...where scuba diving is daily routines..
Basically you need to come to Makassar city first, transit at Selayar Island, then go to Tinabo Island at Taka Bonerate National Park. You can choose several options or combination of it as you can see in the picture below; by land transport, boat, or airplane.
What if I come from other country ?
From other country, the very close main and international airport to our place is Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport (IATA: UPG) at Makassar City, the city which formerly known as Ujung Pandang. It is in South Sulawesi province, in Indonesia. There are several ways to go to here:
1. By flight to Makassar City
|Airasia||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||Makassar||4 times/week||direct flight|
|Airasia||Singapore - Kuala Lumpur||Makassar||check website||transit|
|Airasia||Hong Kong - Kuala Lumpur||Makassar||check website||transit|
|Airasia||Bangkok - Kuala Lumpur||Makassar||check website||transit|
|Airasia||London - Kuala Lumpur||Makassar||check website||transit|
|Airasia||Perth - Bali||Makassar||check website||transit|
... and if you are from other country, check the immigration procedure needed to enter Indonesia border.
What if I come from another city in Indonesia?
You have more options here, as there are several local airlines provide the service:
|Garuda Indonesia||Jakarta, Denpasar, Manado, Medan, Batam, Yogyakarta, etc||Makassar||every day||direct flight|
|Lion Air||Jakarta, Denpasar, Manado, Medan, Batam, Yogyakarta, etc||Makassar||every day||direct flight|
|Batavia Airlines||Jakarta, Denpasar, Gorontalo, Surabaya, etc.||Makassar||every day||direct flight|
|Merpati Airlines||Jakarta, Denpasar, Manado, Bandung, Yogyakarta, etc||Makassar||every day||direct flight|
2. By flight to Selayar Island
After arrive at Makassar City, beside by land transport, you have option to take local flight to Selayar Island. Double check on below schedule, to consider whether you need to spend a night at Makassar before continue to Selayar Island.
Twice a week, on Tuesday and Friday, there is flight from Makassar airport to Selayar Island, vice versa, run by Sabang Merauke Raya Air Charter (SMAC). They use small propeller aircraft for about 20 passengers. It takes around 50 minutes to go to airstrip at Selayar. On January 2010, it cost around USD 28 per passenger a way with 10 kg free bagage. Currently, ticket must be bought locally and settled locally at Makassar. As seats are limited, they always experience high demand on the reservation. Ticket reservation is recommended to be settled even 4 weeks before departure date.
As explained earlier, SMAC only gives service twice a week and has unique pattern of departure time. So if you want to take flight back from Tinabo Island after dive, bear in mind to consider your 24 hours no-fly-time before fly.
|Makassar - Selayar||Tuesday||07:00||07:50|
|Selayar - Makassar||Tuesday||08:10||09:00|
|Makassar - Selayar||Friday||15:35||16:15|
|Selayar - Makassar||Friday||16:30||17:15|
3. By land transport
a. Car Driving
For those of you who prefer to take land-transport, there is another choice to go to Tinabo Island. Driving your own car (or rental car) from Makassar City to Tanjung Bira, the last small town in Sulawesi mainland to Selayar Island, needs around 6-8 hours.
The other reason for taking car is because of the journey itself. The sight is very beautiful, where you can see many interest things along the way, such as long beach, fisherman villages, boat makers villages, steppe, and salt maker villages. Arrived at Tanjung Bira, you go ahead directly to ferry port and buy the ticket to go to Selayar Island on the counter. Currently ferry departs to Selayar around 2 PM local time and take about 2 hours journey. As it only has one schedule per day (Selayar-Tanjung Bira on morning; Tanjung Bira-Selayar on afternoon), and if you don't want to spend the night at Tanjung Bira, please be aware of the schedule, plan your trip from Makassar wisely. Anyway, Tanjung Bira is a nice place also, a lot of small motel there. People also like to hang out and dive around there.
After arrived at ferry port at Selayar, you need another 1 hour to our jetty. The sight is extremely exotic, so tropical characteristic with array of coconuts tree beside the streets, interrupted temporarily by beaches, boats, and fishermen villages. About an hour drive you will reach Benteng City, the one and only city at Selayar Island. The jetty is located here as well.
Another cheaper options is by using public bus from Makassar City to Benteng at Selayar. It takes around 12 hours, the same route as if you drive car.
Interestingly, even though it takes long hour journey by land transport, there are many divers that like to choose it as well. It is because they want to maximize their diving time at Tinabo Island, so they can enjoy all the trip without limited by no-fly-time after dive.
4. By Boat
After transit at Selayar, then you will be picked up by our boat to Tinabo Island. Trip will be 4 hours.
So make sure you know what kind of of transport you will choose to go there. .
As for convenience for our guests, we usually arrange all the things since Makassar City to Tinabo Island, as many administrative stuff are handled locally and offline. It will save your time and money, so you can enjoy the trip peacefully. .
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