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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 August 2014

 

Shark of the Month - Lemon Shark [ Tuesday, 19 August 2014 ]

The latest Shark of the Month blog from Shark Guardian

Found in sub tropical and tropical waters in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, the lemon shark can grow to approximately 3 metres in length and weigh approximately 90 kilograms. It is from the Carcharhinidae family. There are 57+ species in this family that includes the more popular known Reef and Tiger sharks.

Anatomy & Appearance

The lemon shark is aptly named from its body colouration, a soft yellow with white on its belly. This provides a great camouflage for this bottom dweller to hunt its prey of an assortment of bony fish, stingrays, crabs, crayfish and smaller sharks.

There are a few interesting characteristics for lemon sharks, they can adapt to different salinities, their 2nd dorsal fin is as large as their first and they have extremely strong electro-receptor abilities in their snout and generally use this as their guide in hunting as their eyesight is very poor.

Reproduction

Females give birth to live young every other year, in shallow nursery waters, up to 17 pups at one time. The lemon shark fends for itself from birth and will stay in the shallow waters until they grow larger. They do not reach sexual maturity for 12-15 years and the average lifespan is only approximately 25 years.

Habitat

The choice of habitat of the lemon shark may be its worst enemy for two reasons. They are generally found in shallow to moderate depth (92 metres) mangroves, estuaries and coral reefs so although it is being hunted for meat and shark fin soup; coastal development and the destruction of the mangroves is its biggest threat. Secondly, the Lemon shark has been found to have a very high survival rate in captivity possibly lessening the responsibility to ensure its natural habitat is preserved.

Conservation Status

The IUCN class the lemon shark as vulnerable and in South East Asia it is endangered. This is believed to be due to the widespread destruction of coral reefs and mangrove habitats as mentioned above.

Written by Sarah Chernecki
PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

Resources:
BBC Nature Wildlife
Marinebio.org
Marinelife.about.com
Sharks-world.com

 

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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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