Bira Diving Safari – All Diving is Daily From Bira Beach of Bulukumba South Sulawesi
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.
Dynamite fishing (blast fishing) is still used around Bira and on our second dive a fisherman dropped a stick of dynamite very close too us. I had just espied an eagle ray in the shallows and considered using my tank banger to attract the attention of my dive buddy then thought better of it – thinking I might scare it off – when a LOUD BANG scared us all nearly to death including the ray who took off really fast! Our boat crew told us later, a fisherman had dropped a bomb (a bottle filled with a mixture of fertilizer and petrol) just around the corner! Some of my dive buddies had dived here before and they were very disappointed when diving at Mamasa Pinnacles
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): I liked the diving around Selayar a lot. We started on the Ciska our liveaboard from the southern tip and did a few dives on the east side of 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.
Bira Offshore Dive Safari :
Depart at 08.00 Am
Return at 15.00 Pm
Rates : Euro 75/person/02 dives, min 02 person
– Private Boat
– Dive Guide
– Dive equipments
– Lunch Box
– Coffee, Tea and Cold Mineral Water
– Entrance Fees
– Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
– Any personal expenses