Dili Rock coral
Dili, East Timor
Dili Rock coral Reviews
Best snorkeling near Dili Apr 23, 2010
The Western entrance to Dili is marked by a fancy gateway and a cutting in a land formation when the road was built. What's left of the formation is now a large "rock" perched on the beach with it's toes in the surf. This is now known as Dili Rock and is reported to be the nicest area for snorkeling and/or diving.
If you still aren't confident you'll find it ask a taxi to take you there. Should be $2-5 and the promise of another $5 will have it back to pick you up at an appointed time.
With plenty of space to park our motorcycle, Kylie and I put on our masks and waded out through the waves. We were told the Dili side of the roack was the usual spot and as soon as we were out far enough to lay down we were able to see the rocky seafloor was already spotted with colour and small fish were darting about in the shallows around us.
Unfortunately due to some good downpours this week visibility was limited to no more than 5-6m so once we'd go out to that deapth we were unable to see much of the coral. Having said that we didn't really need to be much more deep than that anyway as there were plenty of coral varieties and even the odd creature (fish small, a big one reflecting bright blue and one of those cool blue starfish that looks like it's some kind of discarded beanbag) close in to the shore.
The water, though murky, was warm and an hour went by very quickly as we enjoyed the display beneath us but also had to be mindful of the waves crashing around us and our gear on the shore beside the bike.
All in all it was a pleasant time and I recommend this place for it's pretty coral and close promimity to Dili. The fact the crocodiles haven't found it yet is another bonus!
Part of the Coffee and Crocodiles travel blog
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