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Dive Review of Bira Dive Camp in
Indonesia/Sulawesi

Bira Dive Camp: "Budget diving at Bira, South Sulawesi, Indonseia", Oct, 2017,

by Andrew Falconer , WA, AU (Top Contributor Top Contributor 48 reports with 23 Helpful votes). Report 10139.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments [None]All the diving is by boat and is mostly centered around Kamping island, which is about 30 minutes away, and other closer sites, including a house reef. There are about eight main dive sites, so as the boat trips involve double dives the area can be covered in four days.



White tip reef shark at Bira

A scorpion fish close up at Bira


Although the sites have suffered the usual fate of over fishing in Indonesia, I managed to see a number of white tip reef sharks around Kamping island. At certain times of the year pelagic species can be seen, but not when I was there.



A white spotted moray eel

An inquisitive blue puffer fish


There were also quite a lot of other interesting reef inhabitants, such as scorpion fish, moray eels, along with the usual reef fishes, such as blue tooth triggerfish



The visibility was around 10-15 metres, and the sponges and corals were quite good


The sea temperature was around 28 degrees, with very little current, making diving relaxing. Visibility was average, coral mostly in good condition around Kamping island, and the house reef.



Nudibranche close up

A flatworm swimming gracefully by


There were plenty of macro opportunities both during the day and on the house reef night dive.



Looking up at a diver from a swim through

The beach at Bira with dive boat


The Bira dive camp was located next to the beach; the bungalow accommodation was good (there is also a dormitory), the food rather basic (although there was a very good restaurant nearby) and the staff friendly and professional. There are also opportunities for a few land excursions nearby. The trip and diving Bira was combined with a trip and diving at Palu (separate article) with the overall cost of this two week trip from Perth including 17 dives, accommodation and transportation being $AUD2,500.

[Some photos from this trip might be found at [ttms999.com link]
Websites Bira Dive Camp   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Australia, Malaysia, Vanuatu, South Africa, Iceland, Scotland, Norway, Cuba, Maldives, Chuuk, Galapagos, Phillipines
Closest Airport Makassar Getting There 5 hour taxi ride from airport cost about $AUD70

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 27-29°C / 81-84°F Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 10-15 M / 33-49 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Max depth and time
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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