Timor Leste: Blue whales, Dolphins and untouched reef

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7 days
Trip Dates : 02/11/2023-08/11/2024
Timor Leste
Group Size : 8
Trip Details

We have created a daily schedule which maximises everything the island and ocean have to offer. We start early and finish late, and in between, offer many different activities.

We have been looking for a location which will allow us to swim with Blue whales with as little boat traffic as possible. 

Our secter spot is located along the Cetacean superhighway. This area is home to pods of Sperm whales, Risso’s dolphins, Cuviers beaked whales and during the months of October to December – over 90 Blue whales. 

The area is also frequented by whale sharks and the illusive Dugong.

There is no whale swim industry in the area and we are now helping them develop safe and sustainable guidelines for interactions. 

As always, we place huge emphasis on respect for the animals so swimming will only be done with whales which do not display any discomfort from our presence. 


Trip Location

Spot x – Timor Leste

Trip Dates


Price Includes

  • 6 Nights Hotel Accomodation
  • 5 days on the water - Whale Swim / Freediving
  • Daily Freediving / Snorkelling
  • Yoga / Photography / Breathing clinics

Price Excludes

  • Tips
  • Airfares
  • Alcohol / Soft Drinks
  • Travel Insurance
  • Lunch and Dinner.

Required for the trip

  • Wind Stopper jacket / Rain Coat
  • Sunscreen
  • Long Sleeve shirt - for the sun
  • Any personal medication
  • Snorkelling / freediving gear (Weights are provided)
  • Balaclava / head protection
What to Expect
  • Small Groups- maximum 7 guests in the group - 4 divers per boat
  • At least 5 different species (there are over 26 species of Cetaceans plus other marine animals)
  • Pristine beaches and reef
  • Cultural activities - depending on the weather, we will drive to a nearby indigenous community
  • Daily Whale swim - Licensed boat and guide. Photographer in the water with the group.

Day 1Arrive in Dili - Dugong search and check into the hotel

We will pick you up from the airport and drive to one of the bays where we hope to find a Dugong.
We will check into our hotel, have dinner and a briefing.

Day 2-6full days on the water

We will head to the boat after 6 and lift anchor around at 06:30.
We will spend around 7 hours out looking for whales and other interesting things.
Lunch on the boat or one a secluded beach.
In the afternoon, we will either explore the area or go for a snorkelling session.
Dinner in the hotel

Day 7Saying goodbye

depending on your flight schedule – you will be taken to the airport 🙂

Getting to Timor Leste


Via Australia:

Virgin Australia operates direct flights from Darwin to Dili. Flights are operated by Air North (https://www.airnorth.com.au/)

Via Bali:

Flights operate daily between Bali and Dili.

Via Singapore:

Air Timor http://air-timor.tl/ operates direct flights between Dili and Singapore twice a week. This is a very convenient option which lands in Dili early in the morning.

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