These two archipelagos are located in eastern Indonesia. Separated by the Alor Strait, the most popular islands in the Solor and Alor archipelagos include Pantar, Alor and Flores.

Alor Archipelago
Solor Archipelago


The best way to explore this picturesque region is to take a bout tour. It will take about a week to see the main highlights, allowing plenty of time for swimming, sunbathing and snorkeling in the crystal clear waters. This area is famous for its colorful coral and fish, making it a good place for scuba diving.

Perhaps the most spectacular place to watch the sunset is on the island of Kumba, and this is also a good place to relax with a drink or two. There are a number of bars and restaurants lining the beach, many serving fresh barbecued seafood and other tasty treats.

Just off Kumba is a large smoldering volcano, which is particularly picturesque. The waters around the volcano are great for snorkeling, while nearby Alor is the largest island in the area and a good place to spend the night.

Those who prefer to explore by themselves will find that getting around is pretty easy as there are regular ferries connecting most of the islands in the region. However, there are a number of places that aren’t served by public ferries, and those wanting to explore fully may find they need to book a tour with a guide.

What is it? Two large collections of islands situated in Indonesia. 

When to go? During the dry season between May and September.

Nearest town**: Kalabahi, a 30-minute bus ride and a 60-minute boat ride from most of the surrounding islands.

Don’t miss: dolphin watching in the waters around the islands of Pura and Ternate.

Trivia: The Solor Archipelago is separated by the Alor Archipelago by the Strait of Alor.

Getting there

Access to the Solor and Alor archipelagos is via Ngurah Rai International Airport, which is located just to the north of Kuta. It is possible to take a connecting flight from Ngurah Rai International Airport to the airport at Alor (1 hour) and then explore the area by bus, bemo or ferry.