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Tasitolu, Dili

#4 of 7 in Parks in East Timor
Wildlife Area · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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.
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  • 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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