The Stunning Taka Bonerate National Park – Stretching south of the primary island of Sulawesi in the Flores Sea, The Taka Bonerate National Park in the Selayar Regency is primarily a rich marine park, but it is also environ to a number of bird species from owned chicks, to coastal and sea chicks that frolic on the many sand dunes. The Island of Selayar is the gateway to this extensive 530,765 hectares national park, of which 220,000 hectares model an plain of atolls and bays. Taka Bonerate is the third largest atoll neighborhood in the world after Kwajalein in the Marshall Island and Suvadiva in the Maldives.
Taka Bonerate, together with Wakatobi, Ambon, Banda and Raja Ampat together with Bunaken as well as Derawan in Kalimantan, are at the heart of the Coral Triangle which stretches from the Solomon Island in the east, to the Philippines in the northern part, to Bali, Lombok, Komodo, Flores and the Savu Sea in the south, which examples the cornerstone of this enormous triangle. Besides atolls, this national park comprises 21 islands.
The crystal clear oceans render a broad range of shoals, from barrier shoals to fringing shoals and atolls to submerge drop-off, as well as ascents and flat seabeds, all open opportunities for rookies to professional divers to test their knowledge and be amazed by the stupendous grace of this underwater sea life. Besides the 242 genus of corals, Taka Bonerate boasts 526 genus of coloured and strange shoal fish as well as 112 genus of macro algae. Divers will be able to get close and swimming with dolphins, turtles, manta sunrises, sometimes discern sharks, or sperm whales, and be enthralled by the monstrous gorgonian followers, pitch-black corals, scorpion fish, nudibranch, tuna, trevallies, napoleon wrasse and more that even out this unbelievable, pristine underwater paradise.
You will too find hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata), Pacific ridley turtles (Lepidochelys olivicea), and light green turtles (chelonia mydas). Definitely, Taka Bonerate is said to have one of the world’s highest naval diversity. The Park has over 50 impressive diving arranges, a number are by the island of Tinabo, others are near small island developing of Kahabia, Belang Belang, and Taka Lamungan.
To get to Selayar and Taka Bonerate, you could take a flight to Makassar, capital of South Sulawesi. Since Makassar is the air hub for east Indonesia, virtually all domestic carriers wing to Makassar from all central airfields in the country. If you need to stay overnight, there are a number of inn in Makassar. You can charter your own gondola to Bira, where you can take the shuttle to Selayar, or stay overnight at Bira.
For direct land transportation to Selayar, good take an air conditioned bus from Makassar. The street widens via the cities of Bira at Bulukumba Regency, where the bus will be loaded on the ferrying to traverse to Selayar. From Selayar it still makes some 8 hours by send from the cities of Benteng to the island of Tinaboo. So you may want to stay overnight at Benteng. SMAC charter flights are also available at Makassar, controlling to Selayar twice or three times weekly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The flight makes 40 hours.