Mandala Ria Beach : Best beaches, snorkeling and excellent Fresh Water Cave
MANDALA RIA BEACH
Mandala Ria beach is located at Bonto bahari District, 45 KM from Bulukumba city. Unforgetable naval panorama with squashy white sand.
Besides the charm of white sandy beaches, we will also get fresh water in the sea at low tide. Embroidery and crafts community in the form of miniature boats phinisi can be interesting souvenir from this location. Named Mandala Ria because by the time this is where Operation Mandala Mandala Operations Commander (Brigadier General Suharto) was represented Col. Tahir Ahmad (Former Menparpostel) order type of landing boats (Boat Ants) as many as 24 fruits used for landing troops in the West lrian.
On the southern part of Mandala Ria Beach, just after 30 meter on the other side of the cliff, fantastic coral reefs found, this place is untouchable and the coral is life.
The reefs here is very healthy, a lot of fishes, sponges, some time you might see babies sharks and Mantas, its depending on the current, make sure you are around on the low tide.
Best way to get there is hire a boat or canoe and paddle to the reefs, this is one of the HIDDEN UNDERWATER PARADISE in the are.
Back in Bira you walk back to the turn (a 5 km climb) towards Ara, which is located 13 km ahead. Every once in a while you can see the sea between the trees. The prosperous Ara is known for its shipbuilders.
The village doesn’t have easy access to the sea (two kilometers distance), nor it has supplies of wood. Still, the biggest part of the male population works in the shipbuilding industry across Indonesia. They always return to their families in this village. The road sign to the caves of Ara (Gowa Purbakala Ara) on the main road indicates a distance of 500 meters. Which turns right at the sign, has to go through bushes and scrubs. The caves themselves are not exciting: reasonably open, with scattered remains of broken porcelain, coffins and bones.