Timor-Leste: Tropical haven free from tourist crowds

By AG STAFF | September 8, 2015

With pristine beaches, amazing diving, rich culture and a fascinating history, Timor-Leste is a traveller’s dream.

Just a 90-minute flight across the Timor Sea from Darwin, Timor-Leste is one of Australia’s closest neighbours. The island of Timor is the largest of the Lesser Sunda Islands, with the western half belonging to Indonesia and the eastern half to Timor.

It is mountainous and thickly vegetated, with relief from the rugged terrain provided only by the magnificent coastline, where white sandy beaches meet crystal-clear waters fringed by tropical coral reefs.

Read the related story in #128 of Australian Geographic.