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WHALE MIGRATION SEASON

WE'VE GOT THE BLUES!

Once a year, between the months of October and November, Timor-Leste is graced by the vast & distinctive presence of migrating Pygmy Blue Whales - a subspecies of the largest animals to ever roam our planet!

Very few other locations in the world offer the chance for such close and numerous encounters with these rare & endangered gentle giants of the ocean. Follow us on one of our tours to see if you could be one of the lucky ones to join the small percentage of humans in the world to have set eyes upon a blue whale.

We are now accepting inquiries and group bookings for the 2023 season!

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WHALE TOUR OPTIONS

We are the only operator in the country offering a variety of tour options aboard different vessels running parallel slots each day. All our vessels are maintained and run to international maritime safety standards and we pride ourselves with the operation of safe and responsible tours alongside a dedicated crew.

 

CATAMARAN CRUISE

Search for whales in comfort aboard our spacious catamaran Sundance, for a relaxing time on the water. Great for larger groups. 3.5 hour duration.

  • 2 sessions daily - 8am or 3pm. Child friendly

  • Max capacity: 15pax + 5 extra <15 yrs old.

  • On-board toilet facility

  • Includes hearty snacks, water, soft drinks and coffee.

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SPEEDBOAT CRUISE

A similar 3.5 hour tour of the waters around Dili aboard our speedboat. Best for a private family outing or smaller groups.

  • 2 sessions daily - 8am or 3pm. Child friendly

  • Max capacity: 6pax + 2 extra <15 yrs old.

  • Includes hearty snacks, water, soft drinks, and coffee.

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PIWWE SWIM TOUR

For the fit and confident swimmer interested in attempting a Passive In-Water Whale Encounter (PIWWE) experience. Terms & conditions apply. 5.5 hour duration. 1 session daily (7am)

  • Max capacity: 4pax

  • Professional in-water guide & snorkel equipment rental included

  • Includes hearty snacks, water, soft drinks, and coffee.

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WHALE SIGHTINGS 2022 SEASON

Below are records of Compass' latest whale sightings encountered by our crew.

 

05-OCT-22
WEDNESDAY

05:40pm

3 Pygmy blue whales, opposite Tasi Tolu bay, traveling west. Spotted during a sunset cruise. Two of the whales were traveling together, can't confirm if they were mother and calf pair as they were far, and were about 500m further ahead than the third whale, which was definitely an adult.

Boat: Sundance

Crew spotter: Rob

04-OCT-22
TUESDAY

8:20am

1 Pygmy blue whale, spotted between Hera and Cristo Rei, swimming parallel and close to shore. Traveling west.

Boat: Chae

Crew spotter: Cassio

01-OCT-22
SATURDAY

8:30am

3 Pygmy Blue Whales traveling west and hugging the Dili coastline. Group of mother, calf, and escort.

Boat: Kayak from Beto Tasi beach

Crew Spotter: Cassio

30-SEP-22
FRIDAY

3:30pm

1 Pygmy blue whale, spotted swimming along the coast in front of Comoro River. Traveling west but in a slightly zig-zag pattern.

Boat: n/a. Spotted from shore

Crew spotter: Cassio

29-SEP-22
THURSDAY

7:50am

1 Pygmy blue whale, off shore 1/3rd of the way to Beloi, Atauro. Traveling west.

Boat: Lancet, water transfer

Crew spotter: Fizzy

27-09-22
TUESDAY

8:50am

1, maybe 2 Pygmy blue whales traveling west close to the shore, spotted from the road near Pertamina Jetty.

Boat: n/a. Spotted from shore.

Crew spotter: Fizzy

26-SEP-22
MONDAY

8:10am

2 adult Pygmy blue whales, swimming close to Dili coastline and traveling west.

Boat: Lancet, water transfer

Crew spotter:  Fizzy

11-SEP-22
SUNDAY

3:00pm

1 large adult sperm whale, spotted loafing at the surface during our boat crossing from Beloi to Dili.
Boat: Chae, water transfer

Crew spotter: Atino

11-SEP-22
SUNDAY

9:00am

5 adult orcas, large pod of Frasers dolphins, large pod of short-finned pilot whales all within same area around south Atauro Island.

Boat: Lancet, 2-dive day trip West Coast Atauro

Crew spotter: Syakib

Some Fun Facts!

TIMOR-LESTE CETACEANS


Spinner Dolphins

MARINE MAMMAL HAVEN

The coastal waters of Timor-Leste is recognized as a ‘global cetacean hotspot’, with scientific surveys identifying that at least 1/3rd of all known species of whales and dolphins in the world, can be found in these waters. Some of these species are migratory, whilst the rest can be spotted year round.


You will have plenty opportunities to encounter these beautiful animals on one of our dedicated, seasonal whale tours, or during our boat rides between Dili and Atauro.