The area, which consists of the atoll islands and surrounding marine area was granted national park protection status in 1992.
In 2015 the Taka Bone Rate National Park has been included in the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves.
Stretching south of the main island of Sulawesi in the Flores Sea, the Taka Bonerate National Park in the Selayar Regency is predominantly a rich marine park , but it is also habitat to a number of bird species from land birds, to coastal and sea birds that frolic on the many sand dunes.
The Island of Selayar is the gateway to this extensive 530,765 hectares national park, of which 220,000 hectares form an expanse of atolls and lagoons. Taka Bonerate is the third largest atoll region in the world after Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands and Suvadiva in the Maldives.
Taka Bonerate, together with Wakatobi, Ambon, Banda and Raja Ampat together with Bunaken as well as Derawan in Kalimantan, are at the heart of the Coral Triangle which stretches from the Solomon Islands in the east, to the Philippines in the north, to Bali, Lombok, Komodo, Flores and the Savu Sea in the south, which forms the base of this huge triangle. Besides atolls, this national park comprises 21 islands.
The crystal clear waters offer a wide range of reefs, from barrier reefs to fringing reefs and atolls to steep drop-offs, as well as slopes and flat seabeds, all offering opportunities for beginners to professional divers to test their skill and be amazed by the wonderful beauty of this underwater sea life. Besides the 242 species of corals, Taka Bonerate boasts 526 species of colorful and strange reef fish as well as 112 species of macro algae.
Divers will be able to get close and swim with dolphins, turtles, manta rays, sometimes spot sharks, or sperm whales, and be enthralled by the giant gorgonian fans, black corals, scorpion fish, nudibranch, tuna, trevallies, napoleon wrasse and more that make up this unbelievable, pristine underwater paradise. You will also find hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata), Pacific ridley turtles (Lepidochelys olivicea), and green turtles (chelonia mydas). Indeed, Taka Bonerate is said to have one of the world’s highest marine diversity. The Park has over 50 fantastic dive sites, a number are by the island of Tinabo, others are near the islands of Kahabia, Belang-Belang, and Taka Lamungan.
Best time to dive is between April to mid-May, and October to mid-November when the soft easterly winds do not whip up the waves. Winds are still reasonable between October through May. But during the west monsoon winds are liable to raise waves to two meters or higher. All ferries will stop operation when waves are dangerously high.
The local population, who lives mostly on and around the island of Selayar are predominantly Bugis, known for their superb craftmanship in boat building, and the Bajau sea gypsies.
Day 01 : Makassar Airport-Bira- Liveaboard- Taka Bonerate
Pick up services at Makassar International Airport, Directly transfer to Bira which takes 4.5-5 hours drive, Upon arrive in Bira, directly get onboard and sail to Taka Bonerate and arrive in the morning at Tinabo Island ( D )
Day 02 : Taka Bonerate Atoll Dive Safari ( 3 Dives + 1 Night Dive )
Full dive safari in Taka Bonerate Atoll area, return to your boat and overnight. ( B.L.D )
Day 03 : Taka Bonerate Atoll Dive Safari ( 3 Dives and possibilities of night dive )
Full dive safari in Taka Bonerate Atoll, Return to your boat and overnight ( B.L.D )
Day 04: Taka Bonerate Atoll Dive Safari ( 3 Dives only as you will need to fly in the afternoon )
Full dive safari in Taka Bonerate, Afternoon sail to South Selayar, Overnight. ( B.L.D )
Day 05 : Full Dive in Selayar Island ( 3-4 dives )
Dive safari in Selayar island best wall, Overnight ( B.L.D )
Day 06 : Selayar Dive Safari-Bira
Full dive safari in Selayar, in the evening sail back to Bira and arrive in the next morning ( B.L.D )
Day 05 : Bira-Makassar Airport
After breakfast, free and easy and transfer back to Makassar airport to catch your flight to next destination.
End of Services
Rate : USD 1.500/person/twin share
- All accommodation based on twin share
- Pick up and transfer the airports
- All Meals ( Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner )
- English Speaking Guide
- Tanks, weight and Compressor
- AC Vehicle
- Entrance Fees
- Tours as per itineraries
- Dive Guides
- Entrance and Conservation Fees
- Return air tickets
- Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
- Any personal expenses
- Dive computer
- Dive Equipments
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