Tanjung Bira FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
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Here are the most frequently asked questions about Kaluku Cottages and Bira. If you have any enquiries that are not covered in the FAQ below please contact us via our Enquiry Form.
Airport & Hotel Transfers
Question: Can you arrange a transfer from the airport to Kaluku Cottages?
Answer: Yes, we can arrange a transfer with a private air-conditioned charter car to pick you up from Makassar Airport (Sultan Hasanuddin International) or from your hotel in Maksassar. A transfer can also be arranged for your return trip at the end of your stay at Kaluku Cottages.
Our drivers are very flexible and can usually pick you up at any time that suits you - day or night!
The rate for an Airport or Hotel Transfer is Rp900,000 per car, one-way.
Please note: Last minute transfers may not always be available, so to avoid disappointment, please ensure to book your transfer early.
Please contact us via our enquiry form to book an Airport or Hotel Transfer from Makassar to Kaluku Cottages.
Public Transport to Bira
Question: How do we get to Kaluku Cottages by public transport?
Answer: All public transport to Bira leaves from the Malengkeri Bus Terminal south of Makassar. From the airport the quickest way to the terminal is by taxi.
Shared taxis are used for public transport on the route from Makassar to Bira. They leave from the "Malengkeri Bus Terminal" daily from around 7:00am to 6:00pm. These shared taxis are usually "Toyota" Kijang, Innova or Avanza's with yellow license plates.
The time of day you leave Makassar will determine which transport option is best for you...
OPTION 1: Direct car to Bira This option is the quickest and easiest as you do not need to change cars along the way. Direct Bira cars usually leave around 12:00 midday and then again around 6:00pm.
This is the best choice if you plan to leave Makassar in the afternoon or early evening
OPTION 2: Car to Bulukumba Cars to Bulukumba usually start early in the morning. However you will need to change cars in Bulukumba to continue onto Bira, about an hour away. The last car from Bulukumba to Bira usually leaves around 2pm, so aim to arrive before this time.
This is the best choice if you plan to leave Makassar by around 9:00am in the morning
Other Options: There are other option available also, but you will need to change cars more than once, or negotiate a deal with your driver.
- Public transport does not follow fixed schedules, and departure times can vary. If you are traveling in Makassar late in the afternoon allow plenty of time for traffic. It's best to arrive earlier to avoid missing the last car for the day.
- Unfortunately public transport is not always the most comfortable way to travel. They normally "squeeze" up to 10 people (plus luggage) into a car that is designed to fit only 8 people!
- Taller people should try to get the front seat so you have more leg room
- If you want some extra space in the back you can always pay for an extra seat
- The driver will only leave once the car is full, so be prepared to wait for a while...
- The journey usually takes around 6 hours, depending on traffic and weather conditions
Please contact us via our enquiry form if you would prefer to book a private transfer from Makassar to Kaluku Cottages. Our drivers are very flexible and can usually pick you up at any time that suits you - day or night!
Read our Airport & Hotel Transfers FAQ for more info.
Rantepao to Bira
Question: Is there a direct bus from Rantepao in Tana Toraja to Bira?
Answer: No, unfortunately there is no direct bus from Tana Toraja to Bira. If you plan to use public transport you will need to return to Makassar first, and then continue your journey on to Tanjung Bira.
Several bus companies now run an overnight bus service which leaves Rantepao around 8pm and arrives in Makassar before 6am the following morning. Some of the better buses have an "Executive Class" with wider seats and wi-fi, and two of these companies are "Karisma" and "Prima Bintang". When your bus arrives in the morning we can arrange a transfer to pick you up directly from the bus terminal, or you can continue on to Bira with public transport.
Please contact us via our enquiry form if you would prefer to book a private transfer from Makassar to Kaluku Cottages.
Question: We plan to dive in Bira - can we stay with you and dive elsewhere?
Answer: Yes, Bira is a small village and there are currently 4 dive shops operating here. The closest Dive Center is just 200 meters from Kaluku Cottages.
All of the Dive Shops in Bira offer a free pick-up service for our guests directly from our hotel. This gives you the freedom to stay with us and choose who you would like to dive with...
Question: Can we rent a motor bike in Tanjung Bira?
Answer: Yes, motor bikes are available for daily hire directly from our hotel (for our guests only). The rate is Rp75,000 per day. We can help you with any rentals you may require during your stay in Tanjung Bira.
Ojeks (Motorbike Taxis)
Question: Are there any taxis in Bira?
Answer: Yes, there are "ojek's" (motorcycle taxis) which are usually available around our hotel, but may need to be booked in advance.
Credit Cards & Foreign Currency
Question: Do you accept credit cards or foreign currency?
Answer: No, we do not accept credit cards or foreign currency. There are NO banks or money changers in Tanjung Bira, so we recommend changing foreign currency or travellers cheques at the airport or in Makassar before you leave for Bira.
Question: Is there an ATM in Tanjung Bira?
Answer: Yes, there are now two ATM machines in Bira, and both are located near the entrance to Bira Harbour. They are Bank BNI & Bank BRI Atm's. The Bank BNI ATM accepts the following cards: Cirrus, Maestro MasterCard, Link, Visa, Visa Electron, Plus, ATM Bersama and iB.
Question: Is there wi-fi at Kaluku Cottages?
Answer: Yes, Wi-Fi is now available at Kaluku Cottages to help you stay connected! So if you want to check your Facebook or Twitter, read your emails, or book a flight, you can now do it all from the comfort of our beach hotel ('Fair Use Policy' applies).
Also, if you have a web-enabled smart phone, iPad or tablet and are using a local sim card, you should be able to connect using the 3G network.
Mobile Phone Coverage
Question: Is there good mobile phone coverage in Tanjung Bira?
Answer: The best local sim cards to use for both mobile phones and internet at Kaluku Cottages are usually Indosat Mentari/iM3 or Axiata XL sim cards. These two networks/sim cards have the best signal and coverage here at our hotel in Tanjung Bira.
Question: Can we rent a boat in Bira to go snorkeling or island hopping?
Answer: Yes, we can arrange the charter of a local fishing boat for you to go fishing, snorkelling or island-hopping around Tanjung Bira. Popular places for a day trip are Liukang Island (Pulau Liukang) and Goat Island (Pulau Kambing). Snorkel equipment is usually available on the boat for hire.
We can also provide a take away lunch box for you to enjoy on your boat trip (please order in advance).
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