SAVU South Alor is a resort for ocean lovers and will takes them on a journey through the Savu Sea, its dolphins, its whales and its extraordinary marine life. Totally dedicated to the appreciation of the Savu Sea, the resort provides guided scuba diving, guided snorkeling, guided whale and dolphin watching and marine life observation.
Last update: May 8, 2022
SAVU SOUTH ALOR RESORT
1. WHY SAVU SOUTH ALOR RESORT
SAVU South Alor is a truly sustainable eco resort involved in the development of conservation programs of the local marine life, while providing a high level of comfort to guests.
Savu South Alor sits alongshore southwest of Alor Island in Nusa Tenggara Timur, Indonesia, approximately 1 hour flight from Bali. The Alor Archipelago is known for its rich bio-diversity in corals, marine life and topography, while the Savu Sea, lying to the south of the island, is known as a main migration corridor for multiple species of whales and dolphins. The land base of the resort is set on a sunset facing white sand beach over 1 km long with the backdrop of a varied topography of grass hills and volcanic rock cliffs.
The resort is located inside the Pantar Strait Marine Protected Area and in view distance to the Savu Sea National Marine Park which is home to 21 cetacean species including the rare blue whale, sperm whale and multiple dolphin species. Within the Coral Triangle, SAVU’s scuba diving and snorkeling sites are some of the most diverse in the world with colorful and healthy untouched reefs, exhilarating big fish sites, stunning macro subjects and black sand bays for muck lovers.
2. ACCOMMODATIONS & FACILITIES
Guest accommodation is provided in 7 spacious and private rooms all featuring natural and traditional design elements, large private garden areas and panoramic views of the Savu Sea. The 5 beach cottages are located at the swimming beach to the south of the central guest area, while the 2 cliff villas are perched on top of the elevated bluff to the north. The resort is fully solar-powered and has a large organic food farm.
The Beach Cottages
The 50sqm Beach Cottages are composed of a large sliding glass front air-conditioned bedroom with a queen bed and a daybed for daytime relaxation. The daybed can be made up by night as a sleeping bed for twin share, or triple when there is a child sharing. The Beach Cottage also contains a wardrobe, safe and complimentary mini-bar. The semi-open bathroom has a hot water shower and sink with an open view to the Savu Sea. Outside the Beach Cottage a shaded relaxation area, Bale, is located within steps of the room and a path through the garden of local tropical plants and fruits leads to private beachfront sun loungers with parasol. An outdoor shower, inviting guests to rinse off when coming back from the beach, completes the set up.
The Cliff Villas
The 60sqm Cliff Villas contain a larger sized air-conditioned bedroom with a king bed, wardrobe, safe, complimentary mini-bar and a daybed for daytime relaxation. The daybed can be made up by night as a sleeping bed for twin share, or triple when there is a child sharing. A large semi-open bathroom with hot water shower and double sinks looks out with an aerial view over the Savu Sea. Stepping out through the fully opening bi-folding glass doors at the front of the bedroom, Cliff Villas outdoor feature a 50sqm wooden deck that includes sun loungers with parasol, a shaded seating area and private plunge pool.
The communal guest area is set at the natural center point of the resort and is a meeting point for guests. A large main building constructed of local teakwood and thatch roof contains the lounge, bar and dining room. In front of this main building, terraced wooden decking provides outdoor relaxation and sun-bathing areas at the 18m/60ft infinity edge swimming pool.
Breakfast and lunch are a la carte meals served waterfront in the beach barbeque restaurant so that guests can dine at the hours which suits them best. Dinner however is served in the main dining room at a set time and guests dine together at our communal dining table. A beach BBQ evening is scheduled each week in place of the regular dinner service.
A long wooden dock with floating platform to adjust to the tides provides guests with ease when disembarking for arrival and departure transfers, and when they participate in scuba diving, snorkeling and whale & dolphin watching trips by boat. The Gear Shack sits at the base of the cliff on a platform connected to the dock. There is a seating area, individual storage for snorkel and dive equipment, and rinse, soak and drying stations.
Guest dive equipment, such as BCDs and regulators, are rinsed, hung to dry and stored by our staff at the Dive Centre, located at the southern end of the property. Tanks are also filled here, hence not within earshot of the guest area. Dive equipment is set up every morning by our staff, while guests simply need to point out their small equipment like fins and masks at the Gear Shack by the pier before boarding the dive and snorkel vessels.
The organic food farm & garden is spread throughout the resort including the guest areas, with the main vegetable and fruit production surrounding our solar panel array. Guests are welcome to explore or take a tour to learn about the local fruits, vegetables and spices grown on site for use in our meals and beverages in accordance with our commitment to environmental sustainability.
Guests can enjoy traditional massage and reflexology services while taking in the sea breeze and soaring view from our relaxing elevated massage platform.
3. RESORT ACTIVITIES
SAVU South Alor is located inside the Pantar Strait Marine Protected Area. All guests participating in marine life experience activities by boat will be asked to pay a park entrance fee, payable at the resort at the end of the stay. The local government has not yet released pricing for 2022 Marine Park Fees.
Full Service Scuba Diving
Full Service Scuba Diving is planned daily by our experienced team dependent on the best tidal conditions and guest personal interest. Scuba divers can experience beautiful reef and big fish diving, coral reef macro diving, volcanic cave and swim-through formations, plus black sand muck diving. Savu South Alor dive boats visit south Alor Island, Pura Island, Treweng Island and Pantar Island including Beang Bay.
Scuba diving packages can be pre-booked with the accommodation package. 2 guided boat dives per day are on offer. This is either 1 boat trip for two dives, or 2 separate boat trips for 1 dive each. Nitrox 32% tanks for Nitrox certified divers and weights are included. Additional guided day or night boat dives are subject to conditions and guest interest. Custom diving itineraries and diving itineraries of 3 dives per day can be pre-booked in group bookings only, or can be paid at the end of the guest's stay.
Dedicated Snorkeling Tours
Dedicated Snorkeling Tours are conducted on either a private speedboat or our catamaran (dependent on group size) to beautiful shallow coral reef sites on Alor Island, Pantar Island or Pura Island and include marine life experts who will brief all snorkeling guests on what they may encounter and special marine life that may be to the specific site. Our guides accompany guests on an in-water tour and de-brief to discuss the intriguing wildlife that has been spotted. Boat snorkeling tours are a half-day trip either in the morning or the afternoon. A second boat tour may be possible but is subject to conditions and guest interest. Custom snorkeling itineraries and snorkeling itineraries of 2 boat trips per day can be pre-booked in group bookings only, or can be paid at the end of the guest's stay.
Whale & Dolphin Watching
Whale & Dolphin Watching is a unique experience at Savu South Alor Resort and led by our expert guides. Half day morning or afternoon trips depart on our catamaran to explore the Savu Sea in search of multiple species of dolphins and whales. Guests can relax on the comfortable shaded seating area or sunbathe on the deck while the guides search and listen for blue whales, sperm whales and oceanic dolphins or choose to join the guides in their search.
4. RESORT PACKAGES
Resort packages start every Saturday and are available in 5, 7, 12, or 14 night stays. Custom day and length packages may be available. Please contact us for a custom quote.
Accommodation packages are inclusive of private guest cottage/villa accommodation, full board meals to include à la carte breakfast, à la carte lunch, afternoon tea, choice of set menu dinner, drinking water, coffee and tea, refreshments during airport transfers and activities, in-room self-service mini-bar as stocked daily by our staff, laundry service, wifi internet usage in the Communal Guest Lounge, kayak and paddleboard usage, local taxes & misc., government fees.
Accommodation packages are not inclusive of soft drinks, juices, coffee variations prepared by our barista and alcoholic beverages served from the resort bar or in addition to the daily pre-provided drinks in the mini-bar, marine life experience activities, rental scuba diving or snorkeling equipment, massage services, scheduled airport transfers, gift shop purchases, staff gratuities.
5. HOW TO GET THERE
SAVU South Alor is located on Alor Island which is part of Nusa Tenggara. The international gateways of Jakarta (JKT), Surabaya (SUB) or Denpasar (DPS) provide the best access points to our province of East Nusa Tenggara, and guest travelling to Alor normally will make an overnight stop there prior to travelling onwards. We offer our costumers a complimentary overnight stop and airport transfers. On request we can arrange your domestic flights in Indonesia. Follow the link practical information: how to get to Alor.
Airport to resort transfers are organized by the resort and exclusive the accommodation package price. Due to the remote location of Savu South Alor on the southern section of the island, airport transfers are by combination of car and boat. There is no road access to the resort. We pick our guests up from Mali Airport of Alor each Saturday afternoon by car to be met by our catamaran and transported to the resort. The car and boat ride are both approximately 45 minutes. Restroom and beverages are available on our catamaran, with guests having a choice in comfortable shaded seating or sunny area seating to relax and enjoy the scenic final leg of their journey.
Returns to the airport are available every Thursday and Saturday departing the resort to meet the morning flight from Alor. Transfers on other days or times are subject to availability and additional fee. Please contact us for a private transfer quote. Follow the link practical information: diving season in Alor.
6. BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL
Alor belongs to the semi-arid south eastern region of Indonesia, where average air temperatures range from a minimum of 22°C/72°F at night to a maximum of 32°C/90°F mid-day. Weather during the resort open season is dry and sunny with low chances of rain in shoulder season and almost zero chance of rain in mid-season.
Rainfall and small sea storms/squalls are usually limited to the area’s short rainy season which falls from December to March. As the resort is in a remote location and guests often travel quite far to reach us, we do not open during the rainy season months so that we can show our guests only the best that Alor and the Savu Sea have to offer with only the most favorable weather and sea conditions.
Accordingly, Savu South Alor is open to guests from late March – early December each year during the dry season.
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