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.


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.


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+.


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



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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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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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. …


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.


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 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.


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 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 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 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


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.




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.

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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.

From Mellengkeri Bus Terminal in Makassar, price around 70.000 IDR. Public Transport departures are from 7am until 6pm.

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 700.000 IDR for the car (up to 4 people), the journey takes 5 hours. Fuel and fees are included in these prices.

There is a ferry directly to Bira from Flores (Labuan Bajo) which leaves once a week and takes around 24 hours. Labuan Bajo to Bira Tuesday 2pm. Bira to Labuan Bajo Sunday midnight. One way is 125.000 IDR. There is sometimes cabin available (ask for it once on the ferry) for a small "fee".

Bira Dive Camp
Pasir Putih, Bira, Bulukumba, Sulawesi Selatan, Indonesia
Jeremy +62 82342347304 (available on WhatsApp)

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