The resort was planned and built without international influence. A special effort was made 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 as you approach from the open sea the landscape and rain forest show off their natural beauty. Only when you get really close in is it possible to identify bungalows between the trees. The resort has been built on the almost uninhabited east side of the island, which is still covered with rainforest. It is possible to find numerous species of birds, small reptiles, marsupials, and even wild boars. Furthermore, when one is lucky, the world’s smallest monkey, the tarsiers, can be seen in his habitat.
The guest bungalows have been built in traditional Indonesian style using local raw materials and perfected with western know-how. Each one stands in its own secluded grove of trees and has its own beach.
Protected by tinted glass, guests have a fantastic view of the beach, the sea and palm trees, even lying in bed. There is a ceiling fan in each bungalow, two also have air-conditioning – a minibar, soft comfortable mattresses and mosquito nets. The bungalows are furnished with solid wood and rattan furniture and on the terrace there are beach loungers. Large desks with 220 V shock-proof sockets offer considerable space even for the most enthusiastic photographer.
The bathrooms are equipped according to European hotel standards, including hot water with decent water pressure. But in order not to disturb the tranquillity of the surroundings, the generators, that provide a 24 hour electricity supply, were built two kilometres from the resort.
The restaurant is the heart of the resort, serving all meals and also providing a bar where guests can relax and share the days diving, you can even bring your own liquors if you wish. The chef cooks both Asian and international cuisine, including a hearty steak from time to time. For breakfast, traditional brown bread is served. Lunchtime is mainly vegetarian with fresh fruits and for dinner, a full three-course-menu is the usual fare including soups, fresh fish, Asian or European style chicken
The dive centre is sited right next to the restaurant in the middle of the resort, only a few steps from the jetty. Guests are invited to take tanks from the dive centre whenever they wish to go diving on the house reef. There is a freshwater tank for rinsing camera equipment in front of the dive centre. When not on the house reef you can enjoying boat diving – the resort offers two boat dives per day and unlimited house reef diving. Selayar Dive Resort in the middle of the marine park which was set up with the help of the Indonesian Government. The longest boat trip is 30 minutes. The resort has 3 speedboats that offer fast and comfortable trips to the dive sites. At Selayar there is the chance to see everything that the tropical underwater world has to offer – from pygmy seahorses to hammerheads.
You can either make your own way to Selayar, or utilise one of the resorts custom transfer service:
Any day of the week, you will be picked up at about 8 am from the hotel lobby or the airport in Makassar and taken to Bira by air-conditioned minibus. During the 4-hour-journey you are offered an insight into the culture of South Sulawesi. In the coastal village of Bira the resort speedboat is already waiting for you. The staff from the resort receive you and stow away your luggage. The trip along the picturesque coast of Selayar to the resort takes about 2.5 hours.
The plane to Selayar goes only twice a week (ask for the days, as they are changed at short notice). The guests are picked up at the hotel at about 6.30 am and taken to the airport in Makassar. The plane has 24 seats, and it takes about 45 minutes to get to Selayar. From the airport, which is close to the capital Benteng, you are taken by car to Batumbukan in about 1.5 hours. The boat is waiting there to take the guests to the resort.
|Number of Lodgings||8||Cuisine type||International|
|Price range||€ 80 – 220||How served||Buffet|
|Transfer Type||Plane/car and Boat|
|Transfer cost||€ 95- 250 one way|
|Minimum stay||1 night||Other|
|Electric supply||24 hrs 220v|
|House reef||Yes||Courses offered||No|
|Shore Dives||Yes||Equipment Hire||Yes|
|Night Dives||Yes||No of dives /day||2 – unlimited|