The trip to Selayar is an adventure in itself. A five hour drive to Bira habour followed by a two hour high speed boat ride to the resort brings you to a picture post card spot with azure sea, a stunning house reef and beach backed by forest covered hills. The accommodation in individual huts are comfortable and spacious, and comes with its own bunch of friendly geckos that keep the unwanted insects like mosquitos under control. Jochim, the jovial German resort owner, is a highly experienced diver who is the guardian of the reef and he has protected the reef for more than a decade, and the results are plain to see - fantastic life on the reef, mostly macro. Being so remote, the logistics of setting up and maintaining a place like this is no mean task and Jochim has done a fantastic job. The team has created a warm family-like atmosphere where everyone seems to get on, and food, drinks and friendliness washes around like the warm currents in the sea. Diving is easy in the clear waters and Jochim who was our dive master provided opportunities for deeper dives to view palagics and, while they were challenging, it was safe and a great adventure. The long jetty provided a platform to reach the drop off for day and night dives without the boats and a great place to hang out, watch the stars and contemplate the peace. The resort provides two boat dives a day and unlimited reef dives. There are no noisy generators or boats, except for the odd passing fishing boat, only the forest birds and sound of the ocean lapping on the beach telling you its time to dive. The food is great and nothing was too much trouble for this great team. Looking forward to another visit sooner or later.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We made a special effort to conserve the natural beauty of the surroundings and integrate the resort into the marvellous scenery of our one kilometre long white sandy beach.The resort can only be reached by boat. From the open sea as one arrives, the landscape and rain forest show off their natural beauty. Only when really close in to the shore, is it possible to identify the eight bungalows between the trees – all built in a respectable distant from each other. ... more less