Far on the south of Sulawesi, a popular getaway beach for
Makassar people and also tourists from outside of Indonesia, Tanjung Bira which
is located in Bulukumba Regency is full of tranquility and perfect ambience for
honeymooners. I didn’t come here for honeymoon for sure, I came here to relax
my body and mind. Far distance, around 6 hours is not a hurdle for pleasure
Tanjung Bira (White Sand Beach/Pantai Pasir Putih)
Beautiful place with a view point, pointing to the sea and
also a restaurant as the trademark. Many pictures that you see in google are taken
from this point. Bira Beach has the softest sand I’ve ever touched. It is as
soft as flour. Even when you walk on the beach, you don’t have to remove the
naughty sand that stick on your feet or clean your feet because the sand is too
Such a stunning beach, even I couldn’t believe the scenery I
saw was still somewhere in Indonesia. I mean I’ve seen this kind of beach in
picture probably in Hawaii, or Australia. The coconut trees, a perfect shade to
cover your body from the hot sun. Such a beautiful blue color and waves coming
again and again. There’s a resort named Bara Beach Resort
, well known for
western honeymooners. Bara Beach can be accessed by 20 minutes walk from Bira
shore if the tide is low, or else you have to walk around 45 minutes, there’s
just one path through a small forest with colourful butterflies or take “ojek”
and pay around Rp 15,000-Rp 20,000.
Liukang Loe Island and Kambing Island
Not only beautiful beach but Tanjung Bira has some
incredible spots for snorkeling and diving. If you are a diving-lovers, diving
in Bira has its own sensation where you have to deal with challenging current
but it’s a worth to try. If you only want to see the corals, don’t worry,
snorkeling is enough to enjoy the different types of coral and swimming with
fishes. A professional dive center named BIRA DIVERS
may be a right choice for
you if you want to dive. They provide fun dive, discovery dive, and also
courses. Price of snorkeling set is around Rp 50,000/set, and boat for hopping
island cost Rp 250,000-Rp 300,000/day.
Tanjung Bira is quiet popular with phinisi making. Phinisi
boat is built to ship grocery or goods and inter-insular cargo. There are three
main places to built phinisi boat in Bulukumba Regency/Tanjung Bira. The most
popular you may always heard or read in Tana Beru. I went to a different
phinisi making, it’s on the east beach, exactly on Tanetang village. Different
sizes of ships were built on the shore. One big phinisi is made for 12 months,
and mostly are handmade. Only 12-15 people built one ship, and it’s somehow
amazing to see everything is made traditionally by hand, and how they can produce
such a big strong ship. I was allowed to get up into the ship, and I was amazed
on how they brought the materials and climbed a narrow ladder. It is located
near to the local peer at the eastern beach.
Still in the area of Tanjung Bira, there’s a view point on
the top of a hill called Pua Janggo. Trekking about two kilometers and you will
see Tanjung Bira, some islands like Liukang Loe, Kambing, even Selayar Island.
How to get there?
- Rent car from Makassar: Rp 500,000- 600,000 for drop only
- Through Maliengkeri Station by public Kijang car. Cheapest
but not a very comfortable ride because one car probably is filled with 11
people. Better to go in the morning
around 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Price is Rp 50,000/person
- BMA service, a public transportation with air-con, pretty
comfortable but it only stop in Bulukumba. Price is around Rp 75,000.You have to change another public transportation (angkot) about 1-2 hours and add Rp 10,000
- Entrance fee for domestic visitors is Rp 10,000, entrance
fee for foreigners is Rp 20,000.
- If you don’t really like to walk, just rent a motorbike Rp
60,000/day exclude the gasoline.
- Place to eat? Warung Bamboo or Warung Melati, both has
affordable price and taste is good.
I really wanted to relax on a white-sandy beach and I decided to go to Tanjung Bira. I'll leave Makassar soon, after 4 months staying in Makassar but didn't go to Tanjung Bira is somehow funny. Packed my things and went to Maliengkeri Station. Met a German guy named Ben at the station and traveled together. That's what I loved from traveling solo because actually you never alone. You'll meet someone new on the road. Lucky me, and I didn't know why the driver didn't ask me to pay. I tried to give my money but he suddenly leave. I stayed at Sunshine Guesthouse for 3 nights, 2 nights shared room with Ben and 1 night shared with a Thai girl named Alawiyah. It was fun, I did whole day trekking to Bara Beach, Phinisi making, and Pua Janggo with Ben. Weather was unpredictable at that time, sometimes rain sometimes hot. I spent not more than Rp 300,000 overall for this trip.
Traveled in 11-14 June 2013
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