The world’s most biodiverse waters surround a small island you’ve maybe never given much thought. Timor-Leste — previously East Timor — sits halfway between Indonesia and Australia, and the diving here is unparalleled, especially on Atauro Island.

Timor-Leste is one of the world’s newest countries, gaining independence from Indonesia in 2002. The Portuguese left a 400-year mark here, and a combination of European, Asian, and Australian influences makes this burgeoning destination difficult to categorize. The one thing that’s simple? The island’s beauty. You don’t get more postcard-perfect than right here.