Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport is the airport serving the city of Dili, capital of East Timor. The airport was originally called Comoro International Airport, but was renamed after East Timorese politician and national hero, Nicolau dos Reis Lobato. The airport is operated by East Timor Civil Aviation Division. It resides at an elevation of 25 feet / eight metres above mean sea level and is equipped with an asphalt runway designated 08/26.
What to see & do
Cristo Rei de Dili - Cristo Rei de Dili, or the Statue of Jesus, is a 27-metre tall statue that stands on a globe of earth on a headland east of Dili. It is rumoured that when the statue was built by the Indonesians to present as a gift to the East Timorese, it was designed Jesus would face towards Jakarta. The statue was designed by Mochamad Syailillah and unveiled by Suharto in 1996.
The 500 steps from the beach up to the Statue of Jesus is a popular location for exercising. The area also provides a spectacular view of the bay.
Cape Fatucama - Just outside of Dili, behind the Cristo Rei de Dili, is the beautiful beach Cape Fatucama. It is a picturesque c-shaped coastline with clear waters.
The Archives & Museum of East Timorese Resistance - The Resistance Museum commemorates the 25-year struggle for East Timor's independence from the Indonesians. The museum provides a timeline, photos, and displays weapons and various tools of communications used by the East Timorese in their fight for freedom.
Cemetery of Santa Cruz - The Cemetery of Santa Cruz was the site of the Santa Cruz massacre, wherein at least 250 East Timorese pro-independence demonstrators were shot dead on November 12, 1991.
Scuba Diving - Dili offers some of the best scuba diving experiences in the world. Pertamina Pier, one of the best known diving locations for octopus and schooling barracudas in East Timor, is just five minutes from the centre of the town. Other notable dive sites include the Dili Rock, where divers can see Leaf Scorpion Fish, Angler Fish, and Ghost Pipe Fish among others; Bubble Beach, the Gravel Pit, and Devil Ray Point.
The best diving area in East Timor however is in Atauro Island, 25 kilometres from Dili. There is a ferry that takes travellers between Atauro Island and Dili.
How to get around within Dili
The most common way of getting around is by taxis, which are plentiful in Dili. It is possible to ride a taxi long distances, but it would obviously cost more. There are much less taxis that run at night, and the ones that do charge more. During this time, the taxis can be found outside expat bars. Another option is mikrolet, which are technically vans converted for public transportation. These operate from near the Mercado Municipal to the suburbs of Dili.
How to get there
There is scheduled passenger service to Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport from Darwin, Singapore, and Denpasar. Airlines serving regular scheduled flights to the airport are Airnorth, Air Timor, Citilink, Silk Air, and Sriwijaya Air. Air Timor and Garuda Indonesia provide seasonal service between Dili and Denpasar.
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