Bulukumba Tourism Travel Guide and Tourist Information.
Bulukumba regency located in the eastern part of South Sulawesi, that is southeast of Makassar (ujungpandang). Geographically located at 5.20 degrees 5.40 degrees southern latitude and 119.58 degrees of longitude 120.28 degrees east with the southern boundary includes the District Selayar, and Sea Plores the North and the East with Sinjai Regency and Bone Bay, west of the District Bantaeng. The strategic position makes Bulukumba potential in several sectors, and in this decentralization Bulukumba much supported by the four leading sectors respectively of Agriculture, Fisheries, Tourism, Transport, Land and Sea.
Bulukumba regency is famous for boat industry phinisi a lot of economic added value for society and local government, the total area of 1154.67 km2 with distance from the city of Makassar about 153 km. Bulukumba was titled Butta Panrita Lopi, land of Phinisi Boat makers because at this regency there are traditional ship building industry, lodatet at Tana beru Village.
Bulukumba tourism travel guide and tourist information popular destination :
Tana Beru (The phinisi boat makers).
Tana Beru is located 176 kilometres from Makassar City or 23 kilometres from Bulukumba District. Tana Beru is widely known as a place for making traditional Phini boat. In the dry dock we can see a great amount of sailing boat are being made in various size. Phinisi boat (Perahu Phinisi) is well-known as a means of traditional sea transportation amongst the Bugis people since many centuries ago. According to the manuscript of Lontara I Babad La Lagaligo, the phinisis boat has already existed since around the 14th century. Phinisi Nusantara, one of the greatest sailing boats that have sailed to Pacific Ocean, the phinisi nusantara was also made in there and the other great famous sailing boat is "Ammana Gappa" which has sailed to Madagaskar.
The pieces of his ship were cast onto three territories of Bulukumba Regency: Ara, Tana Beru, and Lemo-lemo. The local people in those territories used the pieces to make a new luxurious ship named Perahu Pinisi.
Being in the Centre of Phinisi Boat Industry in Tana Beru, visitors will be amazed by the skill of the artisans for making the boat. They can make a very strong and luxurious ship only based on the experience and knowledge passed down from their ancestors, without using picture or even written sources.
The making process of Phinisi Boat is some what unique, because it mixes technical skill with magical power. The first stage starts with deciding the good day to collect the wood. It is usually the 5th and the 7th day of the coming month. Number five symbolizes naparilimai dalle‘na, which means bless is in the hand, while seven symbolizes natujuangngi dalle‘na, which means always having blessing. The next stage is chopping down the tree, drying the wood and cutting it off. Then the wood will be made a ship by putting keel, board, boat caulking, and ship‘s mast. The last stage is launching the ship to the sea.
Every stage requires certain traditional ceremony. Before the boat is launched to the sea, maccera lopi (purify the ship) ceremony must be held, marked with the animal sacrifice. If the the boat weights less than 100 tons, the sacrifice is a goat. And if the weight is more than 100 ton, the sacrifice is a cow.
Tanjung Bira (Bira Cape).
Tanjung Bira is famous with beatiful and pleasant white sand beach. It is clean and neatly organized and its beauty and pleasantness are well known even by foreign countries. Foreign tourists from other countries visit the beach for enjoying their holidays. In the background soar up the "Puang Janggo" mountain with the more than 400 m of height and it can be reach around 40 minute by hiking.
Tanjung Bira Beach is a totally bewitching beach whose white sand is like wheat flour spread along the seashore. You can do activities such as diving, swimming, sunbathing, and snorkeling. You can also watch the sunset or sunrise in the same position. In addition, the enchantment of Liukang Beach and Kambing Island located in the transmarine of the beach will amaze you during the visit to the destination.
Tanjung Bira is located on the southernmost of South Sulawesi Province. It lies in Bonto Bahari Sub-district, Bulukumba District. It is about 40 km away from Bulukumba city or about 200 km from Makassar city.
The Kajang people is sub-ethnic to Makassar ethnic groups, who inhabited a perticular area. The area and the people are quite asolated from other people of Bulukumba. The Head of this group who is ruled by a tribal and religious is called "Ammatoa". For those who are eager to see him are obliged to wear a black shirt and black "Sarong" barefooted is much better.
They live harmoniously with the nature and they do not use a modern facility i.e means of transportation. For that reason, no cars and the likes are permintted to enter this area.
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