Surrounded by ocean, a yacht offers the ideal platform from which to discover the best of both land and sea in Timor Leste. Journey to the country’s core where you’ll discover jungle caves peppered with ancient rock paintings, crumbling Portuguese colonial towns and forested slopes bursting with birdlife. Delve into the ocean’s depths, where Timor Leste reveals its key attractions, and explore the deep channels that plummet more than 3,000 metres, acting as a major migratory route for marine wildlife moving between the Pacific and Indian oceans, including whales, dolphins, large sharks and turtles. Prepare to be amazed with each dive as you descend into one of the most bio-diverse underwater eco-systems in the world.
Dili and Autauro
Arrive in Timor Leste where your yacht sits in wait at the capital city’s vibrant waterside. After settling on board, venture into Dili to relish in the spectacular views from the Cristo Rei Statue, the second largest Jesus figure in the world, before hiking to a secret beach to meet your yacht’s tender. As you speed back to your yacht, you may experience your first whale or dolphin encounter. Back on board, cruise to Autauro Island where you’ll delight in an afternoon of snorkelling or diving. With excellent visibility, expect a myriad of mesmerising fish species amongst the impressive coral.
Spend a morning diving the seldom-explored reef on the east of Autauro, either in a submersible or with a dive guide, before a helicopter whisks you to the island’s conical interior. Follow a maze of trails on mountain or dirt bikes, ending at an isolated village where authentic local life awaits. The next day, embrace the early hours to scan the horizon for Blue Whales, Sperm Whales, Dolphins and Dugongs. Condition-dependent, swim with these gentle giants alongside Pelorus guides for an unforgettable wildlife experience. Later, you will aid local marine conservation through learning about the ongoing efforts to save and protect the reef before heading ashore for a cooking workshop with resident villagers.