I made a brief trip to Oecussi, armed with the last edition of Lp's East Timor guide.
Quite a few things have changed since that book was published, and as I am not sure how much is in Lp's SE Asia guide, I sum them up here.
The border crossing at Napan, near Kefa, is closed on Sundays. Still, this is the only crossing that sees any regular tourist traffic and offers visa free entry into Indonesia. I was told foreigners cross here maybe once a week or two... or three.
Down on the coast east of…
I’m looking for information on any operators who organise whale snorkelling tours in Timor Leste - online search didn’t produce very much but surely someone runs these? Also interested in recent views on the diving - am hearing conflicting things re volumes of pelagics and sharks Many thanks
Hi, looking for some reliable advice from someone who has experienced Timor-Leste please!
I have heard English isn't widely spoken there (which is fine, makes it more exciting). I speak some Bahasa Indonesia- do most locals understand this? I have time to learn some Tetun too but as I already have some basics in Bahasa Indonesia I would prefer to stick to learning the one language if possible and if I can get around on it. Has anyone experience of this?
I just want to know how is opinion of East Timorese people toward Indonesian, I am planning to travel there for 2-3 weeks and think whether they gonna like Indonesian travel around their country
Information about Timor-Leste's land borders is still scarce, especially on those of the Oecussi exclave. Before travelling there, I did some research and found some, but not much information. Therefore, here I'd like to share my experiences at the land borders of Timor-Leste and the Oecussi exclave, including transport options and entry requirements.
On travelling from Kupang to Pante Macassar (Oecussi) through the Napan/Bobometa (aka Oesilo) border crossing:
- Where did I go? Dili (6 nights), Hatobuilico (1 night), Maubisse (1 night), Atauro (2 nights).
- The cost? Timor Leste has shot itself in the foot by adopting the US dollar as its currency (the same problem that Greece has with the Euro). As a rough guide, prices are around (at least) double those of Indonesia, yet Timor Leste is considerably poorer than its neighbor. When the oil revenue runs out, I imagine that Timor Leste will be forced to adopt its own currency, which will be much weaker…
I need to be in Kupang on 30-08 for a flight at 15:00.
Do you know if I can leave Dili the 30-08 very early morning by bus and arrive on time for my flight in Kupang ?
any advise or bus schedule you can provide me ?
We are an active couple in our 60s and next week are on a cruise that stops in Dili for the day. If the cruise ship terminal was close to town one option is to walk around Dili for the day. Alternatively hiring a taxi for the day if there were sights to see further out of town.
I gather that a taxi could be had for roughly $50AUD for the day. Is this correct? Is there a lot to see within Dili or should we venture further afield by taxi?
Any other suggestions for the day's activities are welcome.
We are two buddies that will spend a few days in East Timor early January 2018 and would then want to make a few Scuba Dives.
Does anyone on this forum have recent experience of a reliable operator that runs dives to Atauro Island and to dive sites in the vicinity of Dili proper?
On the internet we found an operator called Compass (http://compassadventuretours.com) that has a really nice website. However it's difficult to establish e-mail contact with them. Anyone with…