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Will East Timor Become a Popular Diving Destination?

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While you may know very little about the recently independent nation of East Timor, north of Australia, it may be at the epicenter of coral sea biodiversity. Sitting roughly 70 miles east of Bali, the surrounding ocean has some of the most magnificent and untouched marine life anywhere, with researchers recently discovering 253 species of reef fish off the small island of Atauro, surpassing the world record.

Can the country, previously ravaged by years of bloody occupation by Indonesian forces, develop underwater tourism, yet keep its pristine conditions? At the moment, there are only a few dive centers grouped around the capital, Dili, and irregular visits by the ocasional liveaboard....


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