Top ten things to do in Dili
Dili, the capital of Timor-Leste, is a bustling urban town with natural beauty. It is Timor-Leste’s pride offering memorable travel experiences to visitors. Here are some of the best experiences in Dili.
Cristo Rei is the most visible landmark in Dili. It has a 27-meter tall Jesus Christ Statute that was erected by Indonesia in 1996 as a gift. It is perched on the east of central Dili past Areia Branca Beach end. It has 500 steps to the top carved from bronze imitating the Stations of the Cross on which some people climb for pilgrimage purposes. The bronze steps are also used for exercise purposes and accessing the top view of West of Dili and Backside Beach. Currently, the top view is also accessible by flight.
Snorkeling and hiking on Atauro Island will give you access to the beautiful wilderness experience. Atauro Island is accessed by a 2 hours ferry ride or a 1-hour speedboat ride. The Island contains several colorful coral reefs and pristine water beaches. Hiking on the Island’s central rising mountainous spine is quite dramatic but fulfilling. The island also incorporates Barry’s Place eco-lodge that serves cold Bintang among other things.
The Beach Road/ Avenida de Portugal has several favorite restaurants, hotels, and bars offering great live music, dishes, and scenes. Castaway, Hotel Esplanada, Arriba taco shop, Nari’s Korean restaurant and Letefoho Specialty Coffee Roasters are among the most popular spots on Beach Road.
Timor-Leste is one of the two Asian Catholic countries. 95 percent of Timorese are Catholic. São António de Motael on Beach Road offers Sunday Mass on the expansive outdoor yard. The church choir sings traditional hymns.
Diving in the pristine Timor waters will give you access to the massive coral reefs and marine life like migratory whales, dugongs, and dolphins. Popular shore dive spots include Dili Rock and Tasi Tolu while dive shops include Dive Timor Lorosae and Dive Aquatica.
Timor-Leste Resistance Archive & Museum plays as a memorial park to the dark historical events in the country like the fight for independence. It has a long wall displaying cultural & historical objects and artifacts from the ancient resistance.
The Taibessi Market is the most popular most significant market in Timor. It represents the Timorese rural life and stocks various products like betel nuts, freshly caught fish, and homemade salt.