Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

Island Life East of Flores: Lamalera, Alor, Lembata, and Beyond



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My first introduction to Indonesia came through the Photovoices International project.

Sponsored by National Geographic, the program was designed to document cultures and ways of life from communities in danger of disappearing.

The first project focused on the subsistence whalers of Lamalera, who have been hunting sperm whales using handheld spears for at least 500 years. As I looked through literally thousands of images from the village, the stories from this far-away place captivated me, leaving a mark that hasn’t faded even though it’s been ten years.

When I heard there was an opportunity to visit this village while on the Seven Seas East of Flores liveaboard trip, it felt like a part of my Indonesia experience would be coming full circle. I was finally going to have the chance to see this mythical place for myself.

But I was to find out that Lamalera was just the beginning.

Over ten days of exploring the rarely-visited islands East of Maumere in Flores, I was amazed at the diversity of the people and cultures present here. From the ancient tribe of the Abui in Alor to the subsistence spear fishermen off the coast of Lembata, we saw so many different ways of life within just this small part of Indonesia.

This gallery includes highlights from the villages, islands, and cultures we experienced on the boat trip.

If you’d like to see more galleries from this trip, just click here now.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.

  • Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

    Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond
    The islands East of Flores are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, but above the surface the activity is every bit as interesting. This photo gallery includes highlights from the culture and daily lives of the people who call these beautiful islands their home.