A protected area of wetlands including three saline lakes surrounded by hills, an esplanade, and a beach, Tasitolu lies 8 km (5.0 mi) from the capital. An important bird area, it shelters both native and migratory birds--including some threatened species. Go for a dive here (but note that the site is easy to miss) and view some bizarre sea creatures--spiny tiger and tozeuma shrimp, rhinopia, or seahorses. The main landmark, a statue of Pope John Paul II (sharing the hill with a chapel), reminds of his visit in 1989, the darkest hour of East Timor's struggle for independence (eventually declared here in 2002). In 2006 the area, still torn by conflict, became a base for UN forces. Make Tasitolu part of your personalized Dili itinerary using our Dili vacation builder tool.
Not as big as the other statue at the other end of town, however quite interesting and definitely worth a visit more »
You'll find yourself here if you want to take a microlet to points west or southwest of Dili. Keep in mind that microlets leave when they're full, so you could be sitting in one of the minivans for... more »
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