A mere 10 sq km and at most loom above the sea, Jaco Island is like the featured item in the catalog of perfect beach islands. It’s ringed by a circle of Hawless, fine white sand lapped by azure waters. Considered sacred by the Timorese, no one lives on the island and no camping is allowed. But a visit during the day is fine as Tutuala Beach is just a short way across the shallow channel. Fishermen will take you across and back for US$8 (three minutes each way; they will wait up to a couple of hours, or come back later). Avoid the real temptation just to swim it – the currents through the narrow passage are swift. For visitors, Jaco is all about walking the sands and being immersed not just in the beautiful waters, but also in the solitude and absolute silence that prevails in this special place.