Photo: Cruising along the north coast.

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The second largest of the islands in the Alor Archipelago, Pantar sits almost immediately to the west of far larger Alor. To say it receives few foreign visitors is a slight understatement, but that’s not to say it isn’t worth a stop.



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Pantar is vaguely shaped like a rocket-ship about to leapfrog over the northwestern coast of Alor, and its capital Baranusa sits on the island’s north coast, nestled between the fuselage and the tail-mounted engine (ok we’ll drop the rocket-ship imagery now).

Looking into the crater at Sirung. Photo taken in or around Pantar, Indonesia by Stuart McDonald.

Looking into the crater at Sirung. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Pantar has two primary claims to fame, at least as far as tourism is concerned: Gunung Sirung, which dominates the far south of the inland and, to the west of there, Pantai Tiga Warna (Three-Colour Beach), a very attractive and largely deserted beach. The active traveller could fit these into a single day (we did) but there are a few other points of interest could entice for a second day for those with time on their hands.

About an hour from Baranusa by sampan off the northern coast of Pantar sit two small islands side by side, Pulau Lapang to the west and Pulau Batang to the east. The former offers some truly spectacular snorkelling, while the latter is certainly a possible candidate for camping, or just playing Robinson Crusoe for the day (its reefs, or at least the two we snorkelled at, have been bombed to pieces by fishermen).

A spot of snorkelling perhaps? Photo taken in or around Pantar, Indonesia by Stuart McDonald.

A spot of snorkelling perhaps? Photo: Stuart McDonald

Lastly, also to the north of Baranusa, but to the east, a little south of the village of Kabir are some underwater thermal vents (hot springs) where you can snorkel in unusually warm water. We didn’t try this ourselves as we didn’t learn about them until we’d reached Baranusa, but they could be worth a look, especially if you end up in Kabir, ... Travelfish members only (Around 500 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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