Selayar, home to Taka Bonerate National Park, which was added to the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves in 2015, is now more accessible following the opening of Garuda Indonesia’s latest route from Makassar to the regency, both in South Sulawesi.
Officially launched on Monday, the new service is available three times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday using the ATR 72-600 aircraft, which can accommodate 70 passengers.
The GA 7856 flight departs from Makassar at 2:10 p.m. local time and arrives in Selayar at 3 p.m. Meanwhile, the return GA 7857 flight is scheduled to take off from Selayar at 3:35 p.m. and land in Makassar at 4:15 p.m.
About Selayar Island
Located at the most southern end of South Sulawesi, the quiet and now isolated island of Selayar, with its swathes of pristine white sand beaches and crystal clear tropical waters, in fact, used to have an illustrious past. The pre-Islamic kingdom of Selayar must have been a trading hub, visited by merchants from China, the Philippines and Thailand, having left evidence of its existence in the many precious artifacts excavated here.
The 80 km. long island of Selayar is in fact gateway to the spectacular Taka Bonerate National Parkthat teems with colorful coral reefs, giant sponges, a wealth of fish species including dugongs and tuna, gliding past turtles and manta rays. Comprising 21 islands and atolls, Taka Bonerate is the third biggest atoll in the world after the Marshall Islands and the Maldives. Although still predominantly covered by rainforests, Selayar boasts many pristine white sand beaches.
To Get There:
To get to Selayar you must first reach Makassar, the capital city of South Sulawesi Province. From Makassar, Garuda Indonesia and Wings Air serve daily flights between the Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport in Makassar and Aeroppala Airport on Selayar Island.
In addition to Selayar, Garuda Indonesia also flies to Palopo from Makassar three times a week as part of its South Sulawesi operations.
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