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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 July 2014


Shark of the Month - Thresher Shark [ Saturday, 12 July 2014 ]

The latest Shark of the Month blog from Shark Guardian

There are 3 species of thresher shark and all tend to be solitary creatures. Although they do not appear to be a threat to humans there have been reports of divers being hit by their tail!

Anatomy and Appearance

Its name derives from the greek word for fox. Its impressive caudal fin can be as long as the body itself. This is its main identifying feature and is easily recognized. It has a short head with a cone shaped nose and teeth of varying size. It has 5 gill slits. The largest species achieves 6m in length. Overall their colouration is a brown, blueish purple dorsally and a lighter shade ventrally.


They are known to follow large schools of fish, including tuna, bluefish and mackerel. They also eat squid and cuttlefish. Their tail is used to herd the fish, using it as a weapon to stun their prey by 'slapping' the water. The thresher shark is a very strong swimmer and are one of the few species known to jump fully out of the water, making turns just like dolphins do.


Found in all temperate and tropical oceans of the world, including the eastern and western Atlantic, central Pacific and Indo-west Pacific. Populations are separated by depth and space according to gender. Although they can be sighted in shallow inshore waters, they prefer the open ocean at maximum depths of 500m.


The thresher sharks have no distinct breeding season, with litters usually of 2-4 pups and a gestation period of 9 months. They are slow to mature but can live upwards of 20 years.

IUTN Status


This genus of shark is highly vulnerable to overfishing, hunted for their meat, liver oil and fins.


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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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