Australian owner Barry is almost clocking up two decades in Timor-Leste, and can be credited for some of the sustainable, income-producing development on Ataúro. This spot, once a stark desert-like block, is now a tropical delight. Don't miss a stay in one of the thatched bungalows, and a swing in your own hammock (each bungalow has one). Book ahead.
Blue Ventures' six-week Marine Conservation Expedition operates from here, and has dorms (US$30pp). Barry can organise a huge variety of activities, including a trip to Mario's Place, operated by staff member Mario, on the other side of Ataúro.