Depart your ship and travel west along the esplanade through East Timor’s laid-back capital of Dili. Pass by many historical buildings, monuments & religious places including the Farol Lighthouse, Statue of Integration, & Dili’s oldest church, Motael.
First, arrive at the Tasi Tolu Peace Park (Tasi-Tolu literally means “three sea’s” in local language), the area is of national cultural significance being an important symbol of the struggle for Independence, and was declared a national park in 2000. Next, stop at the ruins of the Aipelo Military Command Post, which dates back to 18th Century and served as a prison run by the Portuguese until 1959. Arriving in Liquisa which is the closest district to the west of Dili you indulge in morning tea before taking a 1.5hr easy walking tour of the historical town with its Portuguese influenced architecture, visiting 12 sites that have been identified as significant cultural and historical sites. Next, travel further west before arriving at the colourful seaside town of Maubara where the women are renowned for the production of hand woven, basketwork. You will be treated to a cultural performance and a buffet lunch at the Dutch Fort. Then enjoy free time to explore the craft markets along the seaside before returning to the ship
Don’t forget your camera!
You will be treated to a cultural performance and a buffet lunch at the Dutch Fort.
To make your day as enjoyable as possible, please wear comfortable flat-soled shoes, clothing suited to the weather conditions, a hat and SPF30+ or higher factor sunscreen. Make sure to bring bottled water.