Discovering South Sulawesi: Tanjung Bira

The day after our trip to Kodingareng Keke Island, as planned we drove by our rental car from Makassar to Tanjung Bira.

Tanjung Bira is a small village located in the southeast of South Sulawesi. It is part of Bulukumba regency. The distance between Makassar to Tanjung Bira is approximately 190km. About 5 hours drive.

How to Get To Tanjung Bira:

You can rent a car from IDR 400,000 (USD 40) in Makassar including a driver and gas to drop you in Tanjung Bira.

You can ride on the public transportation from Malengkeri terminal in Makassar. This is the cheapest options.

Our Experience:

All of us enjoyed the trip and most importantly the views. It was a great opportunity to introduce my son to traditional houses that the local people live in.

On the way to Tanjung Bira |Scoops of Joy

Road to Tanjung Bira | Scoops of Joy

We passed salt farms along the way and my boy was in awe seeing the small mountains of white salt along the way.

Salt Farms | Scoops of Joy

There are plenty of convenient stores so you won’t be short of drinks or snacks.

We arrived in Tanjung Bira after 1 PM, both my sister in law and I gasped in excitement when we saw how clear the ocean looks from the street. It was beyond beautiful!

Welcome to Tanjung Bira | Scoops of Joy

Tourism Map of Tanjung Bira | Scoops of JoyAfter we checked into our hotel, The Amatoa Resort, we had lunch.

Amatoa Resort Room | Scoops of Joy

After a nice lunch and a short rest in our room, we decided to head to Tanjung Bira beach.  There are plenty of little warungs (makeshifts shops) by the beach. People came up to us offering boats to rent to go to several islands nearby or banana boat rides. These warungs are recent additions to the area due to the increase of tourism in the area in the last couple of years.

Tanjung Bira Beach | Scoops of Joy

Tanjung Bira Beach | Scoops of Joy

Tanjung Bira Beach | Scoops of Joy

We returned to the Amatoa Resort eager to jump into the infinity pool there is also a choice to swim right off the stairs that lead to the ocean from the resort. After we swam, we enjoyed the beautiful sunset.

Infinity Pool Amatoa Resort | Scoops of Joy


Beautiful Sunset | Scoops of Joy

For dinner, we found this hidden gem of a restaurant called Warung Bambu (Bamboo Shop), two doors down from another motel called the Anda Bungalows. When my cousin and I walked into the Warung a nice lady greeted us warmly and said they do have fresh seafood and guided us to their kitchen where we could pick our own fish. The owner of the warung is also a very friendly man. We had a little chat with him.

Warung Bambu

What To Do:

Rent a Boat and go snorkeling around the nearby islands. The Amatoa Resort manager arranged many things for us upon our arrival including boat rental and snorkeling gear. We left early just after breakfast. It is possible if you need; to hire an underwater camera from a little warung in the corner of where Warung Bambu for IDR 50,000 (USD 5).

Our rental boatSnorkeling Liukang Loe Island | Scoops of Joy

Happy Baby!

We only had time to go to one island, Liukang Island. You can go to Kambing Island too which is located a little further away from Tanjung Bira.

After snorkeling in crystal clear waters and playing in the island, our boat driver took us to a place called Halim’s Floating Guest House and Restaurant; it’s adjacent to Liukang Loe Island. He said we can swim with turtles there. How exciting!Swim With Turtles

For IDR 10,000 (USD 1) you can swim with these beautiful turtles as seen below:

Swim With Turtles | Scoops of Joy

Swim swim swim

How did it feel to swim with them? Surreal…magical…they are truly beautiful creatures and to be that close to them and able to touch them. It makes you appreciate the beauty of life, the beauty of our world.

Having only one-night stay in Tanjung Bira, we were eager to do as much as we could in 24 hours. We didn’t have time to do all the things we wish we could, for example: checking out the Pinisi boat (traditional Makassar boat) making area and exploring another beach called Bara that supposedly is very pretty and quiet.

After we returned to the Amatoa Resort, we packed up and left. Although we would like to stay more than a day, we were happy with all of the experiences we had.

On our way back to Makassar, we found this little restaurant that you need to try if you are in the area. It’s called RM. Dato’ Tiro in Bulukumba right in front of the big Dato’ Tiro Mosque. Their sweet and sour shrimps are to die for! The owner and his wife are very friendly and warm people. We really enjoyed that restaurant.

Useful tips:

  • If you are going to Tanjung Bira with friends, it is better to just rent a car from Makassar and split the cost.
  • Sunscreen/Hat: As with other beaches in Indonesia, it gets really hot so please make sure you are protecting yourself and your children by using plenty of sunscreens and wear a hat. We traveled with a baby and my 7 years old boy. None of them have sunburn, they had a tan.
  • For boat rental it cost somewhere between IDR 250,000 – 400,000 (USD 25-40) depending if you are going to Kambing Island. Again, you can bargain with the boat owner.
  • There are plenty of accommodation options to choose from  in Tanjung Bira, booking in advance is advised.
  • You can easily find snorkeling rental places around Tanjung Bira beach area along with the underwater camera rental. Just bring your own memory card as they do not provide one.
  • Best time to visit Tanjung Bira is any time other than the end of December up until mid-February as it is the rainy season and they have high tides during that time.

Overall, everyone we met on this journey has been very genuinely warm and friendly people. I hope you get the chance to have the experience we had and if you need any further information feel free to leave me a comment.




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    • Maureen
      November 15, 2014 / 6:33 pm

      Iya mbak semoga suatu hari nanti ada kesempatan main-main ke Tanjung Bira ya 🙂

  1. November 11, 2014 / 3:09 am

    Cakep bgt ya Bira emang, a nice a getaway from the chaotic Makassar. Too bad waktu itu gw hanya seharian aja disana, next time pengen lebih lama dan nyebrang lagi ke Selayar dan Takabonarate
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    • Maureen
      November 15, 2014 / 6:38 pm

      Makassar for me is buat makan doang bok hahaha tapi seru juga sih explore pulau-pulau lainnya. Gw juga denger katanya Selayar bagus. 😀

  2. November 11, 2014 / 10:16 am

    keren banget pantainya….

    • Maureen
      November 15, 2014 / 6:32 pm

      Iya mbak cantik ya 🙂 Saya juga jatuh hati dengan pantainya.

  3. November 17, 2014 / 7:34 am

    Waaa pantainyaaa… lautnyaaa huhuhu… speechless deh Mba, pokonya mupeeeng aja pingin liburan kesana juga 😀
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    • Maureen
      December 27, 2014 / 7:03 pm

      Yuuuk cus di planning mbak Mia ke sana 😀 Nggak bakalan nyesel deh pokoknya biar jauh juga.

  4. Dian
    November 20, 2014 / 8:15 am

    Mba maureen, kebetulan saya berencana ke bira juga. Jika boleh, bisa minta cp utk car rent di makassar? Terima kasih byk sblmnya yah…

    • Maureen
      December 27, 2014 / 7:05 pm

      Mbak Dian maaf saya terlambat balas komennya. Untuk cp rental car sayangnya saya nggak punya tapi coba saya tanyakan ke sepupu saya yah mbak. Atau mungkin bisa coba via google? Sepertinya cukup banyak kok layanan sewa mobil di Makassar 🙂 Enjoy ya mbak!

  5. December 1, 2014 / 7:57 pm

    Padahaaal… Kalo mauvliat pembuatan kapal pinisi bisa ke pantai kaluku, lokasinya deket pelabuhan tanjung bira. Nah, di pantai kaluku ini tempat terbaik utk hunting sunrise, setelah fajar menyingsing bisa liat deh pembuatan pinisi yg emang tempatnya di pantai ituu… 😉

    • Maureen
      December 2, 2014 / 9:23 pm

      Yaaah sayang banget mba 🙁 Aku soalnya selain kemaren waktunya mepet, tiba-tiba ada perubahan rencana gitu jadi ibuku ikut padahal tadinya ibuku harusnya misah jadi ya kita yang muda ngalah hahaha kasian juga kalo ngajak yang sepuh nggak tegaan juga kita ninggalin kalo kelamaan. Aku main ke pulau itu ibuku tinggal di hotel hahaha.

  6. November 20, 2015 / 6:16 pm

    What a beautiful place! The water is so clear and I love the steps leading right into the water. I swam with sea turtles once and it was so much fun.
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  7. November 21, 2015 / 2:29 am

    What a beautiful location! Those pictures of the water are amazing! So beautiful! I’d love to visit!

  8. November 22, 2015 / 10:24 am

    Their waters are so clear. It would really be nice to swim there or go snorkeling.

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