Bira and its surroundings offer unlimited activities. Located on the southern point of Sulawesi Island, Bira’s nearest access point is through its capital, Makassar. It is a remote area where you can enjoy beautiful landscapes and have quiet time on your own on a white sandy beach. Bira is a well kept secret, but it’s on the rise and despite being remote, Bira still offers a wide range of accommodation catering for all budgets.
What to do in Bira
Bira and its surroundings have plenty of things to offer: from cliff jumping to taking panoramic views of the land up in the hills, beautiful beaches to the visit of traditional handcrafted boatbuilding (inscribed at UNESCO in 2017), Bira will surprise you with the diversity of what it can offer.
Pinisi or The art of Boatbuilding in South Sulawesi
Pinisi or The Art of Boatbuilding in South Sulawesi is the heart of the local economy and culture in the region. Here in Bira you can visit the worksites – you can even go onboard! – where you can see various boats in different stages of development. Each masterpiece is entirely built by hand with exquisite attention to detail. The trade was even inscribed in 2017 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (UNESCO). An overview video of the process and trade can be found here
Mandala Ria Beach and its surrounding caves
30 minute drive from Bira, you can find this white and very clean sandy beach. Small restaurants serve food and drinks all day. It’s a very calm and peaceful place without many tourists. Traditional boat building is also done here. On the way back up, there are two caves for those looking for an adventure. The first is a quiet secret underwater cave. The access is very steep, but it’s worth the trouble. Make sure to go there equipped with a torch and snorkeling gear if you’re up for a little free dive thrill. The second cave is dry with many small nooks and crannies to explore. A road has recently been built which makes it easily accessible.
Pua Jango Viewpoint
It will take you around 30 minutes to hike up the path leading to this viewpoint. A nice place to enjoy sunset and admire Bira and its surroundings.
How To Access Bira
For the moment, the only way to access Bira through Makassar is by car. Depending on the traffic, it can take from 4h45 to 5h30. Contact us if you want us to book you a private car (800 000 IDR per car). It’s also possible to take a shuttle for 100 000 IDR but it can be a bit packed if you have lots of luggage.
The construction of an airport is on its way, which should be just 30 to 40 minutes away from Bira.