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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!

DTL's range of services includes:

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.

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

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Night Dives in East Timor [ Monday, 19 January 2015 ]

Night Dives in East Timor.

When the sun starts to set down, below the surface start a frenzy, some rush to get a safe hidden place to spend the night without get eaten by random night hunters and others stretch their fins ready for the active darkness coming ahead.

That moment when you start descending with the last rays of the sun, we call it "Sunset dive". It is there when you can see the frenzy above cited, fish everywhere in a real state of activeness, unusual encounters and funny behaviours, all eventually will end up in a proper Night dive where only the nocturnals will stay awake!

The scene changes as day creatures retire and nocturnal organisms emerge, a feeling of calmness floods up your body, even air consumption is reduced in some cases, now is no point to look further or to "the blue" as you are now limited to see just as far as the glow of your torch allows you to see. Even if you have seen this reef many times before, this time will be absolutely different.

Some animals will let you spot them only during night, like Bob Tail Squid and Starry Night Octopus as they are very well camouflaged.

Many others will maybe around during day light but much more likely to see them because they hunt during night, like Two spots Lion Fish and Spanish Dancer. Cardinal fish and Rabbit fish freeze when you point them with your light making them easy prey for opportunist Barracudas.What you can definitely guaranty is lots and lots of Crabs, Shrimps and Fluorescent Plankton. The clever Parrot fish make a bubble of saliva around himself when asleep which hide their smell making them invisible for Morays patrolling around, that is why is so important to not disturb them so they can keep in their bubble and stay safe.

Night Dive require a bit more detailed preparation, a good briefing will go along with a different way to communicate underwater, signs may change depending on your guide but one rule is always followed, DO NOT point your torch in the eyes of other divers or in the fish that is sleeping! As fish have not eyelids. Also you may want to have a spare torch light in case of failure, some others will opt for light markers for the tanks straps but then you just look like a Christmas tree and too much light will also chase fish away! What you really want is to have good conditions, tricky dive sites with strong current should be avoided, and if even more conservative, depth limits should be implanted.

It is true that many divers dive only during day time and many of them have never even done a night immersion! Why? Many are victims of the myth that been an Open Water Diver level does not allow you to do one! FALSE!

https://vimeo.com/115840477 Short Video of a Night Dive with us.

Our favorites dive sites are Piertamina, Tasi Tolu betwen others. Come and Night Dive with us!!!!!


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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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