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These cruises are very rare and as far as we know, we are the only ones that offer them on a regular basis.

Because of the weather conditions in the south during December through February, we send our boat to its homeport in Bira, South Sulawesi. The crew can spend time with their families, and we can carry out maintenance.

You get to Bira by flying in to Makassar then either hiring a taxi car or by going with public buses with a change at Bulukumba. These travel expenses are not covered by the cruise cost.

We have developed three cruises in the area - 7 days/6 nights, 5 days/4 nights, and 3 days/2 nights. We are very flexible on where to visit, so if you have specific choices, let us know and we can tailor a cruise together.

Whichever one you do choose, these are some of the places you may visit:

Bira:

This is our homeport and where our crews’ families live. It and the neighbouring village of Tanah Beru are famous for the construction of traditional wooden Phinisi ships, and this is where our boat and many others were built. You can visit our boat builder and see the techniques used. Bira itself has a number of good dive and snorkeling sites. Slightly to the north is Maramassa, which is a small underwater bommie which has good coral growth on its sides. Tanjung Bira has big fish on certain tides. Slightly to the south of Bira is Pulau Kambing which often has many white tip and black tip reef sharks schooling in relatively shallow water. All three of these sites are good for snorkeling in the lagoons above the reef.

Selayar Island:

The water falls away very deeply on the eastern side of Selayar offering great wall diving. Parts of the coast have been protected and good numbers of fish congregate there. The reef just out from the coast, so there is nice swimming and snorkeling in the lagoons.

Take Bone Rate Atoll:

These white sand atolls sitting in turquoise waters are very beautiful and are home to many eagle, mobelar and manta rays. There are some areas of very good coral, but unfortunately bombing and cyanide poisoning has destroyed large areas of reef. Some of the larger atolls have permanent villages on them, and a visit from our boats causes great celebration as they only see people from other countries one or two times a year.

Kalau Island:

This is a larger island surrounded by fringing coral reefs. Depending on the tides and weather, there is some good diving to be had. We can go ashore and visit the local people, who live very isolated lives as this island is about half way between Nusa Tenggara Timur in the south and South Sulawesi to the north.

Tanajampea:

The passage between the two islands can produce lots of fish when the tides are running right. To the southeast of the passage are excellent coral gardens which are great to dive and to snorkel. These islands are home to traditional pearl divers who use the hookah system of air delivery. It’s a high-risk occupation and many of the divers are suffering from the bends at any one time.

Not many travellers to Indonesia get to see these places, so if you have a sense of adventure and want to explore untouched islands, please contact us and ask us about our Sulawesi plans!

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