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Love diving with this company! They always make the experience really enjoyable, fun and... read more

Reviewed July 9, 2019
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We loved the diving in and around Dili with Dive Timor. The reefs are pristine and flourishing with... read more

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Reviewed May 7, 2019

On the sidelines of a project, we took 3 days out to dive with Dive Timor Lorosae. We had heard of the magnificent diving to be had in East Timor and wanted to experience it. We approached DTL through a friend's recommendation. We communicated via email and all arrangements were quickly and efficiently confirmed. The new management team of Lynn and Gary had been in place for just over 3 months when we arrived to a warm welcome by this lovely Northern Irish couple who were in charge of both the diving operations as well as the dive resort. They were on top of everything as if they had been there forever. They provided a highly personalised service which we appreciated. We had picked their top end accommodation, a small apartment with one queen and one super single bed, a small lounge, a dining table and a fully equipped kitchen with two hobs. We weren't planning to self cater, but the space was very nice to have. Our fridge was a mild problem - we had two failed fridges in sequence, but Gary was magnificent and had them replaced each time within minutes! The air conditioning was cold, which was important as the weather was really hot and humid. The bathrooms were large and well ventilated but suffered from a low pressure shower which was often not really warm. The pool just outside our porch was a perfect place to hang out with a drink after a day of diving.

Now about the diving: We concluded that there are two great benefits from diving East Timor. Firstly, the coral and small life are pristine and healthy. Secondly, the dive sites are, as yet, not crowded. We were usually the only divers in the water. The sheer variety of hard and soft corals was astounding. The dives, whether nearer the mainland or on the west of Atauro Island, on our one day spent out there, were mainly great wall dives. Currents were gentle, the only exception being at the Pinnacle, where reef hooks came in handy and the visibility was generally superb. There was a dearth of large sea life, no sharks, rarely a school of Barracuda and only the occasional turtle. So it was all about the reefs. We would like to say special words of thanks to Chris (Swedish) and Narcis (Spanish), the two instructors who led our dives over 3 days. They were expert and engaging and we enjoyed their company.

We are obliged to say that shore entry and exits that are quite routine here were not comfortable. We were meant to do shore entry dives on days one and three with day two on a boat at Atauro Island. But with 20 kg of kit on us, surf crashing over our legs and near zero visibility in the shallows, it was not very easy. We could not tell at each step whether we would hit a large or a small rock, get wedged in a crevasse or strike some coral. The risk of twisting an ankle or knee was significant. My friend actually strained one knee badly enough for us to request a change of our third day's diving to all boat entry. But this came at significant added cost for the boat.

About costs. We were surprised that for the level of the economy in East Timor, costs are very high. Perhaps this is an inevitable consequence of operating at the tourist end of the spectrum in an import economy. There is no local currency to speak of and the economy operates in US dollars. While we appreciate that diving in East Timor is rather boutique and not a mass market activity and providing services such as Nitrox tanks costs more than in other places, we did find the cost of diving very high in comparison to other regional diving centres in Indonesia or Philippines. For example, for our last diving day when we had to upgrade from shore to boat dives, each dive was about USD $48 basic cost, add $15 for a Nitrox tank and add $30 per dive for the boat and each dive ended up being a hefty $93. Restaurants catering for tourists or the expat crowd are also relatively expensive. However there is no tax on alcohol and this is actually relatively cheap compared to other countries.

A note about hyperbaric facilities: The closest ones are in Darwin or Bali, both requiring low altitude medical charter flights in an emergency. So we recommend good diving insurance! This lack of a nearby hyperbaric facility is sub-optimal. However, we were told that DTL has a perfect accident free diving record to date.

Air Timor had just cancelled their direct flight from Singapore to Dili and we had to take various carriers that connected in Bali. The cost of the flight was very high for the distance (we held out for Air Timor to reinstate their direct flight to no avail and had to book alternatives about a month in advance - SGD $1500 return trip) and the luggage limitation of 15 kg was a challenge to meet with dive kit. The transit in Bali was inconvenient as we had to exit immigration and clear customs, then immediately re-check in for the connecting flight each way. The immigration queue in Bali could be over an hour.

Overall, we were very glad we had the opportunity to dive East Timor, a somewhat out of the box destination, at a time when diving has not become a mass market tourist activity. When that happens, costs will probably come down, but likely at the expense of over-diving the pristine reefs. For the moment, we are happy to recommend Dive Timor Lorosae, admirably managed by Lynn and Gary, to anybody who wishes to experience diving in East Timor.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Gastromed
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Reviewed May 7, 2019 via mobile

It was our first time diving in Timor Leste
Our friends Keith & Terina from Australia highly recommended this PADI 5 * resort to us

We met the new resort Managers Gary & Lynn (from Ireland) upon arrival and also our Dive Master Chris (from Sweden)

The rooms were a good size with A/ C fridge and kitchenette

We also had a nice pool outside the room which became our little sanctuary post dives

The food @ Castaways Bar upstairs has decent food albeit a little pricey

Overall a good place to stay for divers

One thing that would be good to have is a camera room for our dive camera equipment

The beach entry dives were tough on our old knees so we upgraded to boat entry dives which worked out much better for us

Diving in Timor Leste is not cheap though cf to Indonesia & the Philippines

But the dive sites are wonderfully pristine

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank EuanM153
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Reviewed April 30, 2019 via mobile

The staff is always very accomodating and they also will always have good diving tips. The gear is well maintained and new. I highly recommend.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Davidlet
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Reviewed April 27, 2019 via mobile

Dive Timor Resort is a great place to stay in Dili. Excellent customer service with an awesome location located right across from the beach. Definitely will get my diving certification in the near future with them.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Bailey C
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Reviewed April 27, 2019 via mobile

These guys do an amazing job. The owners and staff really know what they are doing and deliver exceptional service. I would absolutely recommend this location to friends.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Calarado303
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