"Bira, native village and seaside resort" Makassar Things to Do Tip by global_explorer

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Bira is divided in two separate parts. First there is the prosperous native village who earned its wealth during the schoonerbooms. Before that, Bira was innvolved in the trade on the spiceislands. Then there is the touristparts, made up of some hotels close to the beach. It isn?t those big ugly concretetowers known from so many seaside places around the world. I rented a cabin at Riswan bungalows. There is no wiew from there, but it is nice and a lot cheaper than the hotel on the hilltop with the wiew. The beach is pleasant enough, and outside the sandfield in the water there is a floor of corals with countless holes and crevices in it. All contain some sort of creature, and above there is a selection of fishes swimming around. You can have a nice time snorkeling here, but it is not particulary seeworthy compared to, for example Bunaken in northern Sulawesi, also covered in my page. A nice excursion from Bira takes you to the fishingvillage. It is a long walk there, so chartering something, or hoping for the ocational bemo is an option. This village is beautifull, and situated between the palmtrees close to the sea. I found people here friendly, but many was a little shy.

Address: On the south tip of Sulawesi
Directions: To get here go to Bulukumbaf rom terminal Mallenkeri in Makassar, then onward to Bira.

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written May 28, 2004
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