East Timor is located in the heart of the Indian-Pacific "coral triangle", that according to specialists, is the underwater Amazonia and has the most marine life variety in the world. To the north is one of the most popular diving spots in Timor: the Wetar Strait, an underwater trench almost 3 km deep, forming a corridor for pelagic and migrating animals: whales, dolphin, and tuna. Besides this, there is also Ataúro island and Jaco island, both in Tutuala, with miles of majestic walls, untouched reefs and an abundant marine life, like reef fish of all colors, hard and soft coral, sponges and several types of sea anemones, each of these with its own clownfish colony. East Timor is an amazing diving destination for photography lovers or for the usual recreational diving, because of its diverse marine species and intense colors.
East Timor has a 18 thousand km² territory, which occupies the eastern half of the island of Timor, the Oecussi region on the northwest portion of the island of Timor, and the small islands of Atauro and Jaco. Its only land borders are with Indonesia, the westmost portion of Timor island; and all the land around Oecusse. It has a sea border with Australia, through the Timor Sea, to the south. East Timor has an equatorial climate, with two annual seasons determined by the monsoons. The low thermal amplitude is common to the entire territory.
To enter East Timor you need a passport valid at least six months after the arrival date. Tourist visas are acquired upon entry by plain after paying the fee (US$30 in cash) for a 30-day visa. However, if arriving through a land border, a visa must be obtained in advance.
Previous to visiting East Timor, some vaccines and medication may be required for vaccine-preventable diseases and some others. Recommended vaccination is: Hepatitis A and B, and typhoid fever. Some forms to prevent malaria are: take prescribed anti-malaria medicine, use mosquito repellent and wear pants and long-sleeved shirts to avoid mosquitos bites. For more information, please contact you doctor.
East Timor time zone is UTC +9
For international calls, you can find public phones in the main cities and urban centers. You can also use your cellphone through your country's roaming service or by acquiring a prepaid card. You can easily access the internet in coffee shops, bars and hotels.
Electricity in East Timor is 220 volts by 50 Hz. The plugs and sockets are the Euro type.
East Timor continues to face sporadic internal ethnic and political tension and related violence may occur. Gangs in Dili have attacked cars with stones and darts fired from slingshots, particularly during the early evening and at night. Local taxis should not be used.
Which locations in East Timor have underwater photos? Below, you will find the list of locations from East Timor and for each location a list of underwater photos.
Which marine species can I observe in East Timor? Below, you will find the list of marine species and the photos for each species.
Which photographers have taken underwater photos in East Timor? Below, you will find the list of underwater photographers and their photos in East Timor.
Which scuba diving centers can I dive with in East Timor? Below, you can see the list of scuba diving centers in East Timor. Click on “more info” to find out more about each scuba diving center.
Which liveaboard can I dive with in East Timor? Below, you can see the list of liveaboard in East Timor. Click on “more info” to find out more about each liveaboard.
Which accommodation can I rest after my dive in East Timor? Below, you can see the list of accommodation in East Timor. Click on “more info” to find out more about each accommodation.