Bikeli-Pala – Akrema (overnight) – Adara (overnight) – Beloi (3 days or if include Atekru 4 days)

Type Of Walk Circuit
Start  / Finish Day 1: Bikeli hot springs  / Day 3: Beloi town sign
Equipment / Footwear Good walking shoes/trekking boots – also sports sandals or similar for walking around coastal rocks (likely to get wet); walking pole useful (small escarpments, headlands, some rocky sections and at time stony underfoot)
Guides Guide definitely recommended – will see and learn much more.  Difficult finding route between Akrema and Adara (rock escarpments, small tracks through gardens) and would need assistance locating high tide routes if needed. On this isolated coastal stretch few local people encountered.
Accommodation Apart from Adara Eco-Resort (Mario’s Place), overnight accommodation on this trek is in local homestays which can be organized via Roman Luan NGO. All accommodation must be pre-arranged and they will provide meals (dinner, breakfast and lunch).
Transport From Beloi 4WD vehicle drop off at Bikeli hot water springs (15 min drive)
Day 1 Bikeli hot water springs – Akrema beach
Highlights Hot water springs (visible low tide), mangroves, headlands and beautiful white sand beaches. Bikeli-Pala, Uaroana and Akrema villages and gardens. Snorkeling, swimming and beach walking. Seeing traditional fishing, stone fish traps and seaweed farming.
Distance / Hours / Grade  5.5km, 2 hours walking (low tide) not including stops – allow extra 0.5 hour if high tide. Easy at low tide except for a few slippery rocky sections and very short climb up on to a headland. At high tide would be much more difficult due to having to climb up above beach, wade through water at times etc. The two coastal sections which are difficult at high tide are located immediately after Bikeli Hot Springs (going north) and near to where you rejoin the coast after completing walk northwards through Uaroana village.
Description From Bikeli hot water springs start walking northwards around rocks (short section) and then along beach/track north to Uaroana hot water spring.  Continue walking past village gardens and through Uaroana village which has a lovely tree shaded road through the middle. At the north end of the village return to the beach, pass a few small cliffs and then walk over a headland with fantastic ocean views.  Continue walking and straight after shipwreck on beach climb up round behind a small steep rocky outcrop (clockwise spiral) and then walk along top of small cliff before descending again to beach.  From here follow coastal track to Akrema village.
Day 2 Akrema beach – Adara beach
Highlights Excellent views from the northern tip of Atauro – a rock escarpment with sea caverns and fossils. Beautiful expansive views out to the Indonesian islands and down the west side of Atauro towards the higher mountains in the south.  Beach scenery, seabirds and rock pools.  Vatuu and Adara villages and gardens. Lovely natural coastline. Potential to sight whales and dolphins from shore. Swimming and snorkeling.
Distance / Hours/ Grade 12.5km (low tide). 4 hours walking (low tide) not including stops.  Add extra half hour to get around point at Akrema if can’t avoid high tide as have to take much higher inland route.  Add extra 1-2 hours if have to take high tide route to avoid Mano Tala Headland as inland route includes climbing up towards Iliana and then walking south–west to Doro before either heading back to the coast and climbing down a steep escarpment (very difficult and not recommended) or continuing trek south to Arlo and walking down the main track. Grade Medium (low tide); Medium – Medium/Hard (high tide). Definitely recommended that if at all possible you walk at low tide.
Description From Akrema beach walk to north end, scramble over rocks onto a small beach (possible low tide only) and then head up rock ledge onto plateau.  On top pick way through volcanic rocks on track rounding point (great views). Stay on track as hollow sea caverns underneath. Walking south after point head for small white sand beach in distance (only visible low tide). Drop down small gully to beach and then cross some rocks and follow track along top beach stones/sand behind second adjacent beach.  At south end of beach climb onto top of much larger rocks and start heading inland.  On top of first incline trekking through gardens, some trees and dry rocky areas. Keep traversing and ascending on track which veers gradually more towards south-west. Eventually following a short steep section near top of climb reach high point (great views). Follow track over rocky terrace and keep walking (open areas and some gardens).  Then descend towards Vatuu village. Enter village down steep steps at back / north end.  Walk through fishing village (stretched out between escarpment and coast).  Then south of village keep following track – flat sandy and at times stony (mostly located slightly inland from coast).  Walk around rocks at Mano Tala Headland (only passable low tide) to next beach sweeping around to Adara. Follow track/beach south to small fishing huts, head inland short distance towards limestone escarpment (Beloi-Adara Track) and then just before escarpment  turn right onto track heading to Adara (easier route then walking along beach). Continue on the track south until you cross over a style as you enter Adara. Walk straight ahead down village path until you reach accommodation.
Day 3 Adara beach – Beloi town sign
Highlights Expansive coastal views towards Beloi/Vila and south to Manukoko; limestone escarpments, semi-evergreen forest and dry grassland  / eucalyptus savanna, Arlo village and gardens, small caves and birdlife
Distance / Hours/ Grade 8.7km (one way) , 3 hours walking not including stops and Medium difficulty  (heat)
Description From Adara walk north along track slightly inland from coast back to limestone escarpment. At track intersection head inland and climb up escarpment (short distance). Follow track up gully through trees and besides gardens. Eventually cross a style as you arrive at Arlo village.  Turn right onto road, walk left around corner and continue ahead until reach another style as head out of village.  Cross style and follow track uphill again in gully with forest and rock walled gardens.  Pass small caves/escarpments and keep walking until reach road.  Turn right onto road and walk south-eastwards gradually gaining and then losing height. Vegetation is now dry grassland/eucalyptus savanna. Turn left on to shortcut track which veers across and down slope. Track high point (300m) offers good views towards Beloi and down to Vila. At bottom of shortcut rejoin road (very short distance) and then turn left onto next shortcut which descends to a small quarry and the road.  Continue down road to next shortcut on left.  Rejoin road again, walk further down and then look out for shortcut on right side. This shortcut track descends and veers south and then east across a slope eventually rejoining the road lower down near some gum trees. Walk short distance on the road and then turn right onto another shortcut (very short) which will take you down to Beloi Village.  At first track intersection turn left and skirt north-side of village. Track then rejoins road. Walk towards ocean, turn right around corner and finish at Beloi town sign (or beach / accommodation).
Variants At start (Day1) could commence walking from Beloi (extra 1-1.5 hours) instead of taking 4WD but not recommended as despite excellent coastal views road very hot and dusty. Mid trek could include side trip Adara – Atekru (requires extra day) – well worthwhile as Atekru has a beautiful beach with fantastic swimming and snorkeling.  Instead of walking back from Adara to Beloi on last day could arrange local boat transport. Or could walk part way back until road for pre-arranged 4WD pickup.
Other It is definitely worth carrying your snorkel gear on this trip. Also take lots of drinking water and good sun protection as this route is mostly exposed and has little shade.

Track information verified. Recommended you notify your accommodation where you are walking (potential accident) and to walk with a companion; take water and protect yourself from the sun.