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Valu Beach’s Turismo Etico: Quiet Eco Lodge

If you want to spend the night possibly in the most distant point from civilization, this is it. There may be a couple people during the weekend escaping the hustle of Dili or Baucau. However during the weekdays, I am confident you will have the place to yourself.

There are a couple of "eco" huts on the beach. Sleeping is in the fresh air, with mosquito nets. Basic meals are available, but best if you can bring some of your own foods.

Accommodations are currently $25/night.

To get here, you must get down a rather bumpy dirt road for about 13km past Tutuala. Any local can point the way, but if you are in the town, there is a main "Y" intersection. The road down and left will take you Jaco. The road up and right will return you towards Los Palos.

After going down the 13km rock/gravel/dirt road, you will be dropped directly to the beach. Take a left and park.

The unique qualities can be summarized simply by being as far away from civilization as possible and by proximity to Jaco Island.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Beaches
  • Written March 18, 2010

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Pousada de Tutuala: Simple and Cheap

The Pousada de Tutuala is possibly the only accommodation in the town of Tutuala. The keys are maintained by a family just down the hill. If you arrive and spend even just a few minutes outside the place, of at the last cluster of homes, I guarantee they will come out and find you!! They speak a little English, but good Portuguese, Bahasa and Tetum. I spoke to them in Spanish and he in return spoke Portuguese. We had a great 2hr conversation over fried fish.

The pension is located at the extreme end of the road, on top of the cliff. From here, you can overlook the north coast of Timor and even see the Indonesian Island of Kisang.

The rooms are quite large. There is one room with four single beds. A second room has a large double bed, or the 'matrimonio' as they guy liked to joke. They charged me $5/night.

The hotel does not have running water. But that's to be expected since the town as a whole does not have running water. There are a series of 5L jugs of water that they proprietor has left in the bathrooms for you to shower with and flush the toilet.

Electricity was available much to my surprise from 7pm to 6am by generator. I have a feeling this may only be on when there are guests. There are no telephones nor cell signals in the city.

Since I was polite and had some conversations with the family, they offered both dinner and breakfast for me since there is no conventional restaurant in town.

There is no fan or A/C, but you do not need either. They provide sheets and mosquito nets.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written March 18, 2010
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