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Location Unlike most dive sites in Timor-Leste, the Com Wharf is man made and severely impacted by humans. Found literally at the eastern most point of the north coast road, it is at the end of Com village about four hours drive from Dili. The wharf is on the western side of a U-shape dredged channel. Shipping navigation markers are found at either side of the entrance to the channel with the lighthouse at the southern end or bottom of the U. Since its construction in the mid-1980s, much refuse and debris has thrown off of it into the sea and cast over the side of docking ships. It was used as a military port and shell casings have been found amongst the debris, so be careful to leave alone anything that might look like unused military ordinance.
Entry  Entry points can be either straight off the wharf with a giant leap on the seaside where the water is more than 10m. Currents have been known to give a gentle pull north south, or out to sea at the mouth of the bay. The exit point is always on the sandy beach at the point where you drive onto the
wharf. If you come in close to the wharf look for the sunken boat. Be aware that the beach does have a boat ramp and is often used by patrons of the
nearby resort to launch fishing boats. Also fishing off the wharf is a common pass time and beware of fishing lines. 
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If you are wanting to dive the eastern side of the channel, try descending at the lighthouse. The sandy bottom is about five meters deep and makes a good safety stop. Large lion fish are often found around the pylons.  Navigating east from the lighthouse you can follow the reefs around at about 15m for a pleasant dive. The sandy bottom has a variety of rays, with a black spotted ray almost a meter across has been sited here. Also look seaward for turtles and sharks. 
Points of interest The impact of humans doesn't mean the sea life don't like this spot.  In fact, to contrary large fish like to lurk day and night under the wharf, hiding in the cracks and crevices created by a lattice work of fallen concrete from the wharf's underside. There's plenty to see just on the pylons of the wharf, particularly at night when the dozens of lion fish of
all sizes come out. Moray eels lurk under the rocks, puffer fish too like the pylons as do scribbly leather jackets.  Seaward towards the navigational marker is a large giant clam. The wharf makes for a spooky night dive with visibility generally good. You can either stick closer to the pylons which make navigation easier or search through the field of debris which stretches down to the sandy bottom at about 18m. Also seen: Giant clams, moray, large fish, abundant lion fish, sand eels, black
spotted rays, turtles, sharks, large worms, blue spotted rays, scribbled leather jackets, abundant puffer fish.
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GPS reference  S 08 21.716' - E127 03.728'
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