When it comes to surfing this country offers some world class spots, comparable to Indonesia. The wave conditions are consistent and the warm water allows surfing without a wetsuit.
The climate in Timor is generally hot and sticky and has two dominant seasons. One is the rainy season from November till April, which brings strong rain, wildly flowing rivers and even floods.
The dry season is from May till November. During this period it’s arid throughout the island and almost no rain reaches the coast. In the mountain areas a small amount of occasional rain falls, so the vegetation remains green.
With annual temperatures of 30-35 degrees, Timor is one of the hottest places on earth.
The diverse culture and not to forget the helpful and hospitable locals make a stay in Timor very worthwhile. As the infrastructure can still be described as undeveloped Timor is more suitable for the individual tourist and backpackers. In recent times the political situation has stabilized which now means it’s accessible for tourism. So now more and more tourists come and discover one of the most beautiful surfing areas in the world.
Timor is an undiscovered surfing area, also due to the long lasting civil wars where you couldn't travel the country. Today you can travel to East Timor as well as West Timor but the line-ups are still mainly empty and this even though the waves are of comparable quality to Indonesia. This is due to the fact that the same swells roll on to the riffs, which are also responsible for the waves in Indonesia. The waves are however due to a different ankle slightly weaker. East Timor offers therefore reef spots that are suitable for all levels of expertise. West Timor is a little more well known and a lot more surfers visit due to accessibility. East & West Timor have a variety of world class waves for those of you who don't mind searching.
Thanks to the tropical temperatures you can easily surf all year long without wetsuit. The water temperatures hardly fall below 26 degrees. Also the air temperatures hardly drop below 23 degrees. The freedom to move is therefore guaranteed.
Best season for beginner: October – May
Best season for advanced surfer: May – October