Taka Bonerate National Park, the third largest atoll in the world

Tinabo Islands at Taka Bonerate National Park © Asri To'

Taka Bonerate is one of the most beautiful marine parks in Indonesia. Laying southwest of Selayar Island, the park has the third largest atoll in the world, after Kwajifein in the Marshall Islands and Suvadiva in the Maldives. The park spreads over 220.000 hectares, with a coral reef flat area is 500Km2, and comprises of more than 21 small islands. Taka Bonerate  used to be known as Tiger Islands and Gold Reef.

The park is a paradise for dive lovers as the atoll which is rich in coral reef and seagrass ecosystem offering some very good wall diving. The atoll rises sharply about 2.000 meters below the surface of water and was formed from a collapse of a huge volcano. The biodiversity of the reef is very high offering attractive spot dives, including drop off- spot dive in some places. The waters inside the atoll are magnificent turquoise, surrounded by the deepest blue imaginable. The atolls are grouped consisting of islands and coral reef a broad and sunken, forming islands. And they are rich with 158 species of unique corals.

The water has abundance amount of fish such as wahoo, barracuda, giant trevally, marlin, sailfish, yellowfish, etc.  It also a home for some endangered species such as sea turtles. There are about 295 types of coral fish and fish consumption of high economic value such as Kerapu (Epinephelus spp.), Tuna (Katsuwonus spp.), Napoleon wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus), and baronang (Siganus sp.).Tinabo island is the best travelling destination within the park.

Visitor activities : snorkelling, diving, sun bathing, enjoying sun rise and sun set, enjoying the beautiful landscape.

Visit best season: May untill October each year.

How to get there

Take flight from Jakarta or Surabaya to Hasanuddin Airport, Makassar.

Take flight from Makassar to H. Aroepala Airport, Selayar (about 45 minutes . The schedule is sometimes changing accordingly with changing of weather.

Or Take a bus from Makassar to Bulukumba (153 km) at about five hours drive and then to the port with ferry Pamatata Selayar about two hours, and then extended to Benteng approximately 1.5 hours drive by bus. To get to Tinabo Island, from Benteng (Selayar) take a “Jolloro”(wooden boat)  will take 7 – 8 hours or at Pattumbukan Harbour will take 4 – 5 hours.

Facilities :

Accomodation started from Rp. 250.000,- per night

Dive centres

Contact :

Taka Bonerate National Park

Jl. S. Parman 40, Benteng, Selayar, South Sulawesi 92812

Ph/Fax : (0414) 21565

Web site: http//www.tntakabonerate.com

Email : info@tntakabonerate.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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