Blenny perched on coral photograph taken while snorkeling in Alor, Indonesia

 

This is our first blog for our company, Coral Triangle Adventures, and we are going to start out with a bang! Our first trip took 11 snorkelers to Alor, Indonesia to explore some of the off-the-beaten-path reefs and cultures of the Solor and Alor archipelagoes. Our trip began in Bali, arguably one of the best places to begin a tour in all of Indonesia, where we caught a small plane to Maumere, eastern Flores to meet up with our boat, the Mermaid I. We sailed for ten days around the stunning islands that make up the eastern edge of the Lesser Sundas, seeing some amazing sights that included steam-spewing volcanoes (yes, plural as there were three!), the war and greeting dances of the Alor hill tribes, and simply spectacular reefs and critters. With its shallow reefs and black sand, this area easily became one of our top destinations for access to an amazing number of wonderful critters usually seen only by SCUBA divers. Just check out the photos!
 

Napoleon snake eel (Ophichthus bonaparti) photographed while snorkelling in Beangabang Bay, Pantar Is., Alor, Indonesia

Napoleon snake eel (Ophichthus bonaparti)

Warty frogfish (Antennarius maculatus) photographed while snorkelling in Alor, Indonesia

Warty frogfish (Antennarius maculatus)

Pikachu Thecacera (Thecacera  pacifica) photographed while snorkeling in Alor, Indonesia

Pikachu Thecacera (Thecacera pacifica)

Bluering octopus (Hapalochlaena sp.) photographed while snorkeling in Alor, Indonesia

Bluering octopus (Hapalochlaena sp.)

Candy cane headshield slug (Cheliodonura sp.) photographed while snorkelling in Alor, Indonesia

Candy cane headshield slug (Cheliodonura sp.)

Geometic Nudibranch (Goniobranchus geometricus) photographed while snorkelling in Alor, Indonesia

Geometic Nudibranch (Goniobranchus geometricus)

Ornate Ghost Pipefish (Solenostomus paradoxus) photographed while snorkelling in Alor, Indonesia

Ornate Ghost Pipefish (Solenostomus paradoxus)

Juvenile emperor angelfish (Pomacanthus imperator) photographed while snorkeling in Alor, Indonesia

Juvenile emperor angelfish (Pomacanthus imperator)

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