The camp is located on South Sulawesi’s whitest beach and is made for travellers, backpackers and divers on a budget. World class diving off the beaten track.
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.
We offer three types of accommodation:
- Shared dorm house (6 or 8 beds) with shared bathroom
- Bungalow with shared bathroom
- Bungalow with en-suite bathroom
All houses / bungalows are equipped with mosquito nets and fan. We also provide clean linen, towels, shampoo and soap. Each dorm bed has its private locker.
Included in your accommodation are breakfast as well as complimentary coffee, tea, water and fruit throughout the day.
From 10am to 10pm, our à la carte restaurant offers a variety of local and western dishes, fresh juices, soft drinks and chilled beer.
The Beach Bungalows are located on Bara beach at the end of Longbeach in Bira. It’s peaceful and amazingly beautiful and the night sky is just breath-taking.
From 10am to 10pm, our à la carte restaurant offers a variety of local and western dishes, fresh juices, soft drinks and chilled beer. The lounge deck has a stunning view of the turquois ocean framed by a seemingly endless white beach.
The restaurant on site has access to WiFi. But if a good internet connection is important to you, we recommend that you purchase an Indonesian (Telkomsel) SIM-card before coming to Bira. The 4G is often better than WiFi. SIM cards are fairly cheap and so are packages including internet.
All rooms and our restaurant are equipped with multiple power plugs (220V/50Hz with round two prong plug). There is 24h electricity.
A little shop next door sells a small selection of everyday items, such as snacks, razors or cigarettes. Bigger stores like Indomart can be found in town. If the 45min walk is too much for you – we offer scooters for rent.
Our staff are also happy to help you arrange a ride to Bira, excursions to local attractions like Apparalang Cliff or a visit to the boatyards.
We provide laundry service for a reasonable price.
Our dive centre is fully stocked with everything you need to give you the best possible dive experience.
Full dive equipment and dive computers are available for rent.
BCDs and wetsuits come in sizes XS, S, M, L and XL, booties range from size 5 to 12. Although we have a wide selection of sizes at our dive centre, not all of them come in equal numbers. If you would like to be certain your size is available upon your arrival, please let us know in advance.
Tanks are Aluminium 12l with DIN and INT valves. However, there is a limited supply of DIN tanks and we recommend bringing an adapter if your regulator requires DIN.
There is no Nitrox available.
All dives are boat dives. Normally we go out for two dives in the morning. The time depends on the tidal changes, as the boat can’t depart or return on a low tide. Tides allowing, there can be a third dive in the afternoon or a night dive, but this cannot be guaranteed every day.
While there can be strong currents at some sites, we make sure that we choose dive sites that are appropriate for our divers based on their certification level, experience, and comfort. We check weather, tides and currents when we plan and check the currents upon arriving at the dive sites.
We have a maximum of 4 divers per guide.
Find out more about our amazing marine life and diving in Bira on Bira South Sulawesi
Medical history & insurance
All certified divers must show proof of certification and have medical clearance for diving. We will need any and all medical questions and concerns addressed and cleared before your arrival. Our staff or the local doctors are not qualified to decide whether an individual is fit to dive.
Please check out the Medical Statement.
Bira is still a very remote destination and the medical facilities are limited. First aid can be given at the local clinic, but for anything more serious an evacuation to a bigger town must be considered. Therefore, a full travel insurance that covers possible evacuations and diving accidents, is recommended for all our guests.
Our experienced dive instructors are looking forward to introducing you do the fascinating world of diving or help you develop advanced underwater skills.
We offer a whole range of introductory and advanced courses up to Divemaster to further your dive education or add a new flavour to your dive experience.
To learn more about your options, check out our Dive Courses or contact us directly.
In & around Bira
Bira is a small town and once there, everything is within walking distances. Our staff can help you organise a ride to town or if you are more adventurous – we have scooters for rent.
Kijang (local public transport)
A Kijang is a 7-seat passenger car that can be taken from the Mallengkeri bus terminal in Makassar. The price is around IDR 100’000 per person and they leave once they are full.
There is a daily bus to Bira from the Mallengkeri bus terminal at 9am. We recommend that you go to the terminal at 8am to make sure you get a ticket. The bus stops in Bira harbour before continuing to Selayar Island. Make it clear to the driver that you will get off in Bira, and you should get the ticket for IDR 130’000.
We can pick you up from the harbour if you let us know your arrival time.
We can arrange a private taxi (max 4 people per car) to pick you up at the airport or at your hotel in Makassar. For flights, please let us know your flight number and arrival time, and the driver will be waiting for you at the arrivals terminal. The price is IDR 800’000.
Once in Bira, go towards Bara Beach. You will pass through a gate where you will pay a tourist tax. Continue and take the first right on Jalan Bara. There is a sign for the camp at this corner. There are also a few red camp signs along this road. Follow the road up the small hill, past the karaoke bars, past Cosmos Bungalows and onto a short stretch of unsealed road (it does get a little bumpy). The Beach Bungalows are on the left and down the driveway.
If you have your own car, please park next to the first large house halfway down the driveway. (Don’t drive all the way down or you’ll find it hard to get back up!)
Every person entering Bira must pay IDR 40’000 tourist tax. This is a one-off fee and will be charged upon arrival in Bira.
We accept cash (main currencies), credit card (5% surcharge on foreign cards, 3% on local cards and no fee on Mandiri cards) or bank transfers.
There are two ATM’s near the harbour, about a 10min drive or 45min walk from the Beach Bungalows. BNI and BRI take most credit and debit cards with VISA, but we recommend doing a withdrawal before coming to Bira to be sure the ATM’s accept your card.
There are no money exchange facilities nearby.
|Dormitory 6 or 8 beds||USD 12 / Person||Free|
|Double Bungalow Shared Bathroom||USD 28 / Room||USD 12 / Room|
|Double Bungalow En Suite||USD 36 / Room||USD 20 / Room|
Breakfast in included with accommodation. Lunch is included for divers.
* the diver price applies with a minimum of two dives per day for fun divers
* with courses for the duration of the course (OWC 4 nights, AOWC 2 nights, etc.)
- All beds in the dormitories are single beds with a mosquito net, a fan and a locker.
- All bungalows have one double bed with a mosquito net and a fan.
- Extra bed/single mattress can be added to a bungalow for USD 12.
|Diving & Courses||Prices|
|1-4 Fun dives (not including night dives)||USD 36 / Dive|
|5+ Fun dives (not including night dives)||USD 32 / Dive|
|Night Dive||USD 42 / Dive|
|PADI Open Water Diver Course (4 days)||USD 360|
|PADI Advanced Course (2 days)||USD 290|
|PADI Rescue Diver Course (3/4 days)||USD 360|
|Emergency First Response Course (1 day)||USD 150|
|Rescue & EFR Course (4/5 days)||USD 460|
|Discover Scuba Diving with 1 dive||USD 55|
|Additional DSD Dive||USD 50|
|Scuba Refresher Dive||USD 50|
|PADI Adventure Dive||USD 65|
|PADI Divemaster Course (6-8 weeks)||Ask for details|
|Snorkelling, half-day trip||USD 12|
Included in the prices:
- A full set of diving/snorkelling equipment (not including dive computer)
- Lunch, coffee, tea, fruit and drinking water
All divers with their own full set of equipment receive a 10% discount.
Snorkelling equipment for rent (mask, snorkel and fins) USD 5 per set.