Hotels & Dive/Eco-Resorts
Beloi Beach Hotel, Ataúro Beach House (operated by Compass Dive), Ataúro Dive Resort and Barry’s Eco-Lodge are considered the most high-end accommodations on the island, and all are able to arrange or directly provide diving for guests. You can expect private or “tent-style” rooms, often with bathrooms shared with other guests, when staying at a dive or eco-resort.
It is important to note than even the most expensive and upscale stay at Beloi Beach Hotel may not have all the amenities you would otherwise expect from a luxury accommodation option in another location: water, electricity, and even food options can be very limited on the island, so expect to be flexible regardless of where you stay. This also gives you an opportunity to explore the intricacies of eco-living on this island. Seriously, environmentally-conscious tourists come all the way to these eco-lodges to learn about their operating systems in such a dry climate in the greater context of developing countries. So while the toilets may not be like your toilets at home, embrace them as a chance to learn and ask questions. The architecture and thought regarding the functioning of each lodge is inspiring and mind-blowing. Have additional satisfaction in knowing that your ecological footprint on Ataúro is significantly reduced. Now this is a beach holiday you can feel great about!
If you hope to dive during your stay, these are excellent, affordable, and family-friendly options. The dive staff in each of the offerings are wonderful and are known to hang around all day (when they aren’t in the water of course!) to get to know you and answer any of the questions you might have. As previous tourists themselves who fell in love with beautiful Ataúro, they are eager to share their journeys with you. Enjoy beef rendang and a game of cards and hear about the recent sightings under the sea.