Atauro Island is in East Timor. Atauro Island is a small island situated 25 km north of Dili, East Timor, between the Indonesian islands of Alor and Wetar. Politically it comprises one of the Administrative Posts (formerly subdistricts) of the Dili Municipality of East Timor. It is about 25 km long and 9 km wide, about 140.1 km2 in area, and had 9,274 inhabitants at the 2015 Census. The nearest island is the Indonesian island of Liran, 12 km to the northeast.
Atauro is considered to be one of the more conservative regions in East Timor.
There are three ways to get to Atauro, but all three leave from Dili harbour. Atauro has only one wharf, in Beloi.
The Laju Laju from Dili, is thecheapest way, takes 3 hours.
The Dragon boat, leaving from Dili Habour, $13USD each way, 1 hour. This is the fastest way to Atauro.
Ask around at the habour for local open boat, it will cost about $10 USD, and will likely be wet.
The best way to get around this island is on foot, although a tuk-tuk can be organised to take you along the main east coast road between Vila and Uaro-Ana. Outriggers and small open fishing boats can be hired for trip to different towns around the islands coast.
There a great number of snorkeling and diving sites around the island. Some sites are easily accessible from shore, and a small boat can be hired to take you to the outer reef for $10USD. Atauro Dive Resort is the only dive company based on the island, but Dili-bassed dive companies will offer Atauro diving for a higher fee.
The are also several hikes, most notably to Manokoko mountain, or across to island to smaller villages such as Akrema and Adara. A guide to the top of Manokoko will cost around $15USD.
There are number of options for accomodation in Beloi, but readily-available accomodation is much rarer in the rest of the district;
Beloi Beach Hotel - The most luxurios accomodation available on the island.
Homestays - The NGO Roman Luan organised homestays with local families.
Atauro Dive Resort - The best place to stay if you plan on experiencing all diving the island has to offer.
Barry's Place - Located in Beloi, this is the most well-known accomodation on the island, this is the best place for organising anything on the island, including boat hire and guides. $35USD Meals included.