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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 2017


La Casa de DTL [ Sunday, 25 September 2016 ]


Well for those of you who are resident in Dili you may have noticed the recent occurrence at DTL's original artificial reef “RODA REEF”. I am of course referring to the new construction that people keep telling me has something to do with a fancy resort wanting a jetty; to be totally honest I actually have no idea what the plan is there, all I know is that it could severely jeopardise the future of “Roda reef” as a dive site. 

For people who have no idea what on earth is “Roda reef” either have a read of the original blog by clicking the following link: Roda Reef.

in 2014 the staff at DTL made an artificial reef out of old car tyres (Roda meaning tyre in tetum) with the idea of creating a hub for marine life in an otherwise sandy bottom. This dive site attracted frogfish, glassfish, various shrimps, groupers, pufferfish and scorpionfish, including leaf scorpionfish and soon became one of the more popular local dive sites. 

Okay so that leads me to the this blog's title- DTL ARTIFICIAL REEF PROJECT NO 2; “LA CASA”

Considering the initial success and recent activity at “RODA REEF” the current staff at DTL thought it might be worth while to start a new project with the same aim as it's predecessor – To attract life and create a cool new dive site. As permissions were already gained to build in Tasi Tolu bay area, we were assured the project would be approved- thus began exploring the area from east of Tasi Tolu dive site to west of Roda reef looking for a suitable spot. The ideal area needed a reasonably flat but not too deep sandy bottom, some life in the area but nothing we could destroy by putting structures in, an easy entry and exit point preferably with somewhere to park and of course not on top of an existing dive site. Once this was decided it was onto planning...

...Recently, we just replaced all our old tanks and decided to plan the new reef around recycling those. We set about making the plan, not only as to how the reef should look but also how to figure out the logistics of getting the materials down to the bottom. As inspiration flowed the idea of making an underwater 'house' became popular hence the dive site name of 'LA CASA' (because Spanish is the sexiest language haha or because 2 of the staff are latinos and it does sound cooler than 'The House')

I feel like keeping an air of mystery about the dive site is advisable so your curiosity gets the better of you and you come ask us for more information but I will say it took hard work, determination and imagination to set up this reef – a scuba tank full of water is super heavy  and makes positioning for structures an interesting dive skill. In addition to tanks materials included metal, concrete and wood plus a few palm leaves- we were very careful to remove any polluting elements such as plastic or paint as best we could and opted not to use any of the plastic rope for attaching things instead we used metal wire. 

Currently, “LA CASA” has attracted glass fish, batfish, moorish idols, shrimps, nudis, pufferfish, groupers, sweetlips, triggerfish, a frogfish, crinoids and there is plenty of algae and anemone growth giving us high hopes for this dive-site's future!

Will continue.....

Blog by Kate Barker.




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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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