Lighthouses of Timor-Leste (East Timor)

Timor-Leste, generally known in English as East Timor, is a former Portuguese colony on Timor, the southeasternmost major island of the Indonesian archipelago. Colonized in the 16th century, Timor Leste is a remnant of the once-extensive Portuguese holdings in the Indies. When Portugal withdrew in 1975, Indonesian troops seized the country. This led to a long struggle for independence, which was finally achieved in 2002.

Aids to navigation in Timor-Leste are operated by the Port of Dili, an agency of the Ministry of Transport and Communication.

ARLHS numbers are from the ARLHS World List of Lights. Admiralty numbers are from volume K of the Admiralty List of Lights & Fog Signals. U.S. NGA List numbers are from Publication 112.

General Sources
World of Lighthouses - East Timor
Photos by various photographers available from
* Oecussi (Oecusse, Oekusi)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 31 m (102 ft); white flash every 4 s. 27 m (89 ft) square skeletal tower with gallery, painted white. A photo is available, and Roman Brueh Wiler has an aerial photo, but the tower is too new to appear in Google's satellite view. Oecussi (or Oecusse) is an exclave of Timor-Leste on the north coast of Indonesian West Timor, separated from the rest of Timor Leste by about 70 km (44 mi) of Indonesian territory. Located at a new port facility near Pante Makassar in the eastern part of the exclave. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty K1365.7; NGA 25702.
* Dili (Tanjung Laguebada)
1896. Active; focal plane 19 m (62 ft); white flash every 6 s. 17 m (56 ft) octagonal skeletal tower with lantern and gallery, rising from a massive masonry base that presumably included the keeper's quarters. Access to the lantern is by an exposed stairway that spirals around a central column. Lighthouse painted white with two green horizontal bands around the base. Kok Leng Yeo's photo is at right, Wikimedia has David Stanley's 2011 photo, Albert Maramis has a 2009 photo, and Google has a good satellite view. A 2004 photo of this unusual lighthouse shows it painted all white. Located on the beach on the western side of Dili, the capital of Timor Leste, not far from the U.S. embassy. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS TIM-001; Admiralty K1368; NGA 25708.
Pulau Yako
Date unknown. Inactive since 2010. Approx. 35 m (115 ft) square skeletal tower, painted white. Keeper's houses in ruins. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view of the station. Located on a small island off the eastern tip of Timor. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. ARLHS TIM-002; ex-Admiralty K1371.5; ex-NGA 25717.5.

Dili Light, Dili, November 2006
Flickr Creative Commons photo by Kok Leng Yeo

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Posted April 13, 2006. Checked and revised February 26, 2016. Lighthouses: 3. Site copyright 2016 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.