Nestled in the famous coral triangle, Ataúro reefs offer pristine dive and snorkel sites with a dazzling diversity of marine life – colorful hard and soft corals, sponges and fans as well as a vivid array of reef fish. Ataúro reefs are amongst the least explored and most ecologically diverse on the planet.  Sites range from magnificent wall diving with underwater cliffs plunging into the depths, to more sheltered and gently sloping fringing reefs.

Open water fish species such as tuna and mackerel can be seen along with reef and whale sharks, manta rays, turtles, and on occasion the more elusive dugongs.  In more sheltered sites marvel at the vast array of fascinating smaller critters – in weird and wonderful shapes and colors. Warm tropical waters provide tremendous visibility all year around.

For information on different dive sites around Ataúro contact Timor-Leste dive operators.  Some interesting websites on Timor-Leste diving can also be found at Indo Pacific ImagesThe Coral Triangle and Conservation International

Dive Operators

All Dili based diving companies have their own boats and run Atauro guided adventures. Compass Charters & Ocean Adventures also operates the specialist Adara Eco-Safari Camp. Ataúro Dive Resort is located at Beloi.


Ataúro Island has been found by scientists to have the most biodiverse waters in the world. UK Guardian August 2016.