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City name is in Liquica.


The district of Liquica lies just west of Dili, the highway hugs the rugged coast crossing a series of rivers that swell during the monsoon. Every so often side roads fill with truck run arabica coffee beans from plantation, and avocado trees hide the mountains. Driving along the quiet beaches of Liquica you can see why the Portuguese felt at home here. The Portuguese made Timor one of the first ports in Asia, and some of the earliest buildings can still be found in Liquica. Liquica was so valuable that in the late 1600's the Dutch established a beach head fort here. Maubara fort still stands well preserved with its canons overlooking the bay. In the mid 1800's the Dutch traded the fort for the islands of Flores.

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Today Divers flock to Liquica for its colourful reef. A recent expedition in the Ombai straight found 2000 whales in just one day, there may be as many whales here as there are any where else in the world. The colourful reef in Tibar is popular with divers, and a great place to learn to dive.

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  • Caimeo Beach Resort/Black Rock Restaurant, (turnoff from the highway in Liquica is signposted), +67077988305, [1]. Spacious Villas on the beach with a great restaurant. $95+.  edit


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