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DILI to ATAÚRO, DILI DISTRICT, TIMOR-LESTE

 


TIMOR-LESTE REPTILE & AMPHIBIAN SURVEY
PHASE VI: ATAÚRO BOUND

"Hurry, hurry... wait!" Sound familiar ?
We had to be at the Dili port in good time to get our troopies and ourselves onto the Berlin Nakroma ferry, which plies Dili, Ataúro and the Oecusse exclave, but once there we had to sit and wait a long time while the ferry was unloaded and then loaded again with boxes and baskets of supplies for Ataúro. Eventually Hinrich and I were asked to drive our two vehicles onboard and turn them around, then we had to leave the ferry again to board again as passengers. Our troopies were followed onboard by a two-door SUV and a ute (pickup) and around a dozen motorcycles. Eventually everyone as allowed to board the Nakroma for the two-hour crossing to Ataúro.

The Troopies waiting for loading The Berlin Nakroma refuelling
Hinrich's Troopie Mark's Troopie

At the Ataúro jetty Hinrich and I disembarked with the troopies and the other transport and then waited for the rest of the team to leave with the foot passengers.

Approaching Ataúro Island Disembarking

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