Selayar Island is the main island of the Selayar Islands (Kepulauan Selayar). It lies off the coast of Cape Bira of South Sulawesi Province. The Selayar Straits separate it from the mainland of Sulawesi. Its main city is Benteng, towns to southern are Tanabau, Padang, Tile-tile, Pariangan, Galung, Layolo, Pa'garangang, Barangbarang, up to Appattanah. To northern are Parak, Barugayya, Batangmata, Onto, and final at Bonelohe. It is over 50 miles long and very narrow at the eastern of island; area, 248 mi². Benteng is the starting point for diving tours.
Nearby dive sites
From Benteng, there is:
- Pulau Kambing (Goat island), located in the Selayar Straits. It has white tipped and black tipped sharks, bumhead parrotfishes, scorpionfishes, cuttlefish or an octopus and with luck the zebra batfish.
- Selayar Atoll: 10 min to 1 hour, slopes down to 16 m, sandy bottom, sea slugs, napoleon fishes, pipe fishes, Dugong.
- Selayar East: 1 to 2 hours, pelagic fishes, sometimes manta rays.
- Mountain View: at Puncak. 1 hours trip to up hill. From here you can see both eastern part and western part of Selayar's beaches. When the wind blows from the west at Oct - March, Selayarese at the west side buy fish from the eastern part, as big wave smashes the west side. And vice versa when the wind blows from the east on April - Sept, the big wave hit the eastern side. People can choose the best place for diving, snorkeling or fishing all over the year in this island.
- Farmer Villages: 1 hour south from Benteng you can find Galung and Pariangang villages. Here people farm in a traditional way.
- Selayar Islands — for dive sites not in the immediate region around the island.
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