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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 April 2015

 

Mermaids of East Timor [ Sunday, 08 March 2015 ]

 

The dugong is a large marine mammals which together with the manatee are part of the order of Sirenia. The sirenians are actually closer related to elephants than any other sea life. The average size they grow to is around 3metres in length and one this size can be expected to weigh 420kg! They also have a long life scan and can reach 70 years old.

Dugongs are shy, gentle creatures and are usually solitary so finding one on a dive is usually rare but wonderful when it does happen. When you are lucky enough to encounter a dugong remember to respect its space and as with all marine life, look but don’t touch.

Most dugongs will tend to ignore divers and continue with their grazing on sea grass so there’s no need to chase or harass them. They are mammals so like whales and turtles will have to return to the surface every so often for a breathe so obviously be safe and don’t  follow them up and back down as this will increase your chance of Decompression Illness even at the relatively shallow depths of 10m. Just stay still, calm and enjoy the amazing experience.

The name dugong originates from “Lady of the Sea” and dugongs are believed to be the inspiration for the mermaids that early sailors spoke of.

They are found in warm coastal waters from the western Pacific Ocean to the Eastern coast of Africa usually in protected shallow bays. The dugong feed mainly on sea grasses, they are heavily dependent on this as a source of food, so only live where sea grass grows. When sea grass is scare they are known to feed on algae and some in Australia even on small invertebrates.

Sadly due to over fishing and destruction of their habitat the number of dugongs has dramatically decreased in recent times and are now extinct in a large number of areas they used to populate such as the Maldives, the Phillippines, Mauritus, Hong Kong, Japan, Cambodia and Taiwan. Dugongs are easy targets for hunters as they are large and slow moving so have been over hunted for their meat, oils, skin and bones.

Other threats have included entanglement in fishing and shark nets, oil spills, being hit and injured by boats or even bad storms and cyclones which can wipe out huge areas of sea grass.

They are now listed as vulnerable and due to their long lives, slow reproduction cycle and limited habitat they are in great danger of becoming extinct.

The most popular dive sites to see the Dugongs in East Timor are: Tasi Tolu, Roda Reef, Piertamina and Secret Garden.

 

 

 

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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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