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Diving in Kepa Island

Diving in Kepa Island
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  • On October 24, 2012
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The remote islands of Alor lie in the east of Flores and north of Timor. Alor islands are surrounded by pristine blue waters, reputedly offering some of the world’s most accessible reefs, drop-offs, caves and valleys, full of brightly colored corals, as well as a rich invertebrate and pelagic fish life, with numerous fish in hundreds of species. Diving in Alor is renowned as one of the best diving in the world. These small yet remarkably splendid islands dominated by mountains and steep valleys, have divided the islands into many different ethnic groups. One of the islands located around the area is the Kepa Island. You can meet the best coral formations and underwater life in this beautiful island. With its volcanic origin, Kepa Island offers great variety of dive sites, some outstanding walls, rock slides, valleys, seamounts, pinnacles, and unspoiled coral reefs.

Alor Islands are only 1-hour away from Kupang, the main town in West Timor. For a long time, Alor had been isolated for lack of infrastructure. But today, transportation to Alor has improved considerably, with regular boat and airline services. Flying from Jakarta to Kupang will take you about 3 hours. Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air and Batavia Air are flying to Kupang directly. Transnusa and Merpati are flying from kupang to Alor on regular schedule, and so far they have a reliable schedule. To get to Kepa Island from Kupang, you have to go to Kalabahi, the capital of Alor Regency (Kabupaten Alor) first. From Kalabahi, you can take a car that will take you to the Alor Kecil Village in 30 minutes. From there, you can board a small motorized canoe for a 3 minute crossing to Kepa Island. There’s a small village in this island and the famous La Petite Kepa is stationed there. It is a small home stay that is managed by charming French couple in collaboration with the people of Kepa Island and Alor Kecil Village.

Due to the central position of Kepa Island, the dive sites are reachable by boat for between 5 minutes to 1 hour. Some diving is also possible from the shore of the island. You can spend the days in the island by swimming, snorkeling, diving, reading and conversing with each other. The water is gentle and safe for children, but still, you have to supervise the littlest ones. The variety and diversity of marine life in Kepa Island is very wide, from small fish to big pelagic sea life, with a rich concentration of invertebrates as well, hard and soft corals. Diving in Kepa Island is renowned for its big fishes, sharks, hammerheads, giant groupers, Napoleon wrasse, eagle rays, mola-mola, dog tooth tunas and schools of big eyes jack. Dolphins are also often seen around the island, even you can swim with them up close.

Alor archipelago is a hidden paradise for marine biodiversity. If you are looking for first-class diving or a more authentic setting than the regular tourist scene, come to this beautiful island of Kepa to enjoy stunning sea life and coral gardens, tribal culture and general hospitality. Diving in Kepa Island will be an unforgettable experience.