Get the most out of Alor's photo opportunities on our
11 night Special MACRO PHOTO Cruise with Rod Klein
Rod Klein Biography
Rod Klein is a digital artist, photographer, and writer.
Earning a Master of Fine Arts Degree in photography and video from UCLA Rod also studied at the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. Before becoming a PADI MSDT in 1992, Rod worked in the television industry as a graphic designer, and director.
Rod's images have appeared in numerous publications and regularly in Scuba Diving Magazine, Sport Diver Magazine, EZ Dive, Asian Diver Magazine, Scuba Diver Australasia, Alert Diver, Action Asia, UWP Magazine, Fathoms Magazine and Tauchen Magazine. Rod conducts digital workshops at various resorts and liveaboards and is represented by Seapics.com, Waterframe.com, and Alamy.com. Rod has been a judge a several prestigious underwater photo contests.
Dive ALOR with Rod Klein
29 April ~ 10 May 2016
Capture the beauty of Indonesia’s reefs - and the enigmatic critters of Alor, specifically - through your lens! Appreciate the colours and textures of the corals, plus the marine life that call this paradise home, as seen by a photographer’s eye. As the Alor dive sites are especially popular with macro lovers, make sure your bring your best lens and get prepared for some close-ups of cool critters - and hopefully a lot of great sightings of the photogenic Rhinopia!
Start your ‘dive photography’ journey from Maumere, on the northern coast of east Flores Island. Maumere is roughly 430 nautical miles east of Bali in East Nusa Tenggara province (Nusa Tenggara Timur) - in the Lesser Sunda Islands. This region is home to a world record, established when a scientific expedition recorded 1,200 species of fish, including some new to science, all found in Maumere Bay alone! Alor and Flores offer some of the best kept secrets for diving in paradise; with great reefs and fish action but also photogenic critter dives; so keep your camera at the ready for the ‘holy grail’ of fish; the beautiful and rare rhinopias.
After 11-nights exploring all the famous dive sites of Alor and Flores, end back in Maumere with a log-book packed with fun, adventure and photo skill building. Come ready to learn from professional underwater photographer Rod Klein as we take you (and your camera - wiht macro lens?) to visit some of the most photogenic dive sites in the world and meet some of the most unusual creatures in the ocean.
As well as great diving, the topside scenery is also stunning; look out for the famous Pura Island villagers splashing out of their wooden dugout canoes and diving underwater with home-made goggles fashioned from wood and glass bottles, plus Palau Komba (the volcano known locally as the fire-breathing monster living in the middle of the ocean) erupts every 5-20 minutes which means that you are sure to see the awe-inspiring sight of molten lava creeping down the mountainside and flowing into the sea.
Read more about this destination at our page on DIVING ALOR.
On this trip, learn from professional underwater photographer Rod Klein as we take you (and your camera wiht macro lens?) to visit some of the most photogenic dive sites in the world and meet some of the most unusual creatures in the ocean.
Set sail from the port of Maumere, on the eastern side of Flores Island, for a 12-day/11-night cruise, to explore all the famous dive sites of Alor and Flores, ending back at Maumere. Discover the magic of Alor - one of the best kept secrets for diving in paradise.
Alor and Flores offer widespread muck diving, sharks and large schools of fish, WWII wreck dives, untouched reefs and unexplored coral gardens, magnificent soft corals and stunning hard coral formations. Visit all the incredible dive sites of this area, such as Kawula, Lamlera, Pantair Strait, Palau Komba* and more.
*Palau Komba is a volcano known locally as the fire-breathing monster living in the middle of the ocean. It actually erupts every 5-20 minutes which means that you are sure to see the awe-inspiring sight of molten lava creeping down the mountainside and flowing into the sea. Like a mythical dragon, you will also hear periodic thunderous booms as clouds of dust are blasted out from deep inside the island.
Typically, the average temperature range in the Alor and Flores area is around 26-28+ (78-82F+) so usually a 3-5mm wetsuit is fine. For repetitive diving days you may start to notice the cooler thermoclines more than usual, so prefer to wear a slightly thicker wetsuit and/or a hood, but usually 5mm is sufficient. We don't recommend gloves as this can encourage divers to touch corals or delicate reef areas, but for night dives, where you could be more likely to bump into fire coral etc (or the 2 days of diving in south Komodo), many divers do prefer earning a full length suit and hood/gloves.
SAMPLE CRUISE ITINERARY "Alor Focus (Photography - Macro Focus)"
12 Day/11 Night Maumere-Maumere Cruise
12 Day/11 Night Maumere-Maumere Cruise
Day 1 Embarkation in Maumere
Day 2 Gosong Boni/Pamana (4 dives)Gosong Boni
To the west of Pamana shallow sand bars marked by a small lighthouse drop down into deep walls covered in sponges and sea fans. Look for small critters such as the blue ringed octopus, algae shrimp and pygmy seahorses.Pamana Besar
Many of the dive sites around Pamana Island are characterised by walls and slopes. They have very nice coral growth, sponges, branches of soft corals and fans that act as shelters for little reef fish as well as tinier critters such as pygmies and nudibranchs. Groupers, sweetlips, scorpionfish, lobsters and much more live along the walls.Pamana Kecil
A wonderful drop-off can be found here with a possibility to find baby reef sharks nestling in overhangs. The wall here is also covered in sea fans where the hunt for the tiny pygmy seahorses can continue. Trevally, groupers, sweetlips, batfish, nudibranchs and the usual reef inhabitants also visit this site.