Atabae and Mount Ramelau
Cruising into Atabae, marvel at the majestic bay stretching before you as you embark on a fascinating submersible search for a lost WWII Japanese wreck. Only recently uncovered during an Australian Naval Survey, you could be one of the first to dive this site. There is also a high probability that you’ll happen upon other undiscovered wrecks in the area.
Later, head inland with your guides to an abandoned 18th Century Dutch fort whose walls still stand, overgrown with trees and shrubs. Climb the stone steps to find an iron cannon embossed with Dutch colonial marks.
Travel by helicopter deep into the mountainous depths of Timor Leste. Enveloped in eucalyptus forests, commence your hike to the Mount Ramelau summit where a striking statue of the Virgin Mary looms. Take a moment to savour the surreal experience of viewing the entire nation from this single vantage point before speeding along mountain tracks and luscious greenery on dirt bikes.
Viqueque and Jaco
Continue your submersible exploration of the wildlife-rich straights where the world’s healthiest population of Pygmy Blue Whales inhabit and through which, 41 other species of aquatic mammals pass each year. After some time under the water, board a helicopter and journey across the length of Timor to the hilltop village of Venilale in search of a mysterious peak known only as ‘The Lost World’. From here, you will join an ex-guerrilla fighter to unearth incredible limestone caves and tunnels, originally dug by the Japanese army during WWll.
Arise at Timor Leste’s most eastern point, Jaco, a unique, uninhabited island where local traditions and customs are held sacred. Embrace an outstanding island day on this pristine piece of paradise as you enjoy snorkelling, spearfishing and calming spa treatments on the jungles edge. If you’re feeling adventurous, hike into the dense jungle to learn survival techniques and tricks of the explorers’ trade alongside Pelorus guides. As dusk falls, gaze skywards at the blanket of stars, breath-takingly clear in this rare, isolated spot.