BIRA DIVE CAMP

The camp is located on the whitest beach in South Sulawesi
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 a few types of accommodation to choose from; double bungalows with attached private bathrooms, double bungalows with shared bathrooms and dormitories. 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 are very few divers still. We have a great number of sites, including spectacular coral walls with many passing pelagics, underwater mounds with pumping currents, and a fascinating, calm house reef. Bira is most famous for its great variety of sharks and other pelagic which visit throughout June – November. Visibility is always good, and sometimes peaks up to spectacular 50m+.

Philosophy

The idea of Bira Dive Camp is to create a hub for travelers and divers, in an amazing place, with great diving, all for a good price. We are working with strong ethics, the Camp is as eco friendly as reality and budget allow. We work closely 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

DIVING AT BIRA

SHARKS

17 years ago when we first dived Bira 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.

BIG FISH

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

GREAT VARIATION

We have a massive numbers of dive sites all accessible within less than an hour by boat from the camp.

WHAT WE HOPE TO SEE

When the water temperature drops we usually start to get the most interesting sightings. We get to dive with more reef sharks the colder the water gets. White tips, black tips and grey reef sharks. In Bira anything is possible. Manta rays, mobula rays, sunfish aka mola molas, whale sharks and wobbegong sharks have been encountered in Bira within the last year.

WHAT YOU WILL SEE

We see reef sharks on almost every dive at the main dive sites. We also have great numbers of turtles, rays, bumphead parrotfish, tuna, barracuda, trevallies and schooling fish.

WE KNOW WHAT WE ARE DOING

We have been running dive operations in Asia for 20 years. We know the importance of the guests experience when it comes to professionals, dive equipment and safety.

LATEST FROM OUR BLOG

June 8, 2015

Watch this!

Our guest Hugo borrowed the GoPro and the drone … and created this awesome movie! Watch, enjoy and share to all who might like it! Thanks to Hugo!

May 20, 2015

A fluffy family

They say you can choose your friends but not your family. My family lives on the other side of the world, but here in Bira I have been adopted by …

May 13, 2015

A small idea grows into a big dream

Sometimes a small idea can grow into a big dream very quickly. Bira is like this. Here’s just one example: I have been growing some seeds in a little pot …

May 5, 2015

Aha (The Captain)

Our trusty captain is the one and only true boss around here. Cap has been driving boats around Bira for…well, we would believe forever! He knows the seas around here better than anyone. …

ABOUT BIRA

Bira is famous for its white beaches and large marine life. It is located 200 km 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.

CULTURE

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.

NATURE

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

BOATBUILDING

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.

BEACHES

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 coast north you will find a number of white amazing and untouched beaches.

”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 operators. But we had compressors, equipment and a dinghy so in the afternoons after work we went diving. Bira back then was ”sharky”… really ”sharky”. 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 were working on a new concept to make a dive resort affordable enough for backpackers. We went through all possible destinations and took the decision 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. I’m really glad to be back in Bira!

Jon Wilkenson
Partner and Founder of Bira Dive Camp

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

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Diving and Courses

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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. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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.

Shared car – Kijang
From Mallengkeri Bus Terminal in Makassar, price is around 100.000 IDR. Public Transport departures are from 7am until late afternoon. There is no schedule. They leave when they are full.

Taxi
You can hire a taxi at the airport – just negotiate the price before getting in the car. Or you can contact us and we will arrange a pick up for you. Our price is 800.000 IDR for the car (up to 4 people), the journey takes around 5 to 6 hours.

Ferry
There is a ferry once a week between Bira and Labuan Bajo, Flores which takes around 36 hours. Labuan Bajo to Bira Tuesday 2pm. Bira to Labuan Bajo Sunday midnight. One way is 125.000 IDR. There are sometimes cabins available (ask for it once on the ferry) for a small “fee”.

Bira Dive Camp
Pasir Putih, Bira, Bulukumba, Sulawesi Selatan, Indonesia

Sampai jumpa!