Destination: East Flores & Alor
Note: This itinerary may vary depending on weather conditions, flight timetables and other unforeseen circumstances.
Board the stunning Tiaré, your home for the next 7 nights, in Maumere and be ready to depart around 12pm.
Your first full day of diving wil be arounf Serbete Reef and Adonara Island, just east of Flores. Serbete Reef has shallow reefs and coral gardens with walls where reef sharks, turtles and pygmy seahorses have been spotted.
Moving to to the southwest corner of Adonara Island, you’ll be looking out for juvenile harlequin sweetlips and barramundi cods in the shallow reef. The reef then slopes down to around 25 metres, where varied nudibranchs, white tip reef sharks, and blue spotted stingrays live. Rhinopias have also been spotted here, including the weedy and paddle-flap scorpion fish varieties.
Beneath the impressive active volcano Gunung Api, north of Lembata Island, you’ll be diving incredible sheer walls, plateaus and overhangs covered with hard coral and black sand. Reef sharks patrol the reef looking for pray and plenty of smaller critters living in the black sand are common sights here.
On day 4 spend the day experiencing world-class muck diving to the south-west of Kawula Island. Tanjung Waiwowan is known for sightings of allusive scorpionfish that camouflage themselves on the coral slopes. You’ll may also find various pipefish, and octopus, including the blue ringed octopus and wunderpus. At night juvenile brown-banded bamboo sharks and frogfish as well as plenty of other wonderful creatures.
You may also dive at The Frog and Catfish depending on ferry schedules and permissions. This site is a large jetty for local ferries and is home to giant frogfish, rhinopias, ghost pipefish and leaf fish.
Day 5, 6 & 7
The Alor/Pantar Strait has a vast rage of sites; from shear drop-offs, jutting rocks, and shallow reefs where colourful corals can be seen in their full glory. You will see the famous diving villagers of Here you can see Pura Island diving with only homemade googles fashioned from wood and the ends of glass bottles.
Diving during these days at sites like Yan Village, Clown Valley, large pelagics pass through the Pantar Strait and if we hear of whales, dolphins or sunfish, we’ll have the chance to go hunting for them in the tenders and snorkel if we find them.
You’ll also dive at inside Kalabahi Bay. Mucky Mosque and Rocky Church are two of the excellent muck dive sites we will visit and you might even see the Rhinopias, master of camoflague. If you do these dives at you’ll also get the unique opportunity to see strange creatures even more incredible than the ghost pipefish, soft coral crabs, frogfish, wunderpus and mimic octopus, snake eels, sea moths, sand divers and many other remarkable creatures found during the day.
After a last breakfast and goodbyes with the crew it’s time to disembark in Kalabahi.
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