Marobo Hot Springs is situated within the mountain ranges District of Bobonaro, a days journey West of Dili. The nearby village of Ilatlaun has a rich cultural background. In this region the well known hand woven Tais of marobo, is usually black and white. The craft has been passed on from generation to generation. Traditional the women process the hand spun cotton thread, dye with plants to achieve the black and blue, red colours, and "futus" the design which is achieved by counting the threads, tye the patterns and dye the cotton. Once loosened the cotton is woven and final product displays a white and other colours design.
The hot springs stream down the mountains and is relatively hot to touch. Bathing in the waters are a common practice of the locals to treat many skin and other maladies.
Liquica . Maubara . Batugade . Balibo . Maliana . Marobo hot springs
3 Day Itinerary
Day 1» Liquica » Maubara » Batugade » MALIANA
08:00 Depart Dili and follow the North-West coastal road to the town of Liquiça, past some historic sites such as the Liquiça Church grounds where the pro Indonesian militias murdered many pro-independence local people taking refuge in the Church grounds, just prior to the Referendum in 1999 to name a few.
The drive along the coast, features some sites where sea salt traditional production, where an ancient method of cooking to extract salt is still being used today. Next stop is the town of Maubara to visit the 16th Century Dutch built Fort. Check out the basket weaving stalls along the beach front before we resume our drive, next stopping at Lois River for a quick stretch and to buy some local fresh produce and tasty seasonal fruits.
The tour heads along the coast to Batugade, the town at the border crossing to Indonesia, our nearest neighbour. Continue on to the town of Balibo and stop at the Community House refurbished in honour of the 5 Australian journalists murdered by Indonesian soldiers while covering the events taking place in Portuguese Timor in October 1975, in expectation of an impending invasion by Indonesia. We have lunch at the old Balibo Fort, refurbished into a small hotel and restaurant, then transfer to Maliana, one of Timor Leste largest rice producing towns. Arrive at Maliana and check in the guesthouse. Freshen up and take a stroll around town.
Day 2 » Maliana » Marobo Hot Springs » BALIBO
08:30am Drive up to Ilatlaun Village, an old settlement built on a stone paved base and rocky surrounds. Traditional customs are still respected and practiced in the area. The mainly black and white or blue traditional hand woven fabric called tais is made of 100% hand spun cotton and dyed with a combination of leaves and mud from the hot springs. Futus is the pattern method commonly used here which means tie dye. A pattern is selected; treads are thoroughly counted and tightly tied according to design, then died in mud mixed with a tint from fresh leaves of specific plants. After washed thoroughly and untied, the fabric is then hand woven in a traditional wooden loom creating unique designs. These fabrics are available for purchase directly from the lady weavers of the village.
After visiting the village, we transfer to the Marobo hot springs where you can spend time relaxing to a strong smell of sulphate hot spring flowing down the mountains into a relatively large area. Ruins of the old Portuguese hot spa resort remain in the open area, and a modest swimming pool has been partially restored and swimming is welcome on the thermal medicinal pools.
We have a picnic lunch and transfer to Balibo where we overnight.
Expected arrival late afternoon
Day 3 » Maliana » Marobo » DILI
09:00 Transfer to Dili passing Lois River, Maubara and Liquiça. Lois River is the largest of Timor Leste and runs all year out. Stop at Lois River for a stretch, and buy local fresh produce and tasty seasonal fruits. Continue touring to Maubara where a stop for refreshments and visit the basket weaving huts along the beach front. On a calm day, dolphins swim and play very close to the shoreline. Good whale sighting spot during the migration season.
Lunch at Liquica and relax sometime before transfer back to Dili.
Expected arrival in Dili at approximately 17: 00pm
Note: An all inclusive package also offered
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