Atauro Island: A Traveler’s Paradise
Have you ever dreamed of traveling to one of the most remote places in the world, boarding a local boat, and setting sail for a mountainous and reef-rimmed island untouched by mass tourism? We welcome you to fulfill this dream by visiting Ataúro Island in Timor-Leste. A truly untouched ecotourism gem in Southeast Asia, this small island has large potential: from the most biodiverse reefs in the world to a sacred mountain peak, Ataúro has something spectacular for every kind of traveler.
For those seeking adventure off the beaten track, you can find no better destination that offers the perfect blend of isolation and ease: stay with other tourists in an eco-lodge or immerse yourself in local homestays; relax on the main beach or venture into the mountains to explore the other side of the island; dive alone on unspoiled reefs or join a group for an adventure!
The choice is yours, and ATKOMA can help organize and customize your trip for the best possible experience.
Why Atauro Island
Whether you are dreaming of a luxurious island getaway and white sand beaches, pristine coral reefs and diving that takes your breath away, or a new world to explore with immersion into a vibrant local culture— Ataúro has something for you. Just 25 km long, Ataúro is home to a wide variety of landscapes, animal […]
Getting ATKOMA up and running required help from many passionate individuals and groups. We are thankful to have such helpful, productive supporters that have turned our dream of putting Ataúro on the map into a reality. The establishment and initial activities were supported by BOSS Project (IADE/ILO) with funding from Irish Aid and New Zealand […]
Asosiasaun Turizmu Koleku Mahanak Ataúro (ATKOMA) A group of tourism advocates has been working together since 2000 to pursue a common vision for developing low-impact tourism in Timor-Leste. Comprised of local tourism providers and community representatives, Asosiasaun Turizmu Koleku Mahanak Ataúro (ATKOMA) has remained steadfast in its dedication to seeing Ataúro develop as an ecotourism […]
Culture & Traditions
The People The people of Ataúro are descended from three clans: the Adade, the Humungili, and the Manroni, each with their own dialect, songs, music, and dances. The unique heritage of the island thus reflects many influences – the mixture of clans, the animist beliefs inherited from ancient times, the legacy of Portuguese colonization, the […]
Below are some of the incredible NGOs with whom ATKOMA partners. These organizations conceive and execute the programs that are helping to protect the natural and cultural resources of the island: