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Underwater Photo Location: Popes' Monument

Underwater Photo Location: Popes' Monument

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Location: 9.5 km West of Dili. A few hundred meters after passing the Pope's monument and right before the big rock turn right on the dirt road to the water's edge.

Entry : Big rocks on entry then sandy bottom to a gradual drop with the reef to the west

UW profile: Initially, sandy bottom with coral cover on the slope ranging from 5 - 21 meters.

Points of interest: Coral garden slightly West of the entry point at 3-5 meters depth. Coral head at 20 meters with interesting mix of fish, moray eel, groups of 5-7 lionfish. Also seen: Puffer fish, turtles, ghost pipe fish, stone fish, frogfish.

Great place for night dives since it is only a 15 minute drive from the center of town.

Topside: Open expanse with no trees.

Go to website for a list of dive operators in the area.
Facts about Popes' Monument
  • It is in East Timor
  • Popes' Monument is in the Banda Sea.
  • The typical depth is 0-30 Metres 0-100 Feet.
  • The typical visibility is 10-30 Metres 30-100 Feet.
Dive types
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Marine Life
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Diving facilities
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