Dili is the capital of Timor-Leste. It is mainly a commercial and administrative centre, with a few Portuguese touches such as villa-lined beach roads and the ruins of an old fort built in 1627.
The long stretch of waterfront with the nearby Palacio do Governo, remains a place of commerce and leisure and a focal point for evening and weekend walks . This area is where the Rally participants will come ashore. A massive statue of Jesus Christ dominates the headland hilltop at Cape Fatucama. The best-known beaches in Dili are in a sheltered cove known as Areia Branca and a wide variety of restaurants and hotels can be found along the foreshore. Atauro Island, which is visible from the waterfront, is becoming increasingly popular as a sightseeing excursion site. There are a number of good diving sites close to Dili and the Dare War Memorial in the hills close to Dili is also a must-see.
Follow these links for PDF extracts from a comprehensive overview of Timor-Leste published in the Singapore Sunday Times on August 31, 2014.
Timor-Leste: Nation with a vision
Fifteen years after choosing independence, Asia's youngest nation now sets its course for the next 15 years to prosperity. A message from the Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao.
Economics: In the vanguard
Special Economic Zone opening up market of 30 million people. Investors from China, Korea, Macau, Portugal, Brazil, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore are in various stages of project negotiations, contracts and implementation.
Agriculture & Fisheries: A bountiful land
For centuries, traders have been flocking to Timor for its valuable commodities. Agriculture (along with tourism) is being developed as an important economic sector which will help reduce the dependence of Timor-Leste on oil and gas.
Tourism: On the eve of the ball
From natural hot springs and historical sites to culture, crafts and Timorese cuisine, Timor-Leste is brimming with tourism draws.
Festivals & Special Events: Fun all year long
Timor-Leste's calendar is filled with festivals and special moments
Oil & Gas: The crocodile wakes
Legend says Timor-Leste was formed from the back of a large crocodile. The resource-rich nation is asleep no more.
A selection of individual success stories about people living and working in Timor-Leste.
Caz Bar opened in 2000 and is located on the picturesque bay of Fatu Cama (Areia Branca) on the beautiful white sand beach on the way to the statue of Jesus, just minutes from Dili centre. Caz Bar is run by an aussie and ex Darwin resident (Caz) and her local husband Luis.
National Insurance Timor-Leste, S.A. ("NITL") is pleased to sponsor the Sail Timor-Leste as GOLD SPONSOR. NITL is the first and only general insurance company in Timor-Leste and the country can leverage this fact to proudly showcase NITL to the international community. NITL is also the “OFFICIAL INSURER” of the event.
Specialised Vehicle Service Centre and Tiger Fuels, based in Dili, can supply almost all consumables needed by yachts and yachties including fuel, gas, water, spares and mechanical support. Click here for a full list of supplies and services.
Timor-Leste waters and coastline offers a range of spectacular sights and stopovers for the cruising yachtie. After leaving Dili, yachts will be able to cruise at leisure along the north coast of Timor-Leste.
Details of possible stop-over points will be provided to participants but there will be no formal arranged activities at these places.
Sailing Authorisations will be issued as part of the CIQ process to all participants to suit their schedule and timetable. There is no time limit on your stay in Dili or Timor-Leste, but you will need to obtain an extended visa if you intend to stay over 30 days. This will be managed as part of the Sailing Authorisation or for further information, go to the Timor-Leste Immigration Department website.
Approximately a 4 hour drive along the coast to the east of Dili, this new beachfront resort is in the district of Lospalos and within easy reach of Tutuala and Jaco Island. It is ideally suited for adventure travellers, backpackers, sunlovers - or in fact anyone looking for a taste of the tropics and with a sense of adventure.
The Oceanview Beach Hotel, owned by Australian Danny Lee, first opened in 2001. Address - Aldiea Metin 1 Bebonuk Dili, Timor Leste. This beach front hotel is situated 15mins to the town centre and 15mins to the Airport. It has 20 rooms with a price range of USD50-USD120 per night.
Located in Same in the mountainous district of Manufahi, the Samata Backpackers Hostel is100% Timorese built and owned and would like to encourage you all to visit and stay in this wonderful community (only AUS$10 per night inc. breakfast).
Located on Comoro Road, near the airport in Dili, Timor Lodge has the biggest swimming pool in Dili! The Restaurant offers Pizza, Kebab's, Indian food on certain nights. Every Sunday offers Sunday Roast. The drinks are always cold. A fantastic place to relax.
Timor-Leste is one of the poorest countries in the world, with a per capita GDP in the order of USD2,600. Your small contribution can make a world of difference to many people.
Over 40% of the population is unemployed and 42% live below the poverty line, living a subsistence existence. In 2007, a bad harvest led to deaths in several parts of Timor-Leste. In November 2007, eleven sub-districts still needed food supplied by international aid. Excluding income from oil, Timor-Leste’s exports only amounted to about USD10million in 2005. Less than 60% of the population can read and write and the average school life expectancy is 11 years. Infant mortality rates are exceedingly high and life expectancy is low compared to developed countries. While investment is taking place in health and education, there is vast scope to do more.
Many of the people you will meet in urban centres and small villages in Timor-Leste and on your voyages through its beautiful waters will be living in extreme poverty. By visiting the country and spending money in the economy, yachties are already helping, but if you wish to do more, there are plenty of ways you can do so. Here are some suggestions:
Always take with you items to give to families and communities you will meet.
The small amount of cost will be overwhelmingly returned to you in the generosity and friendliness of the people, and knowing that your support can make a genuine difference to people's lives.
In 2011, 2012 and 2013, each entrant in the Darwin Dili Yacht Rally donated $100 of their entry fee to support a new Marine Education Scholarship being established by the Rally to promote skills development and capacity building to support Timor-Leste’s marine tourism industry. The funds raised have been added to by private donations and are reaching a proportion that will enable the Scholarship to move into its next phase of sending young Timorese to undergo specialised training that will support their employment in the maritime tourism industry in Timor-Leste.
The 2014 Rally entry fee also includes a AUD$100 donation to the Marine Education Scholarship that will enable the training of additional young Timorese in the marine tourism industry.
This is a wonderful example of how a small amount of funds can be leveraged to make a significant contribution to the development of skills and workforce training which will in turn help support the development of Timor-Leste’s marine tourism industry.
Sail Timor-Leste also encourages support of the historic humanitarian sailing vessel VEGA, an 85 foot traditional cargo vessel built in 1893/94. VEGA has now embarked on a career carrying cargos of donated medical and educational supplies on the South East monsoon to isolated island communities in Timor-Leste and Indonesia. During the North East Monsoon VEGA visits Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand gathering donated supplies and attracting attention to the needs of the communities she assists.
The 2004 tsunami in Sumatra demonstrated that although no longer competitive for cargo VEGA can still be useful helping isolated island communities. In the aftermath of that disaster she proved she could still go where other boats could not. Loaded with over 25 tons of food and medical supplies she easily managed vicious seas that had already severely damaged newer, much larger boats. Just as in the days of the legendary spice island trade VEGA's movements are dictated by the winds of the monsoons. Sailing along routes unchanged for thousands of years VEGA makes her annual circuit loading her cargo of hope and assistance during one monsoon then delivering that cargo of farm, medical and educational assistance when the monsoon changes.
You can make your contributions more worthwhile by adding to Sail VEGA’s humanitarian efforts. Sail VEGA is well experienced in supporting communities and knows best what people need and how to supply them.
Transfers to and from Dili
Meals – Dinner; Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner; Breakfast
|I'm looking for a guesthouse||Hau buka hela losmen/pensaun|
|I'm looking for a hotel||Hau buka hela otel|
|Do you have any rooms available?||Ita iha kuarto ruma mamuk?|
|I'd like a single room||Hau hakarak kuarto mesak ida|
|I'd like to share a room||Hau hakarak fahe kuarto ida|
|Good morning||Bon dia|
|Please||Favor ida / halo favor|
|Thank you (very much)||Obrigadu/a (barak)|
|You're welcome||La (iha) buat ida|
|What's your name||Ita-nia naran saida|
|My name is ...||Hau-nia naran ...|
|Do you speak English?||Ita koalia Ingles?|
|I don't understand||Hau la kompriende|
|It's an emergency||Nee emergensia|
|I'm ill||Hau moras|
|Call a doctor||Bolu dotor|
|Call the police||Bolu polisia|
|I'm lost||Hau lakon tiha|
|Where are the toilets?||Sentina iha nebe?|
|Where is a/the ...||... iha nebe|
|... post office||koreiu/ kantor pos|
|How much is it?||Folin hira?|
|What is this?||Nee saida|
|That's too expensive!||Kanun los|
|I will give you ... dollars||Hau foo dollar ...|
|When does the ...||Tuku hira maka|
|Bus station||Terminal bis nian|
|Road to (Baucau)||Dalan ba (Baucau)|
|Go straight ahead||Los deit|
|To the left||Fila ba liman karuk|
|To the right||Fila ba liman los|