On the northern coast of the secluded and exclusive island of Kepa located in the middle of Pantar Strait, at the heart of the Alor archipelago, lies La P’tite Kepa Homestay, five minutes by boat from Alor Kecil village, on Alor main island west coast, this is a central place to explore the Alor islands and its associated dive sites.
The resort is relaxed, with great food and fantastic diving, there are nine standard bungalows, built like a traditional village homes, with Alorese style houses made of bamboo, coconut trees, and thatch covered roofs, inspired by their respect for local culture and natural environment. Five of them are built on one floor, with a nice terrace looking towards the sea, All come with a double bed, three share a bathroom and two have their own en suite bathroom. The other four are built like the traditional huts of the mountain tribes, have a “360° view” ground floor, and a bed-room under the roof, again with a double bed and shared bathrooms.
There are also two new Exclusive Bungalows, built in 2010 to offer more comfort and to suit families. These are more spacious, with a 180 cm double bed and 2 single beds which can also be used as sofas, an en suite indo-occidental style bathroom, a working table and large terrace with the a unique view and the perfect spot for Kepa’s sunset.
The restaurant serves Indonesian meals, with a La P’tite Kepa’s flair, there is freshly caught fish, sometimes farm chicken or duck, various vegetables, salads, tofu or soya cheese, and “sambal” (peppers sauce served separately). The meals are made with local, fresh and seasonal products, avoiding imported goods. Almost every meal is served with fruits although local production is very limited: bananas, papaya, also watermelon/ oranges/ pineapple/ mangos/jambu while it is season. Lunch and dinner are shared all together (“table d’hote”), breakfast as well as tea/coffee are self-service.
Freshwater is fetched from Alor Kecil village for showers and cooking, and seawater is used for the sanitation system.
The resort has no mains electricity, so solar panels are used to provide power. Light is available 24 hours and 220V is available in the exclusive bungalows, the other bungalows have 12V lighting, but there is a terminal in the restaurant for you to charge any electronics (until 20:00 to save the batteries) and they also collect your batteries and charge them in the village.
Organic waste is used to feed the livestock or are composted, bottles and cans are sent to be recycled, and any other non-edible waste left is burned in a home-made incinerator which neutralises the smoke’s acidity.
With its volcanic origin, Alor offers a wide variety of dive sites, some outstanding walls, rock slides, valleys, seamounts, pinnacles, and unspoiled coral reefs. Surrounded by clear water, the visibility can reach more than 40 meters, with a temperature of 28°C and Alor is a hidden paradise for marine biodiversity, fishermen here mainly use sustainable fishing practices, such as, lines, bamboo traps etc. Most of the dive sites are only five minutes away, with some about an hour from Kepa. There are two dives per day, but a third dive or night-dive can be arranged. Unguided shore dives are also offered.
|Number of Lodgings||11||Cuisine type||Indonesian|
|Price range||€ 14-52||How served||Buffet|
|Minimum stay||1 night||Other|
|House reef||Yes||Courses offered||No|
|Shore Dives||Yes||Equipment Hire||Yes|
|Night Dives||Yes||No of dives /day||3|