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Explore Timor

Soft coral off shore of Beloi, Atauro Island
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Join us on a new and exciting action packed, off-the-beaten-track two week adventure to Timor-Leste!

Asia’s youngest country, rugged and remote Timor-Leste, is an unexplored global biodiversity hotspot packed with treasures! On this exclusive adventure you’ll discover unspoiled paradise beaches and dive and snorkel in the turquoise waters of the world’s most biodiverse oceans. You’ll explore vibrant coral reefs and participate in cetacean surveys as well as experience the culture and the surrounding landscapes of this beautiful country.

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Whale and Coral Dive Trip in Timor-Leste

Location: Dili and Atauro Island

Ages: 17 and above
Group size: 8 maximum
Duration: 2 weeks 

Dive Level: PADI Advanced Open Water


12 October – 25 October 2020

27 September – 10 October 2020

Price: only £1695

Two discounted places available on each trip for volunteer medics – Enquire now!

Alumni Discount applicable on all dates

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What our volunteers say
I absolutely loved my time in Atauro - the science, the diving, all of the additional activities, my homestay family, the food, etc.! It was definitely the right decision to come to this beautiful island! I strongly recommend this expedition to everyone who loves to dive and to learn a lot about the underwater world and to explore a stunning and unspoiled island.
Timor-Leste 2018
Timor-Leste was a wonderful experience. The site team are knowledgeable, friendly and incredibly enthusiastic. The local staff are a particular credit to themselves and BV. The work being done here feels significant and the locals are a crucial and impressive part of this. Dives were managed well with high levels of safety awareness and plenty of enthusiasm.
Timor-Leste 2018
I could not have asked for more. I got to explore my passion for the ocean with amazing people on a tropical island. Also the cultural experience was amazing!
Timor-Leste 2018

Download the Explore Timor expedition guide

Highlights include

  • Marvel at the pristine reefs of Atauro island, a wonder of the coral triangle and home to more species of fish than anywhere else on earth all whilst contributing to this citizen science project
  • Atauro is a whale and dolphin hotspot – see and survey some of these incredible creatures at close quarters, including Spinner, Bottlenose, Striped, Risso’s, Fraser’s and Rough‐Toothed Dolphins; and Blue, Sperm, Cuviers, Melon Headed and Pilot Whales
  • Meet expert field staff and community members working to protect Timor-Leste’s spectacular waters, and enjoy exclusive conservation and wildlife talks
  • Relax in exquisitely beautiful surroundings and experience Timorese culture in a rustic hideaway
  • Hike across Atauro Island to visit and dive the islands first locally managed marine area
  • Discover Timor-Leste’s dark history and bright future on a private walking tour of Dili, the nation’s capital

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The first and second 2 week whale and coral exploring dive trips cost only £1495 and the following trips are £1995 per person.

Participants need to be PADI Advanced Open Water divers (or equivalent). Talk to us if you have any questions about this and we can discuss your options. 

Yes! All being well with the introductory expeditions we run in 2019 the Whale and Coral exploring dive trips will be run again in 2020. Download the guide to get updates. 

Yes! We’d love for others to come and can offer a slight discount for non-divers. The capacity of the trip is limited to 8 people though, so do get in touch as soon as you can to discuss options.

Just complete our simple online application form and we’ll be in touch very soon!

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