The Cape of Bira is both known for the sharks, rays and other pelagics and its strong and dangerous currents (Want to know more about how to assess accurately the rate of current? Click here. There used to be a German dive operator but he was chased out of the country and only a few months later a tragic accident happened, when 5 Japanese divers were swept out and away from Cape Bira (this story was told me twice by different people, somebody else said it happened at Pulau Kambing). Please heed your dive guide’s advise about currents and the best time of the day for certain dive sites! Visibility is good but I read, that the water can be quite cold (23-24° in August). We had very warm water (29-30°) in April.

There is some great diving here and unlike many dive locations there are very few divers still. We have a great number of sites, including spectacular coral walls with many passing pelagics, underwater mounds with pumping currents, and a fascinating, calm house reef. Bira is most famous for its great variety of sharks and other pelagic which visit throughout June – November. Visibility is always good, and sometimes peaks up to spectacular 50m+.

House reef Bira diving resort:
A nice wall dive to the depth of about 20. There seems to be a lot of lionfishes here about, from clearfin, spotless to zebra lionfishes and even the shy twinspotted lionfish. Also nudibranchs and lots of coral reef fishes.

Tanjung Bira (Bira bay):
A great dive with dozens of sharks and if you are lucky even a hammerhead.

Shark point:
This dive site lies close to the harbour. You do a drift dive on a slope and sometimes there can be quite a lot of surrent. A good place for big fish like tunas, trevallies, sharks and cods.

Pulau Kambing (Goat island):
In the strait between Selayar island (stress the second vocal) and Bira lie two islands. We did several dives at Kambing, all of them excellent. You dive on a wall that drops down to at least 60m. Sometimes there is a lot of current and you have to know when you can dive and when it is better to listen to the boat captain and dive somewhere else. On the dive there were constantly sharks patrolling back and forth – white tipped, black tipped sharks on the wall and nurse sharks at the coral garden that starts from about 15m up. But you are also very likely to see schoools of hunting mackerels or tunas abd great trevallies as well as groups of bumhead parrotfishes. In the coral garden you might find scorpionfishes, cuttlefish or a octopus and with luck the juvenile zebra batfish. A great place for scuba diving!

Night dive at Coral garden:
Night dives close to Pantai Kechil (little beach) just south of Bira harbor are very nive. We encountered many interesting animals: Spanish dancer, twinspot lionfish, a sleeping turtle, several cuttlefish and an octopus. One of the highlights was a huge Conus shell (Conus geographus) hunting for prey such as fish and mollusks. It had expanded its whole mantle to the size of about 30cm and was probing with a trunk-like appendage (siphon) for prey. This slug shoots extremely poisonous darts at its prey. The venom paralyzes and kills the fish and even humans (I read that over 3 dozen deaths are known to have been caused by it).

Tanjung Cumi (Selayar):
Diving at Tanjung Cumi was very interesting with a school of barracudas, reef sharks hiding under a table coral and a large grey shark in the blue

Day 01 : Makassar Airport-Bira
Pick up services at Makassar International Airport, Directly transfer to Bira which takes 4.5-5 hours drive, Upon arrive in Bira, Free and easy, Overnight at Bira Dive Camp ( D )

Day 02 : Bira Dive Safari ( 3 Dives + 1 Night Dive )
Full dive safari in Bira area, return to your hotel and overnight. ( B.L.D )

Day 03 : Bira Dive Safari ( 3 Dives and possibilities of night dive )
Full dive safari in Bira, Return to your hotel and overnight. ( B.L.D )

Day 04 : Bira-Makassar Airport
After breakfast, free and easy and transfer back to Makassar airport to catch your flight to next destination. ( B )

End of Services

Rate : USD 620/person/twin share

Price included:
- All accommodation based on twin share
- Pick up and transfer the airports
- All Meals ( Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner )
- English Speaking Guide
- Diving equipment
- AC Vehicle
- Refreshment
- Entrance Fees
- Tours as per itineraries
- Entrance and Conservation Fees

Price Excluded:
- Return air tickets
- Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
- Tipping
- Laundry
- Any personal expenses
- Dive computer