Watabo’o Beach, the Quiet Corner of Timor Leste

As visitors to Baucau will no doubt attest, Watabo’o beach is a prime getaway in East Timor. Miles upon miles of golden beaches are ripe for exploration, while the rolling hills and groves of palm trees offer a peaceful shield to those looking for a touch of solitude or a quiet few beers at the beach’s tiki bar.
Travellers should prepare to soak up the perfect sunrise. Watabo’o allows for some of Asia’s most gloriously pure daybreaks. Try schlepping along the beach from Baucau Beach Bungalows and head up the slight incline. You won’t be disappointed.

Things to know


How to get there: Several buses to and from Dili, Los Palos, Viqueque and other small villages around Baucau leave from the market. A bus to Dili costs about $3 and takes three hours. Watabo’o is at the base of a winding dirt road about 7km away. It’s best to charter some transport at the bus station but watch out for aggressive haggling.
Where to stay: Baucau Beach Bungalows, a stone’s throw from the beach. $20 a night, with either a small bungalow or cottage to choose from.
What to speak: You could try speaking some Tetun. Have a look at our guide here.