While Beloi, on the east coast of island is a very good dive, the sites on the west coast of the island are the best way to really experience what Atauro Island has to offer.
For the Atauro Island dive sites on the west coast think magnificent walls that slope down and then plunge in to the depths of the Ombai Strait, clear blue water and the ever-present chance of a large mammal or pelagic passing by!
There are at least five significant dive sites on the west coast and all share the defining walls that make diving Atauro island quite so special.
Of the five sites Adara, around the center of the west coast, probably has the most variety as there is a nice bay and the walls to the north and south of the bay offer some very nice diving.
In Adara Bay you will find a pleasant sandy slope that leads out to the north and south walls and has some very nice sponge gardens and hard corals, plus an assortment of reef fish.
It’s a great place to begin and to end your exploration of the walls!
Kitali Bay, to the south of Adara Bay, is a similar configuration with a nice sheltered bay that leads out to a really vibrant wall with some superb overhangs and vibrant marine life.
The bay itself warrants some time exploring as there are several really good bommies and some excellent hard corals.
Finally Vatuo near the northern tip of Atauro Island deserves a special mention because of the beautiful hard corals and sponges on the slope down to its excellent wall.
Because of it’s position, Vatuo is right where the Indonesian Throughflow touches Atauro Island as it leaves the deep trenches and basins of the Banda Sea and surges south – so it’s a great place to look for those migrating mammals and pelagics out in the blue!
But if they don’t show while you are underwater at Vatuo the excellent slope and superb wall will keep you fully occupied…