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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

 

Roda Reef [ Friday, 26 September 2014 ]

For a few months, all the staff from Dive Timor Lorosae have been working hard on building an Artificial Reef at Tasi Tolu.

A what??... Wikipedia describes it as "An Artificial Reef is a human-made underwater structure, typically built to promote marine life in areas with a generally featureless bottom, control erosion, block ship passage, or improve-surfing". The purpose of this one is to give "diving addicts" and the fantastic sea-life a new playground!!!

OK, but how does that work??... First, where an ocean current encounters a vertical structure, it can create a plankton-rich upwelling that provides a reliable feeding spot for small fish such as sardines and minnows, which draw in pelagic predators like blue-fin tuna and sharks. Next come creatures seeking protection from the ocean's lethal openness, hole and crevice dweller such as grouper, snapper, squirrel-fish, eels, and trigger fish. Opportunistic predators such as jacks and barracudas also appear, waiting for their prey to venture out. Over months and years the reef structure becomes encrusted with algae, tunicates, hard and soft corals and sponges. As Tasi Tolu has a sandy bottom, we provide shrimps, eels, octopus and small fish some places to hide! Creating habitat in the ocean is akin to creating an oasis in the desert. It's a fact that fish can't resist sunken ships, tanks, and subway cars.

So what is this Artificial Reef made of??... Car tires, some of them filled with concrete, the others are tied around with rope. Because of their shape, the tires are offering a nice and cozy overhead environment for small fish to hide, and the rubber offers a good substance for corals and sponges to grow.

So if we just throw our old refrigerator, or car parts into the ocean, can we call that "building an Artificial Reef" ??... NO,NO,NO !!! Even if there's a big chance that algae, sponges and corals will start to grow on it. It's important to make sure that everything is tied and well rested at the bottom so it won't get washed out during a storm or by a strong current, as this could result in breaking everything that was growing on it.

Are you allowed to do that??... YES! Thanks to Rui Pinto helping us get through all the paperwork and to sort out a proposal to the government. We gained approval to build this Artificial Reef at Tasi Tolu.

Does it work??... YES!! On our last dives there we found lot's of glass fish living around the tires, also pufferfish, catfish, pipefish, frogfish, octopus, crabs and shrimps. Also some trevally were starting to hang around. So that's very positive considering it's only been 7 months since we put the first tires down!!! We will continue putting tires down there, hoping/expecting that in a year from now everything will be surrounded by fish!!!

 

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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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