Use Indopacificimages’ Complete Guide to diving Atauro Island to help you plan your trip to this special island just off the coast of Timor Leste, north of Dili.
Atauro Island sits majestically in the Ombai Strait that separates the islands of Alor and Wetar, right in the path of the Indonesian Throughflow, rich with nutrients from the deep basins of the Banda Sea to the north.
It offers deep blue waters, superb walls and interesting scenic reefs plus the chance of seeing large pelagics and mammals underwater as they migrate through the Ombai Strait.
Detailed below are the pages on this site that will help you to understand how to get to Atauro, where to stay and what the diving is like.
If you don’t know much about the country itself, start with Timor Leste 101 which will give you an overview of the country and its troubled history which will help set the context for your trip there.
Then check out the Scuba Diving in Timor Leste page to get some insight on why the diving can be so good.
Sparsely populated, with a very dry climate and just 25km long from north to south, the island of Atauro is home to about 10,000 people.
The two main villages are Vila and Beloi on the eastern side Atauro, with the rest of the population living in about 20 small hamlets – Read more
Atauro Island is something you should not miss if you visit Timor Leste as it has some excellent dive sites on both the east and west coasts.
Many of those sites on the west coast feature magnificent walls that drop down in to the deep blue waters that surround the island… Read more
The dive sites on the west coast of the island are the best way to really experience the excellent scuba diving that Atauro has to offer.
Think magnificent walls, clear blue water and the ever-present chance of a migrating large mammal or open-water pelagic passing by… Read more
There is some good diving generally on the east coast of Atauro Island but two of the sites really stand out from the rest – Beloi and Vila.
Both are the main villages on Atauro and Beloi is located roughly half-way up the east coast, while Vila is further down to the south… Read more
There are two main accommodation options for places to stay on Atauro island if you are planning to base yourself there while diving.
On the west coast there is the Adara eco-camp, run by Compass Charters, and on the east coast in the village of Beloi is Barry’s Lodge… Read more
There are two main options for getting from Dili over to Atauro Island – the daily water taxi or the weekly public ferry.
The water taxi is much quicker, but much more expnsive and leaves at 07.30 every morning, while the ferry service is only weekly… Read more