Due to its violent past, the western part of Timor island has been opened to international tourism for less than 15 years, preserving an unspoiled natural environment and a strong, varied tribal culture. You will inevitably pass through Kupang, Nusa Tenggara’s largest city and main connection hub. Don’t despair the noise and traffic, explore the busy night market around the old harbour to get a flavour of the city.
Out of the city, another world awaits you. Dip in the waterfalls in Oenesu or near Soe and admire the landscape characterised by mountains lined with Lontar palms, isolated rural areas and empty beaches with world-class waves. You will be captivated by Timor’s diverse tribal culture and can immerse yourself in an authentic anthropological experience by visiting the typical Ume Bubu or beehive huts of the traditional villages nestled on rocky cliffs. Discover unusual musical instruments and sample delicious desserts near Sasando, appreciate the shade of the 200-year-old banyan tree and learn about ikat weaving techniques in Soe.
Have an unforgettable colourful experience at Oinlasi market and discover a unique way of life in Boti, an autonomous mountain tribal village. You’ll find out-of-this-world scenery in Temkessi, where time has stopped. Appreciate the local architecture and the rock where animals are sacrificed. On the way, the peaceful hill town of Kefamenanu and its Catholic churches will remind you of the island’s Portuguese heritage.
Timor also offers outstanding waves and beaches, especially around Rote, Indonesia’s most southern island. Expect to indulge in water sports such as kayaking and surfing, but also to discover coral gardens and swim amongst schools of colourful fish. At Nemberala beach, you will find great waves but also more tourists, while on the west coast, you can enjoy empty beaches.
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