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Underwater Photo Location: Milo's Reef Taci Tolu

Underwater Photo Location: Milo's Reef Taci Tolu

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Milo's Reef (named after a young resident who lives in the house fringing the beach nearby) is a 75 by 11 meter shallow NW by SE facing reef set at between 5-8 meters on a sand plain adjoining a drop-off to 35 meters. The dive is overlooked as it is located just east of two of Dili's more iconic sites, namely Dili rock and Taci Tolu. The dive entry point is straight out from the Taci Tolu youth center via a sand beach (probably the best shore entry in Timor-Leste. The reef is the home to a number of macro critters and because of its relative isolation on a sand plain is a fish mecca depending on tides with the usual suspects but Dugon, Turtles, Spotted Eagle Rays, Reef Sharks and Giant Barracuda are frequently encountered. The reef is also a favourite of the Atauro Spearo community who are more than happy to be the subject of wide angle photography sessions. The dive is an ideal refresher and photography dive and you can drift the drop-off as part of the experience pausing when the sound of 'frollicking puppies' is heard as this is the sign for passing Dugon who when you are on gear will check you out from a distance. If you are snorkling - the resident Dugon - Douglas will get in your face on a good day. Subject to longshore currents on occasion but there are good exits to the east and west of the site. No one dives this site except those lucky enough to have houses on the waterfront nearby or visitors on guided trips with freeflowdivingtimorleste.com who are aware of the site and do take divers there from time to time.
Facts about Milo's Reef Taci Tolu
  • It is in East Timor
  • Milo's Reef Taci Tolu is in the Banda Sea.
  • The typical depth is 0-10 Metres 0-30 Feet.
  • The typical visibility is 10-30 Metres 30-100 Feet.
Dive types
shorenight

Marine Life
bigsmallsharksturtlescoral

Diving facilities
airfriendly

Photo facilities
macrowideangle

by Marcus Culley
This Atauro Spearo made an appearance on our safety stop at 'Milo's Reef', Taci Tolu in Timor-leste. These guys regulary dive to 18 meters without fins. If you look closely he is smiling!
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