Pantai Bira

South Sulawesi

Bira's main beach, just west of the village centre, is a glimmering crescent of white sand that is usually pleasant on the weekdays but gets packed with day trippers on weekends. Beware of speedboats pulling inflatable bananas carrying local tourists if you decide to swim or snorkel here.

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