Alor District is one of the districts in Nusa Tenggara Province is located in the northeast. Alor which has an broad area 2864.64 km2 consists of 17 districts. The population of Alor District based on results of survey in 2009 was 181,913 soul Geographically, the condition of this area is an area surrounded by high mountain valleys and canyons. 63.94% of the territory in Alor District is an area with a slope of more than 40. Alor District is an archipelago of 20 islands. 11 uninhabited islands: Sikka Island, Pulau Kapas, Batang Island, Lapang Island , Rusa Island, Kambing Island, Watu Manu island , Batu Bawa Island, Batu Ille Island, Ikan Ruing Island and Nubu Island.
Nine other islands have been inhabited by the population, namely: Alor island, Pantar Island, Pulau Pura, Tereweng Island, Ternate Island, Kepa Island , Buaya Island, Kangge Island, and Kura Island.
Flora & Fauna
Walnut tree is a plant identification Alor District, where the tree is threatened and endangered species. Need to conservation and development.
Walnut trees that grow in Alor District, has a good use of trees / wood for building and its fruit can be used as a food and spice cake. Because of peculiar and quite a lot, so nicknamed Alor District “NUSA KENARI”. Beside Trees Walnuts, other typical plants, is a kind of mango fruit and very sweet. The fruit can reach 1 kg. this one mango tree can only grow with the rise in Alor District. Whereas in other areas to be planted, its fruit will grow smaller and can not for the Alor.
While the fauna that exist in Alor District, is a deer or a deer. This fauna began rar, Because continue to be hunted and shot, and therefore used as a mascot to be nurtured, cultivated and preserved.
Alor sea conditions are generally still good. Some important indicators on this subject include:
On the island of Ternate, the number of fish reached 1650 individuals per 25 m2, on Buaya Island of reach 64 individuals per 25 m2.
Coral reefs even reach 86% in Island of Lapang.
Extensive living coral in Small islands ranged from 10% to 90%. Coral reefs are so good makes the condition of reef fish and biota very nice too.
The condition of coral reefs and a good amount also seen in the mangrove ecosystem. Mangrove forests on the island found in the Bay Fur Kangge Waeloro (meaning: no water bay) area with a length of about 1 km and a thickness of about 300 meters.
Alor District, including in areas with rainy tropical climate conditions or subtropics with average rainfall conditions ranged from 1 to 18 days in a month. Average rainfall occurs between December to March. Then the rest Dry Season.
Alor, How to get there?
Visiting Alor is now not difficult, because the plane towards Alor formerly from Kupang to Alor only 3 times a week now grown to be 7 times a week. Even one of the airlines serving the route to Alor connected directly from Surabaya and Jakarta. Airline companies that operate there, namely: Merpati and Trans Nusa. Trans Nusa flight schedules from KUPANG to ALOR Monday, Tuesday Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday Departure Time 09:00 to 09:50, Depart 14:00 to 14:50. ALOR to KUPANG Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, jumau, Saturday, week off 10:10 to 11:00, 15:10 to 16:00, Merpati flight schedues 2 time/ week wednesday and Sunday. Batavia Air, Trans Nusa Air, Lion Air, Sriwijaya Air, Garuda rute Kupang – Denpasar – Surabaya – Jakarta
Upon arrival at the airport in Mali, Alor we will be served by a welcoming dance.
For those who like to travel through the water there is by ferry boat service from Kupang, Alor 2 times a week.
Kupang – Kalabahi (16 hours), 2 x weekly Tuesday and Saturday
Kalabahi – Kupang (16 hours), 2 x week Wednesday and Sunday
Kalabahi – Baranusa – Lewoleba – Larantuka pp, every Sunday and Thursday
Kalabahi – Baranusa (4 hours)
Baranusa – Lewoleba (6 hours)
Lewoleba – Larantuka (9 hours)
Motor boat Schedule (PELNI):
KM Sirimau: every 2 weeks (2 x month) every Wednesday from Larantuka – Kalabahi – Kupang
KM Awu: every 2 weeks (4 x month) every Thursday from Kupang – Kalabahi – every Friday from Maumere Maumere – Kalabahi – Kupang
For transfortasi in the city can use Bemo / microbus / motorcycle taxi and transportation out of town bus / mini bus, while the special transportation in the countryside and mountains are the Panser / jeep.
Alor, What will You Do There?
Lego-Lego Dance is a dance originating from the tribe Abui, traditional village Takpala. This dance is performed en masse by moving in a circle and join hands, dance symbolizes the power of unity, and unity of citizens Abui Tribe. Dancers using the ankle bracelets made from silver. they dance surrounding the three-tiered stone which is called Mesba, a sacred object in the tradition of Interest Abui. when danced by a beat of gongs, drums, and sing-song performed all night long.
MUSEUM THOUSAND MOKO, This museum has a collection of 355 items on display in this museum, 80-90% of the collection is the result of a collection of Chinese descent in Kalabahi, Toby Retika, and the collection handed over to the district government of Alor in September 2003, when the decided to leave Indonesia. This museum has a collection such as dragon boat which is very important and sacred symbol, which became respentsi ancestors who came by boat and also the conduct of ceremonies, weapons bows, arrows, weaving and moko, moko is a superior collection of this museum. moko is nekara bronze merupaka one result perundagi culture (Bronze Age), the tool is used for ceremonial tool. This museum has a collection of Moko as many as 24 items, one of the most large and 23 small size. This museum has the largest collection in Indonesia, and ambition mengoloksi 1000 moko.
Takpala traditional village, this place is located in the village of West Overtime, the North Central District of Alor, Alor Regency. To perke to Takpala from Mali-Alor Airport can with motorcycle taxis. If by public transport, from Terminal Kalabah, could use the bus Bukapiting direction, get off at Takalelang. Welcome banners in front of asphalt road climbing towards Takpala.
The journey from Takalelang to Takpala takes about 15 minutes by foot. As a traditional village, Takpala has 12 traditional houses, and is a tourist destination Alor which had been set pretty good. Sign Takpala not collected levy. In Takpala can be found a very simple life. Communities rely daily needs from forest products. So, when visiting in the daytime, the atmosphere of the village was deserted because the inhabitants went into the woods to seek their daily lives.
If before the visit to this village to inform the local travel office, then the citizens can be organized to serve Takpala lego-lego dance. This dance is done en masse, holding hands in a circle. Beat of gongs and lively motion moko accompany the dancers. You can ask the local tourist office if you go with the group.
Monbang traditional Village. settlements are located in the village of Alor District Kopidil Northwest. Distance from Kalabahi about 7 km, Village traditional Monbang can be reached by four wheel vehicle within 45 minutes. What can be enjoyed at the original Village tribe Kabola: traditional houses, song, community, tribe Kabola typical dances, and specific clothing of bark. On the way to where it can enjoy the beauty of the Bay of Mutiara.
Traditional Village Bampalola, located in Alor District Northwest, distance from Kalabahi about 15 km west. What can be enjoyed: Fet Lakatuil traditional house, Ceremony makan baru, timing of planting, harvesting, lego- lego, etc.
Small and Big village in Alor, within 14 and 17 km from Kalabahi, the potential that can be enjoyed: traditional circumcision ceremony, Events Marriage traditional, dances, lego-lego, robes dodo, an old Qur’an scriptures from bark, Music traditionally, the cold sea water flow so that people harvest fish, Home stay in Kepa Island, marine park, and the underwater scenery is beautiful. An old Qur’an is the estimated age of 800 years ago made from bark and is written with ink ingredients. is a historic evidence of the existence of Islam in Alor.
Mali beach. located in the village district kabola, Mutiara bay with a distance of 10 KM from the town of Kalabahi. This beach has calm waters with white sand and the natural park of beautiful sea and palm tree hedge. This can be seen from the coast of the island Sika is very beautiful and there is an old cemetery and sacred. This object can be reached by public transport, taxis, car rental.
From coast mali about 3 km can be seen a forest landscapes of nostalgia in which the visitors are given the plant saplings to be planted around the site by putting his name on the tree. In the forest there are also a cool spring, located under the grove of walnut trees and a beautiful sandalwood. tourist beach with blue water, white sand. looks so beautiful and comfortable atmosphere. The beach is quiet, you can perform various activities, such as diving, swimming, fishing and so on. For those who dive, around the coast there are divers tool rental place for you.
Maimol beach. Maimol beach is located more or less about 8 km from the town of Kalabahi. Maimol as a traditional fishing village, has the potential to be good enough fish producer in the district of Alor. You can see the life of local fishermen here and of course you can eat seafood here and look around the beach.
Deere beach, located in northern Mali Airport, can be reached by using two-wheeled vehicles, and the wheels 4. Has great potential because sea water is crystal clear, clean, white sand, and a supportive environment, but unfortunately this place has not been managed well and professionally.
DIVING AT MARINE PARK PANTAR. The beauty and uniqueness of the underwater world is amazing Pantar Strait. When compared with the Komodo Marine Park in NTT, Berau in East Kalimantan, Bunaken in North Sulawesi and Raja Ampat in Papua, Pantar Strait is still the best, despite all this, the Komodo marine park, Bunaken, Berau, and more popular to Raja Ampat Diving , but in the eyes of the world-class diver Pantar Strait marine park which is located in Alor, Nusa Tenggara Province, is better because its beauty is spectacular. And also the most beautiful marine park after the Caribbean. Many foreign tourists who have been to Alor amazed. Because, in addition presented the beauty of marine parks, they also discovered the phenomenon of marine parks is rare and very interesting. it is natural to Alor nautical tourism with the underwater panorama spefisik in Pantar Strait to be excellent and the teaser for the world-class divers from around the world.
Noted, there are 26 diving spots that were there. namely: Kal’s Dream, The Bullet, Tri-Top, School’s Out, Sharks Galore, Clown Valley, Slab City, The Boardroom, Smart’s Lament, Coconut Grove, The Arch, Babylon, Coral Cliffs, The Edge, Cave Point, Crocodile Rock, Peter’s Prize, Half Moon Bay, Fault Line, The Patch, Nite Delight, The Mini Wall, No Man’s Land, The Cathedral, Sea Apple Slopes, Stone Pantar. Underwater beauty contained in Alor Besar, Alor Kecil, Dulolong, Crocodile Island, Pulau Kepa, Ternate Island, Pantar Island, and Temple Island.
One advantage of this marine park, in addition to having three big trench in which the lives of thousands of species of fish, also flows in the strait that is always changing direction. Playing with the flow gives its own preoccupations for divers. Even as much fun, they can last for hours. Pls you diving at there you can saw hue Sunfish, Reef Sharks, Turtles, Moray Eels, Rays, Naopoleon Wrase, Dog-tooth Tuna, Barracuda and loads of beautiful Reef Fish.
Other Tours :
Delaki Sirung hiking on the island of Pantar and Mount Koya Koya-on Alor Island, is the place. In this place you can witness the phenomenon of volcanic geology in the village of Hot Water and Waterfall on the island of Pantar, Tuti Adagae natural park on the island of Alor.
You can also go to see a mini ranch deer farms (the best in eastern Indonesia). Coolness and freshness in nature Nostalgia Forest also will greet any visitors who want to relieve fatigue.
Accommodations in Alor:
1. Hotel Marlina (Melati II) Jl. Eltari, 0386-21141
2. Hotel Melati (Jasmine II) JL.Dr.Soetomo 1, 0386-21074
3. Hotel Pelangi Indah (Melati III) JL.Diponegoro 34, 0386-21251, 21 281 Fax.31305
4. Inns La “P” Tite Kepa Kepa, Alor Island Small
5. Adi Dharma Hotel (Melati III) JL.RE.Martadinata 26, 0386-21280
6. Walnuts Nusa Indah Hotel (Melati II) Jl.Diponegoro 11, 0386-21208
The dive resorts also offer accomodation.
Dive operator around Alor :
1. Alor Dive : http://www.alor-dive.com
2. Alor Diver : http://www.alor-divers.com
3. la p’tite Kepa Homestay : http://www.la-petite-kepa.com