Meet your guide between 8am and 8:30am at your accommodation in Dili, then take a seat in your vehicle to begin your 7-hour tour. First, head to the Australian World War II Memorial and Museum in Dare and learn how the Timorese people supported Australian soldiers against the occupying Japanese forces between 1942 and 1945.
Afterward, visit sites of interest including the Santa Cruz cemetery â€” infamous as the site of the Santa Cruz massacre of 12th November 1991 â€” and the Xanana Cultural Centre, which showcases a collection of photographs and paintings of Timorese resistance fighter and politician Xanana GusmÃ£o. Here, visit the East Timorese Resistance Archive and Museum for a 40-minute guided tour, and gain insight into Indonesiaâ€™s troubled occupation of the region.
Following a delicious Timorese buffet lunch, visit alocal craft market where women practise the traditional arts of fabric- and basket-weaving. Along the way, discover top sites of interest such as the National Parliament and the popular Chega! Exhibition â€” standing for truth and reconciliation in East Timor.
Head east along the coast to the Cristo Rei of Dili statue â€” widely considered among the cityâ€™s top attractions. Here, choose to either explore the gardens or follow the Stations of the Cross to the top for panoramic views.
When your time at the Cristo Rei of Dili statue comes to an end, return in comfort to your accommodation in Dili to conclude your tour.
This 8 day gives travellers the full Timor Leste experience starting out with a Dili City Tour. Exploring East Timorâ€™s laid-back capital of Dili, which has sprung to life since independence in 2002. Departing Dili we travel east along the spectacular ocean road stopping for some crocodile feeding in Metinaro, arriving in Baucau, Timor-Lesteâ€™s second largest city. Taking a walking tour of the â€œOld Townâ€ exploring the Portuguese influenced town. Then on to the 7 Tunnels built by the Japanese during WW2 arriving in Loihuno, set amongst the forests, waterfalls, resistance hideouts, and the Mundo Perdido (â€œLost Worldâ€) Mountain Range. We take a short trek up to limestone caves continuing on to the tiny seaside village of Com on the fringes of the Nino Konis Santana Marine & Terrestrial National Park, and Jaco Island, visiting the ancient cave paintings at Iii Kere-Kere and the numerous stone sarcophagi and animistic shrines throughout the Los Palso district. Travelling back to Dili and onto Atauro Island in the Wetar Strait well known for dolphin and whale activities, Island time now kicks in.The Island is alive with soft coral and tropical sea life. Spend a leisurely by the pool with a cocktail and have a relaxing massage or select on of our more active options exploring the amazing underwater world of Atauro Island. We travel back to Dili, were you have the choice to explore more of the city and do some shopping or enjoy the beach and cafÃ© strip before departing Dili in the morning.
This tour is all inclusive with twin/double accommodation, meals, transport, local guides, diving options and speed boat transfers
This 4x4 tour takes you into the heart of the coffee growing mountains of Timor Leste, stopping at the Australian/Timor War memorial in Dare, we visit the Memorial Museum and the Memorial School, meeting some of the local students who have benefited from this project.
The next stop is in Aileu one of the small hillside towns and visiting memorials from WW2 and the later resistance fight against Indonesia. Take a stroll through the lively and colourful markets, showcasing locally made tais fabrics.
You will have a special lunch from the hospitality training kitchen at the Project Montana HQ where you will be amazed at the outstanding community work they are doing with the disadvantage youth. A guided tour of the centre will be provided by one of their team members.
After enjoying your break in the cool highlands, head across the mountains and down into to the agricultural village of Seloi Criek with its beautiful market gardens, rice paddies and lake that the village surrounds. You will stop at a number of locations in the area for photos and a chance to talk with the local villagers, before winding your way down the mountains into Dili traveling along the mighty Comoro River.
Enjoy this full day, small group tour into the closest district to the west of Dili, Liquisa. Traveling through Tasi Tolu you will make a short stop at the ruins of the Aipelo Garrison, before arriving in Maubara for morning tea at the Dutch Fort that has now been converted into a community based handicraft centre and restaurant. The women in this area are renowned for their hand woven basket work. We then travel to the town of Liquisa to enjoy lunch and take a walking tour of the historic town. After the walk you will have time to enjoy a refreshing cocktail and swim , before returning to Dili.
After being picked up from your hotel you will travel west along the esplanade through East Timorâ€™s laid-back capital of Dili, which has sprung into life since independence in 2002. The city is nestled into the base of the surrounding hills, which are lush and green in the rainy season. You will pass by many historical buildings, monuments and religious places including the Farol Lighthouse, Statue of Integration and Diliâ€™s oldest church, Motael. Â
You will arrive at the Tasi Tolu Peace Park (Tasi-Tolu literally means â€œthree seasâ€ in the local language) and refers to 3 salt lakes that comprise the Tasi-Tolu wetlands. The area is of national cultural significance being an important symbol of the struggle for Independence, and was declared a national park in 2000. The Tasi Tolu Alter is built in the shape of a traditional Uma Lulik or sacred house and was commissioned for the visit by Pope John Paul II where he celebrated mass in 1989. A large bronze statue of Pope John Paul II was commissioned by the Timorese Government 2003 in memory of his visit.Â
The next stop is the ruins of the Aipelo Military Command Post, which dates back to 18th Century and served as a prison, run by the Portuguese until 1959.Â
Travelling further west we arrive at the colorful seaside town of Maubara where the women are renowned for the production of hand woven, basketwork. Taking a break for morning tea in the Fort of Maubara, built by the Dutch in the 1850â€™s, a building that generated many disputes between the Dutch and Portuguese during that time. You will then you have free time to explore the craft markets along the seaside.
Travelling back towards Dili, you will stop in Liquisa which is the closest district to the west of Dili,Â taking a 1.5 hour easy walking tour of the historical town with its Portuguese influenced architecture, visiting 12 sites that have been identified as significant cultural and historical sites. You will have lunch at the Black Rock Resort and enjoy a refreshing swim at the Black Rock Beach before returning to Dili.
Enticingly close to Dili,Â Atauro Island is directly north of Dili, 30kmacross the Wetar Strait. The 140-sq-km island, is just 1 hour by speedboat and we travel through the Wetar Straight well known for dolphin and whale activities. Once we arrive a shuttle service will collect us from the beach and take us to the Hotel, which is a unique, private island hideaway and home to a maximum of 16Â guests at any one time. The breathtaking panoramas of the renowned tropical crystal clear waters and neighboring islands can be seen from the spacious verandahs of the hotel. Gentle winds carry the scent of tropical flowers and the warm, azure waters at our private beaches beckon youto relax. Your room will be one of only 8 private air-conditioned en suite rooms with a double or twin share configuration. (singles are also catered for). Rooms are spacious, wonderfully relaxing, and light spills in from windows that overlook the tranquil waters of the crystal clear ocean while gentle winds carry the intoxicating scent of tropical blossoms through the breezy interiors.
Your package includes hotel transfers to the small boat harbour, lunch and dinner on the first day and breakfast and lunch on the second day. The cuisine, prepared with fresh seafood from local waters and fruits and vegetables grown on the island, is a culinary delight. The warm, shallow waters around Atauro Island are alive with soft coral and tropical sea life.Â Take a leisurely dip in the water, orÂ vigorously swim around our pristine private beaches.Â Swim or floatÂ onÂ the crystal clear waters or let one of our experienced guides take you away to a few favorite sites. For an added cost, the staff at the Hotel will assist you in organizing your island activities that include.
Â·Â Â Â Â Offshore Fishing
Â·Â Â Â Â Snorkeling
Â·Â Â Â Â Scuba Diving
Â·Â Â Â Â Dolphin & Whale Watching
Â·Â Â Â Â Trekking & Hiking
Â·Â Â Â Â 4x4 tours
Â·Â Â Â Â Mountain Bike Riding
Â·Â Â Â Â Massage Therapy
Inc: Lunch, Island Transfers, Island Transport, Guided Snorkeling including Equipment and your own private English speaking guide.
Following a morning pickup at your Dili accommodation, meet your guide at 8am and hop into your air-conditioned minivan to begin your 9-hour tour.
First, we take the fast ferry across the Wetar Straight with your guide and watch the waters for sightings of native dolphins and whales. On arrival at Atauro Island, visit local womenâ€™s co-operatives and gain insight into the handicrafts and trades passed down the generations.
After lunch, enjoy free time to relax at your leisure. Go snorkelling with tropical fish and turtles along the coral walls, or relax and soak up the sunshine on the beach.
When your times on Atauro Island comes to an end, take the fast ferry back across the Wetar Straight to Dili. Then return in comfort to your hotel to conclude your tour.
This 3 day overland safari takes travelers to the most eastern district of Timor Leste, exploring the Portuguese
influenced town of Baucau along the way. Day 2 & 3 is spent discovering the Nino Konis Santana Marine & Terrestrial National Park, including the spectacular beaches of Jaco Island and the ancient cave paintings at Iii Kere-Kere and the numerous stone sarcophagi and animistic shrines throughout the district.
The Nino Konis Santana National Park is East Timor's first
national park. The park, established on 3 August 2007, covers 1,236 square kilometres. It links important bird areas such as Lore, Mount Paitchau, Lake Ira Lalaro, and Jaco Island. Staying for 2 nights in the beachside village town of Com. This trip offers great opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, exploring the villages, mountain walks and relaxing.
Hotel pick up and drop off, Concept Accommodation, Timor breakfast daily, 4x4 Transport, english speaking guide and Entry fee’s are all Inclusive
Traveling East from Dili we arrive in the historic town of Bacau where we take lunch before arriving in Loi-huno, set amongst the forests, waterfalls, resistance hideouts,and the Mundo Perdido (â€œLost Worldâ€) Mountain Range. We settle in to the eco lodge that will serve as our base. The next day is spent exploring the District of Viqueque starting off with a short trek up to limestone caves where the experienced local guides will guide you through the caverns and tell the fascinating stories of how Loihuno came to be abundant with water and agriculture. Lunch at the hotel and time to rest before we head to village for a traditional cooking class and delicious dinner.
Cooking classes really give our visitors the opportunity to experience the daily life of Timorese women. Returning to the hotel after dinner. We set out towards dili today visiting the 7 Tunnels built by the Japanese during WW2 to store Munitions, vehicles and food.
Taking lunch in Bacau and taking a refreshing swim at the historic Piscina (spring feed pool) Arriving in Dili around 5pm.
Price is inclusive of hotel pickups, all Entry Feeâ€™s and Air-conditioned 4x4 Transport, accommodation, meals, and english speaking guide.
The island of Timor has a long, proud turbulent history and a rich culture built over many thousands of years. It has been referred to by some as the â€œcultural funnel of the Eastâ€, for the many different ethnic influences, which have contributed to the islandâ€™s development and past destruction.Â One this tour your will have the opportunity to visit some of the major Historical sites such as Balibo where the 5 international journalists were murdered in 1975 by Indonesian forces, Â Liquica Church site -Massacre 1999. Whilst enjoying Timorâ€™s spectacular country side featuring waterfalls, hot springs, mountains laden with treeâ€™s and rugged coastline.
We set out to Asabe high up in the foothills of Mount Ramelau visiting Tasi Tolu (3 coloured lakes) and the site of the 2002 declaration of Independence of this new nation. Climbing up into the heart of the coffee country visiting a working coffee factory (Seasonal), and exploring the village of Atsabe where we will spend the night in a small guest house.
Starting the morning off with a with a Timorese breakfast featuring our famous organic Timor Coffee we enjoy a 2km hike to Mota Bandara Waterfall where we can take a refreshing dip in the shallows, then making our way south along a road that winds into mountains along a windswept ridge, where on a clear day you can see the South Coast in one direction and Ramelau in the other, coming to the
stone ruins of a Portuguese resort where we take a short walk to the Marobo hot springs where the local children will be happy to slather you with sulfuric mud for that infamous fee of $1
Travelling today about 1 hour to the town of Balibo situated approximately 10 kilometres from the Indonesion border, approximately 70% of the town was destroyed during the militia violence that preceded the vote on East Timorese independence in 1999. Â Balibo achieved notoriety as the site of the killing of five Australian-based journilistsÂ now known as the Balibo Five, by Indonesian forces on October 16, 1975 during an incursion by Indonesia into what was then Portugese Timor. The town is home to a 400-year-old fort, which was the scene of several battles during the Indonesion occupation.Traveling east back towards Dili we visit the towns of Maubara & Liquisa exploring the Portuguese architecture in the area on a walking tour of the town centre and a trip to the Maubara Fort where the women are famous for weaving the palm leaf into vibrant baskets.
This tour is inclusive of twin share concept accommodation, meals, 4x4 transport with professional driver, english speaking guide, entry fee's for all attractions and hotel pickup and drop off.
(*) All prices are approximations due to currency fluctuations.