Down in the southern part of Sulawesi lies Tanjung Bira, a popular beach destination for both Makassar locals and tourists from abroad. Situated in Bulukumba Regency, it offers a serene environment that’s often seen as a perfect escape for honeymooners.
I didn’t come here for a honeymoon; my intention was simple – a peaceful retreat to unwind and clear my mind. The journey, though around 6 hours long, didn’t deter me from seeking relaxation and pleasure.
How to get to Tanjung Bira from Makassar?
The distance from Makassar to Tanjung Bira is approximately 180 kilometers by road. The travel time can vary, but it typically takes around 4 to 5 hours to drive from Makassar to Tanjung Bira.
Here are some options that you can consider:
Rent a Car: Consider renting a car in Makassar for a straightforward trip to Tanjung Bira. The cost for a one-way drop-off is typically between Rp 500,000 to Rp 600,000.
Maliengkeri Station via Public Kijang Car: If you’re on a budget, you can opt for the public Kijang car from Maliengkeri Station. Be prepared for a crowded ride, as these cars are often filled with around 11 passengers. It’s best to catch one in the morning, roughly between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. The price per person is approximately Rp 50,000.
BMA Service: BMA service is a public transportation option with air conditioning, providing a relatively comfortable journey. However, it only takes you as far as Bulukumba. Expect to pay around Rp 75,000. To reach Tanjung Bira, you’ll need to transfer to another form of public transportation, an ‘angkot,’ which may take an additional 1-2 hours and cost approximately Rp 10,000.
Where to stay in Tanjung Bira?
If you’re looking for a great place to stay in Tanjung Bira, I highly recommend Nini’s Beach Bungalow. It’s a mere 5-minute stroll from the beach.
You might remember this spot by its former name, Sunshine Guesthouse. But let me tell you, it’s undergone quite the transformation and is now even better than before.
Nini’s Beach Bungalow is owned by a lovely couple, Gav and Nini, who are always ready with a warm welcome. They even have their adorable little daughter, Sunshine, who’ll bring a smile to your face.
The bungalows are constructed from wood, offering a cozy and natural ambiance. While the amenities are simple, they’re kept spotlessly clean. And here’s the best part – your stay includes a delicious breakfast to start your day right.
If you’re considering other options around Tanjung Bira, two more excellent choices are Tevana House Reef and Amatoa Resort.
Places to visit in Tanjung Bira
Here’re some places to visit while you’re traveling to Tanjung Bira:
1. Tanjung Bira (White Sand Beach/Pantai Pasir Putih)
Welcome to the most photogenic paradise you’ve ever laid eyes on! Imagine a place with a view that could make the sea itself jealous, crowned by an iconic restaurant that’s the stuff of legends.
You know those jaw-dropping pictures you’ve seen on Google? Well, chances are they were captured right here.
Now, let’s talk about that beach. Tanjung Bira Beach boasts the softest sand you’ve ever had the pleasure to lay your toes on. Seriously, it’s like walking on pure, fluffy flour.
The best part? You can stroll along the shoreline without any of that pesky, clingy sand playing games with your feet. It’s that soft – a sandy carpet just for you.
2. Bara Beach
Imagine stumbling upon a beach so breathtaking, you’d swear you’d been transported to Hawaii or Australia. But guess what? This slice of paradise isn’t on some far-flung island; it’s right here in Indonesia!
The scene is straight out of a dream: towering coconut trees creating the perfect oasis of shade from that scorching sun. The ocean? Oh, it’s painted in the most mesmerizing shade of blue, with waves that dance to a never-ending rhythm.
And then there’s Bara Beach Resort – a slice of heaven for Western honeymooners. Whether you’re a love-struck couple or just looking for a slice of paradise, this place has got you covered.
Want to get there? If the tide’s low, it’s a breezy 20-minute stroll from Bira shore, complete with a trail that takes you through a little forest, where colorful butterflies play hide and seek.
Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, hop on an ‘ojek’ (motorbike taxi) for a ride that’s as scenic as it is affordable – around Rp 15,000 to Rp 20,000.
3. Liukang Loe Island and Kambing Island
Tanjung Bira isn’t just a pretty face – it’s an underwater wonderland waiting to be explored. Beyond its breathtaking beaches, this paradise offers incredible snorkeling and diving experiences that will leave you in awe.
Calling all diving enthusiasts: Bira has a unique diving sensation that’s worth every adventurous plunge. Challenging currents await, but the thrill of conquering them is an experience you’ll treasure.
But what if you’re all about those colorful corals and playful fish? Fear not! Snorkeling here is your golden ticket to a magical underwater world. Dive into the depths and swim among the diverse coral formations and the aquatic dance of marine life.
If you’re looking to make the most of your underwater journey, look no further than Bira Divecamp, your professional dive companions. They’ve got all the options you need, from exciting fun dives to eye-opening discovery dives and comprehensive courses.
And here’s the cherry on top: you can gear up for snorkeling at just around Rp 50,000 per set. And when the call of the islands is too hard to resist, set sail on a boat adventure for a day, ranging from Rp 250,000 to Rp 300,000.
4. Panrang Luhuk
Tanjung Bira is well-known for its remarkable Phinisi boat craftsmanship. Phinisi boats are traditionally built for transporting goods and cargo between islands.
In the Bulukumba Regency, including Tanjung Bira, there are three main locations where these remarkable vessels are constructed.
The most famous one is in Tana Beru, but I opted for a different experience. I headed to the east beach, right in Tanetang village. Here, you’ll find a variety of ship sizes being meticulously handcrafted.
It’s quite a sight to witness – it takes a full year to complete one of these grand Phinisi boats. Even more astonishing, each ship is predominantly crafted by a team of just 12-15 individuals.
I had the privilege of climbing aboard one of these impressive vessels. The process of bringing in materials and navigating the narrow ladders is truly fascinating.
You can locate this shipyard near the local pier on the eastern beach. It’s a quiet and intriguing corner of Tanjung Bira that reveals the craft and dedication behind these unique boats.
5. Pua Janggo
Exploring Tanjung Bira has another delightful surprise up its sleeve – the Pua Janggo viewpoint. It’s perched on top of a hill, and reaching it is an enjoyable trek of approximately two kilometers.
As you ascend, you’ll be treated to breathtaking vistas. From this vantage point, you can feast your eyes on the panoramic beauty of Tanjung Bira, alongside the enchanting Liukang Loe, Kambing, and even Selayar Island in the distance.
Tanjung Bira is like a secret paradise, with its perfect beaches, peaceful vibes, and amazing underwater world. Whether you want to chill out, have an adventure, or taste local life, this place has you covered.
Picture the softest sands and dazzling coral gardens. It’s a bundle of fun experiences, from boat-making to beachcombing. There’s no doubt that you should plan a visit to Tanjung Bira when you’re in Makassar, South Sulawesi.
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