Dive Timor Lorosae
Dili, East Timor
Tel: Ph. +670 7237092
Dive Timor is East Timor's premier PADI dive centre.
With three dive vessels, full equipment hire, own bar
and more fun then you can have legally DTL will ensure
you have the time of your life.
About East Timor
Timor is located in Southeastern Asia, northwest of
Australia in the Lesser Sunda Islands at the eastern
end of the Indonesian archipelago. East Timor includes
the eastern half of the island of Timor, the Oecussi
(Ambeno) region on the northwest portion of the island
of Timor, and the islands of Pulau Atauro and Pulau
There is something very engaging about this little country
that fought so long and hard for independence. Behind
the headlines of the past few years lies a beautiful
land of rugged mountains, perfect beaches and friendly,
outgoing people. Surrounded by the worldís richest marine
ecosystems, its waters offer countless unexplored reefs
teeming with sea life.
Nicolau Lobato International Airport in Diliis the main
international airport for East Timor. Major international
airlines that serve Díli directly include:
flies daily to Dili from Darwin and with their new jet
that can do the short trip in just 1 hour. Divers are
encouraged to let them know of any excess luggage (cameras
and dive gear) as there is a 20 kg limit. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Timor flies three times per week between Singapore
Timor flies daily between Bali and Dili. Sriwijaya
Air flies daily between Bali and Dili
US citizens should check with the US Department of State
for visa requirements to transit Australia and Indonesia.
No separate visas are required for East Timor, but passports
must be valid for six months beyond the intended date
of departure. Australian citizens should check with
the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
East Timor has two seasons, dry and wet. The dry season
runs from May to November and is at its driest on the
northern coast, which becomes quite parched. Rains during
the wet season can be torrential and flooding is frequent.
The nicest time to visit is May through July, when the
hills and fields are green and the temperatures comfortable.
East Timorís currency is the US dollar. Credit cards
are accepted only at some of the major hotels and a
few restaurants in Dili. Travellers cheques may only
be cashed at the Australian ANZ and Portuguese Banco
Nacional Ultramarine (BNU) outlets in Dili (and only
in Dili). The ANZ outlet also has East Timorís sole
ATM machine, which is only as reliable as the power
supply (read: not). Travellers are advised to arrive
with US dollars in cash, which can generally be safely
left in a hotel safe. Transfers may also be made via
Western Union, which has an outlet in Dili.
Dili has some great hotels at every price level. There
are really only two other bona fide hotels in the country,
at Baucau and at Com. But plenty of creative options
are available if you donít insist on luxury, and these
range from guest houses to convents. The catch is that
few of them have phones, far less email, so you just
have to arrive and take your chances. Camping is permitted
but get permission before you set up if the site is
near a village or a private home .
East Timor is presently switching over from the Australian
network communications to one of its own, including
both land and mobile lines. The country code will remain
As at December 2002, public access to the internet was
available only in Dili.
East Timor is prone to many of the health risks present
in most Southeast Asian countries, especially malaria
and dengue fever during the rainy seasons. Check with
your physician and at the Center for Disease Control.
Petty crime is present in East Timor and visitors should
take the usual precautions against pickpocketing and
theft. There have been a few isolated uprisings and
demonstrations in different parts of the country over
the past two years, especially in the area near the
border with West Timor - ask around in Dili before you
Driving and Road Safety
Traffic operates on the left-hand side of the road.
Cars and motorcycles are available for rent in Dili
through Thrifty, Dili Rentals or a number of the larger
hotels. Gas is available throughout the country but
instead of being pumped by an attendant, itís sold in
jerry cans at roadside stalls. With the exception of
the main arteries to Baucau and Batugade, the roads
are rough - only 428km/268 miles are paved of a total
of 3,800km/2375 miles. Mountain roads are steep and
winding and are used as much by pedestrians (and their
animals) as by vehicles. Flooding is common during the
rainy season, when parts of the country can be cut off
for days at a time by swollen rivers. Taxis are plentiful
in Dili. Mikrolets (mini-vans) are the main form of
public transportation throughout the country - theyíre
very cheap but often spectacularly overcrowded.
GMT +8 hours. EST (New York) +14 hours
220V, 50 Hz. Australian three-pronged plugs are fairly
standard. The power supply throughout the country is
It's good idea to register with your country's embassy
in Dili upon arrival, if there is one.
Australia: Avenida dos Mátires da Pátria,
Dili, East Timor
tel +670 (390) 322 111 fax +670 (390) 323 615
Great Britain: Avenida do Portugal, Dili, East Timor
tel +670 (390) 723 1606 email@example.com
United States: Avenida do Portugal, Dili, East Timor
tel +670 (390) 324 684 fax +670 (390) 313 206
Canadians should register with the Australian Embassy
in Dili or with the Canadian Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia
Tel: +62 (021) 2550 7800 fax +62 (021) 2550 7811