Liquica municipality lying to the west of Dili has an attractive coastline interspersed with rocky headlands, coves and beaches. These offer good swimming and the coral reefs provide excellent diving opportunities.

There are small towns dotted along the coast road and roadside vendors selling local produce from the hills beyond. The majority of local people speak Tocodede.

Timor-Leste’s colonial past is very evident in this municipality with the remnants of a large historic jail at Aipelo and many fine Portuguese buildings in Liquica, the main administrative centre.

Timor-Leste: Building, House, Housing, Villa, Ruins, Architecture, Temple, Worship, Column, Pillar, Church, TombFurther to the west, past a salt lake known for its pelicans, is the interesting small town of Maubara.  In addition to many old Portuguese buildings it has an impressive 17th century Dutch Fort which is a must see. Across the road local women in bright blue bungalows produce handicrafts including colourful intricately woven baskets and other items.

Continuing past Maubara the road clings to the rocky coast and climbs high above the sea. It is a good location to look out for whales and dolphins especially in the migrating season as they often come in very close to the shore here.  The views out towards the large island of Alor across the Savu Sea also are spectacular.

Popular Locations: Maubara & Liquica

Beachside resort with 6 spacious villas and Black Rock International Restaurant. Good beach for swimming, expansive ocean views and fantastic place to enjoy the sunset. One hour’s drive from Dili. Resort can help organize transport and airport pick-ups.
Lauhata Beach Escape Ideal beach front location to escape from Dili on week days or weekend. Beach front restaurant and bar regularly serving fresh local fish and coconut water, 8 rooms ideally layed out for couples or family. Only 30 minutes from Dili but feels like you are a way hundreds of miles from Dili. Beachside resort, good for relaxing, swimming and sunsets. Air-conditioned rooms with ensuite bathrooms. Camping spaces available and onsite bar/restaurant.
Hillside retreat overlooking bay includes spacious bungalows with private bathroom. Onsite restaurant and bar. Beautiful ocean views and fantastic place to enjoy the sunset. 10-15mins drive to Dili. Resort can help organise transport and airport pick-ups.