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What are some typical ways to socialize, either with local people or with other expatriates? Are there groups or clubs that you can recommend?

Happy hours at the U.S. and Australian Embassies are very popular and happen several times per year. We like to hang out at some of the beachside restaurants where the tables are right on the sand and you can play in the water while you're there. Movies, spa days, game nights, and cook-outs with friends are fun. Rotary Club has a group here that is active and there's also a hash group. - Sep 26, 2017
Going to a restaurant like Cazbar on the beach, Friday Happy Hours at Timor Plaza, going to Black Rock for the night, or just going to the nice movie theater at Timor Plaza. Sometimes just hanging out by the pool at the Embassy or housing compound. We have some pretty nice happy hours at the Embassy. - May 30, 2017
Some bars and restaurants in Dili have a definitive expat feel. Some are more frequented by particular groups of expats, while some have a more mixed crowd, including Timorese. There is a hash house harriers group in town, as well as other sporting clubs, particularly diving. Given the excellent Timorese coffee on order, cafes are also local hangouts, as is the main shopping center in town, Timor Plaza. - Sep 30, 2016
Dinner and beach parties. - Nov 21, 2013
There is lots to do here. Most entertaining is done in peoples' homes. Due to the large size of the expat community, there is always something going on somewhere. There are a lot of charity events here, and the various NGOs and embassies host events as well. - Apr 25, 2013
A lot of people get together and go to the beach, have a bbq, play sports or go to the pool. - Mar 12, 2010