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Kupang

A city of 1000 church, 1000 temple, and 1000 mosque.

Table of Content

  1. Getting In
  2. Getting Around
  3. Kupang Essential
  4. Itinerary
  5. Hotels Recommendation
  6. Tours
  7. Entertainment
  8. Logistics

Getting In

Flight to Kupang from Jakarta

Before getting to other parts of Indonesia, most travelers will arrive at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta. There are low-cost carriers traveling from Jakarta to El Tari International Airport, Kupang. Companies that offer this route are:

We recommend a local startup, Traveloka to book flights, hotels, trains, and attractions ticke. Moreover,there’s a direct flight from Darwin, Australia to Kupang, Indonesia.

Getting Around

Getting around in Kupang is mostly done via cars or motorcycles. Kupang has public transportation, but it’s unreliable that locals decided to use their vehicles everywhere.

Kupang Essential

Here are six essential places to visit in Kupang. Based on each destination distance, these sites are possible to cover in 4 to 5 days trip.

  1. Mountain Mutis (Google map, Address: Bonleu, Tobu, South Timor Tengah Regency, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia)
  2. Tablolong beach (Google map, Address: Jl. Tablolong, West Kupang, Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia)
  3. Oenesu Waterfall (Google map, Address: Kelurahan Oenesu, Kupang East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia)
  4. Crystal Cave – Goa Kristal Bolok (Google map, Address: Bolok, West Kupang, Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia)
  5. Kolbano beach (Google map, Address: Kolbano, South Timor Tengah Regency, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia)
  6. Semau Island (Google map) – Exotic beaches
  7. Fatumnasi village (Google map)

More about the sites.

  1. Mutis Mountain

SoE is the capital of the South Central Timor Regency, East Nusa Tenggara. Start your journey to SoE from Kupang city center before 10 a.m. SOE, via private car or motorcycle. The drive is about  2.5 hours drive away from Kupang city center. If you have more than 3 hours of spare time, you can hike the mountain. If not, enjoy the bonsai tree forest.

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Bonsai forest, Mutis Mountain
  1. Tablolong beach

Tablolong beach is located  30 km from the city center. Locals come to the beach to hang out and enjoy the sunset at local bars.

Tablolong beach. Traveling to Beautiful NTT Kupang

  1. Oenesu Waterfall

Oenesu waterfall. The word “Oe” in local Timor tribe language (not Bahasa Indonesia) means Water. The waterfall is located 100 from Kupang city center, which is approximately 2 hours drive.

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  1. Crystal Cave

Crystal Cave is a refreshing, hidden oasis, away from the city heat. To embark on this offbeat adventure, you will need to rent a motorcycle or vehicle and obtain basic directions from locals in Kupang. The area is secluded and limited tourist information. It is best to arrive in the morning, hang around until the noon sun overhead illuminates everything before its pitch dark again. Then make your way back to town as the afternoon kicks off. The cave is not suitable for the elderly or pregnant women. To get in you need to climb down through the rocks cave. There are no proper stairs to get in.

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  1. Kolbano beach

The Kolbano beach and Oetune beach are 2 hours car ride from SoE, the capital of South Central Timor Regency, East Nusa Tenggara.

Kolbano beach has white sand while Oetenu beach has brown sand. See the ocean light blue water merge with the darker one from above by climbing up the big rock at Kolbano beach.

  1. Semau Island

Semau Island lies just west of Kupang, directly opposite Tenau Harbour. Its 8,000 odd residents occupy a handful of tiny villages scattered around the coast, connected by a network of dusty roads and a peaceful lifestyle in rustic paradise. There won’t be any accommodation on the island. Bring a local guide with you. Traveling by yourself is not recommended. The island has a limited of street signs and no street lights in many parts of the island.

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Yunian Beach Semau Kupang
  1. Fatumnasi village

Fatumnasi village is around 35 km north of SoE, via Kapan. SoE can be reached by bus from Kupang, then grab an ojek (motorcycle taxi) to Fatumnasi which takes about an hour for Rp 75,000 ($5).

Fatumnasi is one of those rare places where you can experience with relative ease, the combination of natural beauty and traditional ikat weaving culture. The locals are friendly and greet travelers with the Sbo Maekat dance, a war dance by the women, wearing jewelry made from horse hair and gold plated bangles on their ankles.

There are easy treks in the region to sacred rock formations like the Citadel, the lake Fatukoto, and Mount Mutis. The nearby Oehala waterfall is not to be missed.

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Bola Palelo view.
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Vatukolen rock.

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Crystal Cave, city tour, and enjoy the sunset at Tablolong beach.
  • Day 2: Car Free Day on Saturday, SOE – Mount Mutis, Fatumnasi, and Bola Palelo.
  • Day 3: Oehala waterfall, Kolbano beach, and Oetune beach.
  • Day 4: Explore the beaches of Semau Island.

Hotels in Kupang

Recommended hotels in Kupang. Additionally, you can also find places in Airbnb.

Tours in Kupang

Kupang certified travel guides:

Entertainment in Kupang

Mall in Kupang

  • Lippo Plaza Fatululi (Jl. Veteran, Fatululi, Oebobo, Kota Kupang, Nusa Tenggara Tim., Indonesia)
  • Flobamora Mall (Jl. W. J Lalamentik Oebufu)

Car Free Day

Car-free day (CFD) is a day in the week where a particular area in the city of Indonesia is closed for transportation. The purpose is for locals to enjoy the area for exercise, eating out, or any creative space. CFD start from 6 a.m. until noon in El Tari street.

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Logistics

Hospitals in Kupang

These are recommended hospitals in Kupang.

  • Siloam Hospital Kupang (website; emergency contact: +62 380 8530911; Jl. R.W. Monginsidi, Kel. Fatululi, Kec. Oebobo Kupang)
  • Rumah Sakit Kartini (contact: +62 858-2976-0625; Jl. Frans Seda No. 17, Tuak Daun Merah, Oebobo, Tuak Daun Merah, Oebobo, Kota Kupang)

Money and ATMs

The currency unit in Indonesia is the Rupiah. Cash is king in Kupang and the rest of the country. Wherever you go you will need to have cash in small denominations whether to pay for parking, entrance to the beach, tips, or to buy knick knacks.

Drinking Water

Avoid drinking water from the tap! Kupang and the rest of Indonesia’s tap water is not drinkable. Stick to canned drinks or bottled water.

15 Responses
  1. Asik nih post-nya pake English, semoga bisa menarik wisatawan manca untuk berkunjung!

    Btw aku iri dengki lihat foto kalian di Tablolong, hahaha! Luis mana Luis *minta difotoin juga*

  2. for the indonesian community .. do not like to walk out the road because in Indonesia there are many places you have never visited, and therefore you must love the rich country of culture and tourism …
    soo for you success always yes

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