Selayar

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Selayar

 

Selayar is an island south of Sulawesi. Geographically, most of the Selayar Islands Regency is waters, blessed with almost unlimited diving potential. On arriving in Makassar International Airport, you can fly to Benteng Airport on Selayar and then drive to the dive resort. However, there are other alternatives for those who wish to see more of Sulawesi. One is to take a scenic, 180-kilometer journey by road to a city called Bira in southern Sulawesi, then a two-hour boat ride to Selayar.

Diving in Selayar is concentrated on the eastern part of the island where the accommodation and dive facilities are located. Most of the dive sites are scattered around the resorts and take between 10 minutes and one hour to reach. Haus Riff (I & II) is located right in front of the resort area and is a great way to begin your Selayar diving experience, before exploring the steep and impressive wall, the bottom of which is swallowed by the dark waters below. Its seascape is dominated by sea fans hanging from the vertical drop, and picture-perfect sea sponges. Sometimes divers can see pygmy seahorses hiding, camouflaged within the sea fans.

In a number of locations, where conservation efforts are being made to repair and protect damaged reefs, schools of fusilier, snapper, and sometimes tuna, mantas, eagle rays and sharks can be seen passing by.

 

Getting There

Best Season : October – May

Fly to Makassar

Airport : Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport  – Direct  flight from Singapore and Malaysia

Domestic Route :

Denpasar  – Makassar

Surabaya  – Makassar

Jakarta – Makassar

Manado – Makasar

Fly to Selayar

Airport : H. Aroeppala Airport

Makassar – Selayar

Denpasar – Selayar

By land :

Makassar to Selayar

By rental car/bus/ferry combination – eight to nine hours

 Dive Site name : Pinang (1)

Area : Selayar

Average depth : 15m

Maximum depth : 25m

Visibility : 20m

Min temperature : 26c

Max temperature : 30c

Bottom contour : Slope

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Rock, Sand

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Trevallies, Snapper, Fusilier, barracuda,  Sweetlips, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Box, Puffer, Flounder, Gobies, Moray eels, Eels, Leaf fish, Scorpion, Flathead, Blennies, Dragonet, Octopus, Shrimp, Crab, Nudibranch, Flatworm, Shell, Snake, Turtle, Ray

Coral reef : Average

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat

Highlights : Schooling yellow-fin barracuda, Abundant cabbage coral

Caution :-

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 1-2

 

Dive Site name : Opera (2)

Area : Selayar

Average depth : 25m

Maximum depth : 40m

Visibility : 25m

Min temperature : 26c

Max temperature : 29c

Bottom contour : Drop off, Slope

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Rock, Sand

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Trevallies, Snapper, Fusilier, Sweetlips, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Box, Puffer, Gobies, Moray eels, Scorpion, Blennies, Shrimp, Crab, Nudibranch, Shell, Shark, Turtle, Ray

Coral reef : Average

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat

Highlights : Garden eels, Banded pipefish

Caution :-

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 2-3

 

Dive Site name : Shark Point (3)

Area : Selayar

Average depth : 25m

Maximum depth : 45m

Visibility : 25m

Min temperature : 26c

Max temperature : 29c

Bottom contour : Drop off, Slope

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Rock, Sand

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Jack, Trevallies, Snapper, Fusilier, barracuda,  Sweetlips, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Box, Puffer, Gobies, Moray eels,  Scorpion, Flathead, Shrimp, Crab, Nudibranch, Flatworm, Shell, Shark, Turtle, Ray

Coral reef : Average

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat , Drift, Deep

Highlights : Schooling jack/mackerel/barracuda, Tuna, Napoleon wrasse, Orangutan crab, Marble ray, Hammerhead, Whitetip reef shark, Grey reef shark, Many turtles in the shallows

Caution : Deep dive, Strong current

Recommended for : Experienced divers

Dive Site Classification : 2-4

 

Dive Site name : Canyon (4)

Area : Selayar

Average depth : 25m

Maximum depth : 40m

Visibility : 25m

Min temperature : 26c

Max temperature : 29c

Bottom contour : Drop off, Slope

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Rock, Sand

Current :  Long shore

Marine life : Trevallies, Snapper, Fusilier, barracuda,  Sweetlips, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Box, Puffer, Flounder, Gobies, Moray eels, Eels, Leaf fish, Scorpion, Flathead, Blennies, Dragonet, Octopus, Shrimp, Crab, Nudibranch, Flatworm, Shell, Shark Turtle, Ray

Coral reef : Good

Type of reef : Boat

Type of diving : Boat

Highlights : Schooling batfish

Caution :-

Recommended for : Experienced divers

Dive Site Classification : 2-3

 

Dive Site name : Outside (5)

Area : Selayar

Average depth : 25m

Maximum depth : 40m

Visibility : 25m

Min temperature : 26c

Max temperature : 29c

Bottom contour : Slope

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Rock, Sand

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Trevallies, Snapper, Fusilier, Sweetlips, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Box, Puffer, Flounder, Gobies, Moray eels, Scorpion, Flathead, Blennies, Dragonet, Octopus, Shrimp, Crab, Nudibranch, Flatworm, Shell, Turtle, Ray

Coral reef : Good

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat

Highlights :-

Cautuon : –

Recommended for : All dvers

Dive Site Classification : 2-3

 

Dive Site name : Carl’s Corner (6)

Area : Selayar

Average depth : 20m

Maximum depth : 53m

Visibility : 25m

Min temperature : 26c

Max temperature : 29c

Bottom contour : Drop off, Slope

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Rock, Sand

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Trevallies, Snapper, Fusilier, Sweetlips, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Box, Puffer, Gobies, Moray eels, Scorpion, Blennies,  Shrimp, Crab, Nudibranch, Flatworm, Shell, Turtle, Ray

Coral reef : Good

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat, Drift

Highlights : Schooling batfish, Tuna, Eagle ray

Caution : Possible strong current

Recommended for : Experienced divers

Dive Site Classification : 2-3

 

Dive Site name : Hohlen Und Uberhange (7)

Area : Selayar

Average depth : 20m

Maximum depth : 30m

Visibility : 20m

Min temperature : 26c

Max temperature : 29c

Bottom contour : Drop off, Slope

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Rock, Sand

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Trevallies, Snapper, Fusilier, Sweetlips, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Puffer, Gobies, Scorpion, Blennies,  Dragonet, Shrimp, Crab, Nudibranch, Flatworm, Shell, Turtle, Ray

Coral reef : Average

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat

Highlights : Many overhangs and caverns

Caution :-

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 1-2

 

Dive Site name : Kolo-Kolo (8)

Area : Selayar

Average depth : 28m

Maximum depth : 35m

Visibility : 25m

Min temperature : 26c

Max temperature : 29c

Bottom contour : Drop off, Slope

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Rock, Sand

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Trevallies, Snapper, Fusilier, Barracuda, Sweetlips, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Box, Puffer, Gobies, Moray eels, Scorpion, Flathead, Blennies,  Octopus, Shrimp, Crab, Nudibranch, Flatworm, Shell, Turtle, Ray, Snake

Coral reef : Good

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat

Highlights : Bumphead parrotfish, Cuttlefish, Napoleon wrasse, Giant trevally

Caution : –

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 2-3

 

Dive Site name : Netz (9)

Area : Selayar

Average depth : 20m

Maximum depth : 20m

Visibility : 20m

Min temperature : 26c

Max temperature : 29c

Bottom contour : Drop off, Slope

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Rock, Sand

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Trevallies, Snapper, Fusilier, Sweetlips, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Box, Puffer, Gobies, Moray eels, Scorpion, Blennies,  Shrimp, Crab, Nudibranch, Flatworm, Shell, Turtle, Ray

Coral reef : Good

Type of reef : Fringing

Type diving : Boat

Highlights : Giant trevally, Coral-covered fising net

Caution :-

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 1-2

 

Dive Site name : Haus Riff I (10)

Area : Selayar

Average depth : 25m

Maximum depth : 35m

Visibility : 25m

Min temperature : 26c

Max temperature : 29c

Bottom contour : Drop off, Slope

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Rock, Sand

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Trevallies, Snapper, Fusilier, Sweetlips, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Box, Puffer, Gobies, Moray eels, Eels, Leaf fish, Scorpion, Flathead, Blennies,  Dragonet, Octopus, Shrimp, Crab, Nudibranch, Flatworm, Shell, Turtle, Ray, Snake, Shark

Coral reef : Good

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat, Shore, Drift

Highlights : Schooling batfish, Bumpead parrotfish, Lobster, Eagle ray, Denise pygmy seahorse, Bargibanti pygmy seahorse, Overhang

Caution :-

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 1-3

 

Dive Site name : Haus Riff II (11)

Area : Selayar

Average depth : 25m

Maximum depth : 35m

Visibility : 25m

Min temperature : 26c

Max temperature : 29c

Bottom contour : Drop off, Slope

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Rock, Sand

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Trevallies, Snapper, Fusilier, Sweetlips, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Box, Puffer, Gobies, Moray eels, Leaf fish, Scorpion, Flathead, Blennies,  Dragonet, Octopus, Shrimp, Crab, Nudibranch, Flatworm, Shell, Turtle, Ray, Snake

Coral reef : Good

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat, Shore, Drift

Highlights : Schooling batfish, Tuna, Bumpead parrotfish, Jaufish, Dartfish,Cuttlefish,  Lobster, Eagle ray,  pygmy seahorse, Big overhang

Caution :-

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 1-3

 

Dive Site name : Steps (12)

Area : Selayar

Average depth : 25m

Maximum depth : 40m

Visibility : 20m

Min temperature : 26c

Max temperature : 29c

Bottom contour : Drop off, Slope

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Rock, Sand

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Trevallies, Snapper, Fusilier,  Barracuda, Sweetlips, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Box, Puffer, Gobies, Moray eels,  Scorpion, Octopus, Shrimp, Crab, Nudibranch, Flatworm, Shell, Turtle, Ray, Snake, Shark

Coral reef : Average

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat, Drift

Highlights : Marble ray, Grey reef shark, Whitetip reef shark, Bargibanti pygmy seahorse

Caution :-

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 1-2

 

Dive Site name : Little Wall (13)

Area : Selayar

Average depth : 28m

Maximum depth : 40m

Visibility : 20m

Min temperature : 26c

Max temperature : 29c

Bottom contour : Drop off, Slope

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Rock, Sand

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Trevallies, Snapper, Fusilier,  Sweetlips, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Box, Puffer, Gobies, Moray eels, Leaf fish,  Scorpion, Flathead, Blennies,  Shrimp, Crab, Nudibranch, Flatworm, Shell, Turtle, Ray, Snake

Coral reef : Good

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat

Highlights : Bumphead parrotfish, Orangutan crab, Hermit carb, Pygmy seahorse, Many varieties of sea fan

Caution :-

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 2-3

 

Dive Site name : Unspunnenstein (14)

Area : Selayar

Average depth : 25m

Maximum depth : 30m

Visibility : 20m

Min temperature : 26c

Max temperature : 29c

Bottom contour : Drop off, Slope

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Rock

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Trevallies, Snapper, Fusilier,  Sweetlips, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Box, Puffer, Gobies, Moray eels, Leaf fish,  Scorpion, Flathead, Blennies,  Shrimp, Crab, Nudibranch, Flatworm, Shell, Turtle, Ray, Snake

Coral reef : Good

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat

Highlights : Halimeda ghost pipefish, Leaf scorpionfish

Caution :-

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 1-3

 

Dive Site name : Doda (15)

Area : Selayar

Average depth : 25m

Maximum depth : 30m

Visibility : 20m

Min temperature : 26c

Max temperature : 29c

Bottom contour : Drop off, Slope

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Rock

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Trevallies, Snapper, Fusilier,  Sweetlips, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Box, Puffer, Gobies, Moray eels, Leaf fish,  Scorpion, Flathead, Blennies,  Shrimp, Crab, Nudibranch, Flatworm, Shell, Turtle, Ray, Snake

Coral reef : Good

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat

Highlights : Scooling batfish, Leaf scor-pionfish

Caution :-

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 2-3

 

Dive Site name : Apatana Hohle (16)

Area : Selayar

Average depth : 15m

Maximum depth : 45m

Visibility : 25m

Min temperature : 26c

Max temperature : 29c

Bottom contour : Drop off, Slope

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Rock, Sand

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Trevallies, Snapper, Fusilier,  Sweetlips, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Box, Puffer, Gobies, Moray eels, Scorpion, Flathead, Blennies,  Shrimp, Crab, Nudibranch, Flatworm, Shell, Turtle, Ray, Snake

Coral reef : Good

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat

Highlights : Scooling batfish, Bumphead parrotfish, Garden eels, Anemone shrimp, Rezorfish, Overhang/cavent at 40m

Caution :-

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 1-3

 

 


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