Diving in Bira Beach
Tanjung Bira beach, located at the south-eastern tip of South Sulawesi, Makassar, is a very beautiful and spectacular beach with white sand that is as soft as flour. This is a great place for your holiday where you can go swimming, sunbathing, diving and snorkeling. You can also watch the sunrise and sunset in a similar position, and enjoy the beautiful islands of Liukang Island and Goat Island in front of this beach. Diving in Bira Beach is somewhat different than any other diving sites in Indonesia. Diving in Bira Beach offers underwater adventure full of challenges, with dive sites accompanied by fast-flowing types of white tip sharks and black tip sharks, which accompany divers around. Bira beach underwater world is one place where you can easily interact passively with sharks in Indonesia. Tourism has begun to grow in this place, the access to this place is nice and the accommodations are pretty good.
Bira Beach is located in South Sulawesi, 190 km away from the capital city of Makassar. To reach Makassar, you can take a flight from Singapore, Jakarta, or many other major cities in Indonesia. You can also get a ship travel but it will take more time. From Makassar, you have to reach the village of Bira in Bulukumba, South Sulawesi. To get there, you can take the bus from Malangkeri Terminal in Makassar. You can also rent a car in Makassar. You will reach Bira for around 5 to 6 hour drive from Makassar. If you are going to rent a car, be careful though, because the streets to Bira village are bumpy.
Bira Beach and the surroundings areas are famous for their white beaches with powder-like sand and shipbuilding. There are a number of impressive dive spots around the Bira Beach, but the currents can be strong and unpredictable. Some of the diving sites around here are recommended for experienced divers, but there are also several dive points that can be accessed by novice divers. You can see sharks in the waters around Goat Island where the walls drop to below 60 meters and plenty of big schooling fish on the hunt. You are also very likely to see schools of hunting mackerels or tunas and great trevallies as well as the groups of bumphead parrotfishes around here, including a coral garden here where you can find scorpionfishes, cuttlefish or octopus and with luck the juvenile zebra batfish. There is also this site called The Cape, where some interesting coral formations and a spur at 30-meter depth that is often surrounded by reef sharks are located. You can also spot a lot of lionfishes here, from clearfin, spotless to zebra lionfishes and even the shy twinspotted lionfish in the House Reef Bira site. There is a very nice site for night diving near Pantai Kecil south of Bira Beach where you can find Spanish dancers, twinspot lionfish, turtles, several, cuttlefish, octopus and a huge Conus shell.
Bira, a small fishing village in the far south of Sulawesi is divers’ heaven with long, sandy beaches and exceptional dive sites close to the small islands scattered between the mainland and Selayar to the south. The water of this area is a home to some exotic fishes, such as big grey reef sharks, black and whitetips and also huge oceanic hammerheads. Even though it is specialized for experienced divers only, Diving in Bira Beach is a must for you who want a challenge for your holiday.