The Atauro-Dili ferry

There’s a ferry that runs between Dili and Atauro every Saturday. For $4 a head it’s less than a tenth the price of the water taxi, however in return you’ve got a cosier and longer ride. 

Curious and keen on the savings, we thought it would be an interesting experience taking it back to Dili. The arrival and departure times are very flexible (as are most things on Timorese schedule) and we were told that our expected departure time could be 1pm, 3pm or 5pm that day. The advice was to listen out for the series of horns.

Barry’s Place

Barry’s Place is a popular eco-lodge on Atauro island. Directly across the road from the Empreza Di’ak business centre (Sentru Atauro Di’ak), we enjoyed our daily feeds there and made regular crossings to get to the beach. While I was grateful we had free accommodation with Empreza Di’ak for the week, I was quite envious of these cute little bungalows right on the beach.

A week on Atauro island

So today is day 5 of this island life. That means it’s been four days without a proper shower, four days of heavy repellant layering (even in bed) and despite this, countless mosquito bites and constant itching. But, the beach has never been more accessible, sunrises more beautiful and life this simple and serene.