Starting and finishing in Alor, far from the crowds, this region has fantastic macro life, stunning coral reefs, an abundance of fish, and schooling pelagic providing amazing diving.  Watch out for larger pelagic in the cooler waters of the South, including mola mola, thresher & hammerhead sharks.  During the surface interval you may even have the chance to spot dolphins or pilot whales.  Even blue & sperm whales can be seen here.  

Sample Itinerary

(All schedules are subjected to changes according to weather, sea, & diving conditions)

Day 1. (1-2 dives) 1-3pm. Our staff will meet you in Mali Airport or local hotel and transfer you to Blue Manta at Kalabahi Port.  Depending on arrival time, we do local check dive plus night dive.

Day 2-3. (3-4 dives x2 days) Alor & Pantar Strait (Islands of Kepa, Pura, Ternate, & Buaya between Pantar & Alor); nutrient-rich adventurous currents and a diversity of dive site formations, make for an abundance of coral and fish, both big and small.  We may visit local village and substitute for a dive. 

Day 4. (3 dives) Treweg Island or Beanbagan.  The latter with black sand, great for critter spotting.  Sail to Lembata.

Day 5. (3 dives) Pulau Lembata area, smoldering Volcanoes reaching down into crystal clear waters fringed with pristine black corals and large sponges.  Sail back to Alor.

Day 6. (2 dives) Alor; chance to repeat final 2 dives.  Then we sail back to Alor, where you spend last night on Blue Manta in Port.  Plenty of time to wash & dry equipment, rest & relaxation, and if need be, an early flight on Trip Departure day.

Day 7. (0 dives) 5am-12pm. Check out after light breakfast & farewells, we transfer to local hotel or airport. Take your pre-booked flight to Bali.

Diving days: 6 days (18 dives)

Embarkation / Disembarkation

  • Alor (ARD), East Nusa Tenggara / Alor (ARD), East Nusa Tenggara

How to get from Alor (ARD), East Nusa Tenggara

  • Alor (ARD); we have scheduled our trips to coincide with the recommended Nam Air domestic flights from Alor to Bali (DPS) every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday; IN 255 ARD-DPS (13:20-15:50).   
  • Alternatively, you can fly from Alor to Jakarta (CGK), Surabaya (SUB) or Makassar (UPG) via Kupang (KOE) by domestic flights.  Lion Wings and Batik Air offers daily flight between Alor and Jakarta (via Kupang).  
  • Our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to Blue Manta (estimated 1hr transfer time).

Dive Site Information (Alor)

  • Water Temp; South; 22-26 degrees, it can be cold in the waters around Lembetta & Alor and we do recommend you bring extra exposure suit for this section of the cruise.  North; 26-30 degrees Celsius. 
  • Air Temp; 25-30 degrees Celsius
  • Visibility; 15-30 meters,
  • Currents; mild to strong, Level; intermediate to advanced. 
  • Best Time to Dive; all year round, best March to December

What's included?

  • Round trip transfer local Hotel/Airport - Boat
  • All nights' accommodation on Boat
  • All meals (Western & Indonesian) snacks, hot beverages, coffee, tea, Milo, soft drinks
  • Towels, toiletries, & cabin services
  • FOC replacement if equipment breakdown
  • Warm towel & drink after every dive
  • Regular Air Tanks, weights, belt, 5 dive guides (1x Instructor, 4x Dive Masters)

What's excluded?

  • All flights & hotels stay
  • Marine Park & Harbour fee  
  • Dive & Travel insurance
  • Massage services
  • Laundry services
  • Nespresso coffee, alcohol; beer & wine
  • Satellite Wi-Fi
  • Diving Gear; dive computer, torch, 15L tank rental, BCD, regulator, wetsuit, fins mask.  
  • Nitrox Enriched Air fillsT
  • Note; Nitrox & Diving Gear Items priced per diving day and are subject to availability.  Torch rental based on sunset/ night dive.  
  • Note: Exposure suits; 3mm shorty wetsuits available ONLY.  

Blue Manta Trip Schedule

  • Departure; 3pm, 1st Day Alor, East Nusa Tenggara.  Or earlier if everyone arrives before and all Trip Preparations have been completed Or earlier if everyone arrives before and all Trip Preparations have been completed.  Free transfer from local hotel or Mali Airport, Alor to Port (transfer time around 1 hour) to Blue Manta on Trip Departure day.
  • Return; 5am, Last Day - Alor, East Nusa Tenggara.  After a light breakfast and fond farewells, we take you to local hotel or Mali Airport, Alor in time for Check-in & flight or local hotel (transfer time around 1 hour).  Note; latest BM Check-out, midday, Trip Return day.
  • Last dive ends; 12pm, Penultimate Day.Plenty of time for R&R while we sail back to Alor where we spend last night on Blue Manta.  This also allows for your minimum 18 hours’ surface interval/ No Fly Time (as recommended by PADI) before flying next day

Blue Manta Reminders

Domestic Flights

  • Please book BEFORE confirming your International flights to ensure you make your connection to & from Alor. 
  • We advise you to stay a night in a local hotel in Jakarta/ Makassar/ Bali before the flight next day.  If your  stopover is in Makassar; you may wish to take advantage of some rest between flights, just remember toset your alarms in good time for your early flight to Sorong.  Ibis Makassar Airport is located right on the side of the exit door.  Alternatively, the Harper Perintis Hotel is just a 15min drive from the airport and offers good value & comfortable rooms.
  • Most Domestic airlines do not allow non-Indo credit card online payments. If you cannot book direct we have a local Indonesian travel agent, who are reliable and efficient and can help you with all flight & hotel needs. Their details on request. If booked with credit card please ensure the card is with you upon Check In or have an official Airline form filled in & signed by card holder authorizing the use of.
  • Our ticketing agents are not responsible for any flight delay or cancellation, luggage lost or delay. In any case, please contact our ground staff in Bali for assistance for flight delay issue.
  • Domestic Airlines normally have 20Kg allowance, although you may pay for 10Kg extra when booking, if needed (around US$3/kilo). With an additional 7kg carryon.

Travel Documents

  • Visa Exemption or Visa on Arrival (VoA); many countries now receive a free 30 days on arrival, some pay USD35 to obtain VoA, others will have to obtain Visa BEFORE Arrival.
  • Passport; ensure your passport is in good order, has enough pages, is valid for at least 6 months, and that you are able to enter Indonesia.   Check with your local Indonesia Embassy if unsure.
  • Departure Tax; Indonesia Passenger Service Charge (IPSC) has changed (Mar-2015) to be included in your flight ticket price.  Please check though as previously it was 200,000IDRp to leave Indonesia, & up to 75,000IDRp for Domestic flights.  Carry small bills, Indonesia Rupiah preferred, as often no change given.

Health & Insurance

  • Dive Insurance; compulsory for this trip.  We also strongly advise you get adequate travel insurance. Please check your travel insurance policy for your diving needs. If not covered then we recommend DiveAssure for their single trip policy cover.
  • Dive Computer; compulsory on this trip.  We have rentals onboard if you do not have.
  • Follow Safe Diving Practices at ALL times plus No Deco Diving and No Solo Diving.
  • Travel Insurance; please NOTE: we cannot be held accountable for airline flight changes, delays, or cancellations.  We STRONGLY advise you take out adequate insurance to cover such eventualities.  We recommend World Nomad for their flexible worldwide cover for travel insurance.
  • Malaria Zone; NOTE that in this part of Indonesia we advise you take the proper precautions against malaria.  The following anti-malaria drugs are considered safe with diving; Doxycycline or malaroneMefloquine (Lariam) is NOT recommended with diving.  Good preventative measures include DEET and long armed/legged clothing in evenings. If unsure consult a diving doctor.

Internet/ Mobile

  • Satellite Wi-Fi
  • Mobile signal; local Telkomsel is best local card to buy.  Not long after you leave port we have has intermittent/ limited mobile signal until we return.
  • Telkomsel simpati bsim card is the best and cost only 3usd. Plus credit to add on top!!!

Trip Extras payment onboard

  • By Credit card comes with 4.5% additional handling fee.
  • By Cash we accept US Dollars, Euro, Singaporean Dollars, and Indonesian Rupiah.  Please ensure ALL bills are in good order; NOT worn or torn and unmarked or we are UNABLE to accept.  Exchange rates differ for USD100/50 bills and USD20/10 bills. Current Exchange rate. ATMs available in town.
  • Fuel Surcharge; NO fuel surcharge in place at this time but may be implemented to account for any wide fluctuations.

Trip Extras

  • Marine Park & Harbour fee; US$200 per person
  • Massage US$35/ hour,  Laundry services (US$10/ basket)
  • Nespresso coffee: US$2, beer US$4, wine US$30-50
  • Satellite Wi-Fi US$30 for trip per person.
  • Nitrox; US$15/ diving day or US$5/ fill.

Equipment rental

Diving Gear; Full Set USD50/ diving day (except Large tank) or if individual items then following rates apply per diving day*

  • BCD US$12
  • Regulator US$12
  • Dive Computer US$12
  • Wetsuit US$8
  • Fins, Mask US$5
  • Large Tank US$12
  • Torch* US$12/ night dive.

Diving Gear Items priced per diving day* and is subject to availability.  Note; Torch rental* priced is per night dive.