13 kilometres east of Kalabahi. The village houses the Abui people who are the largest ethnic in Alor. The Abui people farm rice and maze. The village also still maintain their original house which is a house with four stories. The house also has an area to store grains and also other food items that they have grown.
2. Immanuel Volboa Church - Immanuel Volboa Church is one of the few churches available here in Alor. It is located in Dulolong. The church has high wall architecture and is painted green. From afar it looks like a school. The church is rather big as it needs to accommodate the whole city. The size of the church is 20 – 50 meters wide.
3. Ling AI Beach - Ling AI Beach is located on the West side of the island. It is one of the most visited places in Alor. It has a very prominent place on the whole island. It is also viewable from Google Maps. The sand here is white and soft while the water is blue and filled with beautiful marine life. There will be locals that will provide services to bring the tourists to the island.