Dive Bali: Tulamben
Tulamben is a small fishing village that became famous in the diving community because of the Liberty Wreck and healthy coral reefs that are scattered in its calm bays.
USAT Liberty Wreck
The Liberty Wreck is without any doubt the most famous dive site in Bali. It lays in the shallows of Tulamben Bay and is easily accessible from the shore. It has a total length of more than 100 meters. The bow is located in only 4 meters depth whereas the stern reaches depths of 28 meters.
Marine diversity around the Liberty is incredible. It is completely covered with soft and hard corals. Divers can enjoy the beauty of the numerous families of sponges and gorgonias growing out from the wreck. Many schools of fish from jacks to batfish, sweetlips, and unicorn fish can be seen here daily. You’ll also have the chance to swim next to barracudas, groupers, and morays. If macro-life interests you, the Liberty wreck provides many excited organisms for you to discover.
It is said to be the safest wreck in the world, making it a great spot for all levels of divers as well as a great night dive on which you can be a part of the amazing night life of Bali waters. It is a heaven for underwater photographers.
Coral Garden is located in the shallow waters in the middle of Tulamben Bay. One of the most interesting parts of this dive is seeing the acropora pulchea and the multitude of anemones forming the reef. The abundance of the anemone growth and the spectacular amount of clown fish species make this dive truly special. You’ll also have the chance to spot ribbon eels, lion fish, schooling jacks, and fusiliers. With a bit of luck, we can also spot some groupers and small reef sharks. Another easy dive suitable for all level of divers.
Named by the local community, this fishing spot is located 8 minutes from the shore via a traditional jukung boat. You can recognize the dive spot by boulders breaking the water. These boulders continue underwater as lava flows formed steep walls on each side of them with white side in between. Corals can be seen from shallow depths all the way to 50 meters. While you can see many bump-head parrot fishes in the shallower depths, to truly appreciate this dive, one must dive deeper than usual. At deeper depths, you’ll have the chance to spot pelagic fish such as tunas, white tip sharks, black tip sharks, and the occasional silky shark. Due to the depth required during this dive, minimum advanced certification is required.
Accessible from the shore, this dive site is on the very west corner of Tulamben Bay. Black volcanic sand on the bottom is rapidly becoming a wall which drops down in places to as much as 70m.It is a classic wall dive providing us some nice gorgonias and barrel sponges. The highlight of this dive is a big gorgonia that grows on a platform at 30 m. In the blue we might spot pelagic fishes, bump-head parrot fishes, napoleons and schooling jacks as well as fusiliers. There is little or no current making this dive site our favourite for deep dive specialities.