Tinabo Island is an island that belongs to Taka Bonerate National Park. The island is located in Selayar Islands Regency, South Sulawesi province. From Makassar this island is located about 300 kilometers away.
Tinabo Island is a small and long island and it has one and a half kilometers with a width of approximately 500 meters. The position of Tinabo island is very strategic, that possible for us to see the grace of sunrise and sunset with bare eyes. Tinabo Island has fine white sandy beaches, with clear and bluish seawater. The underwater scenery is also amazing.
Those who love snorkeling and diving, visiting this island will be the great experience to do those activities. No wonder that this island is becoming one of the paradises for diving enthusiasts.
The most intriguing thing on this island is, the visitors can dive with baby sharks, turtles and even shared clams (giant sea shells) which the size could reach up to one meter. There is also one interesting spot to dive, it called Sumur Ikan or fish well. This spot is an underwater hole that has not been clarified the deep. We can see colors of beautiful fishes in and out from this hole.
The entrance fee to Tinabo Island is around Rp.2, 500 per person. For snorkeling cost is around Rp. 40,000 / spot / hour. For the diving license cost is around Rp.50,000 / spot / person (not including guide). In this island there is Tinabo Island Resort with room rental costs around Rp. 200,000 per night (not including meals).
Tinabo Island is fairly remote and secluded. To get here, you have to travel for hours by land, sea or air. But it guaranteed that everything will pay off after you get to this island. Moreover, the beauties of Tinabo Island will make you feel at home and want to have some more visits.
The nearest town to get to the island is via Makassar. From Makassar we continue the journey to Tanjung Bira by using rental vehicles, and it takes about 8 hours. Then, from Tanjung Bira the journey continues by ferry to the Pamatata Selayar Port about 2 hours’ drive. From Pamatata Port the journey is continue overland by using rental car to Kota Benteng and then heading to Patumbukan port. Now, from the Patumbukan Port, we can cross to Tinabo Island by using rented local boat or speed boat. It will take 4 to 5 hours drive by using local boat and 2 hours drive by using speedboat.