Liquica, not too far

Last weekend I took a short trip out of Dili to the neighbouring district, Liquica, for an overnight beachside holiday with some friends.

There’s a beautiful, swanky beachside restaurant called Black Rock in Liquica that sits just off the main road about 45 minutes out of Dili, and it’s an easy after-work drive to make it to the beach by sunset.

I asked the friends I went to Mount Ramelau with, and we took advantage of the tent accommodation by the restaurant to spend a day and a night by the sea.


We stayed this close to the ocean and woke up on Saturday morning to the waves.

A long, lazy morning – sitting and reading and swimming and eating and laughing and waiting and more pots of coffee and another duck into the ocean and sandy feet salty wet hair sitting in the shade.

It was beautiful and relaxing – cooler and slower than Dili; just like every day you’d imagine living on a tropical island – but without the grimy dusty mayhem of Dili’s big-city cement and traffic and noise.

We spent almost all of Saturday trading through swimming, reading, talking and relaxing, and then without saying it, started slowly packing up at around 4pm.

We were back in Dili by dark. Sandy and salt-streaked and exhausted from doing nothing and utterly contented with just 24 hours by the sea.

We’ve got a lot more of Timor to see before we go back – and a lot more of real-life Timor to experience before we try too hard to make weekends at Black Rock something normal (I never want this to feel normal). But beyond a shadow of a doubt we’ll be back here one day.


6 responses to “Liquica, not too far”

  1. […] we went to Liquica together a couple of months ago, we decided it’d be great to return  another weekend and […]


  2. […] which sits about an hour’s easy drive away from Dili along the coast. We repeated a trip we’ve done before, arriving at the beachside Blackrock Restaurant as the sun was setting, with time for an ocean swim […]


  3. […] at Things and Stories and take day trips out of Dili to One Dollar Beach and Atauro Island and Black Rock Restaurant, but to do all that would be, in my humble opinion, to miss out on what makes Dili such a nice […]


  4. Thanks for the comments.
    There are no longer tents at Black Rock. The restaurant is part of Caimeo Beach Resort which has changed from glamping to villas. The villas are right on the beach and are a bit more up-market.
    You can check them out on the website or
    I hope you can try the villas one day.


    1. Thank you! Yes, I stayed in a villa last time I went to Black Rock and loved it, but miss the tents – it’s now a once-a-year luxury holiday for me 🙂


  5. […] of trips we took together cemented our bonds (they were the friends I went with to Ramelau, Liquica and Adara, as well as that […]


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