Diving and Snorkeling Sites
Ataúro offers the world’s most biodiverse diving and snorkeling sites! This is due to its location in the famed Indonesian Throughflow, a warm current that carries a rich assortment of nutrients south from the Banda Sea. This diversity in nutrients bestows Ataúro with rich and diverse marine life. In 2016, a Conservation International team analyzed the sea-life surrounding the island and found an average of 253 species, making these waters the most biodiverse ever recorded. For reference, the previous record was a reef in West Papua, which found an average of 216 species.
Because of this spectacular sea life, any traveler willing to get into the ocean is in for, quite literally, the world’s very best diving. Those who successfully make the journey to Timor-Leste can witness these astounding underwater treasures for themselves. Surrounding aquatic topography includes breathtaking wall drop-offs that plummet miles towards the ocean bottom, coral garden descending slopes, and fringing coastal reefs teeming with varied fauna, some of which are exclusive to the island. In general, the water is also translucent, providing excellent visibility.
You have a plethora of dive sites to choose from around the island, depending on what you are looking for.