Dreamers Dive Academy
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Dreamers Dive Academy Timor offers various professional services around Timor Leste's marine ecosystems. From days out snorkeling or scuba diving to research, training, equipment distribution and exploration. Our key objective is to "go beyond" the conventional by tailoring our services to our guest's needs. . All our work has marine conservation in mind; aiming to offer true Eco Tourism. You wont see single use plastics during our activities,we aim to use local products as much as possible and we are continuously collaborating with local youth through environmental education activities as well as offering sponsorships of in water activities such as snorkeling or scuba dive training. At an international level we are Green Fins members and have ongoing collaborations with NGO's and individual researchers.
Dili, East Timor
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Abraham Sitorus
Jakarta, Indonesia1 contribution
Oct 2020
I was in Dili from February 2020 to October 2020. Just like everybody else, I was stuck because of COVID-19 and decided to spend my time in Dili doing something fun, and boy did I have fun. Over the course of 4 months (July to October), I did close to 40 dives with DDA.

I was always guided by either Ivan, Kate, or Melky. They’re all very professional and always had everything planned down to the minute. All the divers were always divided in small groups (experience-based), so safety was always the top priority for DDA.

I was previously a PADI Open Water Diver and could only dive down to 18m. I decided to take two courses with them. I took the SDI Deep Diver to be able to dive down to 40m and I also took the TDI Nitrox Diver. Because Ivan and Kate are technical divers, they’re very strict when it comes to courses. They will do their best to make sure that you understand both the technical and the theoretical parts of every course.

Other than scuba diving, my favorite part is obviously the surface interval because Kate always cooked us delicious and healthy food. The only downside I can think of is that I’ll always be comparing other dive centers with DDA and I’m not sure I’ll get the same level of satisfaction. Thank you to Ivan, Kate, Melky, and Atino for making me fall in love with East Timor. I can't wait to come back to Dili and dive with these guys again!
Written 22 December 2020
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Hey Abraham! We miss you over here! ... thanks a lot for your comment but even more so for all the fun memories we shared.... one of my favorites no doubt was that deep dive at Lone Tree... crystal clear waters...perfect for your deep specialty course. We are very much looking forward to have you back. PS. Apologies for the late reply, sort of forgot about this media with all this COVID times lol
Written 19 October 2021
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Shark Stewards
San Francisco, CA12 contributions
Sep 2019
The diving in Timor Leste is superb but the friendliness and professionalism of Dreamers is superb! Kate and Ivan are pros and make you at home. Timor Leste is an adventure and it is noice to have friends who know the coast and can develop diving skills from the novice to most advanced.
Not only a dive organization, they have a strong conservation ethic and are part of the Association of Marine Tourism developing sustainable ecotourism that will support the country and the amazing biodiversity of this young country.
Written 27 August 2020
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Hey! thanks a lot for your kind review; we really appreciate it and we are also very happy that we got to meet you....I am sure we will be diving together again at some point..... after all we stand on the same side of this fight for conservation ; ) ..... Meanwhile stay safe!
Written 28 August 2020
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Arya Daru P
Buenos Aires, Argentina74 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
I've been diving in Timor-Leste for quite a bit since 2018. But after knowing Ivan, Kate, Kayla, and Melky from Dreamers Dive Academy in early 2019, I can't seem to stop diving with them, because they're such great people.

The dive trips are never in a big group which means that you'll always get full attention, and the divers are usually regulars which most of them become friends.

The meals prepared for the dive trips are always delicious. Kate's chocolate cake? Never get tired of it.

I did my SDI Rescue Diver Course and First Response Training with Kate who is an awesome instructor (course director). Very professional. Managed to gain a lot of knowledge and skills there.

I did my TDI Nitrox Course with Ivan who is also an amazing instructor. I'm a guy who really suck at maths and physics, but with the help of Ivan, I could pass the Nitrox Course and could really understand the gas.

It's not just me, but my whole family enjoyed their experience with Dreamers Dive Academy - my wife did a Discovery Dive with Kate; and my kids (5 and 8 years old) did a couple of assisted snorkeling sessions.

And Ivan is also an awesome scuba technician who is great in servicing dive gears. I had my Scubapro Reg and BCD serviced with Ivan before I got them stored.

Athough I dive with my own dive gears, I could see that the rental dive gears that they provide are better than other dive centers in Dili (balanced reg - Scubapro MK11 + C370 + R195 octo, and BCD with integrated weight pockets - Scubapro X-One).

Surely gonna miss diving with Dreamers Dive Academy.

Anyone planning to dive or planning to take dive courses in Dili, Dreamers Dive Academy is my number 1 recommendation.
Written 23 August 2020
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Thank you so much for your kind review!! ... we really appreciated, your support keeps the dream alive! ... and for sure, you will be missed my friend. Yet is a small world so we are certain we shall dive again together one day! Meanwhile stay safe and blessing to your family.
Written 24 August 2020
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Stephen W
3 contributions
Jul 2020 • Solo
Did my open water certification course here and it was perfect. Kate is a great instructor. It was very convenient as they worked around my busy schedule and provided a ride to the dive site! Very knowledgeable about the area and what fish to look for. Looking forward to my next dive!
Written 26 July 2020
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Thank you so much for your kind comments. We look forward to follow up you underwater adventrues in Timor Leste and beyond!
Written 24 August 2020
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Franzi1211
Nairobi, Kenya3 contributions
Jan 2020
I did my Open Water Scuba Diver with Dreamers Dive Academy and had a great experience! Kate explained everything very well to me, I felt completely safe during the dives and the snacks in between the dives are definitely an appreciated add-on.

I highly recommend diving with Dreamers Dive Academy and am looking forward to more dives with them!
Written 14 January 2020
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Thank you very much for your kind review. We are very happy that you enjoyed your training with us and look forward to follow up your future diving adventures.
Written 16 January 2020
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Christoffer A
4 contributions
Dec 2019 • Solo
Did my TDI sidemount, Advanced Nitrox and Decompression procedures course with Dreamers dive academy and instructor Ivan. Great courses and even as an instructor for some years it was extremely learning and I would recommend anyone to do these courses, it's perfect for people who want to take the next step increase your knowledge and be a better diver, Timor Leste is also a great place to do it where you can dive in these untouched reefs with no other people around you and you can learn without stress, the dive operation itself is really well run with equipment in great condition, great lunches on the trips and all the staff are really good. DDA offers technical diving, guided dives in small groups and a vide range of courses from beginner up to instructor level so there is something for everyone :) thanks again to the Dreamers Dive academy team Ivan, Kate, Kayla, Melky and Atino
Written 7 January 2020
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My friend! so sorry it took us so long to reply this comment. Not sure why we missed it. What can we say.....it was an honor to be you instructor; is great to have students with your level of knowledge and experience and yet still humble and hungry to learn.... thats the way to role! It was great fun and we definetly look forward to do some tech dives together in the future....may be some caves in Mexico?!! ha ha
Written 24 August 2020
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Ng888
2 contributions
Oct 2019
After living in Timor for a year, I finally completed my SDI Open Water Course through Dreamers Dive Academy. Having never done diving before and hearing only wonderful things about Kate an Ivan, Dreamers was my top choice. After completing my course and subsequent dives with Dreamers, I can fully support the comments made by those who recommended Dreamers to me.

Kate and Ivan are amazingly friendly and very professional with a vast knowledge of diving and diving in Timor. The fantastic support provided on every trip includes everything you need from well-maintained dive equipment, snacks (fabulous vegan chocolate cake), fresh coconut water to rehydrate and great company.

I would highly recommend diving with Dreamers for anyone of any level.

Thank you, Kate and Ivan, for making my first dive experience such an amazing one.
Written 2 December 2019
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Hey! Thank you for the lovely comment! Its been great to have you guys join the diving world with Dreamers. A all world of new adventures at hand, look forward to share some good dives in Timor and also look forward to follow up your adventures outside Timor Leste.
Written 3 December 2019
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AmandaAndAdm
Melbourne, Australia7 contributions
Nov 2019
I dived twice with Dive Timor - once in October and then again in November (couldn’t wait to come back!)
I did both my beginner and deep diving SDI certification with them
I can’t say enough positive things about this experience!

Firstly - the people! Co-owners Kate and Ivan as well as all the other staff are incredible, friendly, approachable, great communicators, and all time just awesome people to have gotten to know. They are all so knowledgeable, super safety focussed, great at explaining everything, and make you feel so comfortable and safe whilst showing you the most amazing reefs and diving experiences you could imagine.

The place! The reefs in Timor are the most diverse reefs in the world! Relatively untouched by global warming they are full of the most incredible corals and sea life. It blew my mind how much there was to see on the dives. The staff were great at identifying and pointing out things that I would never have noticed, and we got to go through books and find the things we’d seen afterwards!
Also, I can’t believe how close Timor is to Australia and how much it felt like an untouched paradise. It was interesting to learn about it’s rich and challenging history which explains why it’s been relatively underdeveloped or explored until now. The locals all have a smile to share, and are interested in travellers and how they came to be in Timor. I felt 100% safe as a female travelling by myself.

The organisation - I did a number of days out the East coast to diving sites and everything was so organised. Snacks, water, lunch and tasty treats were all brought along for us, pick-ups from Dive Timor (sister company) or the dreamers site were organised, towels, all the equipment packed and ready! It really is a well oiled machine. It was a breeze to organise my dives and plans before I arrived, with communication while I was there via WhatsApp.

I can’t recommend diving with dreamers enough! Experience of a lifetime :D
Written 18 November 2019
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Thank yopu very much for your lovely comment! Its been great to get to know you and we are looking forward to follow up on your underwater adventures around other places! A all new world to explore when you start diving.
Written 18 November 2019
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Lauren B
16 contributions
Mar 2019
As an ex-pat in Timor-Leste, I dive regularly with DDA. Kate, Ivan and Kayla are incredibly knowledgeable, professional, organized and a lot of fun to dive with! And bonus, the lunches are excellent. I highly recommend DDA!
Written 21 August 2019
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Thank you Lauren! So many good advetures together! .... from diving together to dinning together, thank you for your friendship!
Written 18 November 2019
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Mark C
Darwin, Australia2 contributions
May 2019 • Solo
I completed the TDI Sidemount, Advance Nitrox and Deco Procedures with Ivan and Kate in May.

These guys are passionate about providing a safe and quality service for all divers. Ivans expertise in tech diving and patient demeanour allowed me to confidently completed my entry into the tech diving world. All in an amazing diving location.

If you're planning a dive trip to Dili you can't go wrong with Dreamers Dive Academy.
Written 15 June 2019
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Mark, Thank you very much for your comment. It was great fun to dive tougher and we look forward to follow your adventures! Keep practicing, keep diving!
Written 1 December 2019
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