Diving in Timor Leste is simply fantastic, a great reason more and more people choose to travel to East Timor. Great visibility in the dry season and warm tropical water the whole year round are guaranteed here. Explore an unbelievable variety of pristine, live coral and aquatic species while drifting through the underwater canyon between the mainland and Ata’uro. Dive with huge pelagics, hammerhead and whale sharks. East Timor is exceptional for wall and reef scuba diving. Unique macro life.
The Indo Pacific region is famous for its tropical islands, clear blue water and rich coral reefs. When you think of diving in the tropics, locations such as Papua New Guinea , the Solomon Islands and the Philippines are generally the first places that spring to mind. Well there is now another diving destination that needs to be seriously considered: East Timor.
East Timor is one of the newest countries in the world after gaining independence in May 2002. The country has had a troublesome past with the most extensive violence occurring in 1999 when Militia and Indonesian soldiers were responsible for the killing of many civilians and the destruction of most infrastructures. To restore order, the United Nations sent in a peace keeping force (known as InterFET) and within weeks the unstable climate in East Timor was under control. The UN has worked hard over the past 8 years to restore infrastructure and assist with the rebuilding of the capital city, Dili, that had been extensively damaged during the carnage of 1999.
Dili is the city where you should be based in, and if it wasn't for the diving, it's not really a location that you would visit just for a holiday. Dili is slowly rebuilding itself and is the only ‘real' city in East Timor .
East Timor offers everything that a scuba diver can possibly want to see. Muck diving, coral reefs, wrecks, big fish action and mind-blowing deep coral walls.