Alor and Lembata Islands
"Even today, Alor and Lembata, do not seam to belong to the 20th century."
Dr. Kal Muller
regency is the least visited and therefore the most
unspoiled region of Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT). Trek to the rim of a volcano on
Pantar or dive the
straits of Alor and Pantar in a dive destination rated by all to be
amongst the best in the world. Ponder
on the existence of the Moko drums, which are not found in large numbers anywhere else in
Indonesia and can be traced back to the Dongson period in Vietnam around
350 BC and you start to realize that Alor is truly a land lost in time.
Visit and enjoy Alor in its unspoiled state while you still can. Go to Alor Diving information.
Alor diving is known as the best in the world.
OTHER SITES WITH INFORMATION ON DIVING IN ALOR
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to find out more info.
on this trip.
Weaving an Alor fish trap (Dr. Kal Muller)
|With its smoldering Volcanoes reaching down into crystal clear waters fringed with pristine coral reefs, coconut fringed pure white sandy beaches and traditional villages built half way up mountains, the scenery is as spectacular above as it is below the waterline. Alor island is so mountainous that it is almost impossible to pass from one side to the other and many of the villages on the island itself can only transport themselves via small wooden ferries. The eight distinct dialects and more than 50 sub-dialects spoken today, testifies to the diversity on Alor.|
culture has been influenced over the ages by the Indian, Chinese and
Javanese traders as well as by the Islamic and Christian religions. This
can be seen in the silk thread woven into the original weavings and the
mix of Mosques and Christian churches dotted throughout the Island. The
traditional dances, the motifs of the Ikat weavings and the architectural
style varies greatly from area to area. With
more than a dozen traditional villages within one hours drive from the
capital Kalabahi - Alor is a cultural tourists heaven.
Moko dancers of Alor (Dr. Kal Muller)
island is known throughout the world as the home of traditional
whaling but what is not known is that the people of this Island are
especially rich in cultural tradition. The beautiful rich Ikat weavings
are entirely made from home grown cotton, spun and dyed by the weaver.
These cloths are still important as they are exchanged during marriage for
Ivory tusks between the two families. The scenery throughout the
Island is breathtaking, from the ever imposing "Ile Ape" volcano to
the palm fringed bays to the colorful bustling local markets - beauty and
excitement are everywhere.
Lamalera whalers moments before the catch (Dr. Kal Muller)
|The village of Lamalera located on the southern tip of Lembata island is the home of a traditional whale hunting community. Here, Sperm Whales have been hunted for centuries using all hand made equipment, their spears, rope and boats are all made in the village. The boats are without motors and the harpooner must jump from the boat to implant his harpoon in to the whale to ensure success. All parts of the whale are either consumed or traded with other Islanders for corn or other food. While whale hunting is not generally condoned by modern societies, when you consider the ancestral links, the primitive equipment used and the importance to the people of Lamalera it is understandable that this traditional hunting has been sanctioned by the United Nations.||
Traditional Whalers of Lamalera (Dr. Kal Muller)
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