Souvenirs from East Timor
A vacation means different things to different people: relaxing, adventure, shopping, sleeping or learning. One thing everyone can agree on is the need for memorabilia. Souvenirs from East Timor can be some of the most attractive items you will find on your travels. Ikat fabric, dyed in a multi-color process, is considered sacred and imbued with animistic spiritualism. This work intensive material would make a lovely wall hanging, or used as a throw for the living room couch. Weaving is an important income source for women, who create well-crafted baskets, boxes, area rugs, hats and fans. Perhaps you will choose a small box to place an East Timorese souvenir of antique jewelry, resplendent with shell pieces and pearls. Tote bags, T-shirts, hats, and key chains with funny slogans, refrigerator magnets, enameled pins and beverage coolers emblazoned with the names of towns, or picture perfect postcards of local scenery round out our suggestions for vacation mementos from the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste.
Scuba Diving in East Timor
Water sports are a popular activity for the visitors and residents of East Timor, including swimming, water skiing, jet skiing and wind surfing. Scuba diving in the richly alive coral reefs is considered a signature of the East Timorese vacation experience, especially in the waters off of Dili. At the Pertamina Pier, divers can glide through the waters to see swirling octopi, crabs and schools of fierce Barracudas. Moving east of Dili, there are many areas to explore, including Lone Tree, K41, Bob's Rock, and the Secret Garden, all full of colors and life. Shark Point is a local favorite for observing many different types of sharks. Bubble Beach is a deep dive location, perfect for experienced divers to marvel at the fields of bubbles, while Ataturo Island has coral reefs for all levels of diving knowledge. For beginners, a stop at Dili Rock to train with experts is a great way to begin your undersea adventure.