Dive Timor Lorosae - Guest house & apartments

Author: Pasqualina Coffey  
Posted: 2011-03-20 00:00:00

Had a brilliant stay at Dive Timor Lorosae! The diving was amazing, the instructors awesome and everyone in between an absolute delight to meet.

Definitely would recommend a stay, a dive and a cold drink upstairs.

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About East Timor
General Information

Last Updated on Sunday, 31 January 2010 16:24

Timor-Leste's population of over 1 million is one of the fastest growing in the world at around 4% per annum.

The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste acheived formal independence on 20 May 2002, following a UN sponsored referendum in August 1999 in which over 78% of the population voted for independence. Timor-Leste is one of the poorest countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The UN continues to maintain a significant presence in Timor-Leste, particularly in the capital of Dili.

Timor-Leste has an abundance of natural beauty including rugged mountains and a spectacular coastline. Major centres along the coastline include Manatuto, Baucau and Com in Lospalos. Timor-Leste has kilometre after kilometre of pristine coral reefs, offering some of the best diving in the world. There are several diving companies running scuba safaris to sites in Dili, Ataúro Island, Manatuto District, Tutuala and Jaco Island in Lospalos. Timor-Leste's reefs are home to a vast diversity of marine creatures, from turtles to whales sharks and dazzling shoals of colourful tropical fish.

* US Dollars are the official currency, with local small denomination coins (necessary in markets)
* Portuguese is the official language along with Tetum, the local dialect, although Bahasa Indonesia is still widely spoken amongst the general population. Some English is spoken, particularly in Dili.
* Catholicism is the predominant religion although most religions are represented
* International Dialling code +670
* Visas on Arrival cost USD30 for a thirty (30) day stay. Visa extension applications must be submitted directly to the Immigration Department in Dili, Timor-Leste. Extensions cost USD35 for each extension of 30 days, or USD75 for extension of 60 days. A departure tax of USD10 also applies.
All foreigners seeking to enter Timor-Leste on a temporary visa are required to have a valid national passport with an expiry date not less than 6 months from the date of entry into Timor-Leste.
* Dress standards are neat and conservative
* The visitor will experience many local customs and cultures and respect should be shown
* Food and Beverages. Drink bottled water only. Avoid ice and pay attention to non-cooked food. Salads should also be avoided if washed with tap water. Fruit should be peeled. Prevent dehydration by drinking a lot of water, using high factor protection sunscreen and wearing a hat.
* Animals and Insects. Avoid contact with animals as they are generally not vaccinated and can transmit diseases. Use insect repellent, especially at dawn and dusk and sleep with a mosquito net. Malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases are widespread.
* For specific information on health matters go to www.mdtravelhealth.com/destinations/asia/east_timor.php or www.traveldoctor.com.au/
* Security is improving although caution is still recommended – refer to the most current travel advice for Timor-Leste from www.dfat.gov.au or from your national embassy.

Much of the information on this page is sourced from Timor-Leste's official tourism website. For more information, please go to www.turismotimorleste.com

Travelling to East Timor
Entering Timor Leste

There are currently no nationalities that will be denied entry to Timor Leste; likewise there are no stamps in your passport that will prevent you from entering.

Visas can be obtained on arrival through the airport. The cost is 30 USD for 30 days, which is payable in cash on arrival at Dili International Airport. Extensions on tourist visas can be obtained for up to 3 months.

By Air

Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport in Diliis the main international airport for East Timor. Major international airlines that serve Díli directly include:

From Darwin:

Airnorth flies daily to Dili from Darwin and with their new jet that can do the short trip in just 1 hour. Divers are encouraged to let them know of any excess luggage (cameras and dive gear) as there is a 20 kg limit.
Email: reservations@airnorth.com.au

From Singapore:

Air Timor flies three times per week to Singapore

From Bali:

Merparti flies daily from Bali to Dili. Online booking is available from outside Indonesia. Alternatively you an buy a ticket at Bali airport (at the domestic counter for Merparti)

Sriwijaya Air flies daily between Bali and Dili

By Land

Overland travelers departing from Kupang, West Timor’s main city need to take an eight-hour bus that drops them at Atambua. From there, they need to take a mikrolet (minibus) to Motoain and then walk 200 metres across the border to get to Timor Leste’s border town of Batugade. From Batugade to Díli is a four-hour ride by bus.

Buses to and from Díli stop running by mid-afternoon, so don’t get caught at the border where there are no places to stay. From Dili to Indonesia you will need an Indonesian visa before crossing the border into West Timor. These are obtainable from the Indonesian embassy in Dili.

Alternatively there is a through-bus service offered by two companies: Timor Tour & Travel and Paradise Travel – both operate a daily service between Díli and Kupang which takes 12 hours in an air-conditioned mini bus. Make sure you call in advance to make your booking.

-Timor Tour & Travel: calling from Díli +670 333 1014 / calling from Kupang +62 0380 881 543

-Paradise Travel: calling from Díli +670 728 6673 / calling from Kupang +62 0394 471 543

Our Address
DTL Guest House is located in Dili on Avenida De Portugal, Kampung Alor. But do not look for the street signs or numbers as they don't really exist.

Just look for the PADI dive centre sign or the CASTAWAY bar (as we are located on the same site.

Best way to find us is to head to the main embassy beach road and we are 1km west of the light house or 1km east of the main Pier.

Better yet give us a call or email and we can either pick you up from the airport or your hotel.

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How to Pay?
Payments can be made in cash when you arrive here - please note that US Dollars must be 2006 series or more recent for us to accept them.

We accept Mastercard or Visa credit cards. We are required to apply a 5% bank surcharge on any credit card transactions.

ATM's are available in Dili either through the ANZ Bank or through leading supermarkets.

We also accept bank transfers - please contact us for further information - info@divetimor.com.

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