Journey with us to this remote corner of Indonesia for an extraordinary experience, where you will not only get to explore some of the richest reefs in Indonesia, but you will also have the opportunity to learn the art of freediving from one of the world’s leading freediving instructors.
We have been visiting Alor for many years and it continues to be one of our most exciting and interesting locations. Situated in the heart of the Coral Triangle you can expect many hours of snorkeling over pristine hard and soft coral reefs that are just exploding with life big and small. What’s more is that the excitement doesn’t stop when we exit the water, as residential pods of dolphins are frequently spotted throughout the snorkeling season, not to mention the fact that several species of whale-including the blue whale, who migrate through this area and can be seen from the boats, and even have been known to pass in front of the resort.
Over the years we have become very familiar with Alor. The area’s unique and varied underwater topography creates the perfect training grounds for those just learning to duck dive, while still offering steep slopes and walls for those wanting to venture a bit deeper. Even though there can be currents at times in the Alor, there are plenty of places for us to hide from it as we go about our freediving tutorials.
For the duration of the tour, we’ll base ourselves on the secluded island of Alor in a beautiful boutique resort which we have chartered exclusively for this tour. As we float and dive down on the stunning fields of corals we’ll encounter a huge variety of marine life with no shortage of opportunities to find some of the ocean’s most interesting critters like nudibranchs, octopus, and a variety of scorpionfish.
Private boat trips take you to the most outstanding snorkel spots in the area and exotic marine life is guaranteed. All of this from the comforts of a beautiful resort in complete seclusion.
The resort also has an impressive house reef which is easily accessible and is a great freediving training site.
Trip Leader and Instructor
Emma Farrell is one of the world’s leading freediving instructors and the author of One Breath: A Reflection on Freediving. She has been teaching since 2003 and is a multi-agency freediving instructor trainer, having taught programs through RAID, SSI, and AIDA. As a founding member of the AIDA Education Commission, Emma has written courses that are taught internationally, as well as her own specialty freediving and breathing courses.
Her work with gold medal-winning Olympic and Paralympic athletes over the last decade has resulted in her unique Breathing Optimisation program, which has helped people across the globe improve their breathing, lung function, and health, no matter their age, physical condition, or ability.
An accomplished educator and public speaker, Emma has appeared many times on television and in print media, as well as acting as a consultant on short and feature films and documentaries.
Is this Trip Right for Me?
Whilst there are no formal requirements, the trip would appeal most to experienced snorkelers with 25hrs + in-water time and being of good health and fitness.
The maximum depth for the free diving sessions will be 8 meters (26 feet) so this is also not about achieving depth. Generally, training sessions will be geared towards exploring the 5-meter depth range and achieving a good body position.
Marine Life Guide
This tour is partnered with the Manta Trust. Find out how we support the Manta Trust via this tour here.
Each morning at Alami Alor start with Western and Indonesia style breakfasts, fresh Indonesian coffee, fruit juice, or coconut milk.
You’ll then head to the boats and head out to the morning’s snorkeling site. Groups are split into six per boat with at least one guide per group, often two, as well as the freediving instructors. You start with easy sites – as little current as possible to allow for a gentle introduction. The time to reach the sites ranges from 10 – 30 minutes.
Each snorkel session will last between 60 and 90 minutes in the water with boat support if you prefer a shorter session. The group will always head back to the resort for lunch with most guests taking a quick siesta following the delicious meal. For those that want to absorb every single moment of this amazing resort, you can relax on the verandah and watch the villagers pass by on their hand-dug canoes, or you can jump back in on the house reef for even more reef action. In the afternoon you’ll head to another site for more incredible snorkeling.
Freediving instruction outline
Emma Farrell will be running snorkel skills and freediving sessions throughout your time in Alor. Guests will be split into groups and will have the opportunity to learn in-water skills over sessions as below:
For the first session, the focus will be on correct breathing, weighting, and safety for freediving and for taking photos underwater and exploring the reefs. Emma will look at each individual’s equalization, body positioning, finning, duck diving, and technique. Correct breathing both before and after the dive will be taught as well as techniques for relaxation in the water. The main focus for the first session is relaxation, safety, and discovering what each participant would like to work on improving throughout the week. All sessions will take place in shallow waters of up to 6 meters.
Everyone who is interested in learning more can have at least 2 additional sessions with Emma to work on achieving their goals as set out in the first session above. In addition, throughout the week, Emma will offer masterclasses on breathing optimization and stretching, equalization, and sinus massage, and will also do a talk on freediving for interested parties.
Alami Alor is an intimate resort with 14 guests maximum giving it a very personal feel. It is situated on a remote and quiet bay and combines luxury accommodation with delicious locally inspired food. Your bungalow sits on the waterfront.
The bedroom is air-conditioned, and there is an open-air garden bathroom. There is plenty of outdoor seating, with hammocks and loungers. There is also a dedicated camera room.
Alami Alor Snorkel Boats
Spacious fiberglass speedboats with enough room to easily store snorkeling equipment. The boats do not have a toilet onboard but do offer a full canopy for sun protection and a ladder to help exit the water. Distances from the resort are short, maximum 30 minutes.
On this page you will find our Tour Dates & Pricing (see below contact form), a Booking Form and Details of Payment schedule including deposit and final balance. If you have any further questions please complete the form and we will reply within 24-48hrs.
Make an Enquiry or Book this Tour
2025 Tour Dates
13 – 25 May 2025
$6,795 USD (Twin/Double Share)
Single Person Supplement: $1500 per person
How to book your place
Initial deposit to secure your booking is $400 per person
12 months before departure interim payment of $600 per person
6 months before departure interim payment of $1,000 per person
Balance due 3 months before departure
- 2-nights accommodation at a Jakarta hotel
- Round trip domestic flights, transfers, and connections (Jakarta – Alor – Jakarta) with 40 Lbs of luggage
- 10 nights accommodation at Alami Alor Resort (Twin/Double Share)
- Full board (all meals)
- 2 guided boat snorkels per day (morning & afternoon) for 9 days
- Unlimited house reef snorkeling
- Freediving instructor on site and in the water with you for the duration of the tour
- Snacks, tea, coffee, refilled water, and Wifi
- International flights & visas (booking available on request)
- Snorkeling equipment rental
- Travel and health insurance
- Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks, general sundries
Please note our cancelation policy:
- 1 year or more: 150 USD penalty per person to switch to a credit note for use within 2 years
- 12 months or less: Loss of deposit and interim payment
- 90 – 28 days: 25% Refund (includes your final balance payment)
- 28 – 0 days: No Refund