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Dive Timor Lorosae

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Dili, East Timor
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About Dive Timor Lorosae
Dive Timor Lorosae is Timor Leste's premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre. Diving Timor Leste since 2000 and 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 and Atauro island! 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. 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. Offering accommodation for any budget from backpackers, guest house to private studio apartments.
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Estelle D wrote a review May 2020
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I did my Padi Open Water Course ($350) at Dive Timor Lorosae in order to enjoy safely the beauty of the surrounding under waters, I live in Timor Leste. I cannot hide that the online theory part is quite boring and time consuming (add on that a slow internet) but the practical part first in the pool and then the 4 dives in the ocean with such a pasionnate and pedagog instructor as José, are worth it ! I saw a lot marine life (even with 18 meters max depth and diving from the coast), I love the weird shape of the yellow box fish ; I learnt interesting stuff : the mantis shrimp has wonderful colors and is one of the fastest animal ; careful to the ugly scorpion fish hidden in the sand, this is one of the most venomous fish and fire corals can hurt a lot… Can't wait for next dive : dugongs under water this time?
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Date of experience: May 2020
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Vicki C wrote a review Jan 2020
Southern Highlands285 contributions60 helpful votes
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Talk about organised! We were a day late thanks to our flight from Darwin being cancelled. But we were checked in and on the boat with no delay and off for our first two dives. Diving was well organised and fun. We were lucky enough to have perfect conditions, flat seas, no current, great viz and great company. Fully self-contained room. Drinking water supplied as the tap water is not suitable to drink. Comfortable. Pool on site is used for dive training and nice to hop into to cool off. Breakfast was included but be wary that the Castaway Bar might try and charge for the breakfast. Management of dive centre quickly sorted this out for us. On our last day they organised a driver to take us around and show us the sights which was a wonderful day. East Timor is definitely worth a visit if you are looking for somewhere a little bit different. Coffee is amazing too.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from Dive T, General Manager at Dive Timor Lorosae
Responded May 15, 2020
Thank you for this lovely review Vicki and glad you got to experience a range of our services. Hope that we will see you again in the future.
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Mick wrote a review Nov 2019
Patong, Thailand14 contributions5 helpful votes
Timor-Leste was quite an experience. Dive Timor Lorosae run an excellent dive shop, with great staff and experienced dive leaders. From the boat we saw blue whales and their calves, pods of pilot whales, 200+ dolphins in one go, the odd dugong or two. One the dives we didn't see any whalesharks, mantas, or bigger forms but plenty of scorpion leaf fish, Napoleon snake eels, peacock mantis shrimp, some nocturnal nudibranchs I've never seen before. Full 5 stars !! Mick
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from Dive T, General Manager at Dive Timor Lorosae
Responded May 15, 2020
Thanks for the great review Mick and glad you got to see our big stuff as well as our small stuff. Timor Leste really has a wide range to suit all diving preferences. We hope we will see you again in the future.
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honu-rangi wrote a review Oct 2019
Denver, Colorado131 contributions36 helpful votes
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If you don’t read anything else in this review, read this: Our week diving and staying in Dili with Dive Timor Lorosae was one of the best weeks we have ever had, and we think that they are the best dive shop we have ever dived with (out of maybe 25 or so). We also greatly enjoyed our accommodations, and we absolutely loved Dili! Full Review Please Note: All of Timor Leste is Visa only or USD cash. Dive Timor does wire transfers as well. We are a middle-aged (ish) American couple. We have traveled and dived quite a lot. We stayed in an on-site apartment/room and dived with Dive Timor Lorosae for a week in October 2019. This review covers accommodations and location, the dive shop, and the diving itself. We were not happy staying on Atauro, and we thought we were going to be stuck somewhere we did not want to be. We sent a sort of desperate email to Dive Timor Lorosae, and within an hour or so, they replied and said they could come and get us back to Dili, arrange diving the way we wanted, and so on. And at 9 AM the next morning, they did just that. We saw lots of dolphins on the way to Dili. It was a great start! Even if that’s all they had done, we would be eternally grateful. Our trip to Timor Leste could have gone a totally different way if these guys hadn't stepped up, but, as we say, it was the start of what would become the best trip of our lives. (The second part of this trip was to Darwin/Top End, Australia.) Accommodations: Dive Timor Resort/Guest House is part of a sprawling empire (not really) consisting of a dive shop, a backpackers hostel, some shared rooms, and big, one room furnished apartments. The whole operation is in a very busy part of Dili, on Avenida de Portugal. There's also a resto/bar called Castaways above the dive shop. It has live music on Fridays, plenty of seating, and really nice open views of the street, beach, and ocean beyond. We did not really eat there, so cannot say much about the food. We can say that it’s a great place to watch life unfold in Dili, and we drank plenty of beers while doing just that. We stayed in one of the apartments for a very reasonable $100 USD/night. We liked it A LOT. The apartment is simple, quite large and clean, has a refrigerator and a kitchenette, a TV, and wifi that’s fine for email and other low-bandwidth stuff. Everything works, and other than having really, really weak lighting, there's not much to complain about. Also included: great staff, an outdoor pool that we didn’t use, and at least one cat. It is not at all luxurious, but it is way quieter and more comfortable than you'd expect, and we ended up staying there very happily for the whole week we were in Dili. They do not have 24 hour reception, and they don’t need it, and neither will you. We left thinking that there are many upscale, big-name properties that could learn more than a few things from Kate and Ivan! The rooms are conveniently located about thirty seconds from the dive shop and the bar/restaurant, and the bustling Avenida de Portugal is right at your feet. Our room was surprisingly quiet, considering the very central location. There are other restaurants and a supermarket very close by, and if you don't feel like walking, approximately every third vehicle in Dili is a taxi of some sort. It is across the street from a beach where people actually swim, and joggers run by, and people go about their lives. Dili is not what we expected at all! If you like cities, you’ll like it. We LOVED it. I do not recall meeting anyone unpleasant or especially pushy or anything like that. It seemed safe to us. I would expect your standard city rules would apply, i.e., don’t walk alone at night, etc. Dive Shop: Dive Timor Lorosae and its sister outfit, Dreamers Dive Academy, are the best run dive shops we have ever dived with. We’ve tried to think of something we didn’t like, and we can’t. If you stay on site, you basically wake up, walk to the dive shop area a few seconds away, and everything is ready. No drama, no hurrying, no missing gear, no anything. Every single time. It is the same if you are staying at another property, except they come and pick you up. We ended up doing mostly shore diving, which was new to us boat divers, and they helped us out with our gear, a lot! I do not know if they do that for everybody, but they did it for us old folks, and it was very much appreciated. There are not many places providing the level of service we got. It really is boutique diving, but not especially expensive. We spent almost exactly what we had planned on spending, for way more than we had expected to get. Everything was just so right, and so, so enjoyable! The boat diving is the same thing, only you drive to the boat instead of up the coast. On the boat to Atauro you are very likely to see at least a couple species of dolphins, maybe some pilot whales and/or marlins, and if you go one week later than us, blue whales. We also saw a dolphin bait-ball that was the most incredible thing we have ever seen at sea. Hundreds of dolphins spread out over a very wide area converging and feasting on mackerel…this is David Attenborough-level stuff! Ivan and everybody else are still remarkably enthusiastic about all of this, and I think they would have stayed and watched the bait-ball even if there weren’t any tourists onboard. Diving: Diving Dili is some of the best diving we have ever done. It is astonishing. This is bound to raise some eyebrows, but we liked diving off of Dili more than we liked Atauro, and in fact we only did a couple dives off Atauro, and then decided it wasn’t for us. It has everything to do with fish populations, and nothing to do with any dive shop or property. That's just an opinion, and we do think you should still dive Atauro for yourself. To get to the east coast sites you drive on a road that was being newly paved, and is in quite good shape. It’s an hour or two, depending on the site. Driving in Dili is every bit the adventure you would expect, but once you’re out of the city, the traffic is light and it goes faster than you’d think. The scenery is lovely. The east coast shore diving sites are all we did besides the couple of dives in Atauro. The Dili site(s) were by far the best soft coral reefs that we have ever experienced. We have never, ever, seen anything like it in terms of diversity and quantity of corals and fish. There are so many soft corals on one of the sites that you almost can’t process it, and if you like clownfish and anemones, you are going to love these dives! We counted nine species I think. There is one pretty area absolutely carpeted with anemones and clownfish. This is where you run out of words, because the words to describe this do not exist. There is also good muck diving, which was not really our thing, but we liked it a lot, so now maybe it is our thing! Other sites have more hard corals that are just as varied as the soft corals. People should know that this is not pelagic diving, although you probably will see some larger fish. We did not dive the Pinnacle. Snorkeling many of these sites would probably be almost as good as the diving, and well worth it if you do not dive, or just feel like snorkeling. The viz was good to excellent, the dives are pretty shallow at 15-30 m IIRC, and currents are mostly mild. The water is QUITE warm, and I didn’t use a wet suit for any dives in Timor Leste. Snorkeling really would be awesome, and I kind of wish we had done some while we were there. BTW, no real reefs or good snorkeling that I know of close to the property. Note: Attached photos are 99.9% un-retouched (thus, blue cast on some), and pretty much picked at random. They are NOT “best-of.” We have dozens/hundreds, most of which we have not even looked at yet. Finally: Again: Our week diving and staying in Dive Timor was one of the best weeks we have ever had, on the best trip we have ever had. We will never forget how great the whole experience was, and we will always be grateful to Kate and Ivan and the whole Dive Timor Lorosae team. Everybody was, and is, great. Thank you all so much! Special shout outs to Abby, Rob, Chris, Kayla, Malkie, Layla, and of course Atino, a.k.a. “Formula One”. Sorry for spelling names wrong!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from Dive T, General Manager at Dive Timor Lorosae
Responded May 15, 2020
Wow, what an awesome review, we are blushing! Seriously though it was a pleasure having you dive and stay with us and this review is so helpful for anyone thinking of visiting Timor Leste. Thank you!
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von s wrote a review Sep 2019
Fraser Coast, Australia119 contributions63 helpful votes
Staying at the Dive Timor was a wonderful experience. The dive team were friendly, professional, knowledgeable and helpful. The dive sites we visited were all stunning for different reasons. Some were a little more difficult to get out of than others and some were a little further than anticipated, all were thoroughly enjoyable and interesting. Castaways restaurant upstairs was always friendly and accomodating to our group. We had many laughs and good times. We could and will be recommending this to other divers we meet. Thanks team for a very enjoyable and memorable week.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from Dive T, General Manager at Dive Timor Lorosae
Responded May 15, 2020
So glad you enjoyed your time with us and thank you for this lovely review. We do hope we will see you again in the future.
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