The island of Atauro seemed to smirk at me the first time I saw it – sat majestically as it is in the Ombai Strait, some 30 kms north of Dili and right in the path of the Indonesian Throughflow as it streams between the main islands of Alor and Wetar, rich with nutrients from the deep basins of the Banda Sea to the north.
Diving Atauro had been on the agenda, and I had heard quite a bit about the migrating whales and pelagics often spotted around the island, but the sad fact was that the key ingredient necessary to dive there ( a suitable boat…) was just not available.
So I concentrated on the many shore dives the north coast of Timor Leste has to offer but, every morning as we headed out by road to explore those sites and on the way back every evening, Atauro seemed to quietly smirk at me…
It took another 4 years to actually get back there, and dive Atauro but last year I spent 10 days diving the locations on both the east coast and the west coast of Atauro Island including a few days on the island itself based from Adara Eco-Camp.
I have finally gotten round to finishing the editing of my images from that trip and putting together a location guide to diving Atauro Island which consists of an overview of the island itself, why the diving is good there, dive sites on the east coast and west coast plus where to stay if you go there.
Here is the link to the overview page and just follow the links at the bottom of each page, or the top menu bar to go to the other pages.