Timor-Leste attractions

Top Choice Museum in Dili

Chega! Exhibition

Set in the buildings and cells of a Portuguese-era prison where resistance figures were interned by the Indonesian military, Chega! (chega means 'stop' or 'no more' in Portuguese) houses the results of the Commissio…
Top Choice Memorial in Balibó

Balibó Flag House

Balibó Flag House is where the five journalists reporting on Indonesian's invasion of East Timor stayed before they were killed by Indonesian Special Forces on 16 October 1975. Press play on the DVD player to watch …
Top Choice Museum in Dili

Resistance Museum

An excellent museum, established in 2005, which commemorates Timor-Leste's 24-year struggle against the Indonesian occupation. Falintil’s resistance is brought to life with a timeline, photos, video recordings and e…
Mountain in Loi Hunu & Mundo Perdido

Mundo Perdido

Crashing through foliage under the squawks of bats and lorikeets as you climb Mundo Perdido (1775m) – which translates to 'Lost World' – is one of the country's highlights. The view of sunrise from the grassy platea…
Rock Art in Tutuala & Jaco Island

Rock Art Caves

There are fine examples of rock art in the cliffs and caves heading down towards Valu (beach), with depictions including cock fighting, sea urchins and people hunting. Sites are signposted off the Tutuala to Jaco ro…
Cemetery in Dili

Santa Cruz Cemetery

On 12 November 1991 Indonesian soldiers fired on a peaceful memorial procession for Sebastião Gomes from Motael Church to Santa Cruz Cemetery; Gomes was an independence supporter who was shot by Indonesian police. M…
Area in Dili

Dili Waterfront

Watch kids kicking soccer balls around on the patches of sandy beach, and runners sweating it out while you're strolling the decent walking path that runs along the waterfront. The grand Palácio do Governo (Governme…
Monument in Dili

Santa Cruz Massacre Memorial Monument

It lacks an inscription or an official name, but the monument's location opposite Motael Church offers a clue: independence supporter Sebastião Gomes was shot by Indonesian forces near here on 28 October 1991. Built…
Hot Springs in Western Timor-Leste

Be Manis

Once a former Portuguese mountain resort, these hot springs (be manis in Tetun) have been renovated into a fairly large complex, with pools of varying heat. It's a bumpy 18km road from Maliana to Marobo, and normal …
Church in Dili

Motael Church

This church, the oldest Catholic church in Timor-Leste, was one of the most important places in the story of the fight for Timorese independence. Sebastião Gomes was shot dead here in 1991 by the Indonesian military…