Mountain Bike Timor Leste

Experience wild and rugged enduro trails on a curated 8-day tour to Timor-Leste from 6th - 13th October 2024

Location

Dili, Timor-Leste

Meeting Point

Dili International Airport

Duration

8 days

Difficulty

Challenging

Group Size

10

Two wheels, one epic journey: Discover the ultimate mountain bike adventure

Mountain biking in Timor-Leste is an exciting frontier waiting to be explored. Join us as we discover new trails and ride existing ones. Located in South-East Asia, Timor-Leste lies 400 km north of Australia across the Timor Sea, just a 90-minute flight from Darwin. On the tour, we’ll explore the mountains around Dili, Maubisse, and Atauro Island, where a patchwork of trails built for local farming families offers unique adventure opportunities. Expect high mountain jungles, extreme ridges, sandy beaches, stunning coral reefs and the deep blue ocean.

This tour offers an exhilarating mix of rugged enduro trails, cultural experiences, and stunning landscapes, perfect for any mountain biking enthusiast.

Maddog Adventures is proud to present this tour in partnership with Comrider MTB Adventure. Comrider MTB Adventure (MTB Timor Leste) was founded in 2023 with assistance from The Asia Foundation and the New Zealand Government and is Timor-Leste’s first and only dedicated mountain biking and cycling tour company.

There is immense potential in Timor-Leste for mountain biking and cycling, with a diverse range of terrain and riding opportunities. From mountainous trails to beach rides and extensive adventure routes, Timor-Leste has the makings of a world-class biking destination. What sets Timor-Leste apart is its unique culture, history, and land ownership models. Comrider MTB is committed to building a trail network that respects and integrates these distinct elements, ensuring an authentic and sustainable adventure for all riders.

Offering in-country tour packages

  • Itinerary

    DAY 1 – Sunday 6th October
    Arrive in Dili

    DAY 2 – Monday 7th October
    Ride Dili & Dare trails
    Drive to Maubisse

    DAY 3 – Tuesday 8th October 
    Ride Maubisse trails

    DAY 4 – Wednesday 9th October 
    Ride Maubisse trails
    Return to Dili

    DAY 5 – Thursday 10th October 
    Dragon boat to Atauro Island
    Ride Atauro trails & snorkel

    DAY 6 – Friday 11th October 
    Ride Atauro trails & snorkel

    DAY 7 – Saturday 12th October 
    Ride Atauro trails & snorkel
    Return Dragon boat to Dili

    DAY 8 – Sunday 13th October 
    Visit Tais market
    Clean bikes & pack down
    Return flight home

  • Inclusions

    • All in-country transportation & logistics
    • All in-country accommodation
      • Twin Share
    • All in-country meals & snacks
    • All meals on Atauro Island
    • Snorkelling & reef taxes
    • Australian & Timorese guides
    • Wilderness first aid kit
    • Emergency satellite beacon & support vehicle
    • Safety briefing
    • Itinerary & info booklet
    • Clothing & equipment pack list
    • Fully insured
  • Exclusions

    • Flights 
    • Airline taxes
    • Entry Visa (USD$30)
    • Travel / medical insurance
    • Passport
    • Excess baggage
    • Personal expenses
    • Medical and evacuation expenses
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Immunisation requirements / special needs
    • Optional activities
    • Bike hire
    • Bike repair kit
    • Personal helmet, gloves & protective items (i.e. knee pads, elbow pads, chest protectors etc)
    • Laundry
    • Bank & CC fees
    • Booking fees
      **To minimise bank, credit card and booking fees, you can opt to receive an invoice for payment..**
  • Pack List

    • Coming soon.
  • Know Before You Go

    • Payment is required in full prior to your tour.
    • Failure to pay in full may result in your removal from the tour.
    • All of your personal administration – medical, flights, travel insurance, and visa application, along with the finalisation of your account – are required no less than 60 days prior to the date of travel.
    • You will receive a comprehensive Tour Booklet containing clothing & equipment pack list, travel itinerary, and country specific information prior to departure.
    • You must have a reasonable level of fitness to participate.
    • If you have back, neck, joint or muscular problems, you should carefully consider whether or not to participate.
    • All participants must sign a consent, waiver and medical declaration e-form prior to their tour commencing.

"I can highly recommend a canyoning trip with Maddog Adventures. The scenery, waterfalls and rock formations are amazing and the area feels so untouched and remote. The guides were very professional and safety conscious. Thanks for showing us this stunning hidden slice of Timor."

— Chris | Nationality - Australian

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I use credit cards?

    Limited credit card and ATM facilities are avilable in Dili. Outside of Dili you will need to carry small value cash and coins (maximum USD $20 notes). Please note only Visa debit and credit cards are accepted. No Mastercards are accept at this stage in Timor-Leste.

  • Do I need a visa?

    Yes, you will need to purchase a 30-day visa on arrival. Visa’s cost USD $30 per person. This must be paid in cash.

  • Do I need travel insurance?

    Yes, all participants will require travel insurance. It is highly recommended that this cover is taken out at the time of booking. A copy of your travel insurance policy will need to be supplied to Maddog Adventures prior to your trip.

  • Is it safe to drink water from the taps?

    We do not recommend drinking tap water in Timor-Leste, so avoid it and stick to sealed bottled water which is readily available. This includes steering clear of ice in drinks and brushing your teeth with tap water.

  • What if I get sick or hurt while on tour?

    All our lead staff are Wilderness First Aid trained and we carry a comprehensive First Aid Kit with us at all times and can offer first response care. For more serious ailgments we will take you to Stamford Medical, which is an international standard private healthcare provider based in Dili. We also Care Flight Darwin in case of an evac emergency. **Please note as per our T&Cs any medical care or evacuation organised by Maddog Adventures is at the personal cost of the participant or their travel insurance.

  • What immunisations will I need?

    To travel to Timor-Leste make sure all your routine vaccinations are up to date. We recommend visiting your doctor prior to travel to discuss any additional vaccines or medications you may need.

  • What in-country transportation do you use?

    We use a variety of in-country transportation methods depending on which district we are traveling too. We use 4 Wheel Drives for in-land travel and a combination of Dragon boat, catamaran, and local charter boats for sea travel. Sometimes, we even take a MAF charter flight.

  • What is the local currency?

    USD is the main currency in Timor-Leste. Limited ATMs (Visa only) are available in Dili, but it’s always advisiable to bring cash with you. Smaller notes (maximum USD $20) and coins should be carried for travel outside of Dili, as is can be difficult to get change for larger notes.

  • What is the weather like?

    Timor-Leste has a hot tropical climate, with a dry season from May – November and a wet season from December – April. Coastal temperatures range from 25 – 35 C. It’s cooler in the mountains and can be damp and misty, a perfect retreat from the heat.

  • What is your risk management process?

    We take participant health and wellbeing very seriously. Risk is an inherent part of all tours, but we do our best to mitigate, manage and reduce the risk of these hazards causing harm. We work with our staff and suppliers to ensure that all of our products and experiences meet our high standards. 

  • How do I book flights to Timor?

    We work closely with Lisa Malnar from Travel Managers and highly recommend contacting her to book domestic transfers and international connections to Dili, Timor-Leste. Lisa is based in Darwin and is an all round Timor-Leste travel expert. She can assist with transiting accommodation in Darwin, group bookings, travel insurance and most importantly she will ensure your international connections fit our travel itineraries.