Top Attractions in East Timor

Resistance Museum pic
Resistance Museum

Christopher Dabney is a former infantry team leader with the U.S. Marine Corps. Having recently graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s in finance, he has a unique blend of knowledge and practical experience in the field. Outside of his professional endeavors, Christopher Dabney has traveled to such countries as East Timor.

Visitors to East Timor, also called Timor-Leste, have the opportunity to enjoy everything from breathtaking scenery to interesting traditions. Below are just some of the country’s top attractions:

Atauro Island

Perfect for diving and snorkeling, Atauro Island is located roughly 18 miles away from Dili. The island was originally used as a jail and is a calm respite from the bustling city of Dili. Visitors can enjoy the reefs that circle much of the island or walk through traditional villages along various trails.

Resistance Museum

Located in Dili, the Resistance Museum details East Timor’s fight for independence. Through timelines, photographs, and weapon exhibits, visitors learn about the Indonesian occupation in the country and how the Falintil resistance fought back. The museum also features antique textiles and pottery from different districts.

Mount Ramelau

Rising around 3,000 meters above sea level, Mount Ramelau, or Tatamailau, is a popular destination for hikers. However, it is not a trip to make on a whim. The tallest mountain in all of East Timor, weather on the mountain can quickly go from sunny to foggy, and it can rain at any time. For the best chance of clear views hike during the dry season, which is from May to November.