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Barry's Place on Atauro

Address: Atauro Island, Atauro Island

Thank you for choosing to stay at Barry’s Place on Atauro.

We hope you enjoy your stay with us. We look forward to meeting you, and helping you get to know our island and our local culture.  

We offer accommodation on Atauro Island with all meals included in the cost.  We have a range of accommodation from Tents to Bungalows and Gazebos. We have sun-drenched thatched cabins right on the beach.  There are shared fresh water showers, solar-powered lights and fans.  All rooms a clean and comfortable with mosquito nets and each accommodation type comes with an open-air veranda where you can sit and relax while look over the clear ocean.

Guest Meals

Guests are invited to join us for buffet style meals on the veranda at the following times:

Breakfast 7.00 am

Lunch 12.00 pm

Dinner 7.00 pm 

Complementary coffee, tea, biscuits and water (not bottled) are available for guests at any time.

Picnic lunches are available on request for those undertaking day excursions. Should you require a picnic hamper you will need to notify staff the evening before the planned excursion.

Please note that there will be no discount for guest dining out at the local Italian restaurant or with friends. Due to hygiene reasons and lack of cooking fuel, self-catering is not permitted at the lodge.

Should you not wish to eat in, would you please notify staff to help minimise waste of precious food. 

Cold Drinks

Cold drinks are available from the refrigerator at the rear of the end of the dining room table, in the main house. Please remember to keep a tally on the sheet on top of the refrigerator.

Beer $3.00 Large water $1.50 Soft drinks $2.00 Small water $1.00

(All used aluminium cans are collected and sent to Dili for recycling. The Lodge encourages free water refills. The locals recycle plastic and glass bottles, using them for seed and coconut oil storage, as well as floats for their Seaweed farming- not ideal!)

Day Trippers

Day trippers can purchase meals for the following prices:

Breakfast $ 5.00

Lunch $ 8.00

Dinner $10.00

Morning or Afternoon Teas $ 3.00 

Please note the Day Trippers who purchase meals are welcome to share in the complementary coffee, tea etc. and use of facilities of the Eco-Lodge.

Dogs

Please assist our staff to keep stray village dogs away from the lodge, particularly the eating areas. They are a source of disease and at times become aggressive, particularly if fed by guests.

Due to potential problems with local dogs and our family dog, pets are not permitted to stay at the lodge with guests.

All meals are included in the cost

Transport to Atauro from Dili & Return (Important)

Please remember to book and confirm your transport to and from Dili by calling either:

‘Compass Charters’ daily Water Taxi – Kim +670 7723 0966 (leaves Dili 7:30am from in front of the yellow European Union building on the water front, leaves from in front of Barry’s Place 9:15am daily. $45 pp one way.

‘Atauro Roo’ boat service (minimum 4 passengers) – Jenny +670 77478280 leaves Barry’s Place 6am and leaves Dili 8am when booked. $30 pp one way

‘Nakroma’ public Ferry (on Saturday only). Tickets are to be purchased Friday from 8am at the Dili Port (only one-way). Once on Atauro, purchase tickets near the pier at 1:30pm. $5 or $10 one way.

Local boat ‘Manu-Tasi’ departs Atauro every Monday morning 4am. $10pp one way. (Ask Barry or Lina to help organise pick up and booking.)


Location

Atauro Island is approximately 22 nautical miles to the north of Dili. The island is 25 kms long with a mountainous spine and narrow coastal plains. Two deep straits – the Ombai and Wetar – meet at the northern and southern ends of the island. Some of the best coral reefs in the world; home and breeding ground of hundreds of species of fish, fringe the island.

The mountains are mostly limestone with some volcanic rock formations. The highest of them, Manucoco (995m), figures in many of our legends and is regarded as sacred.

Historically Atauro was used by both the Portuguese and Indonesian governments as a place of exile. Its isolation made it a natural prison for dissidents and resistance supporters. The Portuguese fled here from Dili for safety in 1975. Atauro’s isolation again protected the Atauro community from destruction in 1999 and 2006.

The Atauro community of nearly 10,000 people, mostly subsistence fishermen and farmers, live in five districts (Sucos) spread over the island. The main centres of Maquili, Vila, Beloi and Biqueli are along the east coast while Macadade is in the mountains. Small communities live in isolated hamlets in the mountains and along the coast.

The Atauro people are descendants from three clans, Adade, Humungili and Manroni. There are three dialects spoken on the island as well as Tetun. Each clan has its own songs, music and dance. The majority of people are Protestant and the remainder are Roman Catholic. Traditional beliefs and practises are still very much a part of daily life.


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Hotel Address: Atauro Island, Atauro Island
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Getting there

Transport to Atauro from Dili & Return (Important)

Please remember to book and confirm your transport to and from Dili by calling either:

‘Compass Charters’ daily Water Taxi – Kim +670 7723 0966 (leaves Dili 7:30am from in front of the yellow European Union building on the water front, leaves from in front of Barry’s Place 9:15am daily. $45 pp one way.

‘Atauro Roo’ boat service (minimum 4 passengers) – Jenny +670 77478280 leaves Barry’s Place 6am and leaves Dili 8am when booked. $30 pp one way

‘Nakroma’ public Ferry (on Saturday only). Tickets are to be purchased Friday from 8am at the Dili Port (only one-way). Once on Atauro, purchase tickets near the pier at 1:30pm. $5 or $10 one way.

Local boat ‘Manu-Tasi’ departs Atauro every Monday morning 4am. $10pp one way. (Ask Barry or Lina to help organise pick up and booking.)


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