With 20% of the world’s coral reefs, over 3,000 different species of fish and 600 coral species, deep water trenches, volcanic sea mounts, World War II wrecks, and an endless variety of macro life, Indonesia scuba diving is both excellent and inexpensive. And I have the honored chance to take a dip in one of the most popular scuba diving spots in the archipelagic country of Indonesia.
The spot that I was talking about is an island close to the Alor Archipelago, a beautiful and unique island called Buaya Island. Speaking about Alor, it is a famous place for having one of the best marine tourism in Indonesia. Alor is the largest island in the Alor Archipelago located at the eastern-most end of the Lesser Sunda Islands that runs through southern Indonesia, which from the west include such islands as Bali, Lombok, Sumbawa, Komodo, and Flores. “The best” snorkeling and diving in Indonesia can be found in the Alor archipelago, just like Buaya Island. Due to intriguing and often very strong currents in these areas, it is best when diving in Alor with someone who knows the area well so you won’t be swept away while enjoying the undersea scenery. You may reach Alor by air or sea transportation, from Kupang, Denpasar and Surabaya, although during the wet season transportations sometimes disrupted due to high winds and large waves.
Now unto the dive site, Crocodile Island or locally named as Pulau Buaya, is an island with golden-yellow sand that slopes around the beaches. It was a wall riddled with small canyons, making it look slightly darker, more gothic. The waters itself is soft and crystal clear, made it as a very suitable place for swimming and fishing. Located about half a km from Sorong town, you can easily reach this place by speed boat. This unique island got its name from the island’s crocodile-like shape that is viewable from the distance, and definitely not because it is the lair of crocodiles, which might have been quite a scary place.
But the true beauty of this island came out when you are submerged inside its waters. It is truly a sight to behold, and it is no wonder that many world-class divers praised this underwater beauty. Diving in Buaya Island’s water, you’ll be greeted by the fringing reefs that offer stunning beauty with little to no hinder at all from the water visibility. You may see many varieties of sea-life here, including schooling fish of Sweetlips, Snapper, and Fusiliers. The reef itself is teeming with many kinds of coral reef fishes such as Butterfly, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Batfish, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Box, Puffer, Porcupine etc. And if you are really lucky, you might be able to see a shark or rays on a really good day.
All in all, this is one of the places you might not want to visit when you went to scuba-dive in Indonesia. While the only acceptable accomodation is located in Kalabahi, it really pays off when you visit the undersea beauty of Buaya Island diving site.