East Timor (indon. Timor Timur), or Timor-Leste is a country in Southeast Asia, located in the eastern and western part of the island of Timor. It also occupies the islands of Atauro and Jaco. In the south and east, East Timor is washed by the waters of the Timor Sea, which separates it from Australia, and in the north — by the Ombay and the Banda Sea.
Timor is the heart of the famous “coral triangle”.
Sandy reef and coral gardens are great locations for diving. They are popular because of bubbles that rise from the bottom of the sea due to volcanic activity in the region.
There are barracudas and octopuses, seahorses and black scorpionfish, smooth lumpfish and dugongs. And also — nudibranchs and great folds, shoals of tuna and jack mackerel, silvertip sharks and stingrays.
Many travellers call East Timor the "edge of the earth" because of the many places that have not yet been mastered by man.
Dili — the departure point to those desiring a sea walk, who arrived in Timor-Leste. One of the most popular destinations is the island of Atauro (port. Ataúro) with an underwater wall extending to a considerable depth. Exotic fish live here and you can come across dolphins.
The unspoiled nature of the island of Jaco resembles a piece of the lost world.
Dive Timor, the most renowned dive shop in East Timor. Nearby there is a guesthouse where you can stay. There are organized dives nearby Dili and in more remote areas.
Aquatica Dive Resort Timor, a new dive shop. Located on the outskirts, but there is a transfer that takes you from the hotel and back.
The air and water warm up to +29 ˚С. The rain season continues, but in April the amount of precipitation decreases. The air temperature is +30 ˚С. In May, the rainy spring ends and the hot summer begins, marking the start of the high season.
Dry season is the ideal season for diving. The air warms up to +29 ˚С, and the water to +27 ˚С. It rains periodically. August is typically the driest month of the year. Precipitation only accrues for 3-4 days. The air temperature at night is +18 ˚С.
In September, the air warms up to +29 ˚С, and water to +28 С. In October, this weather continues to be the same, and in November, rainfall increases, foreshadowing the onset of the rainy season.
In December, the air warms up to +30 ˚С, and water to +29 ˚С. The rainy season starts. In January and February, these figures are maintained. The light of day lasts for 6 hours. At night, the air cools down to +20- 21 ˚С.
Despite poor visibility, Pertamina Pier attracts tourists with interesting sea inhabitants: octopuses, barracudas and smooth lumpfish.
Night dive to Gravel Pit — a shallow coral garden — will present you with berry cuttlefish and tentacle acetonours.
The level of medical services in East Timor is low. There is a shortage of specialists and medication in the country. Vaccines, as well as insurance, are mandatory for visiting the state there.
Timor-Leste is not the safest place for tourists. There are often thefts and attacks on visitors. The situation is better in the provinces, but you should not let your guard down still. Especially be careful in the border regions, where there are armed smugglers. We recommend avoiding rallies and other mass processions.
Corals represent a certain danger, it is easy to get hurt around them. Remember that not in all places you can swim because of crocodiles in the coastal waters. It is also worth being careful with the currents, they are quite strong.
Island cuisine is a blend of Filipino, Chinese and Portuguese cooking traditions with the additions of the Malay people. Almost all dishes are based on local rice with the addition of coconut milk, spices, corn, potatoes, and bananas. Popular delicacies among travellers include akar: pickled vegetables with palm bark, caldeirada: stewed with spices and tomatoes, beef and lamb, tapai (rice noodles).
The black coffee is quite tasty, and lovers of strong drinks should try local beer. Since tap water here may be unsafe to drink, it is advised to consume only bottled water.