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One of the world’s youngest nations, Timor Leste remains untouched by mass tourism that has swept much of Southeast Asia. Inquisitive travellers will relish the pristine empty beaches, rugged landscapes and rich, cultural heritage. Head to the mountains and meander through misty coffee plantations, or witness Atauro’s fisherfolk using handmade goggles and spearguns to catch their meal.

Whatever you decide to do, Timor Leste is guaranteed to deliver an authentic and unforgettable experience.

TIMOR LESTE HIGHLIGHTS

For adventurous divers, Timor Leste’s lack of tourism means pristine fringing reefs and fantastic biodiversity. Imagine diving some of the best reefs in the world, often without another dive group in sight!

Much of the diving takes place from the capital city of Dili and the neighbouring island of Atauro, offering a wide range of experiences between them. From steep walls and sloping reefs to silty muck sites and vast anemone gardens, East Timor’s wonderful diving will rarely fail to impress. 

  • Visit one of the last off-the-beaten-track destinations, far from the tourist trail
  • Possible encounters with dolphins, melon-headed whales, orcas, pilot whales, and even blue whales!
  • Get scuba certified or try diving for the first time with ideal conditions and a healthy marine habitat in Dili
  • Dive Timor Leste’s own muck diving paradise, Tasi Tolu
  • Explore remote Jaco Island in Timor Leste’s first and only National Park
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Pristine beaches
Biodiverse reefs
Whales and dolphins
Land adventures

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TIMOR LESTE DESTINATIONS

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DILI AND ATAURO ISLAND

Mainland Timor Leste

Best time to visit: Best season May to October

  • Ideal conditions for getting scuba certified or brushing up on your skills
  • Fascinating muck and macro diving focused on the region's smallest marine wildlife
  • Whale watching and chance encounters with marine mammals between October and December
Explore Dili and Atauro Island