Welcome to Alor Archipelago
Isolated from the outside world and one another by rugged terrain, the 212,000 inhabitants of this tiny archipelago are divided into 134 tribes speaking 18 languages and 52 dialects. Although the Dutch installed local rajas along the coastal regions after 1908, they had little influence, with people still taking heads into the 1950s. These days animist traditions have been mostly replaced by Muslim and Christian ones. In more populated areas mosques dot the coast beside eye-catching, pastel-tiled graves.
Though a network of simple roads now covers Pulau Alor, boats are still a common form of transport. The few visitors who land here tend to linger on nearby Pulau Kepa or dive these waters from liveaboards.