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“Fantastic diving...”
Review of Bira Dive Camp

Bira Dive Camp
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Bira
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Owner description: New Dive Center in New Dive Location in South Sulawesi. Dive without seeing other dive groups. Great location with healthy reefs, plenty of sharks, turtles rays too be seen. Diving available for divers of all levels. beginners welcome to do courses or intro dives. Experienced divers have some exciting drift dives and for the macro and photographers, nice gentle currents and easy dives with plenty to see.Big fish you likely to see - whitetip sharks, blacktip sharks, eagle rays, marble rays, stingrays, Napoleon Wrasse, Bumphead Parrotfish, Tunas, BaracudasMacro Life you are likely to see - Octopus, cuttlefish, Many Nudibranchs, Mantis Shrimps, Pipefish, Leaf Scorpionfish, FrofishJuly to October - the big fish season - Mola Mola, Hammerheads, Bullsharks, Marblerays, Thresher Sharks, Whalesharks, Mantas. Bira Divers has very experienced dive team. Managed by and English Instructor Chris and his DM Rahman and Instructor Deni. They have been diving these sites for many years and discovered the reefs many years ago.Small groups, max 4 per guide. If divers are different levels we bring extra guide and split the group. Generally a 2 tank trip in the morning and extra dives and night dives can be arranged on request.On Board we have O2 Water, and tea coffee lunch for surface interval.Dive prices start at €30 a dive and as you dive more the price goes down.Currently we do not have our own accommodation but can arrange and assist you very easily. prices start from €8 a night up to €100 a night.Contact Chris for more information.
London, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic diving...”
Reviewed April 2, 2013

Just returned from an amazing trip to Bira, Sulawesi - Bira Divers is a new shop in the village and is expertly run by manager Chris and Rahman, an excellent local guide.
I've dived over 250 times around the world and Bira has some of the best diving I've ever seen - it rivals any live aboard going. We saw dozens of sharks, rays, turtles and the coral is phenomenally healthy - huge schools of fish and loads of nudibranchs with excellent visibility.
Chris was a fantastic host and arranged everything that I needed during the holiday - I couldn't recommend a trip to Bira more, and next time I'll splurge on Amatoa resort

Visited March 2013
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Bira Divers S, Manager at Bira Dive Camp, responded to this review, April 20, 2013
hey sonja

thanks for writing the review. We had lots of fun diving here with you and hopefully will see you back here sometime.

greykris
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great diving experience!”
Reviewed November 20, 2012

I spent 6 days diving the waters around Bira in Southern Sulawesi. If you are looking for remote dive spots, with no other divers & great marine life, then it is worth checking out Bira. I work as a diving instructor in Bali, so was looking forward to diving somewhere new and away from the crowds. Bira did not disappoint. The walls off Kampoeng island were spectacular and possibly the best diving in the area. We saw a fair number of whitetips, as well as napoleons, turtles, leaf scorpionfish & lots of nudis. Bira also has a great house reef. The dive center is a new set up and very well run by Chris & his 2 DMs, Denny & Rahman. They have lots of experience in diving these waters & pay close attention to the tides when diving. On a safety note, the guides carry personal location devices, normally only found on top end liveaboards.
We had our own kit, which was washed & stored at the end of each day. Bira divers has a new resort planned for next year, which should be an exciting venture!
Thanks a lot guys for a great week!

Visited November 2012
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Ghent, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great diving school”
Reviewed October 13, 2012

We took are Open Water Course at Bira Divers. Chris and his staff are very professional and helpfull, and we felt safe and at ease, even during times when we were a bit nervous about this whole new world of diving (oh.. that darn mask clearing).
We saw sharks, turtles and lots of other sea critters.
We're looking forward to explore more of the under water world, and Bira Divers was a good start, for sure!
J&K

Visited September 2012
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Den Bosch, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Great diving in Bira, with great guides!”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

The dive shop just opened, and offers great diving at great spots around Bira. We took four dives; the group size was very small: only the two of us together with a knowledgeable and experienced local guide (1st day Rahman and 2nd day Danny).

One point for improvement is the inventory of wetsuits; I had to wear a shorty as there was no XL long suit availble; luckily the temperature of the water was okay.

On the dives we saw white tipped reef sharks and lots of turtles and rays, so very exiting!
Overall highly recommended!

Visited September 2012
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“amazing diving, great staff”
Reviewed September 25, 2012

In Bira I did my 80th dive and it was the best of all
Suberb marine life: clear water, sharks and turtles everywhere
Bira Divers had the best staff: very safe, very professional and very easy going.
They work with small groups (1 guide + 2 divers) and do most of the time driftdives (so it's really holiday!)
They also give personal advice about planning your trip and where to eat or sleep. Not because they make money out of it, but because they are enthousiastic and wish you the best.

I hope I will be visiting Bira very soon again.

Visited July 2012
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