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Liveaboard Cruises in Flores and Alor

Dive Tour Options and Travel Information

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The islands of Flores and Alor lie in south-eastern Indonesia, with Komodo National Park to the west and the Banda Sea to the north. Unsurprisingly these islands are therefore home to an abundance of marine life and present some wonderful scuba diving opportunities.

Flores is an island known for its impressive numbers of endemic species. You are likely to see many new species when diving here. Maumere Bay’s reefs, damaged by an earthquake in the 1990s rebounded strongly and are a great spot for adventurous divers looking to get away from the crowds of nearby Komodo. Show more


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Diving Cruise Options


Other trips take in some of the dive sites of this area and venture beyond. Alor & Banda Sea, and Banda Islands, Flores & Alor cruises tend to be for around 11 nights and include diving the Banda Islands and Ambon.

Other routes include Ambon, Banda Islands, Moluccas & Alor; Raja Ampat, Banda Sea & Alor; Raja Ampat National Park, Banda & Flores; or Komodo National Park, Sumbawa & Flores. See our dedicated Transit Trips section for more details.

Note that diving safaris in Alor and Flores are represented by boats within both our Komodo and Raja Ampat liveaboards sections.

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The Climate, Diving Season and Best Time to Visit

You can dive in Flores and Alor all year round, but the best conditions are the drier period of March to December when visibility is at its best. October and November are the months when current is most prevalent, particularly in Alor. Generally speaking the weather is more settled here than other parts of Indonesia.

Water temperatures are quite constant, varying very little during the year from around 25°C and a high of around 31°C. Both Alor and Flores are known for their macro diving and the seasonal movement of small animals is not really a factor. Alor has a great chance of providing you with big pelagic encounters with mola mola, particularly in September and, if you are extremely lucky, killer whales might put in an appearance.

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Ports of Departure and How to Get There

Flores & Alor liveaboard cruises use the port of Maumere on Flores. You can fly to Maumere direct from Surabaya, Bali and Kupang. Banda Sea trips that also include either or both of Flores and Alor will use the ports of Maumere as well as Ambon. You can reach Ambon from Jakarta, Bali (often via Ujung Pandang) and Manado. Those safaris including Raja Ampat will use the port of Sorong. You can fly to Sorong direct from Bali, Jakarta, or via Ujung Pandang or Manado. We will provide you with all the 'how to get there' information you need for your chosen cruise.

You can view which ports the various boats use on their trips in the 'Departures & Prices' section of each boat's webpage. We will send you full departure details during the booking process. Whichever ports your boat uses, normally the boat operator provides a transfer to the boat from the local airport or hotels (if you overnight beforehand).

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Places to Stay

If you plan on staying in Indonesia before or after your diving safari, you can find a large range of accommodation options at hotelscombined.com, our affiliated hotel reservation specialists. Browse their website, use their on-line chat to ask questions, then simply use your credit card to make your booking:

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Useful References for Flores and Alor


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