Spread over 2,220 square kilometers in the Flores Sea south of the island of Sulawesi, Takabonerate is the largest atoll in Indonesia and the third largest in the world. The 21 small islands of Takabonerate offer nesting areas for sea turtles, which thrive here on the huge meadows of sea-grass.
The atoll rises sharply from the side of a submerged ridge 2,000 meters below the surface. Once a huge volcano, it has since subsided, leaving a wide ring of coral. The waters inside the atoll are magnificent turquoise, surrounded by the deepest blue imaginable. And they are rich with 158 species of unique corals.
Our dive starts at 2-3 meters over the reef top and then swim out over the outer wall of the atoll. Visibility is normally about 30 meters and the wall seems to extend downward forever. The growth of cirak and garganians was excellent and schools of jacks cruise the wall. In the huge cuts and crevices in the wall, we see giant groupers, Napoleon wrasses, sea turtles, lion fish and moray eels.
Diving Selayar is without question on of the best dives in Indonesia. The Eastern coast of Pulau Selayar is THE BEST, but his side of the island is ONLY accessible in the months of October through May. This is caused by the prevailing winds from the east in the months of June-September create massive wave action on the eastern side of Pulau Selayar. Over the months of October – May the western winds are deflected by a 600m mountian range and glass like water conditions create visablity of up to 50m, calm anchorages and is the best time to dive Selayar.
The Local Government has recently enacted a law that stives to protect the east coast of Selayar from distructive fishing practices. At present the Southern extreme of Selayar is classified as a Marine Conservation Zone, and for that reason the future of this area is insured to continue to get better and better. A small Conservation Zone Fee of 100,000rp per diver is charged for diving this area and divers visiting this zone are required to pay this fee to the park management.
The walls of Selayar are massive and in excellent condition. ANYONE diving Pulau Selayar will classify this area as WORLD CLASS diving.
This drift drive offers excellent visibility of about 30 meters and a massive population of lion fish. The wall drops to about 50 meters with a rather strong current caused by the mixing of waters from the east and west coasts of this elongated island.
DAY 1 : ARRIVAL MAKASSAR – CITY TOUR (L,D)
Upon arrival at Hasanuddin International Airport Makassar (by morning flight), tour participants will be picked up by the tour guide and then go directly to the National Park Bantingmurung to enjoy the beauty of nature in Maros, South Sulawesi. Bantingmurung also is one of the sanctuary for various types of Butterflies and some of them are Kupu Kupu Endemic of Sulawesi. Lunch will be at aturkan in Eating Local in Makassar. After lunch, continue the city tour, visiting Fort Rotterdam ( Fort which was built in 1545 or King of Gowa X, Port Paotere as one of the traditional port in Makassar with traditional boats boats lined Phinisi legendary boat in the world. Afternoon, transfer to hotel for check -in. evenings, at 7 pm, will be picked up dinner at RM Seafood Lae Lae special Makassar. And transfer back to the hotel.
Note: If you arrived in the morning to noon time, we can conducted the above tour. Otherwise just an overnight at Makassar. If you can get a very early flight to be arrive in Makassar, we can skip this day and straight for Selayar Island on day 2.
DAY 2 : MAKASSAR – SELAYAR – TAKABONERATE (B,L,D)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for a trip to the island Selayar with Wings Air IW-1316 departing on 08:55. Arriving at Selayar on 09:30, picked up by our team and drive to the Port Patumbukan with driving appximate less than 1.5 hours from Benteng City. Arrived at the Port Patumbukang, set off by using Tinabo Island Charter Boat to Takabonerate Islands which will take approximately 3 hours. Arrive in Tinabo Island Resort, check in for overnight and dinner.
DAY 3-4 : TAKABONERATE DIVING (B,L,D)
During this 2 days, we will maximize our Takabonerate Diving Tour.
DAY 5 : TAKABONERATE – SELAYAR (B,L,D)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Selayar island by boat. Arrive in Selayar, transfer to accommodation for Lunch and overnight. Afternoon, we will try to settle 1 dive if weather Oke. Dinner will be prepare at Accommodation.
DAY 6 : SELAYAR DIVING TOUR (B,L,D)
Fullday Diving Tour programe.
DAY 7 : SELAYAR – BIRA – MAKASSAR (B.L)
Morning breakfast at Accommodation. Transfer to Selayar Harbour to take ferry ride to Bira. Arrive in Bira, transfer to Bira Beach where you can have lunch. After lunch, proceed with driving to Makassar with a stop-over at Tana Beru to see the Phinisi Boat Builder. Arrive in Makassar, transfer to hotel at your own choice.
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