"With the Pope on one side and Christ on the other" Dili by DSwede

Dili Travel Guide: 39 reviews and 57 photos

Dili, nestled in a small coastal valley, is protected by the mountains to the South, the large Cristo Rei ("Christ the King" statue) to the East, and if the lighthouse was not enough, there is a Statue of the Pope to protect its West flank.

If you so desire and are fit enough to brave the heat, you can walk the major points of Dili in a day. I spent the better part of a week wondering around its streets, back and forth, up and down, just milling about and trying to absorb its character.

Dili is a relatively busy city during the day, but still rustic in feel. It is very humbling to see the historical photographs of the city of the time before and during the independence struggles. The city has suffered many hardships along with the people. There are still a few foundations around (both in the city and in the country) that still stand as a testimonial about these times. But by and large the city is fully functional and bustling.

During the night, there are a few pockets of activity, mainly in the city center and along the waterfront restaurants. This is when the expat crowd usually comes out in larger numbers and the character of the city changes a bit. Mind you not in a bad way, but this is a shift from the lifestyle of the Timorese during the day.

Feel free to visit my East Timor page for more general thoughts on my time in the country.

(for more pictures, feel free to visit my East Timor Gallery. If you enjoy the pictures, please leave a comment.)

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:If you can bear the heat, you can walk the entire city in a day.
  • Cons:Accomadation is over priced due to the expat services communities
  • In a nutshell:Dili is a working city, struggling to get Timor off and running as a prosperous nation.
  • Intro Updated Mar 26, 2011
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jul 1, 2013 at 3:55 AM

    It's been interesting reading about your time in Dili. It sounds like Dili is getting back on its feet!

    • DSwede's Profile Photo
      Jul 1, 2013 at 4:24 AM

      Definitely getting on its feet from the days of the revolution, but the interior is still in desperate need of help (infrastructure)

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Mar 30, 2010 at 8:19 AM

    Great page! Really great practical information. I will never get to visit East Timor but you've made it a lot easier for others to know just what to do.

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Mar 22, 2010 at 4:46 AM

    Wow.. scuba diving in East Timor. I want to get my bc and plunge.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Mar 13, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    Hi, Dave! ~ Thanks for your unique description! ><><><><><><


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