DURATION: 10 nights
SEASON: August - November
PORTS: Dili to Dili
QUALIFICATION NEEDED: PADI Open water or equivalent - no minimum number of logged dives required.
This 10 night liveaboard adventure allows up to 33 dives, including night dives and enables divers to enjoy both the fringing reefs and off shore islands of Timor-Leste. Bounded by the Timor and Banda Seas, Timor-Leste offers divers many different sites with diverse topography and a fantastic array of marine life. You can expect all the wonderful creatures and colourful corals that would be found in Indonesian waters, yet this area is little explored and many new dive sites are ready to be discovered. Pristine corals, sandy muck diving slopes and off shore pinnacles await the adventurous diver.
Departing from Dili between August and November, your liveaboard safari takes you to Jako, Artauro and Timor-Leste's north coast dive sites. The wondrous seacow - Dugong, can be sighted along the northern coast, the steep walls of Atauro Island bring sharks and rays, Jako Island is a rush of currents, and the sheltered bays provide havens for many tiny species from seahorses and octopus to frogfish and rhinopi.
**PLEASE NOTE** the itinerary below is just an example of the route taken and the order and dive sites are not guaranteed. All dives sites are subject to weather conditions and the final route taken is at the absolute discretion of the captain and dive guides.
Day 1: Arrive in Dili and board the S/Y Oriental Siren at approximately 3pm.
Day 2: West of Dili - 4 dives
Day 3 & 4: Atauro Island - 8 dives
Day 5: Manatuo East if Dili - 4 dives
Day 6, 7 & 8: Tutuala and Jako Island - 12 dives
Day 9: Manatuo East if Dili - 4 dives
Day 10: Dili - 2 dives
Day 11: Disembark in Dili after breakfast.
The Church: On the Northwest coast of Atauro Island the steep walls rise up from depths of 50m+. Covered with hard and soft corals this site attracts passing pelagics such as tuna, barracuda and swordfish along with reef sharks and hawksbll turtles. A closer look at the wall reveals a startling diversity of crustaceans and molluscs.
Jako Island: Off the eastern tip of Timor Island lies the small island of Jako. Currents pass through bringing nutrients that support the life of some large marine animals. Expect to see mobula rays, grey and white tip reef sharks and schooling trevally and snappers.
K41: On the northern coast to the east of Dili, the coral garden of K41 attracts schools of midnight snappers, huge batfish and yellow-fin bass. Dolphins are heard and occasionally seen during the dives and whale sharks often make an appearance. Hiding underneath the coral bommies whiptail rays can be found, whilst the shallow waters are the place to hunt for ghost pipefish and sawblade shrimps.
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