White sand awaits tourists in Atambua, East Nusa Tenggara
The Jakarta Post
Apart from hosting the Atambua Adventure Off-Road 2017 event in Belu regency, Atambua is home to plenty of beautiful tourist attractions.
“Atapupu beach in Motaain village, close to the border with Timor Leste, is the mainstay of tourism in Atambua. The white-sand beach is a favorite holiday spot for people from Timor Leste,” says the head of tourism and culture of Belu, Johanes Andes Prihatin.
There’s also the Mauhalek waterfall, located in Raiulun village, an hour away from Atambua. “This waterfall is not far from the border between the Republic of Indonesia and Timor Leste and an important water source for the local people,” adds Prihatin.
When it comes to historic sites, there is Makes fort, also known as Ranu Hitu fort or Benteng Lapis Tujuh (Seven Layers Fort) at the top of Makes hill. Meanwhile on the hill of Batu Maudemu, precisely at Maudemu village, there’s a cemetery of the Melus people, the indigenous tribe of the island.
For accommodation, you can opt for homestays in Atambua or hotels, such as the Intan Hotel, Matahari Hotel or Paradiso Hotel. (asw)