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Scuba Diving Timor Leste | PADI 5 Star IDC Centre East Timor


Dive Timor Lorosae is Timor Leste's premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre offering a full range of friendly and professional PADI dive courses and daily diving trips on the beautiful tropical coral reefs that surround Timor Leste!

Why dive Timor Leste? - As the newest country in Asia, Timor Leste has easy access to some of the most recently discovered and least explored diving in the region! Making up the southern section of the Coral Triangle, Timor is home to a massive diversity of coral and fish species.

The best thing is that the fringing reef across the northern coast is easily accessible from the shore often beginning only a few meters from the water’s edge. Dolphins call the Timorese waters home as well as migrating whales for several months of the year. Diving in Timor Leste gives you a chance to see everything from exciting Hammerhead Sharks and endangered Dugongs to interesting critters like Frogfish and Ghost Pipefish!

Why dive with DTL? - Dive Timor Lorosae (DTL) was established in 2002 by Mark Mialszygrosz. After traveling, exploring and scuba diving the country since 2000 he set up Timor's first PADI dive centre and has strived to set and maintain the standard for scuba dive travel, scuba dive training and scuba dive tourism within Timor Leste.

Even though DTL has now grown to become a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre, we still pride ourselves on providing a friendly and personable service, while providing safe quality diver training at all levels.

DTL's range of services includes:

-PADI Scuba Diving Courses from Beginner to Instructor Level
-Daily Dive & Snorkeling Trips
-Boat Charters; Diving, Fishing, Dolphin & Whale Watching
-Scuba Equipment Sales, Retail & Servicing
-Castaway Bar & Restaurant
-Airport transfers & Guided City Tours

Looking for a Hotel in Timor? - DTL also has our own Hotel/Apartment accommodation, Guest House accommodation and Backpacker accommodation. All with free internet and western modern facilities and all located in central Dili on the beach front!

Get in contact with us now to book your scuba course, dive trips or accommodation! info@divetimor.com

Latest News November 2014


Wetsuit or Not to Wetsuit? [ Tuesday, 25 November 2014 ]

In my diving life around parts of the world I have worn an array of underwater attire, from long johns underneath a dry suit in water that was 4 degrees to rash vest and board shorts in 27 degrees. Depending on the air temperature usually makes my decision as to whether I wear more or less. However, nothing beats the freedom and ease than the minimal amounts.

Recently I made my first shore dives in Timor Leste. Due to lack of experience and weather conditions, I managed to get ‘wiped out’ by waves on entry and exit. As I was wearing my usual rash vest and board shorts combo, I had no protection from the hard rocks beneath me. Therefore, I managed to scrape my knees several times. Ouch!

I later learnt that when shore diving, like all diving, you can come up against unexpected currents, which you need to swim against to avoid a long stroll back up the beach. To do this you stay close to the bottom to avoid the stronger current and as a last resort hold onto the hard rock on the bottom. This was my first introduction to fire coral, and man does it sting.

After repeating both of these incidents a number of times, leaving my knees looking like I had been involved in a motorbike accident, I decided that I’d wear a full wetsuit to protect myself from further incident. It worked! My knees healed and I gained a psychological safety net preventing me from falling over in the surf. However, where there is yin there is always yang! I soon grew frustrated with the wetsuit dance before and after every dive and also the immediate rise in temperature once fully rubbered up. I missed the ease of shorts and rash vest, plus the waters of Timor were never too cold. So, when I felt more confident with my shore exit and entry I decided to switch back. So far so good!

Wetsuits have lots of benefits from maintaining your body heat to protecting you from stings and bumps, but they are not for everyone… unless diving in the UK, of course!

by Denise Hooley


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Check out The Hummingfish Foundation's new website. The Hummingfish Foundation, which is essentially an environmental protection organization is designed to protect the earth's unspoiled natural environments by "adding value to nature" itself through sustainable community-based nature tourism (diving, bird watching, trekking, etc).

About Indopacificimages.com – Underwater photographer and writer Don Silcock is a big fan of Timor Leste and his website is a great place to find an interesting explanation of why the scuba diving is so good plus great descriptions of some of the best dive sites and superb image galleries of what you will see there.


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