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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


Latest News December 2014

 

Nudibranchs! [ Thursday, 11 December 2014 ]

Nudibranchs, colloquially called “sea slugs”, are the candy of the sea. With over 3,000 described species – and counting –, the incredible variations in their colours and shapes seem like what would happen if a glass blower teamed up with a five-year-old. This makes them a delight for divers and a nightmare for scientists tasked with classifying them. They are found all over the world, but tropical shallow reefs like those of East Timor have the greatest diversity.

Nudis are molluscs, but they lack the protection of a shell, so why would they display such a visible appearance? Well, many of them are poisonous, and the patterns warn potential predators of this, an adaptation called aposematism. Others, however, can blend in completely with the environment, looking like a piece of seaweed or coral.

The name nudibranch refers to their “naked gills” which they wear on their backs. Some gills look like a flower or a plume of feathers; these type of nudis are called dorids. The other type, aeolids, have a collection of sausage-like appendages called cerata, which serve as gills and can also contain poisonous sting cells.

Many nudis can swim, wriggling back and forth; this has earned the Spanish dancer its name. Despite their amicable appearance, they are predators, and eat all kind of animals from jellyfish larvae to sponges, or even other nudibranchs. Some can “steal” the sting cells and toxins from their prey and concentrate them in their bodies for protection. Others can even take in algae cells and get extra food from photosynthesis.

Dive Timor Lorosae has started cataloguing the amazing diversity in nudibranchs and other sea slugs (opisthobranchs) found in the waters of East Timor. In Dili alone, the site of Tasi Tolu is richly populated, with some species, such as the Spanish dancer, only showing up at night. Pertamina Pier and K57 are also nudi hot spots.

Don't expect to see them all at once, though, because some can be as tiny as a couple of grains of sand, and are thus easy to miss even for the most hawk-eyed diver. The loss of colour associated with depth can also make them harder to spot. But if you're an attentive observer, spending an hour underwater with your nose in the bottom can be very rewarding!

by Inti Orozco

 

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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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