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Alor / Kalabahi
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Type Anchorage
Country Indonesia
City Kalabahi
Available places 40
Max depth 10 m
Facilities:
  • Shops
  • Fuel station
  • Water
Additional facilities:
Laundry service
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For boats

Kalabahi is located at the end of deep fjord. The bay and anchorages are protected from all winds except W. Kalabahi is middle size dusty city where you can find most facilities and some attractions. 

APPROACH
 
The pass between Pantar and Alor has strong current. Mostly going S. After LW current seems to be light. If the current is against you as close to the shore as you comfortable. Should be less current or even counter running N. Note that electronics chart are not detailed enough and could be moved.
 
When already in the fjord there is no current, but watch for fishing net and FAD’s. Keep closer to the N coast.
 
ANCHORAGES
 
There is a few places god for anchor:
 
A)
 
There is a small bay located in an area of town called Kenarilang, just 2 km out of the center of Kalabahi. It is on position:
 
08 13.412S and 124 30.311E (15m, mud and sand)
 
This bay is a little bit more protected during W winds then other anchorages.
 
There is a mini bus called Bemo going to/from Kalabahi. Stop the bemo by hand on the main road in front of the bay and town. 
 
Dinghy landing – just go on shore and tie the dinghy to the tree.
 
B)
 
There is enough space for 3-4 yachts in the main harbor. The depth rises predictably and there are no dangers in the anchorage area. Anchor just outside the two concrete wharfs in 15-25 meters of water.  Leave enough space for maneuvering small ships approaching to the wharfs. The bottom is mud with good holding. This anchorage is good protected, by its very close to the busy and noisy harbor.
 
08 13.194S and 124 30.891E
 
 
Dinghy landing at small concret wharfs with stairs inside the harbor’s basin.
 
C)
 
Nice and large anchoring area is located just after the main harbor. It is on position:
 
08 13.337S and 124 31.274E (sand bottom, 15-25 meters)
 
Is more quiet (no city noise) but also more expose to W winds and waves. Could be a little rolly during W breeze but still very safe. Still close to the city enter.
 
Dinghy landing at small concrete wharfs with stairs inside the harbor’s basin (same as anchorage B).
 
D)
 
Very quiet anchorage at the end of the bay. Is a little exposed to W winds and waves, but safe.
 
Drop the anchor at 10m depth. Approx. position:
 
08 13,350S and 124 31,824E (good holding)
 
Dinghy landing in city harbor (as described in above anchorages), distance to go about 1 NM or go to nearest shore, but you are out of the city center.
 
FORMALITIES
 
No data
 
FUEL
 
There is a fuel station in the harbor, but there is no dock to moor. Use your jerry jugs to transport diesel (called Solar).
 
WATER
 
No data, ask local people from the boats.
 
PROVISIONING
 
There is many small or medium size groceries. Do not expect much and you get it. Local market has fresh vegetables and fruits.
 
BANKS, ATMs
 
Few banks and ATMs in the town
 
WiFi
 
Best option is to buy a Telekom SimCard with internet data. Some restaurants has own free Wi-Fi.
 
 
OTHER
 
Post office, laundry services, restaurants, street food.

For crews

Visit a local market, eat a street food (grilled cumi cumi / squids and fishes are awesome)
 
Excellent diving can be had in the Pantar Strait. However it’s best to go with a local dive operator, as currents are fierce and can be dangerous. Dive operators easy to find in the internet.
 
A restaurant “Resto Mama” serve a local food. Visit it and try fish soup – delicious.

Fees

Anchorage – no fees
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