Photo: Meet Batu Putih.

Riding around northwest Alor

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If you’ve got a loose day to spend exploring some of Alor and are looking for a mix of attractions and distractions, motorbiking around the northwest “head” of the island makes for a fine and very full day out in the countryside.

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While Google Maps clearly marks a road all the way around the northwest, in practice this doesn’t exist, with the central section along the north coast of the island being little more than a glorified goat track. It is not passable by bemos and it certainly isn’t passable by cars, so if you’re on four wheels rather than two you’ll need to do two trips, one as far at Pantai Bota in Kokar (heading clockwise) and the other as far as Batu Putih (heading anti-clockwise)—and you’d need two days.

The road is patchy in places. Photo taken in or around Riding around northwest Alor, Alor, Indonesia by Stuart McDonald.

The road is patchy in places. Photo: Stuart McDonald

We did the lot on an ojek travelling in a clockwise direction, so we’ll follow that routing. It is advisable to take a guide with you as the goat track section of the route has no signposts and you’ll probably get lost—and there isn’t always someone around to ask for ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 900 words.)

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