Bemvindo ba Timor Leste


Experience the diversity of Timor Leste from the bustling capital of Dili to small remote communities where dedicated organisations are working to build self reliance and sustainability, building on the strengths of their people.

Throughout your journey, you will witness the work of Palms Australia’s local partners. You will have the opportunity to learn about the role Australians can play in reducing global poverty by supporting local initiatives.

$3,500 per person | What’s included?*

  • Expert guide
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • All internal transport
  • Tourist visa (issued on arrival)
  • Entry to museums and activities

At the end of each day, guided activities will help you gain a deeper understanding of the new sights, smells, sounds, tastes, textures and experiences you’ll encounter, and perhaps challenge some of your own ideas.

Below are some of the highlights of this experience. Guests will receive a detailed itinerary closer to the date of departure. Your itinerary depending on transport, weather and considerations for our host communities. Email palms@palms.org.au for a detailed information pack.


Highlights


Atauro Island

Arrive in bustling Dili and spend the evening getting to know your group, before travelling to the idyllic island of Atauro, home to the Boneca doll factory a social enterprise of the local women’s co-operative. Stay at Barry’s Eco-lodge run by our local in-country coordinator .

Conservation International identified the reef surrounding Atauro as the most bio-diverse in the world. These waters are home to a total of 642 reef fish species making this destination an incredibly special place for marine conservation.

Balibo

This mountain town is now a focus of regional development activity. You will visit Balibo Community Learning Centre where Palms has sent Michelle (2016) and where Gabby will be finishing up in May. The centre has been a partner of Palms Australia since 2013. There are great views of the countryside from the historic Portuguese Fort.

Palms English Teacher Mentor Gabby Rankin with students at Balibo Community Learning Centre.

Sitting in the mountains near the Indonesian border, Balibo is a town of immense historical significance to both Timorese and Australians and is renowned for the murder of five foreign correspondents by invading Indonesian forces on 16 October 1975.

Atabae Home Stay

Our incredible hosts in Atabae.

Every guest on Palms’ Encounter to Timor Leste has raved about their homestay with families in Atabae. Between Dili and the Indonesian border, Atabae is a small coastal community which welcomes travellers to experience Timorese hospitality during an overnight stay with a local family. Each guest will be staying with a different family and be treated to traditional Timorese food.

Sights of Dili

In your last full day in Timor-Leste, experience more of Dili’s cultural heritage. Visit some of Dili’s important memorials like the Chega! Exhibition and the Santa Cruz Cemetery.

Santa Cruz Cemetery.

Find a good book in the Xanana Reading Room, shop for traditional textiles at the Tais Market and grab some souvenirs and a bite to eat at the bustling Timor Plaza.

Exchange stories and celebrate your last night in Timor-Leste with a final dinner with your group and Palms Australia participants before flying home the next morning.


* Bookings made by credit card incur a 1.5% fee to cover transaction charges. Paying by Direct deposit means less fees taken by banks and third parties. You can transfer your deposit of $300 into the following account:

BSB: 062-784
Account No: 789 5202
Account Name: Palms Australia

To help us identify your payment, please use your name as reference and complete our deposit advice form.

Travellers will be required to complete the following at their own expense:

  • International flights and travel insurance
  • Medical approval for travel to Timor Leste, including to remote areas
  • Police Check
  • Working with Children Check

Our Timor Leste Encounter begins and ends in Dili. Return flights to Timor Leste are not included in your tour. We can offer advice on booking flights through Darwin where you will meet up with fellow travellers and your guide before arriving in Dili. For those joining us from flights through Bali, let us know your flight details and we can connect you with fellow travellers when you arrive.

Read our complete Terms and Conditions for more information and get in touch with Palms if you have any questions.