East of Flores lies the archipelagos of Solor ( containing of Solor, Adonara and Lembata ) and Alor ( with Pantar and Alor ). Inhabitants have remained relatively cut off from the rest of the world, the present urban world has little respect here, and the islanders spend their days fishing, growing manioc and corn, weaving and time to time celebrating the rituals of their traditional religions.
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Lembata Island ( 1,200 km2 ) is noted for its primitive whaling industry centred in the village of Lamalera on the south coast. Hunting whales from small boat is still the main economic activity in this area. The only town of note on Lembata is Lewoleba which is popular for its weekly market, where buyers and sellers from all over the region come down to the town on that day.
Ile Ape volcano
Towering over the Lembata island, Gunung Ile Ape, is reverted by local citizens who retain animistic beliefs. Those living on the slopes of volcano are considered as the most ethnically traditional on Lembata Islands. Small shrines bearing simple offerings are prevalent the slopes of the volcano.
Solor has an old Portuguese fort, constructed in 1566 and still in good shape; massive stone walls encircle a rectangular interior.
Alor offers white sand beaches, good snorkelling and outstanding diving. There are scattered traditional villages still practising old lifestyle with their spiritual beliefs, bride prices and bronze drums. Bronze kettledrums are replicas of those from the 2,000-years old Dong Son era of northern Vietnam. Hundreds and perhaps thousands of these drums are still kept as heirlooms and are an essential part of the bride price. Although drums found on Alor were cast in either Java or China, haw they ended up on this island, which was not part of usual trade routes, remains unknown.