A Culturally Immersive Experience
True Off-the-Beaten-Path Adventure & Cultural Experiences
Get privileged access to small communities living in the remote villages of West Timor. Your guide will not only introduce and explain the way of life and history of different tribes but also act as a translator and cultural bridge. As well as cultural immersion, you’ll explore the wide variety of landscapes from mountain ridges to coastal plains and perfect beaches. This is the perfect option for people looking for authentic adventure!
Spend time in traditional villages such as Boti & None
Immerse yourself in culture with homestays and musical & dance demonstrations
Visit local palaces, markets, & learn about traditional salt and alcohol production processes
Visit waterfalls, forests, and idyllic beaches
Amazing scenery from rice fields to mountains and lakes
Learn about the island of Timor and its tumultuous history
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US $1,350 per PAX + tax
The minimum required to run the tours – 3 Pax
A hotel in Kupang (the name will be confirmed before arrival)
Every day from April to October (dry season)
Minimum 3 people – maximum 10
- 7-day tour & transfers (fully guided)
- 4WD vehicle
- Vehicle backup service
- English speaking tour guide
- Local guides
- All entrance fees
- All meals
- 6 nights accommodation
- Personal and miscellaneous spending
- Travel insurance
What to bring
- Lighter clothing for the day and warmer options at night
- A hat to protect you from the sun
- Waterproof jacket and/or trousers
- Comfortable walking shoes/boots
- Cash is recommended as ATM machines don’t always work
- Credit/debit cards are not widely accepted
- The local currency is US dollars
About your guide
1 x tour leader
1 x local guide & driver
Good to know
- There will be basic sanitation at guesthouses, cold mandi showers, and occasions when guests will need to use a bush toilet
- We advise guests to carry sunscreen, mosquito repellent, and antiseptic gel/wipes
- Always have sufficient drinking water at all times as dehydration is a risk in the tropics
- We advise all guests to arrange travel and health insurance
Day by Day in Detail
Once you have met your guide and group in Kupang, we’ll embark on a tour of the capital city. We’ll explore history at the National Museum of Nusa Tenggara Timur. Explore the natural beauty of Oenesu Waterfall, this tiered waterfall is a great place to cool off while you are still acclimatizing to the heat. We’ll continue exploring nature and wildlife with a visit to Monkey Forest, where these charming creatures will interact with you and take snacks from your hands, so watch out! In the afternoon, we’ll head to the palm tree-fringed Lasiana Beach for another swim and time to relax on the sand. In the evening, we’ll eat at Kampung Solor, known for its seafood specialties. We’ll then head back to our hotel to rest up ahead of a day full of adventure.
After breakfast, we’ll leave city life behind and head to Oebelo Village, the home of the traditional Sasando musical instrument where we’ll witness how the locals produce and play songs. We’ll continue the drive up to the town of Soe through Noelmina and its luscious rice fields. We’ll stop in Soe for lunch and then continue to Fatumnasi through Kapan village and the pine forest. Fatumnasi is a village comprised and surrounded by alpine meadows and streams. It’s rich in history and nature, making it a great place to spend the night. Tonight we’ll stay in the Lopo Mutis homestay.
We’ll make our way to the Oehala Waterfalls passing by Marble Hill and Lake Naususu. After enjoying the atmosphere of the seven-tiered waterfall, we’ll continue to None Village. None Village is often named as home to one of the most interesting tribes in West Timor, it is a headhunting tribe that has its own shaman and conducts rituals based on their spiritual and magical beliefs. Next, we’ll head to Boti Village, the location of our overnight homestay. Boti is perhaps the most well-known traditional village in the area as its people are guided by their village king or raja, they reject modernization and the Christian religion, preferring to stick to their Adat and be self-sufficient.
Today is all about learning the traditional way of life in the diverse communities of West Timor. We’ll pass along mountain roads to our first stop in Niki-Niki, which will either be the traditional market, where local produce is sold, or a visit to the palace of King Nope. We’ll then continue on the road to Kefamenanu and enjoy a traditional reception in the Palace of Maslete, the home of one of the three former tribal kings of Kefamenanu. We’ll head on to the villages, firstly to Nunpene to see locals processing salt as per traditional culture, and secondly to Kiupasan where you can see villagers producing alcohol. Tonight we’ll spend the night in the Victory 2 Hotel in Kefamenanu.
We’ll start the day by driving to Amol, in this village we’ll enjoy a traditional dance performance by students. We’ll then drive to the rocky village of Tamkessi, the home of the Biboki tribe, to learn more about their way of life. We then continue onto Oelolok village, the center of the kingdom of Insana, the village is home to Taolin Palace where the Insana king once lived. The palace resembles a Dutch country house and is surrounded by lush vegetation and a network of streams. We’ll finish the day in Atambua city, the second-largest in East Nusa Tenggara due to its history of being a popular destination for Chinese and East Timorese immigrants. The Kingstar Hotel awaits us at the end of the day.
Leaving Atambua behind, we’ll head up to Mota’ain on the Timor-Leste border. Its position means it has seen terrible atrocities throughout the island’s past, your guide will recount some of that history. We’ll then drive to the coast to Teluk Gurita to see the statue of the Virgin Mary, and on to Kolam Susu, a traditional village that works in salt processing. Finally, we’ll head back to Kupang where you have a last chance to explore before your departure tomorrow.
After breakfast at the hotel, we will take you to the airport for your return flight.