15 Best Places to Visit in East Timor (Timor-Leste)

East Timor is an exciting destination renowned for its rich culture and beautiful beaches that have yet to be tarnished by tourists. East Timor gained independence as a country in 2002, making it one of the youngest countries in the world today – though it still holds tight to Portuguese and Indonesian influence. If you’re looking for a tropical adventure destination that’s well off the heavily treaded tourist trail, then East Timor is perfect for you.

The best way to explore the country is with a knowledgeable driver, as signs are sparse once you leave the country’s only major city. While the region is relatively stable, you should still exercise caution and be alert while you’re on the road.

Here are the best places to visit in East Timor:

1. Dili

Jesus Backside Beach, Dili, East Timor

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Jesus Backside Beach, Dili, East Timor

Dili is East Timor’s largest city where you’ll find new restaurants, textile shops, produce markets, and seafood stands amongst thatch roofed homes. On the beaches of Dili, you can enjoy freshly cooked seafood, drink a coconut, and watch whales swim along the coastline during migration season. Scuba diving in Dili is known to be great all year and is home to a variety of corals, blue moray eels, trevally, scorpion fish reef sharks, and more.

Most directions around Dili are in relation to Cristo Rei, a 27-meter-tall statue of Jesus Christ that overlooks the city. Cristo Rei is the second largest statue of Jesus Christ in the world. While in Dili, the effort taken to walk up to Cristo Rei is worth the panoramic views of the city and the sea.

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15 Best Places to Visit in East Timor (Timor-Leste):

Jesus Backside Beach, Dili, East Timor