The 10 Best Things to Do in Dili, Dili District

Having endured 20 years of struggle for independence from Indonesia, East Timor's coastal capital, Dili, has made remarkable strides toward reconstruction after innumerable damages and losses. Its former Portuguese colonial flavor can still be found in remaining villas and churches along the waterfront, as well as the 65-foot statue of Jesus overlooking the coast, reminiscent of Cristo Redentor in Rio Di Janeiro. The waterfront parks and white sand beaches are popular for diving and relaxing.

1. Cristo Rei

Dili, East Timor Sights & Landmarks, Monuments & Statues
Excellent
43%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 478 reviews

Cristo Rei

Reviewed By Mogarian - St. LouisSt. Louis

Best attraction in the immediate Dili area

The Christ the King statue, visible from anywhere in the bay around Dili, symbolizes a Christian enclave in the Indonesian archipelago that is 100% Muslim (the largest Muslim population in the world/12.7% of all Muslims). East Timor gained independence an

2. The Archives & Museum of East Timorese Resistance

Rua de Cidade de Lisboa, Dili, East Timor Museums, Specialty Museums
Excellent
59%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 214 reviews

The Archives & Museum of East Timorese Resistance

Reviewed By Mark_Keeton - Brisbane, AustraliaBrisbane, Australia

Timor Awakening program

You will get a poignant sense of history as you revisit the history of TImor Leste on the tour. The display maps the journey of invasion and revolution through tho peace and prosperity. I’ve attached a photo of Gareth Evans as he represented the Australia

3. Cemetery of Santa Cruz

Dili's Motael Church, Dili, East Timor Sights & Landmarks, Cemeteries
Excellent
46%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 124 reviews

Cemetery of Santa Cruz

Reviewed By Dave P - Darwin, AustraliaDarwin, Australia

Take a guide but this is really interesting

We visited this place with a history tour guide- a young woman from JDN - a youth organisation. Santa Cruz cemetery has much history, but most famous is the massacre of 200 student attending the memorial service for student protester Sebastian Gomes in No

4. Tais Market

Nr.D'Luis Dos Reis Noronna | Kolmera, Dili, East Timor Other
Excellent
20%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
27%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 204 reviews

Tais Market

Reviewed By Sue S

Not just Thais

This local market is improving every year, with a much greater variety of tourist goods, although there is still every shape and colour of thousands of Thais. If you are lucky you might see one of the women weaving her local district's distinctive colour

5. Arte Moris

Rua Dos Martires da Patria, Dili, East Timor Museums, Shopping, Art Galleries
Excellent
70%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 32 reviews

Arte Moris

Reviewed By Arcee_CO - Wheat Ridge, ColoradoWheat Ridge, Colorado

Engaging art resource for this still-new nation

Based on positive reviews and a lifelong interest in art we made a priority of visiting this arts center. The artwork we saw was unique, heartfelt and highly worth the visit. This is a combined exhibit gallery, a classroom and a studio for striving profes

6. Tasitolu

Dili, East Timor Nature & Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas
Excellent
35%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
27%
Poor
6%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 57 reviews

Tasitolu

Reviewed By backpacker_society_A - Halong Bay, VietnamHalong Bay, Vietnam

An amazing trip to the best beach in South East Asia!!

A little paradise where sun-drenched, sandy beaches dominate the landscapes would be ideal for holidaymakers to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Visitors can have an ample opportunity to sunbathe on secluded beaches on the island a few mil

7. One Dollar Beach

One Dollar Beach, Dili, East Timor Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Beaches
Excellent
38%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
11%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 17 reviews

One Dollar Beach

Reviewed By gabir712 - Sharon, MassachusettsSharon, Massachusetts

Has a lot of potential

Too dirty for me unfortunately, but could be really beautiful if properly managed. Worth a stop if you're passing by between Dili and Baucau, but don't make a special trip.

8. Largo de Lecidere

Avenido Dos Direitos Humanos, Dili, East Timor Nature & Parks
Excellent
75%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 4 reviews

Largo de Lecidere

Reviewed By Importviking

If you want a real taste of Dili...

...then you should definitely go for a stroll through this park. Or more than one, actually, as it's different throughout the day. This is the place where locals meet. This is the place where young people hang out, this is the place where locals have thei

9. Immaculate Conception Cathedral

Dili, East Timor Sights & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals
Excellent
30%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
37%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 33 reviews

Immaculate Conception Cathedral

Reviewed By ClaudioGuerrieri - Rome, ItalyRome, Italy

it's a church...

Not the beautiful churches that you can expect in Italy or Spain or France for example, but ok...If you pass by visit it, otherwise don't struggle to go there...

10. Chega! Exhibition

Estrada de Balide | Eis-Comarca, Dili, East Timor Museums, History Museums
Excellent
51%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
7%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 13 reviews

Reviewed By ClaudioGuerrieri - Rome, ItalyRome, Italy

touching...

Is interesting and pretty emotional, going trough the happenings during the indonesian invasion in that place...Lot to read, but also lot to immagine once here...suggested...

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The 10 Best Things to Do in East Timor, East Timor

East Timor (/ˌiːst ˈtiːmɔːr/ ( listen)) or Timor-Leste (/tiˈmɔːr ˈlɛʃteɪ/; Tetum: Timór Lorosa'e), officially the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste (Portuguese: República Democrática de Timor-Leste, Tetum: Repúblika Demokrátika Timór-Leste), is a sovereign state in Maritime Southeast Asia. It comprises the eastern half of the island of Timor, the nearby islands of Atauro and Jaco, and Oecusse, an exclave on the northwestern side of the island surrounded by Indonesian West Timor. Australia is the country's southern neighbor, separated by the Timor Sea. The country's size is about 15,410 km (5,400 sq mi).

Most Popular Restaurants in East Timor

East Timor (/ˌiːst ˈtiːmɔːr/ ( listen)) or Timor-Leste (/tiˈmɔːr ˈlɛʃteɪ/; Tetum: Timór Lorosa'e), officially the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste (Portuguese: República Democrática de Timor-Leste, Tetum: Repúblika Demokrátika Timór-Leste), is a sovereign state in Maritime Southeast Asia. It comprises the eastern half of the island of Timor, the nearby islands of Atauro and Jaco, and Oecusse, an exclave on the northwestern side of the island surrounded by Indonesian West Timor. Australia is the country's southern neighbor, separated by the Timor Sea. The country's size is about 15,410 km (5,400 sq mi).

Most Popular Restaurants in Dili

Having endured 20 years of struggle for independence from Indonesia, East Timor's coastal capital, Dili, has made remarkable strides toward reconstruction after innumerable damages and losses. Its former Portuguese colonial flavor can still be found in remaining villas and churches along the waterfront, as well as the 65-foot statue of Jesus overlooking the coast, reminiscent of Cristo Redentor in Rio Di Janeiro. The waterfront parks and white sand beaches are popular for diving and relaxing.