|Baucau | Maubisse | Los Palos | Oecusse | Atauro |
Timor Leste’s second
largest town is a spectacular three hour
drive from Dili along the coast via Manatuto.
With a cool climate and outstanding beaches,
nearby Baucau is an essential stop on
any trip eastwards. The country’s first
Hospitality training facility, the Pousada
de Baucau, has recently opened. Boasting
excellent accommodation, high service
standards and an emphasis on quality food,
this spectacularily “pink palace” is well
worth a visit.
||The beach at
Baucau is a deserted haven that offers
cool ocean breezes, fantastic camping
under the shade of the palm trees
and phenomenal sunsets. After the
drive down from Baucau simply follow
the road left until you reach the
From Baucau you can
also cut across the island and head for
Viqueque. This region was once an important
source of sandalwood and teak and the
remaining forests are lush and dense due
to the high amounts of rainfall that the
area receives. Journeys can be difficult
during the wet season so be sure to take
travel advice before you set out.
view from Maubisse
and Aileu are old hill towns that
are an easy day trip from the heat
of Dili. This region is the main coffee
growing area of Timor Leste. Between
the periods of June and September
it’s possible to witness the coffee
harvest and its processes. At Maubisse
the former government rest house,
now known as the Pousada, has been
converted into a hotel. With 360 degree
views, spectacular mountain scenery
and cool weather, this is an absolute
must for any visitor to Timor Leste.
You can also use Maubisse
as a base for walking up Mount Ramelau.
To do this, drive to Hatobuilico, which
is at the base of the mountain. The drive
takes about 45 minutes. The walk up the
forested slopes, takes around 3 hours
to reach the summit which offers fantastic
views that stretch from Ata‘uro in the
north, all the way to the South coast.
The forest on the plateau just before
the summit offers protection against the
worst of the elements if you are camping
overnight. With its petrified trees and
early morning mist the magical feeling
of being at the top of Timor Leste is
simply fantastic. Be sure to pack wet
weather gear and to take water if you
are climbing Mount Ramelau.
The district of Manufahi’s
capital, Same, offers a fantastic base
for exploring the South Coast of East
Timor. The people here are friendly and
accomodating while the natural beauty
of the area is outstanding. With its villages
surrounded by tall forests and dense vegetation
Same has a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere
with a fantastic climate.
Western style accomodation
on the South coast is very limited at
the moment so be sure to pack some form
of camping equipment before you leave
Dili. You can travel on towards the West
arriving in the District of Cova Lima
or head East towards Viqueque. Please
be aware that bad weather can make some
of these routes impassable during the
wet season, sometimes for several days,
ask for travel advice from the local police
stations along the way if you are in doubt.
Los Palos Lake
region in the East is totally unspoilt.
With fantastic beaches, pristine
coral reefs and the National Park
of Jaco Island, this area calls
out for those who love the sea.
In addition, the rugged landscape
will delight visitors. The rural
communities here are already experienced
in helping visitors.
For those interested
in the cultural past of Timor Leste,
Los Palos has a whole host of interesting
features. Cave paintings have been
found near Lautem.
There are also stone
sarcophagi and many animist shrines to
be found in the area. The area is also
a haven for many of the island’s 25 protected
species of birds including eagles, ospreys
and the barn owl.
Surrounded on three
sides by West Timor, this isolated former
Portuguese coastal enclave is politically
part of Timor Leste. Pantemakassar, the
capital, was the first permanent Portuguese
settlement in Timor. The first Portuguese
landing place is five kilometers west
of the capital at Lifau, where a monument
marks the spot. About 1.5 kilometers from
Pantemakassar is the old hilltop of Fatusuba,
offering wonderful views. Local religious
festivals are held at the shrine here.
The easiest way to travel to Oecussi is
by the new ferry service.
view of Ata'uro
island of Ata’uro is a short trip
from Dili and the journey is well
worth it. The island has a very relaxed
atmosphere and an unspoilt environment.
The island is visible from Dili and
there are a great variety of ways
to travel there. You can choose a
sailing charter, a diving charter
or fishing charter with Dive Loro
Sae. Currently there is an eco-tourism
site being developed so it is possible
to stay overnight, although accommodation
is basic. Visitors to Ata’uro frequently
report being accompanied during the
journey by schools of dolphins and