Bira Divecamp

The camp is located on South Sulawesis whitest beach and is made for travelers, backpackers and divers on a budget. World class diving off the beaten track.

Accommodation.

A simple accommodation made out of recycled traditional houses and bamboo. Currently we have two types of lodging, small bungalows (2 guests in double or twin) and big bungalows (dorms) with 6 beds. All with shared bathroom and toilets. The camp is sitting on Bara beach in the end of Longbeach in Bira. It’s peaceful and amazingly beautiful, the night sky is just breathtaking. We love this place and we are convinced you will as well.

Diving.

There is some great diving here and unlike many dive locations there is very few divers still. Bira offers diving for all levels of experience and preference. We have a great number of sites, including walls with pelagic, current effected underwater mounts, and a calm house reefs. Bira is most famous for its great variety of pelagic and sharks. Visibility is above average and sometimes peaks up to spectacular 50m+.

Philosophy.

The idea of Bira Divecamp is to create a hub for travelers and divers, on an amazing place with great diving, for a good price. We are working with strong ethics, the Camp is as eco friendly as reality and budget allowing. We work close with the local community and try to educate them to create sustainable ways of income instead of destructive fishing methods. We want our guests to have a genuine Indonesian experience, away from the crowds in a social and inspiring environment.

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After our return to the dead city I passed several days in comparative idleness. On the day following our return all the warriors had ridden forth early in the morning and had not returned until just before darkness fell. As I later learned, they had been to the subterranean vaults in which the eggs were kept.

September 8, 2013

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The aborigine, apparently uninjured, climbed quickly into the skiff, and seizing the spear with me helped to hold off the infuriated creature. Blood from the wounded reptile was now …

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The aborigine, apparently uninjured, climbed quickly into the skiff, and seizing the spear with me helped to hold off the infuriated creature. Blood from the wounded reptile was now …

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The aborigine, apparently uninjured, climbed quickly into the skiff, and seizing the spear with me helped to hold off the infuriated creature. Blood from the wounded reptile was now …

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The aborigine, apparently uninjured, climbed quickly into the skiff, and seizing the spear with me helped to hold off the infuriated creature. Blood from the wounded reptile was now …

Diving at Bira

GOOD REASONS TO GO DIVING IN BIRA

BIG FISH

Bira is famous for big fish. Two deep oceans is meeting on the tip of Sulawesi, where a shallow ridge is forcing up the colder currents from the deep.

SHARKS

17 years ago when we first dived Indonesia it was the ”sharkiest ”destination in Indonesia. After that shark numbers drastically decreased to almost zero. But now its coming back better and better every year.

WE KNOW WHAT WE ARE DOING

We have been running dive operations in Asia for 17 years. We know the importance of the guests experience when it comes to professionals, dive equipment and safety.
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GREAT VARIATION

We have a massive numbers of dive sites all accessible within one hour from the camp.

WHAT YOU WILL SEE

We see reef shark on almost every dive at the main dive sites. We also have great numbers of turtles, rays,
bumpheads, tuna, barracuda, giant travelli, queensland grouper and schooling fish.

WHAT WE HOPE TO SEE

When the water temperature drops we usually start to get the interesting sightings. Last year we encountered hammerheads, thresher shark, sunfish, tiger shark, bull shark, whale shark and mantas.

Check out the full dive map for all diving locations!

When it comes to diving, here at Bira, we have a perfect dive site for everyone.

A Little Bit About Bira

Bira is famous for its white beaches and large marine life. It is located 20km South East of Makassar (Ujung pandang) , the capital of Sulawesi. We are convinced that Bira will become a major tourist destination in the future, until then, we enjoy the tranquility.

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Our Story.

”I lived in Bira for two years (1998-2000) while building my first expedition live aboard Jaya. During that time it was still completely undeveloped and there was no dive operator. But we had compressors, equipment and a dinghy so in the afternoons after work we went diving. Bira back then was ”sharkie”… really ”sharkie”. After leaving Bira and spending 15 years diving basically everything there is to dive in Asia. Starting dive businesses in famous locations like Gili islands, Komodo and Raja ampat, me and my partners where working on a new concept to make a dive resort affordable enough for backpackers. We went threw all possible destinations and took the desition to make it in Bira. It was the only place that had great diving but still had road access making it possible to have a low price.Im really glad to be back in bira!”

Jon Wilkenson

Partner and Founder of Bira Divecamp

Bira is home of the Konjo tribe and the heart of maritime culture in Indonesia. The Birians have been sailors for as long as history has been recorded. It is one of the last living sailing cultures in the world.

Sulawesi has been separated from other landmasses for 40 million years creating a uniq flora and fauna. In Bira we are often visited by the Sulawesi makak, the biggest makak there is. The Sulawesi makak is endemic to Sulawesi together with some other strange animals like the pigdear and the bearcat.

In Bira and surrounding villages there is still a living boat building tradition. Here there is massive wooden ships getting crafted by hand on the beach. The craftmanship and timbers is breathtaking.

South Sulawesi hosts some of the most beautiful beaches in Indonesia. The camp is located on one, but if you rent a motorbike and follow the cost north you will find a number of white amazing and untouched beaches.

Our Client Feedback

Over the last years we have received overwhelming amount of support and amazing feedback which always makes us aim to deliver even greater experience to our valuable guests. Here are just some of the encouraging words that make us feel extremely good.

Prices

Check out the full price list for all diving courses, activities and accommodation!

Get In Touch With Us

BOOKING

Send us a request for the dates you want to come and we answer as soon as we get out of the water. No payment in advance, just booking.

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Getting to Bira.

Nearly all visitors come through Makassar. It is the third largest city in Indonesia. Bira does not have a local airport and all flights go through Makassar. There are more than 2 dozen flights per day.

Bus to Bira

From Mellengkeri Bus Terminal in Makassar, price around €5. Public Transport departures are from 7am until 6pm.

Taxi to Bira

You can easily get these on arriving at the airport – just negotiate for the price ahead of time. Or you can contact us and we will arrange one to pick you up. Price tends to €50 for the car (up to 4 people), the journey takes 5 hours. Fuel and fees are included in these prices.

Ferry to Bira

Sample text you can easily get these on arriving at the airport – just negotiate for the price ahead of time. Or you can contact us and we will arrange one to pick you up.

The Bira Divecamp
Pasir Putih, Bira, Sulawesi Selatan, Bulukumba, Sulawesi Selatan, Indonesia
Jess: 0878 6174 2102 (English) or Fab: 0812 2181 3253 (English & French)
Open Everyday