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About Timor-Leste

Ataúro is the largest island of Timor-Leste, a recently independent country and new tourism destination. Timor-Leste has a strong unique cultural heritage reflecting many influences and has much to offer those who enjoy holidaying off the ‘beaten track’.

It has jagged mountain ranges, dense forests, cultivated river valleys and beautiful beaches, most of which are almost deserted.  Off shore you’ll discover pristine reefs. Natural beauty is everywhere you look.

Dili, where you will arrive, is a modern city rapidly developing with accommodation, restaurants, shopping and other amenities. In contrast outside of Dili, the small towns and traditional villages of the surrounding districts are little changed with most Timorese still having a subsistence fishing and farming lifestyle.

For more information on Timor-Leste as a holiday destination check out

Timor-Leste tourism information:
Official Tourism Website (holiday)
Ministry of Tourism (corporate)
Trip Adviser
Lonely Planet

Timor-Leste made Lonely Planet’s
Best in Travel’ destinations for 2016.

Getting There

Timor-Leste is well connected internationally with direct air services daily from Denpasar (Bali) and Darwin (Australia) and three times a week from Singapore.

To access Ataúro Island from Dili once you arrive is relatively easy. It lies 25 kms across Wetar Strait to the north and scheduled water taxi services operate daily (subject to weather conditions and maintenance requirements).  Bookings are essential.

Tour/Activity Operators

While many visitors to Ataúro choose to make their own travel arrangement and arrive on an independent basis others with specialist requirements, or visiting as part of a wider Timor-Leste itinerary, often book via locally based tour/activity operators.  These can organize accommodation, transport and activities.

In addition to scheduled small group tour departures they are happy to customize specific itineraries to meet individuals’ needs. Specialized tour programs and activities include diving, fishing, trekking, birding, culture, 4WD, motorcycle, education and volunteer tourism.

Timor-Leste Travel Tips

Currency – USD
Time Difference – GMT+9 hours
Population – 1.1 million
Language – Tetun, Portuguese, Bahasa and English
Climate – Tropical humid, 25-35C lowlands and cooler inland
Rainfall – Dry season May-November; wet season December- April
Best Diving – May-November
Best Trekking – May-November
Best Fishing – November-March
Best Dolphin/Whale Viewing – October-December
Best Birding – All year
Passport Validity – Minimum 6 months from arrival
Visa – Obtained on arrival at airport
Departure Tax – Paid on leaving
Health – Consult your health professional
Insurance – Comprehensive health insurance recommended
Money – Larger hotels, tour and dive companies accept credit cards; ATMs in Dili
Tele-communications – Good mobile phone coverage (main centers)