Currency

US dollars (US$). Anything under US$2 can be paid in centavos (cv).

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than $US50

  • Dorm bed US$14–20
  • Local restaurant meal US$3
  • Short taxi trip US$2
  • Bus trip to the districts US$6
  • Snorkel trip off Ataùro US$10

Midrange: US$50-150

  • Double room in budget hotel US$30–45
  • Tourist restaurant meal US$12
  • Single dive US$45–60
  • 4WD and driver US$130 per day

Top end: More than US$150

  • Double room in hotel US$85
  • 4WD and driver with guide skills US$245 per day

Bargaining

Bargain with Dili's yellow taxi drivers before you start your journey. If you don't like bargaining, catch a metered blue taxi instead. There is a malae (foreigner) price for goods at roadside stalls – bargain for the local price.

Money

There are few ATMs outside Dili. Expensive hotels sometimes accept credit cards.

Exchange Rates

AustraliaA$1US$0.80
Euro€1US$1.18
Indonesia10,000RpUS$0.74
SingaporeS$1US$0.74
UKUK£1US$1.30

Tipping

Only tip if you genuinely feel the service deserves it. If you are asked to tip excessively post (an expensive) tour, suggest the guide asks his/her employer to increase their wages.