Silversea Expedition Cruises To KALABAHI (for Takpala)

KALABAHI (for Takpala)

Kalabahi is the capital and main seaport of Alor Island, the largest landmass in the Alor archipelago. Roughly 60,000 inhabitants call Kalabahi home and enjoy a wide variety of goods and services available here. Kalabahi has grown as a town in part because it is situated on some of the only level ground on the volcanic and rugged island of Alor. Inland from Kalabahi is the small traditional village of Takpala. View more

The attractive rustic homes of the village are open and airy, and the Abui people living here harvest, dry, roast and grind their coffee by hand. The traditional dances and welcome ceremonies express a close-knit society cultivated in this tranquil setting.

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CAIRNS To SINGAPORE
  • Departure
    Apr 01 2022
  • Duration
    22 Days
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    Silver Cloud
From US$ 16,740
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Excursions in KALABAHI (for Takpala)

Takpala Traditional Village

Kalabahi is the capital and port for Alor and serves as the main gate to access the interior of whole island. Just a few miles into the rugged interior here, the indigenous Melanesian people live a very traditional life, even today. Visit a traditional village in the mountains to witness some of this lifestyle first hand.


Upon arrival in Kalabahi Port, experience a welcome of a traditional dance performance. Then board your local non-air-conditioned transport and drive to the hilltop Latifui village of Takpala. Visit the Abui Tribe, an indigenous tribal group renowned for their Moko drum. Traditionally the bronze drums are negotiated and traded for the price of a bride and other ritual ceremonies.


Enjoy fresh young coconut milk and local coffee served with local food. Following the presentation of a "life ceremony," observe how the people make local handicrafts of wood, bamboo, and ikat weaving, with the opportunity to purchase some of these items. Take time to observe their traditional house and learn about their simple way life.


Leave Takpala village and return to Kalabahi to visit a museum that has a unique collection of ikat textiles, ceramics, and traditional music, you can also find a Vietnamese bronze Dongson drum (Moko). On your return to port visit Kadelang traditional market to see local people selling and buying for their daily needs.

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