Top Snorkeling and Scuba Diving in Timor-Leste

Ready to check out the best sites in Timor-Leste for scuba diving, snorkeling, shore diving, free diving or other ocean activities? Zentacle has 23 dive sites, snorkel spots, beaches, and more. Discover hand-curated maps, along with reviews and photos from nature lovers like you. No matter what you're looking for, you can find a diverse range of the best ocean activities in Timor-Leste to suit your needs.
Timor-Leste dive site map
Jim's Crack

#1 - Jim's Crack

Timor Lorosae, Pacific

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Occupying 24,000 square kilometers on the eastern half of an island in the Timor Sea between Indonesia and Australia, East Timor has a population of approximately 800,000 people.
Maubara Fort, North Coast

#2 - Maubara Fort, North Coast

East Timor, Pacific

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Beautiful dive sites less than 60km from the capital, Dili. Visit this web site for images from dives in these spectacular sites. -- Nick Hobgood https://timetravelbee.com/places/north-coast-of-timor-leste/
Christo Rei East

#3 - Christo Rei East

Timor Lorosae, Pacific

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Occupying 24,000 square kilometers on the eastern half of an island in the Timor Sea between Indonesia and Australia, East Timor has a population of approximately 800,000 people.
Christo Rei

#4 - Christo Rei

Timor Lorosae, Pacific

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Occupying 24,000 square kilometers on the eastern half of an island in the Timor Sea between Indonesia and Australia, East Timor has a population of approximately 800,000 people.
Dili Rock

#5 - Dili Rock

Timor Lorosae, Pacific

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Dili Rock is also known as Pedra de Dili.
Dollar Beach

#6 - Dollar Beach

Timor Lorosae, Pacific

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Occupying 24,000 square kilometers on the eastern half of an island in the Timor Sea between Indonesia and Australia, East Timor has a population of approximately 800,000 people.
Donnie's Drop

#7 - Donnie's Drop

Timor Lorosae, Pacific

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Occupying 24,000 square kilometers on the eastern half of an island in the Timor Sea between Indonesia and Australia, East Timor has a population of approximately 800,000 people.
Giant Clam

#8 - Giant Clam

Timor Lorosae, Pacific

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Occupying 24,000 square kilometers on the eastern half of an island in the Timor Sea between Indonesia and Australia, East Timor has a population of approximately 800,000 people.
Bob's Rock

#9 - Bob's Rock

East Timor, East Dili

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Just another great dive site with loads of coral and fish life. Current can be tricky, but usually fine if you don't go past the point (like all dive sites on the North coast). Watch out for whales during their migration season (Nov - Jan) Go 47 kms east of Dili. Road curves around a wooded grove. At the track and sign turn left. Short four wheel drive track, but lovely grove. Bob's Rock is also known as Behau Forest.
Maubara

#10 - Maubara

Timor Lorosae, Pacific

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Occupying 24,000 square kilometers on the eastern half of an island in the Timor Sea between Indonesia and Australia, East Timor has a population of approximately 800,000 people.
Secret Spot

#11 - Secret Spot

Timor Lorosae, Pacific

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Occupying 24,000 square kilometers on the eastern half of an island in the Timor Sea between Indonesia and Australia, East Timor has a population of approximately 800,000 people.
The Wall

#12 - The Wall

Timor Lorosae, Pacific

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Occupying 24,000 square kilometers on the eastern half of an island in the Timor Sea between Indonesia and Australia, East Timor has a population of approximately 800,000 people.
Tasi Tolu

#13 - Tasi Tolu

East Timor, West Dili

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Tasi Tolu is a small critter dive site. It is especially interesting at night when many burrowing crabs, crustaceans and cephalopods come out of the sand to look for food. The slope is a very gradual sandy bank and one must be carefull to check depth to avoid going too deep. It is not uncommon to see rhinopias, sea horses, frogfish and harlequin ghost pipefish. At night, small octopus and well camouflaged pink soft coral crabs often highlight the dive. The site is only 15-20 minutes from the center of Dili. The turn off is located after having passed the road to the airport and is basically where the ocean is first visible. You turn to the right on a dirt track and can park your car 10 m from the water. The entry is a very easy gradual sandy entry.
Pertamina Pier

#14 - Pertamina Pier

East Timor, West Dili

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Pertamina Pier is a great site when the visibility is good. Since it is close to the mouth of the river, it is advisable not to dive right after a rain. Long shore currents can be rather strong in this area. Do not dive when a fuel boat is parked for fueling at the end of the pier. Make sure you take a dive knife with you are here are nets and fishing line caught amongst the pillars of the pier. The end of the pier is a fantastic place for marine life. The closely spaced pillars are covered in soft corals hosting all kinds of nudibranchs, eels, lionfish, octopus and harlequin ghost pipefish. Given the density of animals in this area, the pier is visited by schools of barracuda, trevally and sweetlips hunting for food. Drive along the ocean front road in Dili. Once at the end of the oceanfront you will have to dog leg to the left around the Pertamina fuel facility. Take the next dirt road to the right and follow it until it goes to the beach. Once on the beach turn right to get access to the pier. There is a big tree there for shade. The entry is easy with a gradual sand bottom. To get past the tidal area to the best visibility, you must swim the length of the pier to the end. It is a good distance but worth it.
Jaco Island

#15 - Jaco Island

East Timor, Pualu Jaco

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Jaco Island is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in East Timor, Pualu Jaco which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Adara

#16 - Adara

East Timor, Pulau Atauro

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Small and big fauna can be found here.. The reef is healthy and water so clear. Beautiful scenery. The Adara is located in north of Atauro island and can be reach by dive operator boat from Dili. You can find Compass Charters & Ocean Adventures who organize dive trip to Atauro daily.
Cristo Rei East

#17 - Cristo Rei East

East Timor, East Dili

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The site is covered in many different kinds of coral. Big schools of bumphead wrasse have been spotted here. In the 5-10 meter zone there are many giant clams with irridescent colors. This site is also a great nudibranch zone. This side of Christo Rei is a 20 minute drive from Dili center. You must take the road towards Baucau and once over the first hill there is a turn-off to the left onto a gravel road. Take the gravel road and drive along the coast for 10 - 15 minutes until you reach the end at a very nice beach. There are some scrubby trees on the beach that offer some shade where you can gear up. The best entry point is in about the middle of the bay in a sandy/sea grass area. Be careful where you step as that is where Charlie the seahorse was spotted clinging to a blade of sea grass. The entry is gradual and will then turn to a nice small wall of coral that follows the coast most of the way around the bay. Cristo Rei East is also known as Bakside of Cristo Rei.
K41

#18 - K41

Timor Lorosae, Pacific

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Stronger current on outer part of wall can be encountered; critter spotting area ideal for gassing off at end of dive and safety stop. The wall on the Eastern side of the entrance at K41 it a diver's Disneyland at night. The surface of the area comes to life with brightly colored cup corals and other night dwelling animals. One can spend a whole dive inspecting a two square meter patch of the wall and see dozens of creature and corals. Located 41 km East of capital Dili; main road from Dili to Bacao; shaded beach area; good for family outing and barbecues as well as overnight camping
Behau Village

#19 - Behau Village

Timor Lorosae, Pacific

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42.0KM East of Dili. Enter the area enclosed by a wall. The entrance is rocky and care should be taken when entering with a vehicle with low clearance. To the West the coral is more of an expansive coral cover with small outcroppings whereas to the East, the area is characterized by larger coral outcroppings in a more sandy area. Alternating small walls and sandy slopes. Resident Napoleon wrasse to the East of the entry. On the surface, there is a nice shady area with big trees and gazebo. The area is often frequented by people from the local village who are interested in watching divers. One can enter the water at the small gazebo-like structure in the enclosure. The first few meters is rocky leading to sandy bottom and then on to coral structures.
Black Rock

#20 - Black Rock

Timor Lorosae, Pacific

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36.3KM East of Dili. The turn off for Black Rock is right before the small ridge which overlooks Dollar Beach. Turn off the road and follow the tracks between the trees to the water. There is a wall to the East of the rock with depths up to 20+ meters. There is a gradual decrease in depth going Eastward towards the rock. Once around the rock and on the return to the beach, there is a nice coral garden ranging from 3-5 meters depth. Two large cracks in the wall on the East side of Black rock hold many fish in small caves in the sides of the wall. Also seen: lobster, nudibranchs (various). Black Rock is a beautiful dive, but can be very challenging if the currents pick up during the dive. Consult the tide charts before you go. (See Tide Charts at left). Avoid times when the tide is changing especially during neap tides. Avoid diving here if the water looks as if it is "boiling". There can be three different currents acting on this site at the same time, Northward, Eastward and Westward. The most popular entry is on the East side of the rock in order to circle around the rock to the West and then back to the beach. The first part of the entry is marked with a flat shelf of broken coral. At low tide this can make for a bit of a walk before it starts to get deep.
Aipelu Beach

#21 - Aipelu Beach

Timor Lorosae, Pacific

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Occupying 24,000 square kilometers on the eastern half of an island in the Timor Sea between Indonesia and Australia, East Timor has a population of approximately 800,000 people.
Dili Rock West

#22 - Dili Rock West

Timor Lorosae, Pacific

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Dili Rock West is different than its neighbor Dili Rock in the sense that it does not have areas of sandy bottom. On the contrary, the area is covered in hard and soft corals harboring many fish. In one area just west of the entry point there is a large expanse of the bulbous kind of staghorn or acropora coral which is always teaming with anthias and damselfish. This site is also very popular with anemones and their anemonefish (nemo) hosts. Dili Rock West is located just past Dili rock dive site ont he northern coast road from Dili to Liquica. Coming from Dili you drive past the airport to an area called Tasi Tolu. After passing a military facility to your left you can start looking for the dirt tracks leading to the shore not far from the rock formation "Dili Rock". Once on the dirt tracks follow them to the West side of the rock. There is a small area you can park in near the statur in the form of a rock that greets people coming to Dili from the West. The Entry requires a bit of walking on a dead coral shelf. Be careful to watch out for cracks in the rock surface. You will come to a ledge from which you can do a giant stride entry right into the coral reef area.
Bubble Beach

#23 - Bubble Beach

Timor Lorosae, Pacific

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29.3km West of Dili. Find the Indonesian military graveyard for Indonesian soldiers killed during the 24-year occupation and park near the piles of white rocks. To the West there are coral gardens with brain coral formations. To the East, the area is marked by a predominantly sandy bottom with large coral formations. The sandy bottom is covered with small holes where hot water and gas caused by geothermal activity are escaping. A large coral formation to the NE of the entry point holds several Moray eels. The sandy area is often frequented by blue spotted rays. There are no trees near the entry point but 100 - 120 meters to the West there is a large tree with good cover. The entry is straight out from the NW corner of the enclosure. Gradual entry on small rocks and sandy bottom. Occupying 24,000 square kilometers on the eastern half of an island in the Timor Sea between Indonesia and Australia, East Timor has a population of approximately 800,000 people.