Behau Village, which is roughly 50 kilometers East of the capital city of Dili, is one such coastal community. which has also demonstrated a work ethic and a willingness to be a part of Timor’s tourism future. Behau Village is perfectly located at the heart of Timor’s best dive sites. With 29,000 tourist arrivals in 2009, Timor-Leste is not only attracting more foreign dive tourist each year, but it also has a large expat diving community which is always on the lookout for new attractions.
Having community-based diver’s accommodations and other diver support services will inject jobs, much needed foreign capital and a strong financial incentive for the community to protect the marine environment.