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.
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.
We passed salt farms along the way and my boy was in awe seeing the small mountains of white salt along the way.
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!
After we checked into our hotel, The Amatoa Resort, we had lunch.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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!
For IDR 10,000 (USD 1) you can swim with these beautiful turtles as seen below:
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.
- 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.