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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 April 2014

 

Amazing Seahorses [ Thursday, 27 March 2014 ]

Seahorses have a horse-like head, a monkey-like tail, a kangaroo-like pouch, and chameleon-like eyes !!! But even if they look very different, they are FISH!!!

But this kind of fish that doesn't really swim very well... one species, the dwarf seahorse even have the record of slowest fish in the world with a top speed about 1,5 mt per hour!! In fact, Seahorses prefer to rest in one area, sometimes holding on the same coral or seaweed for days...

The rule in the ocean is clear... If you can't swim fast, you need to hide! And if there is something seahorses master, that's camouflage!! They are able to change colour and grow skin filaments to blend in their surroundings. Some seahorses, like the pygmy seahorse have a shape, size and colour that allow them to blend in perfectly with their coral habitat, driving every diver trying to spot them CRAZY!!!!

One of the amasing things with seahorses is the way they reproduce!! Male seahorses are nature's real life Mr. Moms. They take fathering to a whole new level: pregnancy. Although it is common for male fish to play the dominant parenting role, male pregnancy is a complex process unique to the fish family Syngnathidae, which includes pipefish, seahorses and sea dragons. It all begins when a male and a female seahorse do daily pre-dawn dances, intertwining their tails and swimming together. Eventually they engage in a true courtship dance, which can last as long as eight hours. It ends with the female depositing her eggs in the male's pouch... Best husband ever!

We are very lucky in East Timor for having a big diversity of those seahorses and their cousins pipehorses and pipefish!! Thorny Seahorse, Common Seahorse, Pygmy Seahorse, Robust and Ornate Ghost Pipefish and so many more ....

 

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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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