Bira beach is located about 5 hours drive from Makassar in South Sulawesi. On the sheltered east side of the Tanjung Bira peninsula is Timur Beach occupied by local fishing villages and boat builders. The highlight during a morning stroll along coconut palm fringed beach, is the local children. Happy to show you their collection of small fish and crabs which they have caught by hand from the calm shallows, they then joyfully turn polystyrene boxes into boy powered speed boats; it is easy to spend hours reliving your childhood here. Afterwards the children invite us into their village to meet their families.