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DILI to COM, LAUTÉM DISTRICT, TIMOR-LESTE

 


TIMOR-LESTE REPTILE & AMPHIBIAN SURVEY
PHASE V: DILI TO COM, OR BUST
(part 1)

The drive from Dili to Com is only about 205 kms but it takes between five and six hours due to the state of the roads and the need to drive with caution, even on the relatively good stretches where large potholes are commonplace. On our journey there had been some subsidence causing partial road blocks, and trucks were depositing great piles of hard-core to file the potholes, except these piles were left on the road, blocking one side and causing drivers to wind around between them.

Even so, the drive along the north coast is very scenic and invariably involves numerous stops to take panoramic photographs of the wild coastline, the mountains and the sea.

The north coast road is scenic but it has a few driving difficulties

 

There are also occasional stopping points where hungry or thirsty travelers can replenish supplies.

We stopped at a popular road-side service area where Marissa, Hinrich and Caitlin stocked up on snacks