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Location

Dili is on the North coast of Timor Leste (formally East Timor). An interesting town to visit and the people are reported to be very friendly and helpful.

Anchorage at Dili :© Pol Palacios

Position 08°33.09'S, 125°34.51'E (harbour)

Clearance

See the main Timor Leste Formalities for details of all clearance procedures.

The Harbor Master is currently based in a temporary office further down from the Immigration office. When checking out, you need to visit the Quarantine office for obtaining a receipt for fees before visiting the HM for the clearance papers.

If you need help getting an Indonesian Visas, contact Kim at Dili Central Backpackers. For a fee she will be able to get the sponsor letter and full visas in about 4 days.

Last updated November 2017.

Docking

The harbour is very well protected from south easterlies but slightly exposed to the north westerlies during the monsoon season (November - late March).

The yacht anchorage is on the port side of the main wharf, located at approximately S8° 33.10’ and E125° 34.5’.  Take particular note of the small reef in the centre of the yacht anchorage area. Beware of a poorly marked drying patch and an unmarked wrecks in the harbour. The holding is good in the soft mud once the anchor is dug in. The inadequate ground tackle and long floating lines of some local boats can also cause a hazard in bad weather.

Dili Bay Moorings
About 20-25 permanent moorings are located in Dili Bay for use by visiting yachts at times when they are not being used by Darwin Dili Rally yachts (some fees may apply). These moorings were installed in 2012 and are inspected and refurbished annually. Sail Timor-Leste makes no warranty as to their fitness for purpose and yachts which use the moorings do so at their own risk.

Dili Beach Security
The anchorage is located directly in front of the Maritime Police Offices, which oversees security.  Dinghies should be beached as close as possible to Maritime Police Offices.

Local guides are very helpful and can be trusted to look after the boat is leaving to explore ashore fo a few days. Jim, who runs a charter business here, can advise.

Although Dilli is the best harbour, Atauro Island and Com are also very attractive.

Last updated November 2017.

Useful Contact
Pedro Mesquita
Happy to be contacted if planning a visit. A sailor who has lived in Timor Leste since 2005.

Val Ellis
Val Ellis says:
Nov 15, 2017 11:34 AM

Posted on behalf of Sonrisa
The comment about crime in the area does not seem applicable, my wife and I did a lot of walking around at both day and night and met nothing but wonderful people. Took large laps in several of the local Microlets, and up to the market, again just more friendly people. We always parked the dingy in the Maritime Police area and that just kept the kids from playing in the dingy rather than any worry about it. Definitely check out the Resistance Museum, very educational for $1 entrance fee and will give you a lot of info about the people around you. Checking in, the harbor master was in a temporary office further down than where Immigration was. Also, checking OUT you visit Quarantine, we paid $77 for about two weeks in a 40' boat, not sure how the fee was calculated, but seemed legit and got a receipt that the Harbor Master needed to give me the clearance papers. Visit Occuse, it is as nice as described in the "related reports" section. If you need help getting you Indonesian Visas you can meet Kim at Dili Central Backpackers and for a fee she was able to get the sponsor letter and full visas turned around in about 4 days.

Val Ellis
Val Ellis says:
Apr 21, 2015 08:28 AM

Posted on behalf of Rebecca Childress
RMS Engineering and Construction
They made an emergency shoe for our skeg while there at a cost of about $250 US. They also can polish FUEL with an very new and modern machine. Nice Australian chaps. To get there, go PAST Timor Plaza, go over bridge. On right hand side 2 small streets past bridge, get off and look up and see sign RMS at head of road. Its a good mile+ down this road. Bear right when road seems to dead end at a school (or whatever it is). Follow road to T , take a left at Butcher factory, take a right at the next intersection. Go down 1/4 mile. On right hand side you will see RMS, right past Timor Cafe Company. Ask for the "WORKSHOP". The guys at the front gate will give you a pass and go find Warren for you. Long walk back out unless you can thumb a ride.

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