Are you wondering where are Timor-Leste’s coastal tourism development opportunities located? The country’s Strategic Development Plan 2011 to 2030 spells out several places along the northern coast that the government will focus on.
The Eastern Tourist Zone
The Eastern Tourist Zone will extend from Tutuala through to Com and Baucau and along the Great Northern Coast Road to Hera (from East to West).
This zone will be a highlight of Timor-Leste’s tourist offerings.
Baucau is the Eastern Zone’s tourist base and Timor-Leste’s second largest city. It will provide a full range of accommodation options from backpacker style to high end eco-tourist resorts.
The opening of the Baucau airport will provide a gateway to the city for those who do not arrive by road and will offer the option of direct international flights.
The nearby fishing village of Com will also grow as a tourist base for the area. With expanded port facilities and pristine beaches, Com will be a key tourist location.
Com will also be significant as the village at the start of Timor-Leste’s new and most significant tourist route, the Great Northern Coast Road. This tourist route will travel through Lautem, Baucau and Manatuto towards Dili.
Tutuala / Pulau Jaco
The zone will begin with Jaco Island and Tutuala, which will offer an authentic eco-tourism experience. The development of local tourist infrastructure at Tutuala will be a priority.
The Central Tourist Zone
Dili / Cristo Rei
The Central Tourist Zone will take in the capital of Dili as well as Atauro Island and the Maubisse region. Dili’s ocean location will be promoted, including Cristo Rei.
Atauro Island will be promoted as a scuba diving centre and low impact eco-lodges will work with local communities to provide tourists with authentic and remote experiences.
The Western Tourist Zone
The seaside township of Liquiça will showcase its charming Portuguese era architecture and provide a perfect day trip from Dili.
The Maubara Dutch Fort will be promoted as a centre for art and traditional Timorese crafts.
Timor-Leste Strategic Development Plan 2011-2030