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Dive Alor Dive

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Alor Island, Indonesia
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About Dive Alor Dive
Welcome to Dive Alor Dive, the website of the original founders and developers of Alor diving. We hope you enjoy your visit. We have been running a land based diving operation in Alor for more than 22 years and logged more than 4,500 dives in the Alor islands alone.
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Pamela wrote a review Feb 2020
Bali, Indonesia5 contributions1 helpful vote
This is my second time diving with Donovan and I have no doubt on choosing him again because my previous experience left me with feeling of warm and satisfaction. The first one was in Kupang. Donovan is for sure a great and knowledgeable dive leader, as well as an amusing friend too. A wise teacher that taught me many things about diving and underwater life. I’ve learnt a lot. Alor itself is like a charming hidden jewel. So captivating! The underwater view even just as beautiful yet dangerous at the same time. Before coming to Alor, make sure to bring more layers because I can say the water is pretty cold. And make sure you’re not a baby diver (that’s what Donovan said haha), at least you have minimum of 50 dives. I personally believe when you’re already a certified scuba diver, your safety underwater is your own responsibility. Aside from choosing a trusted and reliable dive operator, your diving skill is also important. Above all, my dive experience in Alor was extraordinary. From staying at Pulo Alor Hotel, abundant breakfast by Donovan (I can’t believe he has so many spreads, even got my favorite ovomaltine), tasty lunch, snacks and various beverages served onboard, to a feast dinner at Om Chris’s, I was greatly satisfied. And to Pak Benjamin who’s extremely handy and the boat crew, thank you so much. And to Donovan, if I come to dive again, I won’t be coming alone! :p
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Date of experience: September 2019
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deblee wrote a review Nov 2019
Honiara, Solomon Islands114 contributions35 helpful votes
This was a great destination, recommended to us. The water is clear and everything is pristine, the accommodation was very comfortable, the food good and varied, the boats were good and a variety of dive sites. The water was cooler than expected - a 5ml is necessary - and there were less big animals than you might expect but the waters were teeming with colourful life. We met several people who return regularly, which is always a good indication.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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James F wrote a review Oct 2019
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I dove with Donovan in 2003 in Pulau Alor, and after traveling and diving via a liveboard through the area in May 2018, I decided to look Donovan up again and book a trip with him through one of his open trips (1 to 6 October, 2019). It’s a bit of a pain to get to Alor via Jakarta or Bali, but the gain is worth the pain. The diving and water conditions are excellent as the water is refreshed daily as water from the Banda Sea flows to the South and through the channels between the local islands. It is an interesting phenomenon to see from the surface with a river current traveling through the ocean. The soft and hard corals are beautiful, and the marine life is in abundance (a few thresher sharks, trevally, tuna, barracuda, turtles, 3 eagle rays, dophins from the surface, lionfish, eels, snappers, nudibranch, and numerous other species). Apart from the diving, Donovan has an excellent set up with a local boat (easily handling 12 divers), a very reasonable local hotel named Pulo Alor, and the provision of local transport. While onshore, Donovan’s team provided hearty breakfasts at the hotel and dinners with a local chef at Cantik Homestay. While on the boat, Donovan’s team provided an excellent soup each day after the first dive, a nice Indonesian lunch after the 2nd dive, and snacks, fruits, and coffee as needed by the divers throughout the day. Donovan’s team includes a well-run boat and experienced dive assistants to help divers get ready and to help manage their gear after the dive. On our trip, we easily managed 4 dives a day with the group opting for late afternoon dives and foregoing a night dive. However, previously my best night dive ever was in Alor in 2003 in the Kalabahi Bay, so if you like night dives, you should plan ahead to schedule one. For those wanting a little extra onshore experience, there is a local trip to see a traditional village and one to see a local Dugong. With a little more effort, one could include a separate backpacking excursion in the area. If you plan ahead, you can dive with Donovan in Kupang before or after the Pulau Alor trip. I would plan to do this next time.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Bayu P wrote a review Oct 2019
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Went here 1 - 6 oct 19 with group of 11 to dive with Donovan. It is my first time diving with only 1 DM and it turns out great. Donovan know the dive spots really well, he know where the fish (and the current). There were plenty of food during the trip. The boat was comfy. The crew were great (they prepare your gear throughout the trip.. thanks to mr. Benjamin). During the dive we saw tresher sharks, plenty of giant trevaly, dogtooth tuna, eagle rays, black tip shark, and tons of small critters. Surely i will go back here.. there are many other dive spots that we havent tried.. Overall it was a great dive trip.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Ocktavianus Lede Mude Ragawino wrote a review Oct 2019
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Great spot and hospitality Food is super delicious The Dive spot is wonderful and every spot is unique
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Date of experience: October 2019
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