There are two main options for getting to Atauro Island – water taxi or public ferry.
Compass Charters operates a daily water taxi from Dili that leaves at 07.30 every morning and takes about an hour to make the crossing to Beloi on the east coast of Atauro Island.
The boat returns to Dili from Beloi at 09.30 and one-way fares are US$45.
Alternatively there is a weekly ferry service from Dili to Beloi every Saturday. The ferry is the Berlin Nakroma, which was a gift from Germany and departs at 09.00 for the two hour crossing and returns again at 16.00.
Fares in “Business Class” which apparently means anybody who is a foreigner… is US$5 each way.