Macro: diving in Bira at Sulawesi is not very well known in Indonesia. Places like Raja Ampat, Komodo, see Bali, are more famous but all my instructor friends advised me to go and well I was not disappointed! I made great dives in Bira, sharks everywhere, tuna hunting, action underwater, eagle rays ... I really enjoyed it! Still a bit complicated to access, if you want to think outside the box, dive in Bira in Sulawesi is a good option!

Context : Bira is part of my 3 months trip to Asia during which I wanted to do all the best diving spots. I stayed there for a week and did 9 dives.

# Overview 
# Presentation 
# Diving 
# Selayar 
# Dive sites 
# Seasons and conditions 
# Dive centers 
# Accommodation 
# Get to 
# My diving review

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25Mix fish - everywhere vertical (Bira)-min

  • Best diving season Bira : April to November.
  • Best Bira dive sites : Kambing island and especially the "great wall of goats".
  • Common Marine Life : white tip and black tip reef sharks, tuna, eagle ray, schools of trevallies, wrasse, barracudas…
  • Possible species : mola mola, thresher shark, hammerhead shark.
  • French-speaking diving club BiraBlue planet dive resort
  • Access : 2h30 from Makassar.


Logo-plongeur-baroudeurRecommendations by category of divers:

> New diver : good for a baptism or spend your open water.
> Confirmed : to do if you are in Sulawesi.
> Experienced : to do, especially if you like sharks.
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Where is Bira in Indonesia?

  • Bira is the island of Sulawesi at the very end of the south west.
  • It is a very famous destination in Sulawesi where the inhabitants of Makassar come relax on the weekend.
  • Bira, in addition to diving, has beautiful beaches.

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Lots of life underwater in Bira!

  • I am delighted to dive in Bira !
  • As soon as you put your head underwater, we take full eyes !
  • Some anchovies, sea turtles, triggerfish (red tooth triggerfish) per thousand, damsels, batfish, clownfish, snappers, sea snakes, lionfish ...
  • there is life in Bira !
  • Not to mention the coral who is in healthy and resplendent!

Level to be able to dive

  • There are a lot of current in Bira,
  • It is really better to have a good level for diving down.
  • Preferably, don't go with just open water in your pocket.

Reef shark in Bira

4Shark - white-tip close (Bira)-min

  • 20 years ago, Bira was apparently considered the destination where most sharks Indonesia !
  • Even if the number has decreased, there is still a lot of sharks of reef white and black tips: I saw on all the sites where I dived!

Tuna hunting in Bira

10Tuna - Dogtooth small school above (Bira)-min

  • One of my favorite moments during my dives was to see a school of about twenty tuna hunt on the site of the great wall of goats.
  • This drop off is always subject to a strong current and the tunas are often there looking for their prey! A big moment !!


Eagle rays in Bira

7Eagle ray - onr (Bira)-min

  • You can never expect to see eagle rays, but there is a lot of Bira,
  • I do not have crossed several times, on the site of The great wall of goats and Cape Bira.


Large pelagics in Bira

3Napoleon - close (Bira)-min

  • Apart from sharks, there is a lot of fat in Bira
  • Some schools of jacks, napoleons, humphead parrot fish, barracudas
  • We see it on almost all dives

Macro diving in Bira

  • 7Leaf fish - Pink (Bira)-minMacro enthusiasts will not be disappointed either!
  • The appointment : leaf fish, frog fish, scorpion fish, ten nudibranchs, sea horse, ghost fish, cleaner shrimp, squat lobster, crocodile fish ...

Bira diving video

Bira diving photos

Here are some pictures of what I saw in Bira. Well, I'm sorry the photos are not terrible ... (At the time I was not very good!), but at least it gives you an idea!

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For info, just below Bira is the island of Selayar, also known for its diving.

  • Selayar season: October to April.
    So, I did not dive. This is one of the places I got myself with the seasons! Once there, I was told that we could only dive from October to April !! I heard that there were some great dives, so if you go to Bira, a small passage in Selayar (in the right season) can be a good mix!
  • Getting to Selayar: Ferry from Bira
    It will take a ferry from Bira, about 2 hours and 90000 Rp.
  • Diving Center: the Selayar dive resort
    There are few diving centers in Selayar! The only worthy of this name is the Selayar dive resort.

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Bira dive sites map

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What are the best dive sites in Bira?

It is absolutely necessary to go diving on Kambing island!

  • The Great wall of goats (Kambing island)2Mix fish - everywhere (Bira)-min
    Without dispute, the best site I did in Bira ! Along this splendid falling : tuna that hunt, many eagle rays passing, reef sharks, of the red tooth triggerfish in every sense, napoleons, bumphead parrotfish... great diving !!
  • Shark point
    6Mix fish - everywhere bira vertical (Bira)-minYou want shark, and good for once "Shark point" meets the requirements ! In 2 dives I saw at least a 10th of black and white tip sharks each time, more benches of rainbow runners, some snappers, ofanchovy, may also sea turtles, sea snakes, lion fish ... A beautiful dive to do absolutely !!
  • Cape Bira
    A lot of life under water! Some sharks, some Reagles, mogul parrots, schools of jacks, sea turtles, napoleons... More of the nice macro: cleaner shrimps, scorpion fish, nudibranchs ... Beautiful diving!
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The diving season in Bira is considered to be from April to November.

16Crab - Anemone (wakatobi)-min

When to dive in Bira?

  • Avoid the rainy season in Bira of December to February.
  • Avoid weekends (many people from Makassar come to relax in Bira), they do not dive but they take all the accommodation!

Bira diving conditions:

  • Visibility in Bira : good, 20 to 30 m.
  • Bira water temperature : 27-30 °.
  • Current Bira : many sites with current in Bira.
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Updated: February 2020

The best dive centers in Bira

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  • So, this is one of the problems of this kind of less known destination, with whom to dive in Bira?
  • Diving centers in Bira are not like other destinations where there are so many that you don't know which one to choose!
  • Here, there is only one and it evolves over the years.
  • The most famous:

French diving club in Bira: Blue planet dive resort

  • Since October 2019, 3 French people have opened a diving center in Bira
  • Passionate and professional, if you are looking for a French center in Bira, go to them!
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  • There are lots of accommodation in Birabut avoid the weekend, many people from Makassar come down to Bira to relax and the accommodations are complete!
  • Frankly, things are moving so fast in Indonesia that there is nothing better than to find accommodation
  • Find the best rated here on
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It is quite easy to go to Bira on the island of Sulawesi from Makassar.

Getting to Makassar by plane

  • First you have to go to Makassar, the "capital" of Sulawesi.
  • There are direct flights to Makassar from the main cities of Asia (Bali, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila…).

Makassar to Bira

  • Take a van from Makassar to Bira.
  • From the Mallengheri South Terminal in Makassar.
  • Duration = around 4h.
  • Price to be 70,000 and 200,000 RP, they leave when they are full.

An area like Makassar and Bira is expanding, so the information I give here (September 2017) is subject to change!

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Bira is the kind of place I would never go if my instructor friends hadn't advised me. The kind of destination still a little unknown. Well, they were right !! In value for money, I re-ga-lé ! I love " the action Underwater and in Bira I was not disappointed, sharks everywhere, napoleons, humphead parrot fish, eagle rays, tuna that hunt, schools of anchovies, batfish, hundreds of triggerfish not to see the surface anymore ... There was plenty to do! I recommend !!

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