Dili Go dugong spotting with one of three Dili-based dive centres.

Ataúro Superb diving, just minutes from your room.

K41 One of Timor-Leste's top diving sites, less than an hour away (41 km) from Dili on the road to Baucau.

Oecusse With fish diversity rivalling that of Ataúro's, Oecusse is a must-see for intrepid divers.

Whales and dugongs

Dive Timor Lorosae Offers whale-watching tours in the Wetar Straight from September to December.

Aquatica Dive Resort This outfit can get you diving near Dili's super-relaxed Douglas the dugong and also runs whale-watching tours in season.

Oecusse Resident dugongs feed in the seagrass here, though they're a little shier than Douglas.

MV Atauro takes whale-watching charters in season.


Mt Ramelau Above-the-clouds sunrises and a serene statue of the Virgin Mary reward those who take the path up Timor-Leste's highest peak.

Mundo Perdido A good climb and otherwise known as 'the lost world' – with mist, buffalo and a hard-to-find path, it's not hard to see why the Portuguese gave it this name.

Mt Matebian It's a challenge to get to – and hike up – Timor-Leste's second highest mountain. Only for the hardy.

Mt Manucoco Leave Ataúro's beach life behind and climb the mountain that rises up from the middle of the island. It's usually visible from Dili.


Chega! Exhibition Set in a former prison, this exhibition houses evidence of atrocities committed on the Timorese people.

Loi Hunu See former guerilla hideouts and hear stories of resistance on a visit to this village.

Balibo Flag House A moving memorial to the five Australian-based journalists killed here in 1975.

Baucau The town's pousada, once a torture centre, sits alongside some of the country's best Portuguese buildings.