TIMOR-LESTE 2011

Victor Valley College Tropical Research Initiative
Herpetofauna of Timor-Leste
Phase V

Dili, Dili District


Map of west Dili showing the airport, the Timor Lodge Hotel,
and our herping location of the Comoro River.

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The Air Timor flight to Dili, Timor-Leste, took approximately 3 hrs 20 minutes and the route took us over western and southwestern Kalimantan, south of Sulawesi and over the Lesser Sunda islands, in excellent if a little bouncy conditions, with perfect visibility.

President Nicolau Lobato International Airport, Dili
named after the East Timorese president and war hero,
shot and killed by Indonesian forces on Dec 31st 1978
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Dili International Airport
an interesting instruction outside the airport

We drove to the Timor Lodge Hotel, a short 5 minute journey from the airport. The TLH is our regular expedition base where we prepare, pack, rest and store our equipment between phases.

Also as previously we would use two Toyota Troop Carriers aka "troopies", from Rentló to enable us to travel the length and breadth of Timor-Leste.

Out of the airport, past the welcome to Timor-Leste sign, turn left, 100 m and turn right to the Timor Lodge Hotel
Expedition members get a lift to the Timor-Lodge Hotel: Leader:, Prof Hinrich Kaiser, Students: David Taylor, Marissa Cox & Caitlin Sanchez,
and Expedition Medic: Dr Naveen Jalota,.
Mark O'Shea taking photograph


For a description and general views around the Timor Lodge Hotel see Phase III.

Entrance to Timor Lodge Hotel with Rentló office on the left, TLH office on the right
The TLH restaurant and pool - the largest in Timor-Leste, but beware, nobody who swims in it ever returns for another phase of the project!

As during Phase III, we used TLH chalets, two for the four guys and one for the two girls. The Jets live at home while we are in Dili.