The sample itinerary below highlights what you can expect on one of our cruises in the areas of Flores and Alor. Please note that each cruise is unique and subject to change; navigation and dive sites may vary due to weather conditions, currents, waves and visibility. Exact routes for each cruise will be organised in accordance with the weather forecast for that region. Strong currents, for example, may mean that the exact location and/or timing of planned dives may be altered on safety grounds and to suit local conditions. It is always possible to discuss and agree on alternative itineraries following consultation with the Captain and other guests.
Alor – Itenerary
DAY 1 | Embarkation in Maumere
We will pick you up either at your hotel or from Maumere Airport (also known as Frans Xavier Seda or Wai Oti Airport) and take you to the harbour where our crew will welcome you onboard Calico Jack. Following refreshments and a short tour of the ship, you will be briefed on safety, the diving operations, and life onboard. We will set sail at approximately midday (or when the last guest has boarded) and navigate to Gosong Boni. This will allow time for you to get acquainted with the ship, set up your dive gear & cameras and to meet and socialise with the other guests and friendly crew.
DAY 2 | Gosong Besar & Pamana Islands (3 Dives)
On day 2 of your adventure, you will dive in the areas of Gosong Boni and the Pamana Islands. The dive sites around Pamana Island are characterised by their distinct walls and slopes. At Pamana Besar, there is extensive coral growth, sponges, branches of soft corals and fans that act as shelters for small reef sh, as well as tinier creatures such as pygmies and nudibranchs. Groupers, sweetlips, scorpion sh, lobsters and many other critters also dwell amongst the walls. To the West of Pamana at Gosong Boni, shallow sand bars marked by a small lighthouse, drop down into deep walls covered in sponges and sea fans. Tiny marine life, such as the blue ringed octopus, algae shrimp and pygmy seahorses can be spotted here. Pamana Kecil has a wonderful drop o , where baby reef sharks may be spotted nestled in the overhangs. The wall is covered in sea fans where tiny pygmy seahorses dwell. Other regular visitors at this site are trevally, groupers, sweetlips, bat sh and nudibranchs.
DAY 3 | Pulau Babi (3 Dives)
Pulau Babi, which translates to ‘Pig Island’, is home to numerous dive sites and you will have the opportunity to spend the day exploring them. Some of the famed sites include Babi Wall, Babi Hole and ‘The Crack’, which was formed during an earthquake in 1992. Located in a reef 20 metres below the water, the 70 centimetre crack reaches an astounding depth of 30 metres! The North end of the island is bordered by a wide coral reef facing the Flores Sea, whilst the southern end of the island has a the barrier reef which tapers to form deep walls with lots of cracks and crevices in them. Leather corals abound in the shallows. After a day of exploring Babi, we will have an overnight navigation to Serbete reef.
DAY 4 | Serbete Reef & Pulau Komba (3 Dives)
Serbete Reef is the perfect place for an exploratory dive as this site has shallow reefs and sandbars. Exquisite coral gardens can be seen in the shallower areas, and there are some incredible walls that make for nice and varied diving. Reef sharks, turtles and pygmy seahorses can be spotted here. After your second dive, we will navigate to the iconic Pulau Komba. This 600 metre high volcano is one of the most spectacular destinations throughout all of Indonesia. A very much alive and active volcano perched in the middle of the ocean, Komba is known for its consistent eruptions; blasting fiery rocks and ash into the sky every 15 to 25 minutes.
You will view the dazzling spectacle of molten lava flowing down the mountainside as loud booms reverberate through the atmosphere. Below the water, incredible dive sites surround the volcanoes reefs. Giant coral formations, swarms of small fish, hunting dogtooth tuna and a plethora of other sea life patrol these waters. In the afternoon, you will dive at Komba Korner. A landscape of black volcanic ash and topography consisting of reefs and walls makes this is a site you will not soon forget. Anchored a safe yet visceral distance from Komba, you will experience a truly unforgettable evening. Watching the last light of the day disappear below the crater, you will be served a delectable 3 course meal with front row seats to the greatest reworks display on earth! The soundtrack of the evening will be thunderous booms with ery rocks and jets of molten lava lighting up the night sky.
DAY 5 | Pulau Lembata/Pulau Kawula & Lewotolo Volcano (4 Dives)
We will make our way to the island of Lembata (also known as Pulau Kawula or formerly known as Lomblen) where you will dive at various sites in the region for the following 2 days. North of Lembata Island is a beautiful and calm bay overlooked by Lewotolo Volcano. You will spend the day diving in this area. In the middle of the bay is the seamount, Takat Prau. A small wooden shing boat is wrecked in the deep right beside a sea fan adorned in pygmies. Schooling fusiliers and small reef sharks can be seen patrolling the pinnacle. Leaf fish make their home in the shallows and large reef octopus can be spotted hunting in the hard coral. Padang Pasir is a dive site with two sections. To the South, a vast expanse of white sand extends out to a mini wall and reef from the corner of the island. In the sandy area, wasp sh, ounders, stingrays and ghost pipe sh can be seen. Hiding on the wall are algae shrimp, moray eels, lion sh and beautiful angel fish. At the top of the reef, healthy staghorn corals house the famous mandarin fish. At night, the wall and reef come alive! You will have a chance to spot shrimps, crabs and Spanish dancer nudis, whilst stargazers, bobtail squid and frog sh can be found amidst the sand.
DAY 6 | Leba Leba Bay (3-4 Dives)
Southwest of the island, there is a bay with world class muck diving sites. Tanjung Waiwowan is a mixture of reef and white sandy slopes swarming with amazing creatures. Here you will have the chance to find the elusive Rhinopias camou aged within the coral slopes. This site is the perfect environment for ghost pipe fish, including the rare Halemeda ghost pipe fish. Wunderpus and blue ringed octopus have also been encountered here. You will have a night dive in this area if conditions are favourable, where juvenile brown banded bamboo sharks, helmut ying gurnards and frog sh can be found in the dark. It is easy to lose track of time here as you discover all the wonderful creatures. The Frog and Cat fish, a jetty so named due to the number of giant frog fish and schools of cat fish, provides an excellent site for spotting them lazing around the concrete posts. Rhinopias, mantis shrimp, ghost pipe fish, nudibranchs and leaf sh can also be spotted here. We will attempt a dive at this site however it will be dependent upon the local ferry schedule and permission from the authorities.
DAY 7 | Solor Island & Soangi Island (3 Dives)
Here, on the small Island of Solor located in the Solor archipelago, you will be given the chance to encounter a village which has traditionally practiced the subsistence hunting of whales for centuries. In recent times, efforts from local Indonesian conservation groups have seen them working with the small population of Solor to educate them on the values of conservation and to administer programs which aim to divert their traditional methods of subsistence hunting into sustainable ecotourism ventures which promote the conservation and protection of species. We will meet with some of the local Indonesian team before diving at the remote island of Soangi. Situated in the Southern seas, this is a fantastic pelagic dive with large schooling sh, and plenty of sharks. You will then dive at the village of Lamalera before navigating overnight to the Pantar Straight and Alor.
DAY 8 | Southern Alor & Pantar Strait (3 Dives)
On the South of Pantar Island is a small village nestled inside a calm bay. This area provides incredible dive sites with the opportunity to also go for a walk through the village to meet some of the locals and visit the hot springs on the beach. The beachfront at Beang Abang is a great site for muck diving. The black sands hide an array of critters including the rhinopias, frog sh, ghost pipe sh, seahorses and a variety of nudibranchs. Various types of octopus can also be found here. Outside the bay on the right hand corner is Tanjung Kanang. A wall with separate coral heads in the deep, tuna and mackerels can be seen passing by the corals blooming in the currents. In the shallows and in the sand between the hard corals, ribbon eels and crocodile fish can be spotted.
DAY 9 | South Pura Island & Kalabahi Bay (3-4 Dives)
An exceptional dive site on the South side of Pura Island is Clown Valley. A reef completely covered in anemones, it is likely to be the only place in the world where you can see this type of phenomenon. You will have the chance to enjoy a drift dive along this site and bask in the abundance of fish life, including thousands of colourful anthias and damsels dancing o the reef. You will spend the day diving in this region before heading to Kalabahi Bay for a night dive.
DAY 10 | Reta Island, Alor Straights & Abui Tribe Village (3-4 Dives)
After a morning dive within the main straights of Alor, you will have the chance to visit either Takpala or Latevui Village where both are still living their traditional way of life. The villages may perform the Lego-Lego dance in traditional garb and you will be given the opportunity to purchase handmade ikat which are intricately woven fabrics of various colours and local motifs, as well as handcrafted jewellery and wooden artifacts. After the village tour, you will have the chance to experience a muck dive in the area of Kalabahi before travelling into the Pantar Strait and onto Reta Island where you will have the opportunity to dive at Cave Point if conditions are favourable. This site has beautiful vertical walls and overhangs, undercuts and a deep plateau of 25 metres. It is teeming with soft and hard corals, barrel sponges and whip corals. At the top of the wall, a coral garden teems with reef sh. Mola Mola (sun sh) have been spotted here.
DAY 11 | Alor Strait (1-2 Dives)
As this is our last day of diving and is dependent upon No Fly restrictions, we will have the opportunity to visit our favourite sites around the Straits. Early in the morning, we will make our way north to the mouth of the Pantar Strait as there are many famous dives sites to choose from including wall and muck dives. Based on the previous days diving and group consensus, we can dive again at the best sites so as to conclude the adventure with some spectacular final memories of your cruise with us. In the evening, we will return to the protected bay of Kalabahi and anchor within easy reach of transfers the following day.
We are look forward to having you on board!
The Calico Jack Team